I have been asked SO many times if everyone should live as if they have MTHFR even if they’ve never been tested. Can you guess my answer? YES!
Living like you have MTHFR means you are living a non-toxic lifestyle that EVERYONE could benefit from. MTHFR or not, chemicals are polluting and poisoning our bloodstream and making us sicker. But it’s even more serious & magnified if you have MTHFR. So yes, I highly encourage everyone to live as if they have MTHFR & adopt a non-toxic, clean lifestyle. You will thank me in 10-20 years when you are healthy, vibrant, and living your best life.
It may seem dramatic to live this way but is it more dramatic than fighting cancer or having open heart surgery? NO WAY.
Depending on what mutation of MTHFR you have, your body cannot methlyate. Methylation affects the body’s natural detoxification process, controlling oxidation, immune function including autoimmunity, formation of neurotransmitters, energy production, inflammation and other critical functions. Also with MTHFR, homocysteine cannot be converted to methionine. As a result, homocysteine builds up in the bloodstream, and the production of methionine is next to none. Methionine is an amino acid responsible for processing fats and maintaining liver health by helping to remove heavy metals and toxins from the body. Poor levels of methionine can lead to heavy metal and toxin buildup in the body which can raise your risk of arteriosclerosis, fatty liver degenerative disease, anemia, increased inflammation, chemical sensitivities, increased free radical damage, and a variety of other major illnesses.
I know that’s kind of complicated but it’s the quickest way to break down WHY MTHFR causes us to hold onto these toxins and what diseases they present.
Over the last two years I have done so much research on how to live as clean as possible. Partnered with my sister-in-law who found out she has MTHFR last year, we have bounced ideas off of each other and found 5 products I think EVERYONE should own & use daily-MTHFR or not.
Before I knew I had MTHFR I would use marijuana to help with my non-existent appetite, combat the nausea I had after every meal & to treat anxiety naturally. But once I stopped these were problems I still faced with no relief. My SIL recommended CBD for cramps I was having and it was a game changer. I have NO idea why it took me so long to research MTHFR & CBD. HOLY COW IT HAS BEEN LIFE CHANGING. CBD has a wide variety of uses & I think EVERYONE needs to incorporate CBD in their daily routine. However, the reason it’s on this list is because it works hand in hand with TRS. So not only does CBD help alleviate your symptoms from MTHFR caused illnesses, it also aids TRS in removing heavy metals from your body.
MTHFR diseases can be broken down into 3 main categories: inflammation related (inflammation, chronic pain, nerve pain etc.), oxidative stress related (heart attack, stroke, migraines etc.) and neurotransmitter related (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar etc).
CBD helps manage inflammation as well as remove toxins from you brain. Using CBD with TRS is ESSENTIAL for those with MTHFR. Recall earlier that individuals with MTHFR accumulate homocysteine instead of it being converted into glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant? This inability to produce our biggest fighter of free radicals could lead to oxidative stress in our bodies. CBD has been shown in several studies to exert an antioxidant effect. One study showed among other things how CBD weakened oxidative stress and inflammation while removing heavy metals from your body.
Common Symptoms Of Low Magnesium Are:
Isn’t it ‘funny’ that almost all of these are also symptoms of MTHFR?! That’s because MTHFR inhibits the body from producing magnesium and causing a deficiency. Magnesium is an abundant mineral naturally present in the body that acts as a cofactor in hundreds of enzymatic processes and systems. It helps to regulate biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, and healthy blood pressure. It may help support healthy muscle relaxation by inhibiting calcium influx and smooth muscle contractions. Magnesium is important for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis. It may contribute to the development and maintenance of healthy bone structure and is needed for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione.
There are different forms of magnesium that you can take such as:
Magnesium Citrate is an excellent form of magnesium to maintain digestive health and is often used to clear bowels and prevent constipation. As a muscle relaxant, it can help in leg cramps and is one of the most easily and rapidly absorbed forms of magnesium available.
Magnesium Malate is crucial for ATP production and some research shows it can benefit patients with fibromyalgia and is an energizing, rather than relaxing, form of magnesium.
Magnesium Glycinate is complexed with glycine, which acts as a calming agent in the body. Glycinate forms of magnesium have been shown to reduce back pain due to muscle spasm and can calm the nervous system to further combat chronic pain.
Magnesium Threonate provides the greatest benefit to the nervous system. It can cross the blood brain barrier and is associated with increased scores in short-term and long-term memory when given to patients.
With any magnesium supplement you choose, you will get all the benefits of magnesium!
