It's Not All in Your Head

What if all the meds you dump down your throat were wasted because your body can’t absorb them?

What if your body and DNA are working AGAINST you and all those pretty pills your doctor promised would make you happy?

I’m talking about the MTHFR mutation. MTHFR is short for something much longer that’s hard to pronounce.

Someone with this genetic mutation can’t break down folic acid adequately.

No folic acid = no serotonin.

No serotonin = no happiness (if you believe in the whole chemical imbalance thing)

In my practice, I’d estimate (very scientifically of course) that 60-70% people I test end up positive for some variation of the mutation.

Do you think the medication you take to boost serotonin is going to be effective if you don’t have the main ingredient to make serotonin in the first place? Your Zoloft might be worthless not because it’s a crap medication, but because it doesn’t have an adequate supply of serotonin to work with and work on.

Analogy:

You like bread.

You decide to bake some because you are the Pioneer Woman.

You mix in all your ingredients except for yeast.

When your bread comes out of the oven, it tastes and looks like a brick.

So you decide to just add a little more sugar on the top.

You’re appalled when your bread continues to taste horribly.

You are not happy.

No matter how much sugar you add to the top, your bread will never be yummy if you don’t start with the basic ingredients.

This genetic mutation affects more than just your mental health. It could be the cause of your infertility, your heart disease, and some birth defects.

I’ve been tested for the mutation. I have it.

It’s a relatively easy fix with a SUPPLEMENT.

Imagine that :)

 

Resources

https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/MTHFR

https://draxe.com/mthfr-mutation/

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Nutrition. BLERG.

You guys, nutrition is COMPLICATED. All the studying I do, and I feel like I will just never understand all there is to it. Maintaining a certain weight is HARD. It's not as easy as simply counting calories.

I want to be healthy. I do. But which guidelines do I follow (organic, Paleo, Atkins, Whole30)? And how much money do I spend ($400 a week at Whole Foods?!?) And how much time should I spend on meal-planning? (Pinterest, I hate you.)

It's just too much.

So, here are some basic guidelines for eating CLEANER and HEALTHIER while also taking away some food-related guilt.

1. Try gluten-free.

Gluten has been linked to numerous auto-immune disorders and all sorts of unpleasant things. You don't have to necessarily buy gluten-free bread. You could just, you know, stop eating bread. Yes, it's rough. Yes, all your favorite things are chock full of gluten. Stop eating them anyway. After a spell, you might find that your headaches and backaches go away, like mine did.

2. Watch the artificial sugar. 

Add Stevia to your coffee & tea instead of Equal or sugar.  Have a KIND bar instead of a PowerBar. What kind of sugar is in that amazing sweet tea at McDonald's? Right.

3. It's not all about fat anymore. 

Once upon a time, diets were centered around minimizing fat intake. No longer. Now we are learning that fat is no longer the enemy. Certain types of fat are actually helpful and protective, like the saturated fat found in avocados. When cooking/baking, use olive and coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. 

4. No pop or energy drinks; drink water instead. 

Seriously. Yes, this is hard. T-R-Y. Nobody said it was easy. Plus, water is free at restaurants :)

5. Eat fresh. 

Less processed food, more fresh stuff. Duh.

These 5 recommendations are a great start. Once you get a good handle on these, you can advance to more intense strategies. You can also add basic daily supplements like I talk about in this post.

These have been my favorite nutrition books so far (click for links):

These are on my to-read list in the next month or so:

 

Happy Eating!

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