There's a prevailing myth that having an MTHFR variant is basically a guarantee for poor health. This couldn't be further from the truth! While it's certainly true that having an MTHFR variant can present some health challenges that you may not experience otherwise, it is by no means a one-way ticket to a lifetime of disease.
If you're homozygous for the C677T variant, you'll be more susceptible to health problems than if you're, for instance, heterozygous for the A1298C variant. This is due to the fact that the C677T variant negatively impacts methylation to a greater degree than the A1298C variant. Furthermore, being homozygous (two copies) will pose an even greater threat to methylation than being heterozygous (one copy). However, even if you're homozygous for the C677T variant (like myself), you can definitely live a healthy and fulfilling life. You simply need to be aware of what you're up against in order to make wise choices for yourself.
Having an MTHFR variant basically means that your body is more sensitive to toxins, due to an impaired ability to detox. If you are like me and lived obliviously to this fact for many years, then you may pay a price for it with your health. However, once you understand what the root cause of your health issues is, you can turn the ship around and restore health! Before finding out I'm a MTHFR, I experienced some very serious and life-threatening health problems. It was not a quick or easy road back to health, but I'm like a completely different person from who I was six years ago! If you have children, they will certainly benefit richly from instilling good MTHFR practices from a young age. Armed with knowledge, they can potentially avoid ever experiencing serious MTHFR-related health problems at all!
So what to do? Below are some good rules of thumb:
-Remove sources of folic acid from your diet and supplements (not to be confused with dietary folate)
-Take a good multivitamin (any B vitamins should be methylated or bioavailable. Make sure it does NOT contain folic acid)
-Consume a balanced diet with a focus on lots of veggies
-Opt for USDA Organic and Non-GMO
-Identify any potential food intolerances and remove from diet
-Take a probiotic
-Limit processed foods and stick with whole, fresh foods
-Exercise regularly (rebounding is great for a MTHFR)
-Get plenty of sleep
-Drink purified water
-Live a lifestyle of gentle detox
-Seek a naturopathic doctor or functional medicine practitioner for a medical grade detox (including chelation therapy) if necessary
How have you interpreted your MTHFR diagnosis? Tell us about it!