Today I learned...
This morning I had coffee with my good friend Jordan Kallman from the Social Concierge. Our chats are always all over the map (which I love) and this morning was no different.
Jordan taught me all about methylation.
What's methylation? Without going too far down the science hole, methylation is the addition of a single carbon and three hydrogen atoms (called a methyl group) to another molecule. Think of billions of little on/off switches inside your body that control everything from your stress response and how your body makes energy from food, to your brain chemistry and detoxification.
That's methylation and demethylation.
Some of the things they control include:
- The stress (fight of flight response
- Your body's antioxidants
- the detoxification of hormones, chemicals and heavy metals
- Your response to inflammation
- The repair of DNA
- Brain chemistry
- Energy production
If you are short of methyl groups, any of these can be compromised.
So how do you improve methylation?
- 1. Eat healthy greens
- Get B vitamins (fish, eggs, dark leafy greens, asparagus, almonds, sunflower seeds)
- Supplements (makes sure you get adequate amounts of magnesium and zinc)
- Reduce stress, booze, smoking and toxins
But if you're doing all these things and its still not enough to improve your autoimmunity makes sure you see a doctor.