How important is methylation?
Methylation is involved in almost every metabolic reaction in your body. Dr. Amy Yasko, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of nutrigenomics, compares methylation of your genes to traffic lights for the genetic roadways in your body. If these traffic signals are not working correctly, chaos ensues, and the result is a multitude of health problems. Many of us have single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which are mutations, or slight alterations, in our genes. These minor structural changes in our genes affect how well the gene works. These mutations are like having traffic lights that either turn on too quickly (work too fast) or take too long to turn on (work too slowly). In addition, various factors, including toxins, diet, sleep, exercise, stress, infection, gastrointestinal health, and psychological well-being, can have an on your traffic light (gene) function. The good news is that there are dietary and lifestyle measures, targeted supplementation, and treatments that can help you get around these broken lights or roadblocks.
These are only a few examples of where methylation is involved in our body’s metabolic reactions. To put it simply, without methylation, your cells die, and eventually, you die. Aging is an example of a decline in methylation.
We also recommend targeted supplementation to enhance methylation, clean up toxic waste products in the body, and improve digestion and gut health based on your own individual needs. We often encourage doing additional testing such as GI studies and other metabolic testing to attain a complete picture of what needs to be addressed in order to help you feel your best. For example, if you have an infection in your gut or an imbalance in your intestinal flora, it will change how well you methylate, and therefore, change your gene expression. It can all get a little complex, but helping to successfully guide and direct you through the process is part of the health care we provide to you.
At Vital Health, we look forward to working with you to determine the root cause of your symptoms and help you to regain your health and your life.