We were recently fortunate enough to attend a conference given by international speaker Dr Kara Fitzgerald on the trending topic of Methylation. To many of our clients who have had their genes tested with us, this term should ring a bell. If not, read on, you won’t want to miss this.
First things first, what is Methylation and why is it necessary?
Methylation is a biochemical process that happens in all our cells. The process is involved in DNA repair, detox, hormone balance, histamine balance, gene building and gene expression (it makes sure the right genes are ‘turned on’ and the bad genes are ‘switched off’) – so you can only imagine why it is so important!
Hyper and hypo-methylation:
Methylation needs to be BALANCED. Both hypo-methylation (not enough methylation taking place) and hyper-methylation (excessive methylation) can be detrimental to your health. This balance is dependent on many factors, the critical ones being: poor nutrient intake, inflammation, oxidative stress, environmental toxins, gut-health and your genetic variation. I hope you are starting to realise the importance of this process… cue flipping through your DNA health report now.
Conditions associated with insufficient Methylation
This list looks frighteningly endless… from ADD/ADHD to bipolar disorder, addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, cancer, chronic fatigue, dementia, diabetes, fertility issues, hypertension, insomnia, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and thyroid disease (to name a few, OK, to name many, but there are more).
How do we achieve balanced Methylation?
As mentioned before – methylation balance is what will ensure that all the right genes are turned on while all the bad genes are switched off, so the balance is what you must strive for. Taking high dose supplementation can often cause you to create an imbalance so the best way to achieve optimal methylation is to tackle your diet.
Start reaching for…
- Animal protein such as eggs, salmon and liver
- Bright fruit and vegetables, think beetroot, spinach and broccoli kind-of-bright
- Omega 3-rich nuts and seeds
- Herbs and spices
- Good, healthy fats (trans fats and refined oils are a big no!)
- Legumes and grains
- Dairy, as tolerated
Steer clear from…
- Charred foods
- Added sugars
- Artificial sweeteners
- Hydrogenated fats
- Folic acid fortified foods
As you can see the list of foods to eat is far longer than the list of ‘banned’ foods. If you think a ‘Methylation promoting diet’ is bland, think again. Have a look at some of the amazing food we were treated to at the seminar.
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