Inflammatory diseases are quite common in individuals with MTHFR mutations. Why is this? MTHFR mutations are the root cause of inflammatory diseases. Remember one of the most important jobs that methylation does is flagging toxins for the liver to prepare for removal from the body. When the body starts detoxifying, the liver looks for these flagged toxins and metabolizes them for elimination. The methylation deficiency caused by these mutations prevent toxins from being removed efficiently, therefore the accumulated built up toxins result in inflammation.
What is an inflammatory disease?
Inflammation is how the body protects itself from infections, viruses, bacteria, and other invaders. Inflammation is typically a good thing, it’s the body’s defense mechanism and white blood cells are called upon to fight these invaders and destroy anything foreign within the bloodstream. Inflammatory disease occurs when the body starts sending out inflammatory responses when there are no invaders present within the bloodstream. The body continues to attack itself and chronic inflammation and symptoms will develop. Healthy cells are targeted from all parts of your body, including the skin (psoriasis) and the thyroid (Hashimoto’s).
Common inflammatory diseases:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Celiac Disease
Symptoms of inflammatory disease:
- Swelling and redness of joints
- Foggy brain/Difficulty focusing
- Hair loss
- Skin Rashes
- Muscle Aches
- Belly pain
When living with an inflammatory disease and MTHFR mutation, the body turning on an autoimmune response as a mistake, is not uncommon. The body is desperately trying to find and remove toxins, but due to its methylation deficiency is unable to and becomes toxic. During an autoimmune response, oftentimes the body’s tissues are targeted because the body confuses them as toxins. The immune system starts to become hyperactive in response to an overly toxic environment, resulting in this attack on healthy tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is one example of this.
What can you do?
Remove toxins from the body. A toxic body results in inflammation, this chronic inflammation turns into inflammatory diseases and autoimmune reactions. Detoxifying with a metabolic cleaner is the best way to drive the specific phases of Liver detox. The body needs the proper nutrients that drive these phases of detoxification. First by flagging toxins and labeling them. Second, by encouraging the liver to turn on its detoxification cycle, and third by putting the toxins in the intestines for removal. Reducing inflammation and detoxification can lessen symptoms of autoimmune diseases while also supporting the immune system and enabling vitamins, antioxidants, and trace metals to work more effectively within the body.
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