Epigenetics is great news for a MTHFR! For those unaware, what epigenetics basically means is that we can change the expression of a gene without actually changing the DNA code. In other words, you can't change the DNA that indicates you have an MTHFR variant. However, with targeted lifestyle changes, you can change the way that your MTHFR gene behaves for the better. That means that all of the nasty health problems that are associated with having an MTHFR variant are not an inevitable reality.
Did you know that despite a caterpillar going through incredible metamorphosis into a butterfly, its DNA never changes? That's right. While it may not be a perfect metaphor, you can think of epigenetics as being a bit like that. Nature provides your MTHFR gene that contains a variant in the DNA code. However, nurture can determine if it behaves like a caterpillar or a butterfly! Which will you choose?
So how do you unlock the power of epigenetics to nurture your MTHFR variant into health? It's all about lifestyle transformation. Below are some tips to get started:
Eliminate sources of folic acid
Supplement with bioavailable B vitamins
Consume a healthy diet with lots of folate-rich foods
Minimize processed foods and sugar
Consume lots of antioxidants through colorful fruits and veggies
Minimize your toxic load
Implement a lifestyle of gentle detox
Switch to non-toxic cleaning products, personal care items, and cosmetics
Promote gut health
Manage homocysteine levels
Support glutathione stores
To take a deeper, guided dive into how to thrive with an MTHFR variant, check out Hey MTHFR Academy. This 16-week online course will give you the tools you need to harness the power of epigenetics and befriend your MTHFR gene.