10 Key Health Tips for MTHFR Mutation Carriers
It can be pretty daunting to find out that you’re a carrier of the MTHFR gene mutation, particularly when you learn that it can increase your susceptibility to certain diseases and medical conditions. The first step to staying healthy is knowing that you have the mutation so that you can make changes to optimize cell function, stay healthy and keep disease at bay. Here are 10 key factors MTHFR mutation carriers should be following.
1. Optimize Your Digestive System
Maintaining healthy flora to keep the digestive system in tip top condition is essential. Candida, a yeast-like substance frequently found in the gut, can inhibit methylation, and as someone with an MTHFR mutation you must do everything possible to ensure proper methylation takes place. Start incorporating more fermented and cultured foods into your diet to ensure you’re consuming lots of healthy flora which is good for your gut.
2. Avoid Folic Acid in Your Supplements
People with MTHFR mutation cannot properly process folic acid and it can build up in the body. Folic acid is regularly included in multivitamins and supplements, so be sure to check the ingredients of those you take regularly and either stop taking them or switch brands.
3. Be Wary of Processed Foods
Some processed foods have folic acid added to them, so as above, you need to keep consumption to a minimum. Freshly cooked whole foods are much healthier in any case because processed foods tend to be packed full of unnecessary sugar and fat, so it’s never a bad time to switch to a healthier, more wholesome diet.
4. Try to Eat at Least One Cup of Dark, Leafy Greens Each Day
Folate should come from natural sources, so things like spinach, Swiss chard, kale, bok choy and other dark, leafy greens should be consumed regularly.
5. Find out If Your Homocysteine Levels Are Too High
If they are, it could be that you’re having problems with methylation or that you’re deficient in B12 or folate. If this is the case, consider supplementing with Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 and 5-MTHF.
6. Go for Grass-Fed and Organic
You should be avoiding hormones in your food as much as possible, as well as aiming to increase your B12 intake, so opt for organic, hormone-free grass-fed meat, organic free-range eggs and grass-fed butter.
7. Avoid Heavy Metals
MTHFR mutation carriers body’s will have trouble dealing with heavy metals. Avoid your exposure to aluminum by cooking on non-aluminum cookware or using antiperspirants which contain the metal. You could also consult a biological dentist about having mercury amalgam fillings removed.
You should be supplementing your diet with:
– Fish oil
– Vitamins C, D and E
Do note, however, that those who are double homozygous for MTHFR mutation (which means that both MTHFR genes have the mutation) you should be careful not to go too high with your dosage of methyl-B12 and methyl-folate, as high doses may not be tolerable by your body.
9. Keep Unnecessary Exposure to Toxins at a Minimum
Since the MTHFR mutation makes it harder for the body to deal with toxins, you should avoid exposing yourself to them as much as possible. This means finding alternatives to chemical-based household cleaners, and even choosing more natural personal care and cosmetic products – even some shampoos and soaps contain toxic ingredients.
10. Find Time to Detox
Find a detox regimen that works for you and stick to it. This could be as simple as taking regular exercise and working up a sweat, using Epsom bath salts, or going to regular infrared sauna sessions.