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Understanding Epigenetic Methylation

Understanding Epigenetic Methylation

Methylation in the Human Body

� Methylation, commonly referred to as the “one-carbon metabolism”, is the transfer or formation of methyl (CH3) groups, such as MTHFR, COMT, and DNMT. Methylation frequently utilizes SAMe as a methyl donor. Methylation is fundamental for a variety of bodily structures and functions, including cell division, gene expression, early CNS development, immune cell differentiation, neurotransmitter biosynthesis and/or metabolism, histamine clearance, detoxification, hormone biotransformation, cellular energy metabolism, phospholipid synthesis, and the myelination of peripheral nerves, among other structures and functions. � Methylation Explained Diagram | El Paso, TX Chiropractor � Among one of it’s most essential functions on structures, DNA methylation highly regulates a variety of epigenetic marks, making them substantially stable, such as the covalent bonds of X and Y chromosomes in men and women. Methylation occurs at CpG sites with DNMT enzymes. Moreover, DNA methylation can help regulate and/or manage other bodily structures and functions. Histone methylation, RNA methylation, and mitochondrial DNA methylation (miDNMT) can help induce or inhibit gene expression. Recent research studies have also demonstrated that these same enzymes may additionally be involved in demethylation. �

Methylation and Fetal Programming

� According to research studies, while there are a variety of epigenetic marks which remain seemingly unchanged through inheritance, there are numerous other epigenetic marks which can change due to external factors, known as metastable epialleles. These changes can also change throughout inheritance as well as remain seemingly unchanged through inheritance. Metastable epialleles provide individuals with considerable differences and can be passed down to offspring during critical stages of fetal development. According to many more research studies, methylation can also affect epigenetic marks outside fetal programming windows. �

DNA methylation was originally considered to be stable and irreversible, however, external factors can also affect epigenetic methylation. The purpose of the following article is to discuss the importance of methylation for a variety of bodily structures and functions. Furthermore, it’s fundamental to understand how nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, supplements, and medicines, can improve DNA methylation and overall health and wellness. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

 

While many healthcare professionals can recommend diet and lifestyle changes to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

 

Sea Green Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 handful of kale or spinach
  • 1 handful of Swiss chard
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 or more ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

 

Berry Bliss Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
  • 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
  • 1 tablespoons almonds
  • Water (to desired consistency)
  • Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately!

 

Sweet and Spicy Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 cup honeydew melons
  • 3 cups spinach, rinsed
  • 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed
  • 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Ginger Greens Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 cup pineapple cubes
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
  • 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Zesty Beet Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1 apple, washed and sliced
  • 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Protein Power Smoothie Serving: 1 Cook time: 5 minutes

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

 

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

 

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits.

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Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper diet and lifestyle changes can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. Understanding how methylation can affect an individual’s epigenetics throughout the early stages of life can help promote health and wellness. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900�.

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion:�Acute Back Pain

 

Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

 


 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


Principles of Nutrition for Methylation Support

Principles of Nutrition for Methylation Support

To promote methylation support through diet and lifestyle changes, many healthcare professionals recommend following a diet food plan which is nutritionally replete and rich in nutrients for DNA methylation status and activity, anti-inflammatory, low in Glycemic index, rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients as enzyme modulators, optimal in hydration, and supportive of detoxification. �

 

Moreover, to promote methylation support, a diet plan should avoid excess calories, folic acid-fortified foods, alcohol, minimize AGE formation, added sugars, foods from animals raised with the use of antibiotics and hormones, high-mercury content fish like tuna, king mackerel, swordfish, and shark as well as utilizing plastic food and beverage containers. According to a research study on diet and aging, calorie restriction can slow down or reverse the decline in age-related DNA methylation associated with diseases. As mentioned previously, alcohol consumption can tremendously affect DNA status and activity which may interfere with SAMe levels and may ultimately impact folate metabolism by inhibiting MTR and MAT enzymes, among other structures and functions. �

 

Furthermore, many doctors and functional medicine practitioners also recommend following intermittent fasting, a diet plan which cycles between fasting and non-fasting, alongside a low carbohydrate diet. According to several research studies, an extended nighttime fast can stimulate a decreased ketone production which may help decrease inflammation and protect the epigenome. �

 

Healthcare professionals can provide patients with nutrition advice and recommendations for lifestyle changes to help promote methylation support. While potential side effects of supplements have been discussed in previous articles, doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend supplementation alongside nutrition and lifestyle changes. Below, we will demonstrate a variety of superfoods, foods, and microbes which can be utilized to help promote DNA methylation status and activity.

 

Methylation Superfoods

 

  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Sea vegetables
  • Daikon radish
  • Shiitake
  • Salmon
  • Fish roe
  • Whitefish
  • Oysters
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Liver

 

Methylation Foods

 

  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Lambsquarters
  • Mustard greens
  • Turnip greens
  • Leeks
  • Okra
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • Fish
  • Meats
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Spices
  • Herbs
  • Cocoa
  • Fermented soy
  • Beans and legumes
  • Whole grains: amaranth, buckwheat, bulgur, kamut, quinoa, oats, dark rye, spelt, teff
  • Blackstrap molasses

 

Microbes for Methylation

 

  • L. plantarum
  • B. bifidum
  • B. infantis
  • B. breve
  • B. longum
  • B. adolescentis � appears to be the highest producer of 5mTHF
  • B. pseudocatenulatum

 

Nutrition and lifestyle changes can help promote methylation support without experiencing the side effects of supplements. A wide array of superfoods, foods, and microbes can help promote methylation support, alongside a diet food plan, supplementation, and intermittent fasting. The purpose of the following article is to discuss how nutrition and lifestyle modifications can help promote methylation support. It’s fundamental to understand how nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, supplements, and medicines, can improve DNA methylation and overall health and wellness. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

 

While many healthcare professionals can recommend diet and lifestyle changes to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

 

Sea Green Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 handful of kale or spinach
  • 1 handful of Swiss chard
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 or more ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

 

Berry Bliss Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
  • 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
  • 1 tablespoons almonds
  • Water (to desired consistency)
  • Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately!

 

Sweet and Spicy Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 cup honeydew melons
  • 3 cups spinach, rinsed
  • 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed
  • 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Ginger Greens Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 cup pineapple cubes
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
  • 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Zesty Beet Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1 apple, washed and sliced
  • 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Protein Power Smoothie Serving: 1 Cook time: 5 minutes

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

 

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

 

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits.

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Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper diet and lifestyle changes can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. Nutrition and lifestyle modifications, including methylation superfoods, foods, and microbes, can ultimately help promote methylation support. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900�.

