For millenia, humans have walked the planet.
We’ve continued to evolve and develop as a species:
- walking upright
- less ‘fur’
- learned farming and ranching
- further understanding of how the world works
- further understanding of how biochemistry works
- creating and developing new technologies
- eliminating or seriously reducing common causes of death
In our on-going push for development, we’ve begun to get off track and in some ways – seriously.
- Food is no longer food.
- Water is no longer water.
- Air is no longer air.
- Soil is no longer soil.
- Animals are no longer animals.
- Bugs are super bugs.
- Medicine suppresses – not heals.
- Not everything naturally decomposes.
- Electromagnetic radiation permeates us from all directions constantly.
What do all these have in common?
Toxicity and Xenobiotic Exposure.
When you add up the effects from the list, it is readily apparent how toxic and loaded our bodies are.
How does our body eliminate toxins, stress hormones, histamine and xenobiotics?
How do we support methylation?
- Healthy, whole food prepared properly
- Organic vegetables and fruit – really organic (not middle of the night diluted organic standards for big corporations)
- Leading lives of healthy thoughts and interactions
- Sleeping well
- Eliminating and defecating twice or more daily
- Pure water
- Avoidance of toxins, xenobiotics, stress, chemicals, artificial anything.
Are you supporting methylation?
Take a step back. Are you supporting methylation?
Are you trying to support methylation but finding it extremely difficult because you are:
- Working 40+ hrs a week with only 2 weeks of vacation a year (if that)
- Eating on the run
- Commute to work inhaling toxins and exhaust
- Sit inside inhaling countless chemicals and solvents
- Eating processed foods
- Eating genetically modified foods – including wheat (altered to have more Gluten)
- Cooking with a microwave
- Drinking soda, juice, bottled water or unfiltered water
- Eating, drinking, cooking or storing foods in plastic, teflon, non-stick, aluminum
- Not exercising
- Not sleeping well or not enough
- Taking various medications
- A parent dealing with your children
- A child dealing with your aged parents
- An individual caring for someone ill
Combine the factors which support methylation against the ones that antagonize it.
Do you find that you support methylation more than not? If so, you should be quite healthy.
Do you find that you antagonize methylation? If so, you should be quite ill or getting there.
Why has the MTHFR gene mutation become an issue worth understanding?
Methylation is severely lacking due to lifestyle, dietary and environmental exposures.
DIS-ease and dysfunction are present if the body cannot obtain, process and utilize the nutrients it needs to in order to support methylation.
If you add genetic polymorphisms to the already apparent lack of methylation, disease and dysfunction are going to be amplified.
This is why the MTHFR polymorphism is coming to a head.
MTHFR is at the CENTER of methylation – literally.
If a MTHFR defect exists, then methylation is slowed immensely.
A scientific paper on this matter identifies the methylation issue well:
The metabolism of methyl-consuming compounds generates reactive oxygen species and consumes labile methyl groups; therefore, a chronic increase in the levels of methyl-consuming compounds in the body can induce not only oxidative stress and subsequent tissue injury, but also methyl-group pool depletion and subsequent aberrant methylation status. In the past few decades, the intake amount of methyl-consuming compounds has substantially increased primarily due to pollution, food additives, niacin fortification and high meat consumption. Thus, increased methyl consumers might have a causal role in the development and prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its related diseases. Moreover, factors that decrease the elimination/metabolism of methyl-consuming compounds and other xenobiotics (for example, sweat gland inactivity and decreased liver function) or increase the generation of endogenous methyl-consuming compounds (for example, mental stress-induced increase in catecholamine release) may accelerate the progression of metabolic syndrome. Based on current nutrition knowledge and the available evidence from epidemiological, ecological, clinical and laboratory studies on metabolic syndrome and its related diseases, this review outlines the relationship between methyl supply-consumption imbalance and metabolic syndrome, and proposes a novel mechanism for the pathogenesis and prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its related diseases.
Take Home Points on Methylation:
- Address the things in your life that are depleting your ability to support methylation.
- Continually improve the activities in your life that are increasing your ability to methylate.
- Identify genetic defects which alter methylation and assist in the restoration or bypassing of these defects
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