Plastic containers, canned goods, and plastic water bottles contain BPA. BPA poses a threat to our health as it a synthetic xeno-oestrogen, a compound that mimics or imitates oestrogen in the body. As we are widely exposed to this chemical in our modern day diets, lifestyles and environments, BPA has shown the power to enter the body and disrupt the hormonal balance in both males and females(WITHOUT MTHFR).
And the biggest scam of all time is “BPA FREE”. Instead companies use BPS which has the exact same effects on the body as BPA. It is important to remember that those with the MTHFR gene are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of Bisphenol A exposure, as one of the primary organs affected by the mutation is the liver, with levels of our primary antioxidant, glutathione, then depleted/ reduced.
I used to drink 10+ water bottles a day…while pregnant. Ugh. But I felt like if I didn’t have a water bottle I wouldn’t drink as much. I liked that it was filtered and clean. OH MAN WAS I WRONG. Actually bottled water is proven to not only have toxins from the plastic bottle, but in the water itself. Major water brands actually add a ton of salt and other chemicals that do not have to be listed on the bottle to dehydrate you and make you want to drink more water. Also the way they are filtered for bottling causes them to be full of heavy metals and toxins.
When I checked into the hospital to have Addy, they couldn’t get my IV in because I was severely dehydrated. I didn’t know how that was even possible. I was drinking well over a gallon a day and had a low sodium diet. Well I was drinking bottled water from a plastic water bottle.
I invested in a glass water bottle as well as a glass purifying system for my fridge. So we get the jugs of water delivered to our house and then I use that to fill up our glass purifier that works to remove heavy metals and toxins. If I used a Brita that is plastic, it would be no different really than drinking from a plastic water bottle because my water is absorbing all the chemicals from the plastic holder. GO GLASS! (and major perk is it helps clear our landfills yay!)
From the Yogi Website, “As everyday impurities find their way into our bodies, we may be left feeling tired or out of balance. Yogi DeTox tea combines time-honored cleansing herbs Burdock and Dandelion with Juniper Berry and an Ayurvedic blend called “trikatu” (Ginger, Black Pepper and Long Pepper), traditionally used to support digestion and circulation. Indian Sarsaparilla, Licorice, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Clove round out this delicious blend for a perfectly spiced tea. As part of an overall wellness program, Yogi DeTox tea helps bring healthy balance from within”
If you haven’t noticed already the #1 thing to do if you have MTHFR (or honestly just in general) is DETOX, DETOX, DETOX. Drinking hot water has HUGE benefits alone for detoxing your body, debloating, mood regulation, and removing impurities. Mixing that with a high quality tea is HUGE for your body. I will only drink Yogi tea because they use high quality herbs and spices and their bags are plastic free. So many tea bags (like those cute triangle ones??!) are full of harmful toxins ESPECIALLY when you seep them in hot water.
Every afternoon I brew Yogi Detox tea with a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and a few drops of CBD oil. Then at night before bed I brew Yogi Bedtime tea with honey, CBD, cinnamon, and turmeric. This helps clean out all the toxins and impurities throughout the day while the herbs work for holistic healing. YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH YOGI TEA!
You’re probably wondering why I didn’t include a multivitamin. Personally, I think multivitamins are a huge scam. I think they are necessary during pregnancy or illness only when your immune system is lowered and you’re not absorbing all the nutrients from your food. The reason being is we excrete most of the vitamins we take in every time we pee (ever wonder why your pee is neon when you take vitamins??) but our bodies hold onto the heavy metals and chemicals from the vitamins (the way they are processed, made, and capsules). There is also a ton of things you don’t need in the vitamins and very few of what you actually need in a multivitamin.
So I believe in supplementing smartly. Check to see where your vitamins come from. How are they made and processed? Are they made in small batches or large batches (this is where heavy metal exposure comes in) and are you supplementing for your body? That’s why multivitamins don’t work. There is not a one-size fits all and you could be deficient in vitamin D but have too much vitamin A and you take a multivitamin thinking you are helping the cause when really you are overloading your vitamin A intake and still depriving yourself of vitamin D.
Eat healthy, nutritious foods and supplement adequately with what you’re not getting from food. With MTHFR it’s typically B vitamins. Do your research and find what works for YOUR body. Don’t fall into the scam of one size fits all.
And the most important thing to remember (MTHFR or not) is to reduce your toxin exposure. Make sure to only use non-toxic skin care, non-toxic cleaning products (yes, they really work), and eat clean! With MTHFR our body can’t detox properly so we hold onto all these toxins storing them in our fat cells, organs, and brain. The less exposure we have, the less we have to worry about detoxing to prevent major diseases.
Make sure to check out my other blogs on MTHFR & clean living.