Why You May Need More of This B Vitamin!

Why You May Need More of This B Vitamin!

Vitamin B9 [Folate (natural)/Folic Acid (synthetic)] is necessary for the process of methylation which ensures the assimilation/absorption of nutrients and that our body systems function at top level. It is also known in its natural form as "Folate" and, in its synthetic form, "Folic Acid".

Folate-Involved Functions
▪DNA repair/production
▪Cell detoxification
▪Neurotransmitter production
▪Glutathione production
▪Eye health
▪Liver health
▪Energy production
▪Fat metabolism
▪Healthy endocrine function
▪Regulate body inflammation and immune response
▪Stress regulation
▪Mood stabilizer

In order for methylation to occur Vitamin B9 is needed to turn on the switch to trigger the chemical SAMe.
(SAMe supplementation has been used for depression and SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

Increased Risk of Diseases
Another key function of Vit B9 is breaking down the amino acid, homocysteine. Increased homocysteine increases inflammation and, along with that, an increased risk of diseases such as:
▪Heart Disease

How Stress is Involved
Stress is also a factor to consider. When stress is increased then SAMe production is decreased which means more B vitamins are needed to increase the production of SAMe. Stress is more than emotional. Here are some other types of stress:
▪Leaky Gut
▪Heavy Metals/Other Toxins

Folic Acid, or synthetic B9, is the industries standard in most supplements. It must undergo a process to be converted into a form that is easily assimilated. This requires the enzyme MTHFR. Unfortunately, 30-60% of people have a defective or mutated form of this enzyme so they cannot create enough of it.

On the other hand, folate is already in its easily assimilated natural state which completely bypasses the need for the MTHFR enzyme. It also has fewer interactions with medications. I love my Super B supplement for that reason.
Any one with celiac, irritable bowel disease, or alcoholism will have reduced amounts of Vitamin B9.
Did you notice the other gut-related issues that require more B9 due to the stress they cause.....autoimmune, candida, leaky gut.......everything starts .... and is healed .... In the "gut".

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Not Sleeping? Check Your Organ Clock......

Not Sleeping?  Check Your Organ Clock......
If you are having trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, or staying awake during the day.....the solution may be found in your organ clock.

Perhaps you may have heard of the internal "body clock"?  Well, in oriental medicine, an organ clock is where each organ is assigned a 2 hr window and has the responsibility to promote an internal balance with the body's vital energy.  If that organ is experiencing an imbalance or overload ..... toxins or emotions ..... it can't do it's job.  As a result you may just find yourself waking up at all hours of the night.

Check Your Liver
Waking up between 1-3 in the morning?  It could just mean your liver needs some time away from the extra stressors it has been experiencing such as alcohol.  Perhaps try to reduce the exposure to unnecessary toxins.  Sometimes a mild detox may be suggested.

Deep-rooted emotions such as frustration and anger are particular stressors for the liver.  I have personally found it beneficial to apply this over the liver/gallbadder area every night.

Check Your Lungs
What if you find yourself waking between 3-5 in the morning?  This is an imbalance in your lungs....either respiratory problems or emotional disturbances that need to be let go such as grief.  There are several different approaches to clearing away emotions such as grief.  You might want to give this one a try.

Why Sleep Is So Important
Whether it is short-term or long-term.....lack of sleep definitely wreaks havoc on our body.

It can affect our ability to focus, remember, increases stress and can even increase the risk of having a car accident.

Long-term sleep deprivation affects our body in an even more profound way:
  • Increased blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • heart attack/heart failure
  • stroke
  • obesity
  • mood swings
  • decreased immunity
  • increased cortisol means premature aging of skin  
Can you see how important it is to make sure we get enough sleep?  So, the next time you wake up during the night, check your organ clock.  It just may be needing an adjustment.

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