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion:�Acute Back Pain

 

Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

 


 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

Diet and Lifestyle Changes for Methylation

Diet and Lifestyle Changes for Methylation

While taking supplements can help promote methylation support, many healthcare professionals have become aware of the potential risks these can have on their patient’s overall health and wellness. Diet and lifestyle changes are safe and effective ways to promote methylation support without the side effects of supplementation. Doctors and functional medicine practitioners utilize diet and lifestyle changes alongside methylation nutrient supplements to improve methylation support, especially for people who do not tolerate methyl donors. Diet and lifestyle changes can also be utilized as a stand-alone treatment or with other interventions. � �

 

Factors for Methylation | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Nutrition and Lifestyle Modifications for Methylation

As demonstrated in the figure above, DNA methylation status and activity can be affected by a variety of factors, including genes, nutrient co-factors, nutrient substrates, dietary patterns, food-derived epigenetic modulators, drugs and/or medications, microbiome, toxins, stress/resilience, exercise, inflammation and/or oxidative stress as well as methyl donor depletion. Methylation support through diet and lifestyle changes have been demonstrated to improve DNA methylation status and activity. According to a 2014 systematic review and meta-analysis, food-sourced folate had a protective effect on breast cancer risk. � Moreover, the research study also demonstrated that increased food folate intake is associated with decreased risk of sex-hormone receptor-negative breast cancer in premenopausal women. No known side effects have been determined from food folate and methylation nutrients, as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Furthermore, according to a 16-week placebo-controlled trial, an increase of 200 mcg/d in folate from folate-rich foods, folic acid supplements, and 5mTHF demonstrated no statistical significance between the groups in lowering homocysteine. Folic acid (FA) was more effective at raising plasma folates than 5mTHF, however, 5mTHF was more effective at raising RBC folates. Healthcare professionals should include food folate bioavailability for methylation support. �

 

Several research studies have demonstrated potential risks for certain types of supplementation for methylation support, however, diet and lifestyle changes can help promote methylation support without experiencing the side effects of too many supplements. The purpose of the following article is to discuss how nutrition and lifestyle modifications can help promote methylation support. It’s fundamental to understand how nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, supplements, and medicines, can improve DNA methylation and well-being. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

 

While many healthcare professionals can recommend diet and lifestyle changes to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

 

Sea Green Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 handful of kale or spinach
  • 1 handful of Swiss chard
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 or more ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

 

Berry Bliss Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
  • 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
  • 1 tablespoons almonds
  • Water (to desired consistency)
  • Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately!

 

Sweet and Spicy Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 cup honeydew melons
  • 3 cups spinach, rinsed
  • 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed
  • 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Ginger Greens Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 cup pineapple cubes
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
  • 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Zesty Beet Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1 apple, washed and sliced
  • 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Protein Power Smoothie Serving: 1 Cook time: 5 minutes

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

 

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

 

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits.

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Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper diet and lifestyle changes can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. Nutrition and lifestyle modifications can ultimately help promote methylation support without side effects of supplements, according to research studies. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900�.

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion:�Acute Back Pain

 

Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

 


 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

Risks of Methylation Supplementation

Risks of Methylation Supplementation

Benefits of Methylation Support

Many people with health issues associated with genetic SNPs due to abnormal methylation cycles, such as MTHFR, can tremendously benefit from DNA methylation support. Patients demonstrating imbalances in methylation metabolites, including elevated homocysteine, decreased SAMe, increased SAH, and a low SAMe:SAH ratio, can also benefit from DNA methylation support. Any individual who has insufficient levels of methyl donors due to poor nutrient status or malabsorption, especially with folate and vitamin B12 deficiencies, stress, hormone imbalances, and even older individuals, can benefit from DNA methylation support. �

Potential Risks of Methylation Supplements

Doctors and functional medicine practitioners commonly utilize natural supplementation for methylation support, however, many other healthcare professionals still frequently utilize synthetic supplementation. According to research studies, using synthetic supplements can cause a variety of health issues. Potential risks of using synthetic folic acid (FA) with unknown mechanisms include an increased risk for allergic diseases and IBD in children of mothers with an increased folic acid intake, impaired natural killer cell activity, insulin resistance in children, embryonic loss and growth delay, and diabetic comorbidity, among other health issues. � Moreover, using unmetabolized folic acid (FA) for methylation support can cause potential genotoxicity, according to research studies. Furthermore, the use of DHF, an intermediate of the DHFR enzyme, can inhibit thymidylate synthase and it can also inhibit MTHF, known as a pseudo MTHFR deficiency. Many more doctors and functional medicine practitioners prefer to utilize natural supplementation over synthetic supplementation for methylation support, to prevent any health issues due to potential risks. The use of 5mTHF and methylcobalamin (vitamin B12) is commonly utilized in functional medicine to avoid folic acid problems. � However, although the use of 5mTHF and methylcobalamin (vitamin B12) bypasses MTHFR enzyme deficits, not enough research studies have been conducted regarding the long-term safety and effectiveness of high doses of 5mTHF or methyl-B12 for methylation support. It’s essential for patients to seek professional help from a qualified and experienced doctor and functional medicine practitioner to determine the best type of supplementation for methylation support. Supplements for methylation support are recommended alongside proper nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle habits to naturally promote DNA methylation status and activity. �

Folate/B12 and Autism: Possible Connection

A recent press release of preliminary evidence findings from the Johns Hopkins research study determined that in 1,391 mother-child pairs in a Boston Birth Cohort, the highest maternal levels of vitamin B12, more than 600 pmol/L, and folate, equal to 59 nmol/L, had an increased risk of causing ASD. The risks were ultimately higher when both were combined. The research study demonstrated no risk difference based on MTHFR genotype or homocysteine. The full-paper has not been published and further research studies are still required to determine the outcome measures of supplementation for methylation support for pregnant women and children. �

Promoting methylation support is an essential process towards maintaining overall health and wellness. Although several research studies have demonstrated potential risks for certain types of supplementation for methylation support, healthcare professionals can help determine the proper supplements to promote methylation support. The purpose of the following article is to discuss the potential risks of supplementation for methylation support. It’s fundamental to understand how nutrition, lifestyle habits, supplements, and medicines, can improve DNA methylation, health and wellness. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

 

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there�are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

 

Sea Green Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 handful of kale or spinach
  • 1 handful of Swiss chard
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 or more ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

 

Berry Bliss Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
  • 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
  • 1 tablespoons almonds
  • Water (to desired consistency)
  • Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately!

 

Sweet and Spicy Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 cup honeydew melons
  • 3 cups spinach, rinsed
  • 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed
  • 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Ginger Greens Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 cup pineapple cubes
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
  • 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Zesty Beet Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1 apple, washed and sliced
  • 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

 

Protein Power Smoothie Serving: 1 Cook time: 5 minutes

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

 

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

 

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits.

