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Troubleshooting Tuesdays – Delving into MTHFR and Neurotransmitters

MTHFR – Neurotransmitters – Where do we start?

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!

I should have more videos coming soon, and be sure to connect with me on facebook to get updates.

UPDATE:  Here is the new page for past online webinars and more in-depth informational videos:  CLICK HERE FOR PAST CLASSES

And another helpful pathway illustration 

Autism Awareness – A Functional Health Approach

Living Well with Autism

Did you know that in 2014, approximately 1 in every 68 children were identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?  Today that number is even more disturbing 🙁   How about that this prevalence is more common in boys than girls, with 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls effected?  More current figures estimate prevalence to be closer to 1 in 45 children ages 3 through 17. (This equates to 2% of children in the U.S. who are living with autism!)

No matter what the statistics say, individuals with an autism diagnosis and their families deserve the basic right to maximize the quality of life and live in a world where they are always respected and valued.

Autism does not discriminate and families and individuals of all cultures, ethnicities, and socioeconomic status are affected. The specific cause is currently unknown, however, it is likely to actually be a number of different developmental brain disorders that produce similar presentations. (Most cases of autism are thought to result from a combination of genetic predisposition and triggering environmental events which influence early stages of brain development.)

During this experience, you will finally have the chance to learn holistic techniques to reduce symptoms and find out how functional medicine can help make the future look a lot brighter.

The goal for Functional Autism Awareness on Saturday, August 25th at 1:00 pm CDT is to help you or your loved one learn how to best manage an autism diagnosis through functional health approaches.  Hosted by:  Salena Rothenberger, D.PSc, CFMP, CHC

Watch Replay Here

Debunking Misconceptions of Autism

There are many myths surrounding autism. (For example, the prevalence of autism has been steadily increasing for the last 40 years.

Truth: The rate of autism has increased by 600% in the last 20 years. In 1975, an estimated 1 in 1,500 had autism. In 2014, an estimated 1 in 68 had an autism spectrum disorder.

Another myth blames parenting styles for causing autism. There is no evidence to support this and causes much undue guilt and pain on parents.

Are you aware many brilliant famous minds throughout history are thought to have been on the autism spectrum? 

Some notable figures include:

– Albert Einstein
– Amadeus Mozart
– Sir Isaac Newton
– Michelangelo
– Thomas Jefferson

A well-known name in the autism world is Professor of Animal Science, Temple Grandin. She was diagnosed with autism as a child and is noted as one of the first individuals to publicly share insights about her personal experience of autism. She attributes her ability to think in pictures to helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss.

Functional health approaches are ideal for helping individuals with ASD as the body is viewed as one integrated system rather than a collection of independent organs. By understanding and treating the body as a whole, functional health approaches can help various ranges of abnormalities such as gut imbalances and detoxification issues common in individuals with autism. (Such anomalies often cause the behavioral and mood symptoms of autism.)

We are driven to share the many holistic techniques and benefits functional medicine has to offer as the integrated approach of functional health looks at diet, exercise, detoxification, and supplementation as means to reducing symptoms of autism.

There is no reason you or your family should endure any additional stress. We understand autism comes with enough complications and trying times, and now settling for mediocrity does not have to be your future.

Please invite anyone you feel who can benefit… grandparents, caregivers, and friends are all absolutely welcome!

Super Food, Super You!

You Are What You Eat!

This phrase can be taken quite literally. Our body’s fuel source is the food we eat and if we are not paying proper attention to this, we put ourselves in the position of struggling to THRIVE in our daily lives.  The validity of scientific research and the emerging nutritional advances have given us incredible clarity on what foods truly are superior to others for our health. Appropriately, these foods have been named the superfoods!

Join me to get clear on how you can regain your optimal fuel and health by incorporating superfoods into your diet at my next webinar, Superfood, Super You on Saturday, August 18th at 1:00 pm CDT  Register here to save your spot: Superfood, Super You Seminar

Hosted by:

Salena Rothenberger, D.PSc, CFMP, CHC

What Are Superfoods?

Superfoods are universal! Every culture throughout recorded human history has identified certain indigenous foods to have superior health-promoting nutrition.

For a food to be considered a superfood, it must contain significant amounts of a variety of healthful bio-available nutrients (usable by the body in the form it is ingested). This may be vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, or beneficial macronutrients. This basically means all we have to do to reap their benefits is eat it!

 

Why Do We Need Them?

The American diet is nutrient poor and calorie dense. This leads to a lot of undernourished and unhealthy people while uprising trends in obesity, depression, and chronic illnesses. This diet of processed foods creates a welcoming environment for inflammatory cells that promote disease which creates an endless cycle.

Luckily, superfoods have the ability to stop inflammation in its tracks, and in some cases, can even reverse existing cell damage!

Superfoods provide us with the nutrition our bodies need AND strengthen our immune system like none other.

During this experience, you will gain clarity on what makes a superfood truly earns its title, how you can incorporate them into your diet, and how they can optimize your health!

Invite the people you care about most to my webinar, Superfood, Super You, to learn ways to take control of our diet, health, and life!

Now that you know you can make a change, will I see you there?

This is guaranteed to be incredible!

We Can’t Wait to Share With You on Saturday, August 18th at 1:00 pm CDT!

Top 3 Brain Boosting Foods!

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 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.top-3-brain-boosting-foods

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!

So what is the fuel which is vital to the brain?

For optimal function our brains need:
Omega-3 fats, Folate, Antioxidants and Carbohydrates.

