Methylation: Why Stress Turns You Toxic, (and alters your genes)

R5: Re-Establish Methylation

Many people still think genetics determine our health.  The fact is, genes only really determine what happens if WE don’t do enough of the right things, or too much of the wrong thing.

Understanding methylation is critical to this.

The short version of this article is ‘nutrition influences your genetics, and stress influences it too’. And the good news is nutrition and how you respond to stress IS UNDER YOUR CONTROL

“Nutrients can reverse or change epigenetic phenomena such as DNA methylation and histone modifications, thereby modifying the expression of critical genes associated with physiologic and pathologic processes, including embryonic development, aging, and carcinogenesis”  – http://advances.nutrition.org/content/1/1/8.full

Increase methyl donors and you will also increase glutathione

Methyl depletion also depletes glutathione which will drive inflammation.

Stress depletes methyl donors and can cause mood swings, sleeping problems, anxiety and irritability.

You need methyl groups to remove toxic oestrogen metabolites.

Methyl protects DNA.

Optimal methylation pre-conception (in mother and father)  turns off ‘crap’ genes for next generation.

 “The Methylation Priority Principle”

Dr. Alan Vinitsky, a researcher and doctor, theorized that due to the importance of methylation in the body and its multiple functions, there must be a prioritization of the valuable methyl groups it uses in the many life-sustaining functions.

Your body needs methyl groups to activate cortisol and adrenalin (the 2 most important stress hormones), and if there is a lack of methyl groups it will take them away from other uses to activate the hormones needed to adapt to stress. If your body does not adapt to stress it dies, thus it adapts to survive. The problem is that now the other needs are not met and new problems will arise such as DNA damage (cancer) or genes of susceptibility being turned on. This is a new understanding of how stress can lead to a host of different diseases.

Stress is the number one way methyl groups become depleted. Remember, your body does not know the difference between physical, chemical or emotional stress. The body’s response is the same, and its use of methyl groups to adapt to the stress is the same. Yes all of your worrying is costing you valuable methyl groups and putting your DNA at risk.

If you would like help decreasing stress then, we have a free video series on Youtube: How to beat stress, or  call us on 01707 662 704

More on Methylation from my live training on Facebook in early 2017:

Dr Pompa’s PDF:

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