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Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. Nutrient deficiencies can ultimately cause DNA methylation deficits which may cause a variety of health issues, according to research studies. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900�.

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion:�Acute Back Pain

 

Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

 

 


 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


Understanding DNA Methylation Deficits

Understanding DNA Methylation Deficits

Health issues associated with methylation deficits have become a well-known clinical problem for many healthcare professionals and patients. Numerous research studies have demonstrated that methylation deficits can cause a wide array of associated health issues, including ADD/ADHD, addiction, allergies, Alzheimer�s disease, anxiety, asthma, atherosclerosis, autism, behavioral problems, bipolar disorder, cancers, chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, cleft palate, diabetes, dementia, depression, Down syndrome, hypertension, fertility problems, fibromyalgia, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, Parkinson�s disease, schizophrenia, and thyroid disease. �

 

What Causes DNA Methylation Deficits?

 

Many healthcare professionals and patients ask themselves, why do these methylation deficits occur? The most common cause of methylation deficits frequently involves nutrient deficiencies, such as folate/folic acid deficiencies and vitamin B12 deficiencies. As previously discussed by doctors and functional medicine practitioners, methylation deficits caused by nutrient deficiencies can occur due to inadequate food or drink intake and malabsorption. Moreover, the increased consumption of processed foods, as well as following a vegan diet, can also cause folate/folic acid deficiencies and vitamin B12 deficiencies, among other nutrient deficiencies. � Furthermore, competition for the utilization of methyl donors in a variety of bodily processes can also be a common cause of methylation deficits. By way of instance, SAMe is essential for DNA methylation and other bodily functions, however, stress, the utilization of several drugs and/or medications like L-Dopa, hormones, inflammation, detoxification, and nutrient metabolism can also cause methylation deficits. Niacin, Selenium, and Phosphatidylethanolamine are examples of nutrients which are metabolized through DNA methylation. Competition for the utilization of methyl donors can cause problems associated with methylation deficits. � Methylation inhibitors can also cause methylation deficits. When SAMe is produced, it’s then metabolized into SAH, a powerful DNA methylation inhibitor of SAMe-dependent methyltransferases which includes DNMTs. Numerous research studies have also demonstrated that an individual’s genotype can ultimately cause methylation deficits and other health issues. Healthcare professionals can evaluate SNPs, such as MTHFR, C677T, and A1298C, in patients to demonstrate enzyme status and activity. Finally, aging can also cause methylation deficits. The process of aging alongside the causes above can ultimately cause methylation deficits. �

 

How to Diagnose DNA Methylation Deficits

 

Healthcare professionals can diagnose methylation deficits in patients through nutrition physical exams. Nutrition physical exams can help guide healthcare professionals and patients alike to determine which deficiencies may be causing DNA methylation deficits. By way of instance, nutrient deficiencies in DHA may manifest as xeroderma, dermatitis, keratosis pilaris, sensory neuropathy, and/or poor wound healing. Nutrient deficiencies in Zinc may manifest loss of taste/smell, delayed wound healing, oral candidiasis, nail changes like leukonychia, koilonychia, Beau�s lines, and onychorrhexis. Nutrient deficiencies in Magnesium may manifest as muscle spasms including blepharospasm, tremor, cardiac arrhythmias and nail changes including onychorrhexis. Last but not least, nutrient deficiencies in Potassium may manifest muscle spasms like blepharospasm or tremors and cardiac arrhythmia. �

 

 

Promoting methylation support is an essential process towards maintaining overall health and wellness. DNA methylation is involved in a variety of bodily functions. Maintaining and regulating healthy methylation can help prevent a variety of health issues, including methylation deficits caused by nutrient deficiencies, among other problems. The purpose of the following article is to discuss the causes of methylation deficits. It’s fundamental to understand how nutrition, lifestyle habits, supplements, and even medicines, can improve DNA methylation as well as to promote overall health and wellness. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

 

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

 

Sea Green Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 handful of kale or spinach
  • 1 handful of Swiss chard
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 or more ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

Berry Bliss Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
  • 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
  • 1 tablespoons almonds
  • Water (to desired consistency)
  • Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately! � Sweet and Spicy Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 cup honeydew melons
  • 3 cups spinach, rinsed
  • 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed
  • 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! � Ginger Greens Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup pineapple cubes � 1 apple, sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped � 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Zesty Beet Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1 apple, washed and sliced
  • 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped

Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Protein Power Smoothie Serving: 1 Cook time: 5 minutes

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

 

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

 

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits. �

 

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Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. Nutrient deficiencies can ultimately cause DNA methylation deficits which may cause a variety of health issues, according to research studies. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900�. �

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez �

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion:�Acute Back Pain

 

Back pain�is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as�herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief. �

 

 


 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited. � Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

 

xymogen el paso, tx

 

� For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

Introduction to DNA Methylation Status & Activity

Introduction to DNA Methylation Status & Activity

Dr. Alex Jimenez Discusses the Basics of Methylation Status and Activity Methylation is the process of producing and/or developing a “one-carbon metabolism” from methyl, or CH3, groups. The main methyl donor group utilized for DNA methylation activity is known as s-adenosyl-L-methionine, or SAMe. Other methylation donors, such as MTHFR, COMT, and DNMT, will also use SAMe as their co-factor when regulating DNA methylation status. According to healthcare professionals, DNA methylation occurs numerous times per second and it is in charge of a variety of bodily functions. Because methylation happens continuously throughout the human body, our overall health and wellness can determine whether we will be involved in healthy methylation activity or some sort of compromised methylation status.

DNA Methylation in the Human Body

DNA methylation is involved in a variety of fundamental processes throughout the body, such as cell division or DNA and RNA synthesis, early CNS development to address neural tube defects, epigenetic regulation of gene expression, immune cell differentiation, neurotransmitter biosynthesis and metabolism, such as that of dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and acetylcholine, histamine clearance, detoxification and hormone biotransformation, cellular energy metabolism, phospholipid synthesis, and myelination of peripheral nerves, among other processes.
The biochemical pathway chart above demonstrates the metabolism of methylation donors as well as their basic function, including that of MTHFR. Several methyl donors are also demonstrated to interchange reversibly while several methyl donors are only demonstrated to transfer into one-way pathways. Insufficient co-factors or vitamins and minerals associated with these can cause imbalances and deficiencies when regulating DNA methylation status. The methylation cycle works together methylation donors to recycle homocysteine into the by-product of that process. The compounds, such as the nutrients, minerals, and enzymes involved in this reaction also shown in the biochemical pathway above.

