Methylation

Methylation is a huge topic and an essential process for every cell and organ in our body.  When we don’t methylate effectively we may experience health issues that range form headaches and chronic fatigue to more serious issues such as bipolar, psychosis and schizophrenia.

A methyl unit is a single carbon molecule and life is the continual exchange and acquisition of carbon molecules. Methylation is the process of the body donating (attaching or detaching) these carbon atoms.  This process of methylation is vitally important for every cell and organ.  Methylation assists in gene expression, it turns genes on and off.

Making sure we methylate effectively is essential.  It is everything about how your cell functions and is built and operates.  If you have a problem with methylation you have a problem with everything!

Roles of methylation

  • DNA synthesis and repair
  • Cell replication and repair – especially in fetal development
  • Neurotransmitter synthesis and metabolism
  • Energy production
  • Hormone regulation
  • Detoxification
  • Gene Expression

How do we know if we are methylating effectively?

There are certain tests we can do to assess your genetic make up in regards to methylation. We can take a look at your genetic SNP’s. This will tell me what blockages you have in certain methylation pathways. Along with genetic testing we can perform Organic acid testing. This test identifies over 75 different markers in the metabolic process. These two tests combined give me an inside look at underlying issues that may be causing health conditions.

Some conditions associated with methylation issues:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Poor detoxification
  • Neurotransmitter imbalance
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • OCD/ODD
  • Eating disorders
  • Bipolar
  • Schizophrenia
  • Phobias/Delusions
  • Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Autoimmune disorders