Having an MTHFR gene mutation can produce a variety of symptoms, and you might make it halfway through the day and start to feel tired, sluggish, and a lack of focus. Environmental triggers are a big issue when dealing with MTHFR. Some individuals with MTHFR gene mutations are rarely symptomatic due to staying away from their environmental triggers. An environmental trigger is something in your day to day life that because of your exposure to it, causes an ill effect on your body.
Avoid Folic Acid
One of the most important environmental triggers to avoid when talking about MTHFR gene mutations is folic acid. Folic acid isn’t detoxified efficiently in individuals with MTHFR. As the folic acid sits in the body, it creates blockages resulting in a delay in other important bodily functions such as repairing DNA and proper energy production (1). Your body is focused on detoxifying the folic acid, it now doesn’t have the time to create energy, resulting in exhaustion and that lack of concentration. Folic acid takes its form through processed foods or supplementation. Checking labels on your food and vitamins can help you be aware of what to avoid.
Individuals with MTHFR gene mutations have a hard time ridding toxins from their bodies. Heavy metals are a toxin that’s quite difficult to get rid of. Having heavy metals in the body in high concentrations can lead to major problems in the gut resulting in joint pain, digestive issues, and reproductive problems for women. Heavy metals are everywhere, it’s important not only to avoid heavy metals but to also improve your methylation and detoxification processes.
Limit Alcohol Intake.
Alcohol is a contributor to elevating homocysteine levels in the blood (2). Alcohol requires the liver to work extra hard in order to detox and rid the body of its effects. However, due to the reduced speed of detoxification in individuals with MTHFR, alcohol sits in the stomach longer resulting in inflammation and discomfort. Smoking also elevates homocysteine levels and should be avoided.
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Now that we’ve established what to avoid, let’s talk about a few things you can do in order to naturally heal your body:
- Consume natural folate (dark leafy greens)
- Sleep for at least 8 hours a night
- Improve methylation and detoxification processes (put vitamins and the necessary nutrients/supplements into your body in order to increase the efficiency)
- Increase your intake of natural probiotics (Replenish your gut with good bacteria)
- Reduce stress levels- exercise, stress relievers (yoga, deep breathing)
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- Health functions. (n.d.). Retrieved July 20, 2017, from http://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/vitamins/b9/health-functions.html
2. Chiuve, S. E., Giovannucci, E. L., Hankinson, S. E., Hunter, D. J., Stampfer, M. J., & Willett, A. W. (2005, July 01). Stephanie E Chiuve. Retrieved July 20, 2017, from http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/82/1/155.full