Basics of Methylation Status & Activity

Methylation can be affected by genetic as well as external and environmental factors. Our extended exposure to these otherwise harmful factors can even alter an individual’s epigenome. DNA methylation occurs at CpG regions through the utilization of DNMT enzymes associated with gene repression to become five different methylation groups.
A variety of DNMT’s are in charge of maintaining and regulating DNA methylation status and activity. DNMT1 is in change of controlling DNA methylation patterns. DNMT3A and DNMT3B are in charge of producing new methylation triggers and they’re also involved in genomic imprinting during embryonic development. Methylation begins to occur during the early perinatal period, where we inherit our parent’s methylation marks. Understanding how DNA methylation status is influenced by our health and wellness is fundamental to promote methylation support. The utilization of supplements and/or medicine can help improve DNA methylation, however, there may be a risk of side-effects. Nutrition and lifestyle modifications are safe and effective options to help improve overall DNA methylation.
Promoting methylation support is an essential process towards maintaining overall health and wellness. DNA methylation is involved in a variety of bodily functions. Maintaining and regulating healthy methylation can help prevent a variety of health issues, as we will discuss in the next series of articles. The purpose of the following article is to introduce the basics of DNA methylation. It’s fundamental to understand how nutrition, lifestyle habits, supplements and even medicines, can improve DNA methylation as well as to promote overall health and wellness. Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan. Sea Green Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed � 1/2 banana � 1 handful of kale or spinach � 1 handful of Swiss chard � 1/4 avocado � 2 teaspoons spirulina powder � 1 cup water � 3 or more ice cubes Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy! Berry Bliss Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild) � 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped � 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed � 1 tablespoons almonds � Water (to desired consistency) � Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries) Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately! Sweet and Spicy Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup honeydew melons � 3 cups spinach, rinsed � 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed � 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Ginger Greens Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup pineapple cubes � 1 apple, sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped � 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Zesty Beet Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced � 1 apple, washed and sliced � 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Protein Power Smoothie Serving: 1 Cook time: 5 minutes � 1 scoop protein powder � 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed � 1/2 banana � 1 kiwi, peeled � 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon � Pinch of cardamom � Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-3.png Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 . Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topic Discussion: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited. Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care. Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access. If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900. xymogen el paso, tx For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download * All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force. ***
What Foods to Choose to Improve DNA Methylation

What Foods to Choose to Improve DNA Methylation

Nutrition is a safe and effective way to promote methylation support without the side-effects of supplements and/or that of medicines. However, the foods you choose to eat can also tremendously affect your DNA methylation. The food quality and food packaging as well as how you make these dietary changes can determine your methylation status and activity. We will discuss these factors and their effects in detail below.

Food Quality

The quality of the foods you choose is fundamental to improve DNA methylation. Choosing high-quality foods, by way of instance, means choosing foods which contain an increased nutrient density, which is abundant in phytonutrients and antioxidants, and contains decreased amounts of toxins, such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and heavy metals. Make sure to look for the terms below when purchasing foods:
  • Local-grown. Food which has not had to travel considerable distances before being sold generally has a much higher nutrient density.
  • Non-GMO. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is a term which currently applies to a variety of foods, including commodity grains, such as soy, wheat, and corn. GMO crops are often preferred by some farmers due to their resistance to herbicides. As a result, GMO crops tend to have increased levels of herbicide toxins and/or foreign compounds which can cause cellular damage and other health issues.
  • Organic. Organic foods contain fewer pesticides, synthetic hormones, and are always non-GMO. The utilization of sewage water is prohibited for organically-grown crops, which tremendously reduces heavy metal health issues. Several organic food farmers also evaluate their soil and food products for heavy metal contamination.
  • Grass-fed/Pasture-raised. This term applies to graze animals, which are grain-fed in conventional commercial farming operations. Grass-fed/pasture-raised animals have better nutrient profiles, less pro-inflammatory fats, more anti-inflammatory fats, and less risk of heavy metal contamination due to other conventional animal feeds.
  • Wild caught. Fish which are wild caught also have better nutrient profiles. Generally, there are fewer toxins in wild-caught fish, however, make sure you�re choosing fish from clean waters or which has been evaluated for contaminants. The National Resources Defense Council has a good guide to sustainable and low-mercury seafood.
  • Cold pressed, unrefined, extra-virgin. These terms are currently applied to oils which are minimally processed and contain the highest amounts of phytonutrients. Avoiding these will prevent you from choosing oils which have been chemically processed with hexane, a solvent which can be found in highly- processed commercial oils.

Food Packaging

The food packaging you choose is also fundamental to improve DNA methylation because these can be a considerable source of toxins, which can also ultimately affect your overall health and wellness. Several simple lifestyle modifications can considerably reduce exposure to these toxins:
  • Minimize the utilization of plastic food and beverage containers. Preferred choices for containers include glass and stainless steel.
  • Never reheat food in plastic containers.
  • Minimize the utilization of canned food choices.
  • Avoid nonstick cookware. Preferred choices for containers include stainless steel, glass, and cast iron cookware.

Making Dietary Changes

The dietary changes you make can ultimately be fundamental to improve DNA methylation, although it can often be a difficult and sometimes overwhelming process. The key to making these dietary and lifestyle changes as easy and stress-free as possible is described below, including:
  • Utilizing leftovers for the next day�s meal or part of a meal, such as using leftover cooked salmon and broccoli from dinner as part of a large salad for lunch or for a snack the following day.
  • Cook extra food, such as chicken, green beans, saute?ed greens, and roasted mushrooms, which can be reheated for another meal.
  • Many foods freeze well and can be frozen in individual portions to easily combine, take “on the go”, or simply to save for another day.
  • Try to plan ahead so that you’re not caught in a situation where the only food available doesn’t fit your food plan. Keep suitable snacks on hand and bring meals with you to follow your regimen.
  • You may find it useful to invest in portable food containers which keep food cold/hot; choose stainless steel or glass containers.
  • If eating out, call restaurants ahead of time to discuss suitable menu choices. You�ll probably find that restaurants which cook foods from scratch with fresh/local ingredients are most suitable for you.
As previously discussed, improving DNA methylation is a fundamental process towards maintaining overall health and wellness. A balanced nutrition can help safely and effectively improve methylation support, however, choosing foods can also promote methylation support. The purpose of the following article is to easily demonstrate what foods to choose to improve DNA methylation. It’s fundamental to understand how the foods you choose can improve DNA methylation as well as to promote overall health and wellness. Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan. Sea Green Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed � 1/2 banana � 1 handful of kale or spinach � 1 handful of Swiss chard � 1/4 avocado � 2 teaspoons spirulina powder � 1 cup water � 3 or more ice cubes Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy! Berry Bliss Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild) � 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped � 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed � 1 tablespoons almonds � Water (to desired consistency) � Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries) Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately! Sweet and Spicy Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup honeydew melons � 3 cups spinach, rinsed � 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed � 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Ginger Greens Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup pineapple cubes � 1 apple, sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped � 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Zesty Beet Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced � 1 apple, washed and sliced � 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Protein Power Smoothie Serving: 1 Cook time: 5 minutes � 1 scoop protein powder � 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed � 1/2 banana � 1 kiwi, peeled � 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon � Pinch of cardamom � Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-3.png Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. Understanding the role of methylation adaptogens can help promote methylation support. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 . Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topic Discussion: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited. Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care. Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access. If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900. xymogen el paso, tx For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download * All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force. ***
What Not to Eat to Improve DNA Methylation

