Air Duct Toxins: Are You Unknowingly Exposed to Zearalenone?
We regularly service our AC, but seldom we realise Fungus and Mould is lurking inside our ducting. Sometimes we see mould on the bottom of the walls in our bathrooms. These are mycotoxins.
There is a particular mycotoxin called Zeara-le-none or ZEN which is also found in infected crops like wheat, barley, corn and other cereals.
Zearalenone is known to have estrogenic effects because its chemical structure is similar to that of the naturally occurring oestrogen hormone, 17β-estradiol. Due to this structural similarity, ZEN can bind to oestrogen receptors, mimicking the effects of oestrogen and disrupting the normal hormonal balance in the body. This is why ZEN is referred to as an endocrine disruptor or xenoestrogen.
Continuous exposure to ZEN can cause reproductive and developmental issues. There is concern that it could contribute to hormonal imbalances, reproductive issues, or even hormone-dependent cancers.
Signs of High Oestrogen Levels: What to Watch Out For
- Breast tenderness and swelling: High oestrogen levels can cause discomfort and swelling in the breast tissue, which can be particularly noticeable in women during their menstrual cycle.
- Irregular menstrual periods: Elevated oestrogen levels can lead to changes in the menstrual cycle, including heavy bleeding, missed periods, or more frequent periods.
- Mood swings and emotional symptoms: High levels of oestrogen can affect mood and emotional well-being, causing mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or depression.
- Weight gain and bloating: Excess oestrogen can lead to increased fat storage, particularly around the hips and thighs, and cause water retention, resulting in bloating and weight gain.
- Decreased libido: High oestrogen levels can negatively impact sexual desire, leading to a decreased libido in both women and men.
Detecting Zearalenone Exposure: What You Need to Know
There is no direct test for detecting zearalenone in the human body. However, you can take several steps to identify possible zearalenone exposure or contamination:
Food testing: If you suspect that you have consumed food contaminated with zearalenone, you can have the food tested for the presence of the mycotoxin. Various analytical methods, such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), can be used to detect and quantify zearalenone in food samples.
Urine testing: Zearalenone and its metabolites can be excreted in urine. By testing urine samples, it is possible to get an indication of exposure to zearalenone. However, this method does not provide a direct measure of the amount of zearalenone in your body, and the presence of zearalenone in urine may not necessarily correlate with the severity of symptoms or health risks.
Bioresonance Scan picks up mycotoxins or Kinesiology or Muscle Response Test is a non-invasive and non-medical alternative.
Managing Zearalenone Exposure: Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle:
Fungi thrive on sugar, which may cause you to experience unusual sugar cravings. This could be a sign of fungal overgrowth.
Eliminate all types of sugar from your diet, such as dates and fruits high in fructose. Also, cut back on carbohydrates. You should notice a considerable improvement within two weeks. Resist the urge to indulge in cravings, as you may experience mood swings during the initial four days. Stay strong, and you’ll get through it.
A Personal Journey: How Identifying Zearalenone Changed My Child’s Life
After 10 years of diligent research, I was able to identify Zearalenone as one of the culprits behind my child’s neurological disorder, which fell within the spectrum. Continuous intervention and unwavering dedication are essential to fully eradicate this mycotoxin and restore my child’s health.