Connecting the Dots: A Truth Bomb on What’s Making Us All Sick…
In 2003, a genetic study called the Human Genome Project was completed. And, via that study, it was discovered that an important gene for your health and well-being, called the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase – MTHFR, or the “detox gene” – was rendered inactive in many people.
Today, that estimate has ballooned to 40-60 percent of the general population with inactive detox genes in those who possess it (and many do). Our genes don’t change, but they can be turned on and off, changing functionality within our body. Hypomethylation of DNA means genes don’t methylate toxins out of our bodies through our body’s natural detoxification organs, such as our liver.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is emerging as the most common chronic liver condition in the Western World, according to the National Institutes of Health; and it’s undiagnosed and under-diagnosed by medical professionals. When our liver stops working, we get sick and we stay sick.
Methylation nutrients are Selenium, Folate, B12, B6 and Choline are most important. Any deficiencies of Selenium, Folate and B12 in particular can cause hypomethylation which leaves the genes without a detoxification mechanism.
Reduced MTHFR activity also decreases our body’s ability to maintain normal homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is toxic and has been implicated as a marker for many chronic diseases. In people with high homocysteine levels, it can attach to proteins, resulting in mutated proteins not recognized by the immune system. Our immune system attacks the mutated proteins causing autoimmunity and inflammation.
Homocysteine is an amino acid and breakdown product of protein metabolism. As we age, homocysteine can begin to build up in the bloodstream. High homocysteine is linked to a string of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, autoimmune disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disease.
Blood levels of homocysteine individuals tend to be highest in those who eat a lot of animal protein and consume few fruits and leafy vegetables, which provide the folic acid and other B vitamins that help the body rid itself of homocysteine.
Our body is also exposed to additional toxins. More than 100,000 chemicals are now found in our foods, drugs, personal products and everyday items, with about 1,000 new ones introduced every year. The 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals tested for 265 different industrial chemicals and found increasingly worrisome levels in our blood and urine.
Additives to water and food, as well as environmental pollution, contribute to toxicity in our body that is not processed out due to what we’ve discussed about high homocysteine levels and inactive methylation pathways to turn toxins into water solubles by the liver and processed out through urination and bowel movement.
What toxins are we talking about?
- Arsenic, chlorine and fluoride (banned in much of Europe) is found in most tap and bottled water.
- Processed food, many of which contain high fructose corn syrup, has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization, and much of the fresh fruits and vegetables in our grocery stores contain GMOs.
- Even with organic food nutrients aren’t being absorbed into our bodies due to lack of enzymes required.
- There are 1,300 toxic ingredients banned in personal care products in Europe. The FDA bans nowhere near that in the United States.
- Toxic, or hazardous, air pollutants cause or are suspected of causing cancer, birth defects, or other serious harms. They can be gases, like hydrogen chloride, benzene or toluene, dioxin, or compounds like asbestos, or elements such as cadmium, mercury, and chromium.
The reason for the decline in digestive enzyme production as you age is the deteriorating state of your organs. Especially the organs responsible for producing your digestive enzymes (salivary glands, stomach, pancreas and small intestine). These organs are impacted by homocysteine levels, inactive detox genes (methylation) – plus the food we eat, water we drink, personal care products we absorb through our skin and toxins we breathe in.
It is important to make sure that we balance our blood sugar, digest our food correctly and eliminate toxins on a regular basis. If we don’t our bodies begin shut down mode, which can take days, years or months to complete. Shutdown mode begins with inflammation of the liver, in most cases, and then it spreads elsewhere. Inflammation leads to infection. The longer infection stays in the body the more opportunity it has to turn to chronic illness.
Unbalanced blood sugar and undigested food contribute to weight gain. Overweight and obese individuals die early of heart disease, organ failure or other extreme health issues. A recent report from the CDC shows that almost 40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of adolescents are obese.
Things aren’t getting better. They are getting worse. But, now that you’ve been equipped with this information the only barrier between you and better health is, in fact, you. Start your path to change with us today.