What Not to Eat to Improve DNA Methylation

Dr. Alex Jimenez Discusses What Not to Eat to Improve DNA Methylation Methylation is an important process which promotes a variety of bodily functions, including the production and regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters, the development of immune cells, and the management of the detoxification of exogenous substances as well as the clearance of histamine, among other essential processes. DNA methylation is also fundamental for cellular renewal to ultimately alter genetic expression. By modifying your nutrition and lifestyle habits you can optimize your overall health and wellness. You can also improve this essential process by eating a variety of healthy foods. We’ve previously discussed what foods to eat to improve DNA methylation, in this article, we will discuss what foods not to eat to improve DNA methylation. Just like healthy foods can promote methylation support, unhealthy foods can tremendously affect methylation.

What Not to Eat for Methylation Support

The following article focuses on what not to eat to promote methylation support. Below, we will demonstrate what not to eat to improve DNA methylation including charred foods, added sugars, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated fats, alcohol, and folic acid fortified foods. Our ultimate goal is to help you achieve optimal methylation support. By improving your DNA methylation, you can ultimately achieve overall health and wellness.

Charred Foods

Cooking at high temperatures to create a “seared” or “chargrilled” effect causes a chemical reaction known as the Maillard reaction. This process develops compounds, also known as heterocyclic amines, which have been considered to be pro-inflammatory, pro-oxidant, and damaging to cells. Instead of eating charred foods, try eating slow-cooked or braised foods, where temperatures are lower and moisture is utilized throughout the cooking process. If you do eat grilled foods occasionally, utilizing marinades which contain garlic, rosemary, fruit pulp and other spices without sugar, can help prevent the development of harmful heterocyclic amines.

Added Sugars

Added sugars can tremendously affect our molecules, enzymes, and cellular structures. Eating too much sugar has been associated with almost all of the most common health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer�s disease, and cancer. Excess sugar consumption causes the human body to produce fat; where the excess sugar is then converted into triglycerides, or fat storage molecules, in the liver, which can cause fatty liver and an accumulation of fat deposits in various regions of the human body. Added sugars can be hidden in a variety of foods. Even supplements, drugs and/or medications, can be sources of excess sugars. Reading the labels for nutrition facts in foods is a good way to start recognizing unwanted sources of sugars. Also, avoid eating high-sugar foods, such as fruit juices, carbonated beverages, confectionery, ice creams, and sweetened yogurts. Make sure to check condiments for hidden sugars. Choosing unprocessed, whole foods is the easiest way to avoid eating hidden added sugars.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are also not recommended if you want to improve your DNA methylation. Artificial sweeteners have been demonstrated to cause a physiological response where insulin develops and brain-reward signaling pathways are triggered. This can cause blood sugar imbalances and cravings. Both of these factors make it difficult to eat healthy foods. Moreover, artificial sweeteners have been demonstrated to affect the brain and the nervous system. While artificial sweeteners require further research studies to determine their negative effects, caution is advised. Artificial sweeteners which can help improve DNA methylation are stevia and the sugar alcohols erythritol and xylitol. It�s recommended to use these artificial sweeteners while you are weaning yourself off a high-sugar diet. Once you�ve limited sugar in your diet, you�ll find that your taste buds will naturally adapt to the sweetness in whole foods and even vegetables

Hydrogenated Fats

Hydrogenated fats are frequently produced when liquid oils are converted into solid fats. This process changes the molecular structure of the fat into one which is pro-inflammatory and harmful to cells. In the United States, the FDA has already ordered the removal of hydrogenated fats from the supply chain, however, the changes may take effect over a period of years. To avoid choosing hydrogenated fats, be aware of any solid fats produced from oils which would normally be in a liquid state. On food labels, avoid the terms “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated”, and look for labels that say “trans-fat free”. Utilizing minimally processed oils and butter, or ghee, and avoiding processed foods, is an easy way to avoid trans fats.

Alcohol

Alcohol can interfere with DNA methylation, negatively affecting our gene expression. For this reason, alcohol is not recommended if you want to improve your DNA methylation. If you do consume alcohol, make sure to keep it to a minimum. This means that both men and women should have no more than 1 to 2 alcoholic drinks per week. One alcoholic drink is approximately equivalent to 5 oz of wine, 12 oz of beer, or 1.5 oz of spirits. Furthermore, it’s important to note that alcoholic beverages do not carry a food label, as other foods and drinks are required to do. Alcohol is not subject to the same regulations as other foods, therefore, it is much more difficult to determine whether one alcohol has higher sugar content than another. Grapes grown for wine are also frequently sprayed with pesticides; choosing organic varieties can ultimately help reduce your exposure.

Folic Acid Fortified Foods

Many grains are fortified with vitamins like folic acid or the synthetic form of folate. However, research studies have demonstrated that folic acid can restrict MTHFR activity and cause a variety of health issues. We recommend avoiding folic acid fortified foods and instead include sources of natural dietary folates, such as dark leafy greens, liver, and legumes, to help improve DNA methylation as well as overall health and wellness.
DNA methylation is a fundamental process in charge of a variety of essential bodily functions. A balanced nutrition can help safely and effectively improve methylation support, however, certain foods can also affect DNA methylation. The purpose of the following article is to easily demonstrate what not to eat to improve DNA methylation from a variety of different food groups. It’s essential to know what food groups to avoid to promote methylation support as well as to promote overall health and wellness. Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan. Sea Green Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed � 1/2 banana � 1 handful of kale or spinach � 1 handful of Swiss chard � 1/4 avocado � 2 teaspoons spirulina powder � 1 cup water � 3 or more ice cubes Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy! Berry Bliss Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild) � 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped � 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed � 1 tablespoons almonds � Water (to desired consistency) � Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries) Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately! Sweet and Spicy Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup honeydew melons � 3 cups spinach, rinsed � 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed � 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Ginger Greens Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup pineapple cubes � 1 apple, sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped � 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Zesty Beet Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced � 1 apple, washed and sliced � 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Protein Power Smoothie Serving: 1 Cook time: 5 minutes � 1 scoop protein powder � 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed � 1/2 banana � 1 kiwi, peeled � 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon � Pinch of cardamom � Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-3.png Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. Understanding the role of methylation adaptogens can help promote methylation support. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 . Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topic Discussion: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited. Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care. Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access. If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900. xymogen el paso, tx For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download * All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force. ***
The Role of Methylation Adaptogens

The Role of Methylation Adaptogens

Dr. Alex Jimenez Discusses the Role of Methylation Adaptogens

When we support DNA methylation in the human body with high-dose supplements, such as folate and vitamin B12, essential nutrients in the production of methyl donor compounds, we are doing a lot to prevent methylation deficiencies. However, healthcare professionals suggest that we are not promoting methylation support by utilizing this approach.