  • Omega-3s are important building blocks in the brain – they are vital to the proper function of impulses which take place.
  • Folate is a nutrient needed for neurotransmitter function.
  • Antioxidants keep the blood brain barrier healthy, protecting cells from wear and tear and improve blood flow by decreasing excessive blood clotting.
  • Carbohydrates are needed because your brain uses them for energy.

What are quality sources of these brain fuels?

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 🙂

[Resources:

Soares AA, et al (2017)  A double- blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled clinical trial with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (OPFA ɷ-3) for the prevention of migraine in chronic migraine patients using amitriptyline.  Nutr Neurosci. doi: 10.1080/1028415X.2016.1266133.

Pu H, Jiang X, Wei Z, Hong D, Hassan S, Zhang W, Shi Y, Chen L, Chen J.(2016) Repetitive and prolonged omega-3 fatty acid treatment after traumatic brain injury enhances long-term tissue restoration and cognitive recovery.
Cell Transplant. doi: 10.3727/096368916X693842. PMID: 27938482

Pu H, Jiang X, Hu X, Xia J, Hong D, Zhang W, Gao Y, Chen J, Shi Y. (2016) Delayed Docosahexaenoic Acid Treatment Combined with Dietary Supplementation of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Promotes Long-Term Neurovascular Restoration After Ischemic Stroke.
Transl Stroke Res. 2016 Dec;7(6):521-534.

Jiraungkoorskul W. Review of neuro-nutrition used as anti-alzheimer plant, spinach Spinacia oleracea. Phcog Rev [serial online] 2016 [cited 2017 Jan 17];10:105-8. Available from: http://www.phcogrev.com/text.asp?2016/10/20/105/194040

Cardiovasular Disease & Diabetes: What is the connection?

The primary health concerns of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were infections diseases.  A shift in adverse health came about after the fortification and enrichment of foods.  Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke became the prevailing ailments.  These diseases continue to rise, some at alarming rates.  Let’s take a quick look between two prevalent diseases today: Heart Disease and Diabetes. I am going to especially look at the incidents in Nacogdoches County in the State of Texas.  [PDF of this post here]

Some quick stats:

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Is this a sign of malfunction in the bodies of the population?

Maintaining a healthy status requires a homeostasis of the bodily systems. Having healthy levels of glucose in our blood is vital for proper balance. When we eat, signals are sent in our body to aid in the metabolizing of the food we just ate.  Insulin is secreted as a result of some of those signals.  It is the “key” which allows glucose to enter the cells.  Without proper signaling of insulin, glucose cannot enter the cells.  This results in glucose going to other parts of the body.  For our body to function properly it is important to keep glucose levels stable.

When our glucose levels are outside a healthy range it attaches to proteins resulting in diabetes-1724617_1920Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs).  Excessive AGEs leads to plaque forming in the blood vessels.  One consequence is an impairment of the endothelium which lines the blood vessels.  It is hindered in releasing nitric oxide into the blood stream.  With this compromised cardiovascular system, the body has a difficult time repairing daily wear and tear.  Thus an increase in inflammation.  Heart disease often ensues.

In fact…. Studies have shown an increased incidence of heart disease in the presence of diabetes! 

With a high prevalence of heart disease and diabetes there is a need to understand the role of a proper functioning body. In regards to diabetes and cardiovascular disease the role of glucose balance is of marked importance.  Maintaining proper levels eliminates an exacerbating risk factor for both diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  A body which is in homeostasis is free of disease contrasted with a body where malfunction is present, disease emanates.

What can you do today to ensure a proper functioning body?

Begin practicing the 5 Pillars to Healthy Function!!!

Eat Quality Foods

Get Adequate Sleep

Be Active

Promote Healthy Digestion

Embrace Peace & a Spiritual Connection (Eliminate Stress)

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Related Research:

A.G.E. Foundation. What are AGEs http://agefoundation.com/age/

CDC Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke TablesGeographic Area 2010-2012.

Davis, C., and E. Saltos. (May 1999) “Dietary Recommendations and How They Have Changed Over Time,” America’s Eating Habits: Changes and Consequences, Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 750, USDA, ERS. Chapter 2.

Texas Department of State Health Services. (2012). 2012 Texas Heart Disease and Stroke

Fact Sheets, (2013). Diabetes Prevalence Among Adults BRFSS data Tables

Yamagishi, S-i., Nakamura, N., and Matsui, T. (2016) Glycation and cardiovascular disease in diabetes: A perspective on the concept of metabolic memory. J Diabetes, doi: 10.1111/1753-0407.12475.

Got Cravings? What to eat instead…

Anyone who has made changes to their diet has probably experienced cravings! I came across a similar chart a few years ago and it has been a huge help when I go through times of craving foods I know are not a healthy choice!!!  Here is my rendition and hope it is beneficial to you in your health journey 🙂

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‘Pearfectly’ Steamed Cinnamon Pears

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Yet one more delicious item from my Azure Standard order… We have two cases and my darling husband came up with this recipe!

Super easy - Steam pears for about 10-15 min top with Ceylon Cinnamon!

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[recipe-notes] Credit: The Functional Perspective
[/recipe-notes] [recipe-ingredients] – 4 small pears
– freshly ground Ceylon cinnamon
[/recipe-ingredients] [recipe-directions] 1. Rinse and peel pears(can leave peel on if preferred)
2. Steam pears for about 10 minutes
3. Sprinkle with Cinnamon
4. Enjoy!
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