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DNA methylation is a process that consists of the addition of methyl groups to DNA, during which the function of the DNA is modified. This might sound like a bad thing, but in fact, it is an essential component of proper cellular function. Without methylation, cellular activities would come to a halt. And bodily functions like detoxification, immune response, and even sleep would be compromised. In short, a body cannot function without methylation. The long to-do list that your body must undertake second by second, day by day, and year after year to survive is completely reliant on methylation. Unfortunately, there are a number of factors that can disrupt the process and deplete necessary methyl groups, leading to fatigue, depression, and more serious ailments.
Nutrition, stress, and environmental factors (amongst other things) all play a role in how your body functions. What you may not know is that poor nutrition, ongoing stress, exposure to environmental toxins, and more can all affect your methyl groups, starting a chain reaction that leads to serious illness, including allergies, chronic diseases, autoimmune diseases, mental disorders, and so much more. And if you elect to treat the symptoms rather than address the cause of your health concerns, you can only hope to manage these ailments, rather than curing them and reaching a better state of health.
This brings us back to methylation. In a very basic sense, you can think of methyl groups as on/off switches for cellular activity. When the appropriate methyl group interacts with DNA, necessary processes are triggered. But a shortage of methyl groups can result in undesirable outcomes. For example, many people are born with predispositions for diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. These conditions can be triggered by all kinds of factors. But at the root of the onset of diseases is a lack of proper methylation. When the switch of genetic expression is flipped, turning a predisposition for disease into a reality, your cells need the appropriate methyl group to switch it back in order to achieve good health once again. But if the needed methyl group has been depleted, you may be unable to accomplish your goal.
There is, however, a light at the end of the tunnel. With changes to nutrition and lifestyle choices you may be able replenish methyl groups, reboot required methylation, and get back to a balanced state of health and well-being. Detoxification, proper nutrition, and the use of appropriate supplements can help to facilitate methylation and repair methyl groups that have been depleted, allowing your body to once again enjoy optimal cellular function and maximum health.