Research studies evaluating the epigenome have demonstrated that both the increase and decrease of DNA methylation can cause health issues. DNA methylation imbalances can occur in different regions of the same gene. One area of the genome might be hypermethylated and turned off while another area of the genome might be hypomethylated and turned on.

Methylation imbalances in cancer cause tumor suppressor genes to become hypermethylated and turn off, allowing the tumor to continue to grow. Moreover, cancer-promoting oncogenes may also become hypomethylated and turn on, also allowing cancer to expand. A variety of methylation imbalances may be associated with several health issues. Even aging and especially accelerated aging can ultimately cause aberrant methylation.

What are Methylation Adaptogens?

Epigenetic methylation imbalances can occur due to numerous factors beyond the methylation cycle as well as vitamin B12 and folate intake. Other factors which can also affect DNA methylation include; toxin exposures, our microbiome and mitochondrial health, stress, lifestyle habits like exercise and physical activity as well as our diet and nutrition.

Improving your nutrition, diet, and lifestyle habits, with the goal of promoting methylation support, is a fundamental piece of maintaining overall health and wellness. It is also a safe and effective, alternative treatment option for methylation support. Research studies have demonstrated that specific foods appear to act as methylation adaptogens.

The term adaptogen, most commonly utilized in botanical medicine, refers to a plant-based chemical or substance which controls the biochemical pathways. Adrenal adaptogens, by way of instance, are also frequently used for stress and can support both underactive as well as overactive adrenal activity. Adaptogens are like a thermostat: when temperatures rise above the desired level, the thermostat turns off to drop temperatures. When temperatures drop below the desired level, the thermostat turns on to raise temperatures. Adaptogens are both gentle and powerfully effective.

Several natural compounds can also act as adaptogens in DNA methylation by both maintaining proper methylation status and regulating improper methylation activity. Furthermore, methylation adaptogens can help prevent abnormal DNA methylation which can cause a variety of health issues. Methylation is essential for our overall health and wellness.

Several methylation adaptogens include; anthocyanins, apigenin, betanin, biochanin A, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, coumaric acid, curcumin, daidzein, ellagic acid, EGCG, genistein, lycopene, myricetin, naringenin, quercetin, rosmarinic acid, and sulforaphane. These are plant compounds, known as bioactive phytonutrients, which are found directly in the foods we eat or should be eating. A diet which is rich in varied and colorful plant foods can supply the human body with plenty of these amazing molecules.

The following list of foods has been demonstrated to contain high amounts of methylation adaptogens. Include at least two servings of these every day for general methylation support, and more if you are taking a high dose methyl-donor supplement with folate/folic acid and vitamin B12. The foods below can help promote methylation support, including but not limited to:

  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, arugula, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, watercress, rutabaga, radish, and turnip)
  • Berries
  • Ghee
  • Turmeric
  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Soy (fermented, traditional versions)
  • Rosemary
  • Green tea
  • Oolong tea

DNA methylation imbalances can cause a variety of health issues. Promoting methylation support with nutrition, lifestyle habits, and supplements is fundamental, however, understanding how these factors can help control DNA methylation is essential towards overall health and wellness. Many foods can provide what is known as methylation adaptogens. These can help safely and effectively promote methylation support, alongside exercise and physical activities, without experiencing the side-effects of supplementation.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

Sea Green Smoothie
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
� 1/2 banana
� 1 handful of kale or spinach
� 1 handful of Swiss chard
� 1/4 avocado
� 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
� 1 cup water
� 3 or more ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

Berry Bliss Smoothie
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
� 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
� 1 tablespoons almonds
� Water (to desired consistency)
� Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately!

Sweet and Spicy Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 cup honeydew melons
� 3 cups spinach, rinsed
� 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed
� 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
� 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Ginger Greens Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 cup pineapple cubes
� 1 apple, sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
� 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
� 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Zesty Beet Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
� 1 apple, washed and sliced
� 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Protein Power Smoothie
Serving: 1
Cook time: 5 minutes
� 1 scoop protein powder
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
� 1/2 banana
� 1 kiwi, peeled
� 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
� Pinch of cardamom
� Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits.

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Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. Understanding the role of methylation adaptogens can help promote methylation support. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topic Discussion: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

* All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

***

What to Eat to Improve DNA Methylation Part 2

What to Eat to Improve DNA Methylation Part 2

Dr. Alex Jimenez Discusses What to Eat to Improve DNA Methylation Methylation is an essential process which happens in every single cell of the human body. It is used to trigger a variety of bodily processes, such as creating and managing hormones and neurotransmitters, producing immune cells, and regulating the detoxification of exogenous chemicals, as well as developing histamine, among other fundamental processes. Methylation is important for cellular renewal to modify genetic expression. By altering your nutrition and lifestyle habits you can improve your DNA methylation to promote your overall health and wellness. If people are diagnosed with a methylation deficit, such as an abnormal MTHFR gene or elevated homocysteine levels, you can safely and effectively increase your DNA methylation by eating a variety of healthy foods and drinks. As previously mentioned, methylation support can be beneficial for a variety of health issues, including; aging, pregnancy preparation, pregnancy lactation, prolonged strenuous physical activity, ADD/ADHD, addiction, allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, asthma, atherosclerosis, autism, behavioral changes, bipolar disorder, cancer, chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue, cleft palate, diabetes, dementia, depression, Down syndrome, hypertension, fertility problems, fibromyalgia, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, neural tube defects, neuropathy, ocular disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and thyroid disease, among others.

What to Eat for Methylation Support

The following article will continue to focus on what you can eat and drink to promote methylation support. The use of supplements, as well as drugs and/or medications to improve DNA methylation, can cause many undesirable side-effects if these are not taken care of by doctors, functional medicine practitioners, and patients alike. In part 2, we demonstrate what you can eat to improve DNA methylation from the category of oils and fats, animal protein, dairy, condiments and sweeteners, as well as beverages. Our ultimate goal is to help you achieve optimal methylation support.

