Learn to re-establish Methylation pathways
“The methylation pathways (which occur in the liver detox process) are one of the primary avenues for a patient to dispose of toxins and decrease inflammation. This is done when a chemical structure called a methyl group is added to a dangerous toxin, which tells the body that it needs to be removed. If the body does not have the tools to build methyl groups or attach them to dangerous toxins, the toxins are not labeled for the “trash bin” and remain in circulation or in tissues.
Some patients are more prone to methylation problems due to genetic mutations, while others have poor methylation due to low-quality diets and deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals. This is more common now than ever before because, over the last century, we have depleted vital nutrients from the soil with poor farming practices and the overutilization of pesticides. This means that the food we are consuming today has less nutrition than it did in previous generations, even though it still has the same number of calories! However, the most common way a patient reduces his or her methyl groups, thereby reducing methylation, is through stress. Physical, emotional, and chemical stress uses up nutrients needed for methylation and increases the risk of DNA damage and chronic disease!
Detoxifying the cells and promoting the health of cellular membranes is critically important to restoring health. If toxins remain within the cells and tissues, the immune system will continue to be triggered, and hormone conditions will prevail.” p, 116 “Is it me or Is It Hot in Here?” by Dr. Stephanie King, DC, RN
Detoxification and learning about methylation is an important component of understanding how your body works and optimizing health.
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