MTHFR: A puzzle piece for healing Hashimoto’s
If there is one thing I have learned in this crazy journey to reclaiming my health, it is that there is a not a ‘one size fits all’ method of treatment. Crazy, I know! How can you and I both have the same disease and one thing work for you and not for me?
While we may have the same condition, the road that paved the way to that condition is very different for each us.
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Hashimoto’s is one complex puzzle and to find healing you have to figure out each piece that fits your puzzle. The different pieces range from out of whack hormones, adrenal stress, mineral depletion, gut infections, heavy metal toxicity and even genetic components.
For me, my Hashimoto’s symptoms started after my second miscarriage, although I’m sure there were signs before then. It took awhile to find a doctor that would test for it and support me in treating it naturally.
In my journey to healing I came across a great book called, ” Hashimoto’s Thyrodidits: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause” by Dr. Izabella Wentz (available on Amazon*). Dr. Wentz is a pharmacist with a passion to bring hope to those with Hashimoto’s because she knows what is feels like….she has Hashimoto’s too.
The book lays out a lot of the different health/lifestyle issues that can contribute to Hashimoto’s, one of them being the MTHFR gene mutation. This was one that I hadn’t really looked at as I thought it would not really factor in my puzzle.
But, the more I read, the more I became convicted to get tested. Dr Wentz really stresses the way to healing is to DIG AT IT. If I am going to get my Hashimoto’s into remission than I seriously need to look at everything.
I ordered the 23andme test and in a few weeks the results showed I did in fact test positive for MTHFR.
How does that fit into the Hashimoto’s puzzle?
When someone tests positive for a mutation of the MTHFR gene, it means that their bodies can not properly process certain vitamins such as folate, b6 and b12 which can cause high levels of homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine lead to a multitude of diseases, including thyroid disorders.
It also means that the MTHFR enzyme isn’t produced properly making it not function to its full capability. When the gene is defected your body may not be able to filter out toxins and heavy metals.
What does that mean exactly?
It means you need to give your body the proper forms of the B vitamins, the methylated versions that your body can use. When your body begins to function at a healthier level, because it has nutrition it can use, then your homocysteine levels will lower. It also means your body will begin to have the capacity to filter out the excess toxins and heavy metals.
Depending on how depleted your body is or how toxic, you may need to do a bit of cleansing to jump-start your body getting back to a healthy place.
You cannot change your body’s genetic code but you can support the mutations by proper supplements and a healthy diet.
With lower homeocysteine levels and toxins filtering out of your body, if this is a piece in your Hashimoto’s puzzle, then you may see a drop in your thyroid antibody count.
Our bodies are so complex. Finding our individual puzzle pieces help us piece together how to get our bodies functioning and healthy!
Have you been tested for MTHFR? How have changes in supplements improved your health?