Oils and Fats

Consuming oils and fats is an essential part of improving DNA methylation. Oils and fats are fundamental for overall health and wellness because they provide essential cell membrane functions and they generate numerous signaling molecules which can control inflammation in the human body. As a matter of fact, the human brain is almost 60 percent fat, which demonstrated how important oils and fats are for DNA methylation. It is also essential to choose the right types of oils and fats to support overall health and wellness. Several oils and fats should also be completely avoided, due to their pro-inflammatory effects, such as trans fats and refined vegetable oils like soybean oil, cottonseed oil, and canola oil. The following oils and fats are recommended to improve DNA methylation. The goal is to balance how much you consume across these categories, choosing minimally processed alternatives and organic options, as much as possible. Oils and fats in the Omega-3 polyunsaturated category, as well as oils and fats containing medium-chain triglycerides, are highlighted in bold because they’re considerably important to promote methylation support.
  • Saturated fats: MCT oil, coconut oil, red palm oil, lard, tallow, and duck fat
  • Monounsaturated fats: Olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil, hazelnut oil, and macadamia nut oil
  • Omega-3 polyunsaturated fats: Fish, shellfish, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, chia seed oil, and hemp oil
  • Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats: Pumpkin seed oil, sunflower seed oil, and sesame seed oil

Animal Protein

Animal protein is fundamental because it offers us all the essential amino acids the human body requires, many of which are directly involved in DNA methylation. Eggs considerably help promote methylation support due to their increased levels of sulfur and choline. Liver is also considered to be the densest source of a wide array of methylation nutrients, such as folate, other B vitamins, choline, and trace minerals. That’s why liver is ultimately referred to as a “superfood”. Salmon and other oily fish are also excellent sources of DHA, which can improve MTHFR and methylation activity. Try to eat approximately 6 to 9 oz of animal protein every day. This amount may vary according to your size, age, current health issues, and total calorie requirements: protein needs range from 0.8 to 1.2 g/kg per body mass. The following animal protein choices can help improve DNA methylation. Foods in bold are considered methylation superfoods because they are particularly rich in one or more methylation-related nutrient, including; anchovies, bee, bison/buffalo, chicken, duck, eggs, fish roe, liver, other fish and seafood, other organ meat, oysters, pork, quail, salmon, sardines, turkey, and whitefish.

Dairy

Eating dairy from cows, sheep, and goats can be excellent sources of methylation nutrients to promote methylation support. Cheese contains considerable amounts of methionine and B vitamins. However, dairy products are not necessarily considered an essential part of a diet to improve DNA methylation. Many people are sensitive to the casein proteins found in dairy. For those people with dairy sensitivities, ghee is a form of butter that has removed the dairy proteins. This renders it very hypoallergenic and is most often well-tolerated even by people who are sensitive to dairy. It is also a good source of butyrate, which nourishes cells in our gastrointestinal, or GI, tract and directly regulates genetic methylation to positively affect gene expression. If you tolerate dairy, small amounts of high-quality dairy products can be consumed. From the following list of dairy products which can help promote DNA methylation, foods in bold are better choices, including; butter, cottage cheese, cream, ghee, goat cheese, gruyere cheese, kefir, milk, parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, and yogurt (unsweetened). If you are avoiding dairy from cows, sheep or goats, you may instead choose from the following non-dairy options to improve DNA methylation. Also, always make sure to choose unsweetened alternatives, including; almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, flaxseed milk, hemp milk, and macadamia nut milk.

Condiments and Sweeteners

Condiments and sweeteners aren�t an official food category which can help improve DNA methylation, however, they’re also important to mention because many of us may inevitable have to include them in our cooking. Making your own condiments and sweeteners are recommended because they will be minimally processed and will contain the fewest additives. In general, consuming increased amounts of sugars is not a good idea because it can increase oxidative stress and inflammation as well as weight gain and a variety of other health issues. When choosing one of the following condiments and/or sweeteners, always remember to keep your serving size to a maximum of 1 teaspoon, no more than 2 times per day. The following condiments and sweeteners can promote methylation support, including; baker’s yeast, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, cane sugar (unrefined), cocoa (70% dark, not Dutch processed), coconut aminos, erythritol (a few drops), honey, maple syrup, mustard, salsa (sugar-free), Stevia (a few drops), tamari/soy sauce (traditional, fermented), vinegars, and xylitol (a few drops).

Beverages

Finally, your choice of beverages can also help improve DNA methylation. When choosing water, ideally filtered with a carbon- block filter, to keep out a majority of toxins and keeping most essential minerals. The goal is to drink half your body weight, as measured in lbs, in fluid ounces. By way of instance, if you weigh 150 lbs, the goal is to drink for 75 oz of water, seltzer or herbal tea per day. Proper hydration is essential for reducing inflammation which can affect overall methylation status and activity. Several herbal teas are also considered methylation adaptogens. You can also drink 1 to 2 cups of coffee per day, at most. If you frequently drink a lot of coffee, reduce your consumption gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Switch to lower caffeine options, such as green tea or oolong tea. The following list of beverages can help improve DNA methylation, with methylation super-drinks highlighted in bold, including; chamomile tea, coconut water (fresh), green tea, hibiscus tea, oolong tea, rooibos tea, seltzer water (limit to 2 per day), water.
DNA methylation is a fundamental process which carries out a variety of important bodily functions. Many people, however, can develop methylation activity deficits which can greatly affect their overall health and wellness. Supplements and medicines can be used to help improve DNA methylation, however, these may generally cause various undesirable side-effects, A balanced nutrition can help safely and effectively manage these deficits and promote methylation support. The purpose of the following articles is to easily demonstrate what you can eat to improve DNA methylation from a variety of different food groups. Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan. Sea Green Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed � 1/2 banana � 1 handful of kale or spinach � 1 handful of Swiss chard � 1/4 avocado � 2 teaspoons spirulina powder � 1 cup water � 3 or more ice cubes Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy! Berry Bliss Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild) � 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped � 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed � 1 tablespoons almonds � Water (to desired consistency) � Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries) Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately! Sweet and Spicy Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup honeydew melons � 3 cups spinach, rinsed � 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed � 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Ginger Greens Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup pineapple cubes � 1 apple, sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped � 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Zesty Beet Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced � 1 apple, washed and sliced � 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately! Protein Power Smoothie Serving: 1 Cook time: 5 minutes � 1 scoop protein powder � 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed � 1/2 banana � 1 kiwi, peeled � 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon � Pinch of cardamom � Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-3.png Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 . Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topic Discussion: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited. Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care. Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access. If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900. xymogen el paso, tx For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download * All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force. ***
What to Eat to Improve DNA Methylation Part 2

What to Eat to Improve DNA Methylation Part 1

Dr. Alex Jimenez Discusses What to Eat to Improve DNA Methylation

Methylation is a fundamental process which occurs in every cell of the human body. It is utilized to promote a variety of bodily processes, such as producing and regulating hormones and neurotransmitters, developing immune cells, and managing the detoxification of exogenous substances, as well as clearing histamine, among other essential processes. Methylation is also important for cellular renewal to help modify genetic expression.

