When I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease about 6 years ago. I had blood tests on a weekly bases. One thing that shocked me was my genetic testing.
From week to week my genes would change.
Like a city of workers
Our body works with a complex chain of workers converting and translating vitamins, minerals, and nutrients into useful functional tools for use. Think of it like, a busy city of people.
In the city of your body, how many people handled that vegetable that you just ate? And think all the way back to the farmer that took care of the soil before his worker planted the seed? Even before the farmer, there was the seed grower. That broccoli has been grown, watered, picked, sold, trucked, stocked, bought, cooked, eaten, then becoming waste… the garbage, and sewage are all important parts. Our bodies are like that.
There are so many important parts to one seemingly simply thing.
Genes are the little workers that converts and translates things into all the functions the body needs. Just like that broccoli went through all those processes, your body has billions of those chains that are working at full speed.
Sometimes we have a weak gene that messes up the chain.
Have you ever wondered why a “disease” runs in a family? We say that it’s genetic.
Can we change our genetics?
That was my question.
In Alzheimer’s…little bits of you disappear leaving another person. Not just confusion, but losing yourself… Your personality, thoughts, dreams, hopes, memories, feelings.
Maybe the person that replaces you is nicer..but more often the person left is angry and ugly to everyone they once loved.
Alzheimer’s is a scary declining process. My grandmother and her sister both died with Alzheimer’s. I watched small pieces of my grandmother get replaced by a high anxiety, confused, angry person. ‘
It made me very aware of my genes.
B Vitamins Critical For Turning Genes “On” and “Off”
B vitamins are critical for the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. So basically the little workers talking, communicating, and processing information have to have Bs.
Studies have shown that low Bs are associated with cognitive decline.
Folate has a number of the worker functions that enhance cognitive performance including lowering inflammation and reducing homocysteine, two things that are linked to brain disorders.
One of the coolest things about folate is its ability to modify gene expression. I mean it actually can turn genes “off” and “on”.
Studies have shown that adding folate to brain cell cultures can “turn off” the gene that produces the toxin beta-amyloid proteins, which are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s.
It has been fun watching my genes change and get stronger. I am sweating for the first time in my life, which is weird and great! It is a very important part of detox.
I have to work harder than others at being strong and healthy…but I can! I will keep “changing” my genetics. I live without fear knowing that my body’s “city” is getting lots of TLC. The science is there, and it is exciting!
I am getting stronger for me but also for my babies. I want to help them with their genes.
And I want to change our family’s future!
So many positive studies show B vitamins (including folate!) support healthy genetics:
How Folate Directs Healthier Genes
Note: While folate occurs naturally in foods, folic acid is synthetic. The human body doesn’t handle folic acid very well. (source).
Synthetic folic acid can hog the folate receptor sites in the MTHFR (detoxification) pathway, so eat whole foods rich in folate, and when pregnant, take a folate-based prenatal supplement!
Update: In response to questions about a high-quality prenatal recommendation, I want to recommend this one. It’s my favorite to recommend bc it contains 800mcg of folate as well as molybdenum to help with detox. It is also raw and safe with nothing man-made added to do harm.
When unusable folic acid is blocking/hogging the receptor sites where real folate is needed, a folate deficiency occurs and the following can happen:
- Neural tube defects
- Recurrent miscarriages
- Midline defects including tongue tie (read more about folate and tongue tie here)
- Neurological problems
- Anxiety (many people don’t realize they have anxiety until starting folate and having it go way down)
- Growth problems
- Thyroid problems
- Anemia and more
Avoid processed foods as these are fortified with folic acid and this causes a burden in detoxification and metabolism, especially for folks with the MTHFR genetic defect(s).
“If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.” ~Thomas Jefferson
When Shoshanna Easling was growing up, herbs were like tomatoes. They grew them. They put them up for the winter. They used them daily, and gave concoctions away to people in need of them. Her mother Debi was always teaching them. By the time Shoshanna was 13, her family started the Bulk Herb Store. At 18, she ran the Bulk Herb Store. She had a passion to help people.
Her passion continues today as Shoshanna and her husband James, with their 3 children and 14 employees, run the Bulk Herb Store selling quality herbs. They love to teach what they know and inspire you to learn and research beyond that.
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