What is Methylation?
Put simply, methylation is the key we can use to unlock the door to good genes and lock the door on bad genes. It is a vital metabolic process that happens in every cell in every organ over a billion times a day! Methylation is the process of taking 1 carbon and 3 hydrogens, known as a methyl group, and applying it to innumerable, critical functions of your body that are responsible for things such as: thinking, detoxing, fighting infections and viruses and turning bad genes off and good genes on.
Methylation happens when your body takes nutrients from the food you eat, folate being one of the most important nutrients, and converts (methylate) it into substances needed for all the chemical processes your body completes on a daily basis. These nutrients get converted and makes things like creatine, carnitine, CoQ10, melatonin and many, many other important chemicals, enzymes and substances that determine what we look like, our physical and emotional health and our overall wellbeing.
Methylation is how your cells communicate. If they’re not communicating, they’re not healthy which means you’re not healthy.
Cellular Health for Methylation
The health of your cells is vitally important because the process of methylation happens inside your cells where your DNA is stored. Cell membranes are made of fatty acids that support the cells elasticity in order to move good nutrients in and bad organisms out. This fluidity of the cell membrane is critical for methylation to happen because it is completely dependent on good nutrients being able to get through the cell membrane to the DNA in order to initiate the chemical processes that literally give you life.
There are many different components that go into building healthy cells and a proper diet composed of whole foods is essential. Whole foods provide fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and amino acids that keep your cells and your cell membranes functioning optimally. Processed foods do not provide these essential nutrients and when your cells become nutritionally deficient, the cell membranes becomes rigid and hard and the whole cell starts deteriorating.
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How does Methylation Affect My Body?
Methylation can affect almost every tissue and organ system in your body because it is working on the most fundamental, genetic processes.
- The production of ATP, which is your cellular energy source, is influenced by methylation. If you can’t produce ATP, your body won’t have enough energy and your mitochondrial function begins to break down.
- Methylation influences your brain function and production of neurotransmitters. It also influences your body’s ability to break down and dispose of excess neurotransmitters. If you don’t methylate these neurotransmitters properly, you may see problems with ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, etc…
- Proper methylation is key to glutathione production which is the body’s major antioxidant to bind heavy metals and toxins for optimal detoxification. If your body has problems with methylation you become more likely to have problems with heavy metal toxicity as the glutathione isn’t available to clear the toxins out. These toxins can then also block other key methylation pathways which starts a vicious cycle in our bodies.
- Methylation helps your body balance and regulate your hormones. Take Estrogen for example – this a hormone which your body naturally produces and should be able to regulate on it’s own, but due to poor methylation and/or over-estrogenation from plastics and chemicals in our body care products, our body reaches dangerous levels of estrogen which leads to all sorts of disorders.
- Proper methylation produces enzymes and other nutrients that are vital to these systems in your body.
- Your methylation cycles strongly influence your immune system and your body’s ability to fight off infections.
DNA Protection and Repair
- Millions of times per day, your genes and DNA are being copied and methylation is the superhero that protects your genes and DNA while this copy is happening. If the copies are left unprotected, they can be damaged and mutated which can lead to many health problems, including cancer and formation issues in a developing baby.
Conditions Linked to Methylation Breakdown
- Mental Illness
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Frequent miscarriages
- Birth Defects
- Austism/Down’s Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome