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Allergies mean sneezing, sniffling, watery eyes, itchy ears, right? Most people think of those typical symptoms when you mention allergies. But sometimes allergies present themselves in a more clandestine manner. Sometimes allergic reactions are the cause of fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, depression, sinus infections and more. I call this “allergies gone extreme.” Not everyone agrees with this theory but there is a growing body of evidence to support the link.
There are many symptoms for mold allergy but interestingly, they correspond to those exhibited by individuals with CFS and FMS. They include:
· Muscle cramps
· Unusual pain
· Ice pick pain
· Light sensitivity
· Blurred vision
· Sinus problems
· Digestive problems
· Joint pain
· Morning stiffness
· Memory problems
· Focus/concentration problems
· Mood swings
· Increased urination(Get more info about mold allergy here: http://www.survivingmold.com/mold-symptoms?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SurvivingMold_EmailMarketing)
Research suggests that being an allergic person may predispose you to CFS and FMS. Both disorders seem to be associated with over-reactivity of certain parts of the immune system, just like allergies.
Researchers have found that more than half of CFS and FMS sufferers have allergies. And a significant proportion of people with CFS and FMS have mold sensitivity which is a big cause of fatigue and muscle aches.
Treating allergies is an important part of treating these two disorders. Individuals usually see their fatigue and other symptoms improve when their allergies improve. I found this to be true. My flare-ups occur when my allergies are at their worst.
How do you control mold allergies?
Allergy to molds is a year-round problem, unlike other allergies that may only be present during pollen season. Molds live everywhere and especially flourish in damp, cooler climates.
Your best defense to lessening your exposure to mold is to be vigilant. However, it is not possible to completely avoid mold in most areas as it thrives indoors and outdoors.
· Avoid climates with increased humidity and rainfall.
· Frequently clean kitchens and bathrooms to remove mold and mildew. Pay particular attention to showers and refrigerators. Don’t forget to clean the refrigerator door gaskets where molds hide.
· Use central air conditioning with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters. It will help trap some of the mold spores.
· Keep the humidity level in your home below 45 percent.
· Be vigilant about cleaning up damp areas in your home.
· Clean garbage pails often.
· Use a cleaning solution made of one ounce laundry bleach per quart of water.
· Consider purchasing a steam-cleaning device, which can kill mold and make cleaning faster and easier.
Here is what I have been cooking this week: Mini-Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Yogurt Frosting (gluten-free with grain-free options)
Ingredients: (makes 2-3 mini-cupcakes)
1/4 C flour (I use blend of almond flour and Anti-Grain pumpkin flour; or use your favorite gluten-free blend.)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. sea salt
stevia, to taste
1/3 cup cooked, pureed carrots
1 T. kefir or milk of choice
1 T. oil (olive oil or your choice)
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Set out 3 silicon cupcake liners or 2 ramekins. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in food processor or by hand. Pour into containers. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove to cool.
1/4 cup yogurt cream cheese or your substitute, such as plain Greek yogurt
Dash of salt, vanilla and stevia.
To make the yogurt cream cheese:
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