We have access to so much information, studies, and new discoveries it can be difficult to figure out where to start. This is from my facebook group Moms Taking Charge of Digestive Health and I thought I would share.
So often we are just told about MTHFR and the rest of the genes in the methylation cycle are left out. I can’t begin to count the number of times I have heard from clients that as soon as they found out they had a MTHFR snp they were put on methylated vitamins. On top of that I usually here how great they felt, then things started getting worse than before supplementing.
I can’t express enough how important it is that we put any and all test results into context and to avoid supplementing just because of a test result. Test results are great to have but they are just one piece to the puzzle. Which puzzle I am going to talk about in this video.
This first image is a brief, simple overview of a few of the cycles connected to MTHFR. Some of the key takeaways are SAMe is a product of that pathway and used in at least 200 processes throughout the body. Another takeaway is the cofactor vitamin B6 is needed for many of these genes to work well – from the detox/transsulfuration(bottom left) to neurotransmitters(far right). So if there are deficiencies in that vitamin guess what? Those genes are going to have problems whether there is a snp or not!
One of the common complaints about health is having brain-fog. We often think this is just a part of aging which we have no control over. Is that the case? What happens when we look at our brain from a functional perspective?
The simple fact is food affects our brain, for better or worse. Choosing foods which support proper brain function is vital to our overall wellness. Growth of healthy cells, healthy connections in the brain and efficient operation of our brain, and in turn our entire body, are affected by the foods we choose to consume. One of my favorite sayings about brain health comes from Dr. William Sears:
“Forget low-carb and low-fat diets. Eat a ‘right-carb’ and a ‘right-fat’ diet for optimal brain health!”
I couldn’t agree more! The quality of what we eat is of greater importance than the quantity. Let’s take a quick look at our brain health and food choices.
When our brain is provided with healthy nourishment it can make healthy connections, process information, create memories and signal muscles and hormones to react and move. Next time you think about healthy eating, don’t just think about the benefits it will have on your waistline. Rather, think of all the positive benefits your brain receives from getting the right brain-boosting nutrition!
For optimal function our brains need:
Omega-3 fats, Folate, Antioxidants and Carbohydrates.
Top 3 Brain-Boosting Foods
Fish: Wild Caught Salmon (Omega-3s – DHA & EPA)
Berries: Blueberries, Blackberries (antioxidants)
Greens: Bok Choy, Spinach, Collard Greens (folate)
One of my family’s favorite meal is grilled salmon with a side of steamed veggies and large bowl of mixed greens topped with a bit of olive oil and berries. Even my child who isn’t fond of fish loves this meal! I have a super simple salmon recipe here. As well as more information on Omega-3s and essential fats here.
So the next time you go shopping remember to stop by the produce and seafood departments to get a special brain-boosting treat 🙂
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