Chronic illnesses, such as Lyme disease and mold illness, often lead to concomitant struggles with mental health. A significant proportion of the mental health struggles chronic illness sufferers face is due to the fact that their lives have been turned upside-down by illness. The life changes induced by illness can be emotionally harrowing. However, chronic illness can also affect mental health in a physiological way. I believe that mold illness has an especially strong relationship with mental illness, due to the profound effects mycotoxins have on the brain. 

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According to the World Health Organization, probiotics are defined as “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” (1) Typically, when people think of probiotics, they think of probiotics called Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. These are the types of probiotics we most often find in yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods. However, there is another group of probiotics out there that holds great therapeutic promise in the treatment of numerous health conditions, and it definitely deserves more attention! This group of probiotics is called Bacillus, and it includes a highly diverse spectrum of bacteria that are among the most widespread microorganisms in nature. Despite the lack of attention received by Bacillus in the health media, there is a large body of scientific research indicating the health-promoting effects of these microorganisms. From producing their own natural antibiotics, to lowering cholesterol and healing gastrointestinal infections, Bacillus microorganisms demonstrate therapeutic potential in the treatment of numerous health conditions.

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Histamine intolerance is a popular topic of discussion in the health community. Awareness of this issue seems to be increasing, and more and more people are self-identifying as “histamine intolerant.” I used to suffer from a pretty severe histamine intolerance. I have used multiple strategies to address my intolerance, and have ultimately decreased it significantly. One of the most important methods I used to reverse my histamine intolerance was the liberal consumption of histamine-degrading probiotics, the subject of this article.

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A huge part of my health puzzle has been figuring out the food intolerances that I gradually developed as a result of Lyme disease, and finding ways to either manage them or overcome them. When the immune system is under stress due to a long-term infection, the hypersensitivity state the body has entered can cause the immune system to start reacting to a variety of foods that previously may not have bothered a person at all. People with Lyme disease often have to be very strict with their diets, as I have, in order to feel well. I personally found that avoiding the foods that I was sensitive to, at least for a time, helped my body heal fairly quickly.

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