What you drink impacts your MTHFR gene.
We all know that tap water is not ideal.
Arsenic levels are a concern as is chlorine, jet fuel, pesticides, fracking, fluoride to name a few.
Whatever foreign you put into your body, your body has to filter out.
If you could remove most of that from your drinking water, wouldn’t that make sense?
Those with the MTHFR polymorphism have a reduced ability to remove some of these compounds – especially arsenic.
In order to remove arsenic, your glutathione level and SAMe levels must be present and healthy.
See the diagram below. source
Key: As = arsenic; SAM = SAMe (methylation); GSH = glutathione
Those with MTHFR polymorphisms are at risk to having lower glutathione and lower SAMe levels.
By drinking tap water or water with arsenic, you are putting more burden on your MTHFR enzyme.
If you only had your MTHFR gene working at about 30%, ie. being somewhat lazy, then you would not want to burden it with a lot of work, right?
Here is an example.
My MTHFR gene function is reduced by about 70% as I have one MTHFR C677T and one MTHFR A1298C polymorphism.
This means my MTHFR enzyme is functioning at only about 30% all the time.
This remaining 30% functioning capacity is great as long as I don’t go over it.
If I have only 30% capacity of my MTHFR enzyme, then I am going to make sure I keep it available for important things as much as I can.
I know that arsenic puts a burden on my MTHFR enzyme.
As we said earlier, our body needs both SAMe and glutathione to get arsenic out.
The MTHFR enzyme helps make both SAMe and glutathione.
The more arsenic we ingest in our water, the harder our MTHFR enzyme has to work making more SAMe and glutathione to get it out.
If we keep ingesting arsenic, then our SAMe and glutathione levels drop. This leads to significant problems. Elevated homocysteine is only a sign that the MTHFR enzyme isn’t working well – and arsenic can contribute to this. source
I’ve purchased a number of water purifiers over the years.
Currently, the one I am most happy with is the Berkey water filter.
I bought my Royal Berkey for my family as a Christmas gift in 2013.
Here is our Royal Berkey water filter:
Is that me standing by our Berkey? Nope. I wish I could sport a beard like that but that’s not in my genetic ability 😉
This is a friend of mine, Chris, who visited our home this summer. We weren’t home yet and I told him to make himself at home. He sent me a photo of him standing next to our Berkey. I thought it was a brilliant statement from him.
The Berkey water filter is an ‘epic purchase’.
Things I LOVE about our Royal Berkey Water Filter:
- taste of the water is phenomenal
- filters fluoride (we use the add-on fluoride filters x 2)
- looks good (stainless steel, simple design)
- easy to use (fill and go)
- filters a ton of compounds and verified by lab testing
- filters last quite some time – about a year before replacing
Things I don’t love about our Royal Berkey Water Filter:
- While filling it is easy, it still has to be filled. This can be a hassle for some. I just make it part of my routine now. I fill it before bed in the evening and in the morning after breakfast. Those are the two times and in our family, this schedule works. We never run out.
- It can be heavy to lift after filling. If you’re not strong or need to move the Berkey after filling, it can be awkward. Solution is to just keep it by your sink. I prefer not to do this so I fill it and move it to a place where it works best for our family.
- It takes up space. It’s big. In our kitchen, it’s by itself in a great spot. If your kitchen is tight on space, it could be an issue. You have to weigh the options of pure water or space. Both are pretty essential. I do favor pure water over space personally.
Give a gift that keeps on giving.
Filtered water is one such gift.
PS – If the Berkey water filter is out of your budget, then I highly recommend you consider the Premium 10 Stage Countertop Water Filter. It does a thorough job of removing many things and is affordable at around $80. You may learn more about it here.