By changing your diet and lifestyle you can optimize your DNA methylation to improve your overall health and wellness. If you have a methylation deficit, such as an altered MTHFR gene or increased homocysteine levels, you can improve your DNA methylation by eating a variety of healthy foods.

Methylation support can benefit many health issues, including; aging, pregnancy preparation, pregnancy lactation, prolonged strenuous physical activity, ADD/ADHD, addiction, allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, asthma, atherosclerosis, autism, behavioral changes, bipolar disorder, cancer, chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue, cleft palate, diabetes, dementia, depression, Down syndrome, hypertension, fertility problems, fibromyalgia, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, neural tube defects, neuropathy, ocular disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and thyroid disease.

What to Eat for Methylation Support

The following articles will focus on what you can eat to promote methylation support. The utilization of supplements as well as drugs and/or medications to improve DNA methylation can cause a variety of undesirable side-effects if these are not monitored accordingly by healthcare professionals and patients alike. In part 1, we will demonstrate what you can eat to improve DNA methylation from the category of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes, and grains, as well as herbs and spices. Our ultimate goal is to help you achieve optimal methylation support.

Fruits

Fruits are an excellent source of nutrients which can provide a variety of methylation adaptogens. Fruits with a low-glycemic index, such as wild berries, have less sugar than their larger, commercially-produced counterparts.

The following list of fruits can promote methylation support while those in bold are especially high in methylation adaptogens, including; apples, apricots, avocado, bananas, blackberries, blackcurrant, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, clementines, coconut, cranberries, elderberries, figs, gooseberries, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, kumquat, lemons, limes, lychees, mandarins, mango, mulberries, nectarines, olives, oranges, papaya, passion fruit, peaches, pears, persimmon, pineapple, plums, pomegranate, quince, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, tamarind, tangerines, and watermelon.

Vegetables

Vegetables are a key component for methylation support because they provide many nutrients and flavonoids which are methylation adaptogens. Methylation adaptogens help regulate methylation status in the human body, particularly at our DNA level. These adaptogens have been demonstrated to prevent or reverse over-methylation as well as support healthy methylation activity. Moreover, dietary fiber is essential to promote a balanced microbiome as well as the efficient removal of toxins. The healthy microbes in our gut actually produce considerable amounts of methylation nutrients. But only when consuming a proper diet that includes fiber. Low-glycemic vegetables are an excellent source of fiber. Color variation will provide the most diverse amount of flavonoid methylation adaptogens.

The following list of vegetables can promote methylation support while those in bold are especially supportive of methylation activity, including; alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, bamboo shoots, basil, beet leaves, beets, bok choy, broccoflower, broccoli, broccoli leaves, broccoli raab, rapini, broccoli sprouts, brussels sprouts, cabbage, capers, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, collard greens, daikon radish, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, escarole, fennel, garlic, grape leaves, green beans, heart of palm, horseradish, jerusalem artichokes, jicama, kale, kohlrabi, lambsquarters, leeks, lettuces, mushrooms (all other), mustard greens, okra, olives, onions, parsnips, peppers, pumpkin, pumpkin Flower, purslane, radicchio, radish sprouts, radishes, rutabaga, scallion, sea vegetables (e.g. kelp, kombu, nori, bladderwrack, wakame), shallots, shiitake mushrooms, snap peas, snow peas, spinach, summer squash, sun-dried tomatoes, swiss chard, tomatillos, tomatoes, turnip greens, turnips, water chestnut, watercress, winter squash, yam, and zucchini.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are an important factor to improve DNA methylation. They are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and B vitamins as well as fiber and antioxidants. Raw, unprocessed nuts and seeds, with skins where appropriate (e.g. almonds), are more densely concentrated with antioxidants.

The following list of nuts and seeds can promote methylation support while those in bold are considered methylation superfoods, including; almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, hazelnuts, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts.

Legumes

Legumes can be valuable sources of a variety of methylation-associated nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, folate, choline, and sulfur. They are also an excellent source of fiber to support a healthy microbiome.

Healthcare professionals recommend that you soak and sprout your legumes before cooking to improve their digestibility and nutrient bioavailability. This also reduces leptin levels, which can be helpful for people with gut symptoms and/or worsened autoimmune symptoms. You can do this by soaking the legumes overnight in plenty of water, then drain, rinse, and return them to their container. Leave loosely covered with a clean tea towel between 6 to 24 hours until you see tiny sprout ends starting to appear. They are now ready to cook.

The following list of vegetables can promote methylation support while those in bold are especially supportive of methylation activity, including; adzuki beans, black beans, black lentils, black-eyed peas, brown lentils, cannellini beans, fava beans, garbanzo beans, great northern beans, green lentils, kidney beans, lima beans, mung beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red beans, red lentils, soy/soybeans (especially fermented varieties such as tempeh, miso, tamari, natto, pickled tofu), split peas, and turtle beans.

Grains

Grains can also be an excellent source of magnesium, B vitamins and chromium, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. Some grains, such as oats, provide sulfur which can help decrease the depletion of methylation nutrients to support sulfur detoxification. Whole grains are also an excellent source of fiber. However, many individuals do not tolerate grains. Gluten-sensitivity or Celiac Disease, by way of instance, requires avoiding the consumption of grains with gluten, such as barley, bulgur, Kamut, regular oats, rye, spelt, and wheat. Grains, especially whole grains, also contain leptin, which some individuals may not tolerate. Moreover, the consumption of grains can make it difficult to control blood sugar levels.

If you are going to eat grains, always make sure to choose whole grains. Furthermore, decrease or completely avoid grains which have been ground into flour because the human body can absorb their glucose too rapidly when they have been milled. You can also soak your grains before cooking them to improve their digestibility and nutrient bioavailability. Some soaked grains, such as quinoa, can also be sprouted before cooking, to further improve their nutrient levels and help reduce their leptin content.

The following list of grains can promote methylation support while those in bold are especially good choices for methylation support, including; amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn, Kamut, millet, quinoa, oats, rice (basmati, bran, brown, wild), rye (dark rye), sorghum, spelt, tapioca, teff, and wheat.

Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are ultimately an important additional category of methylation adaptogens. As a matter of fact, they are extremely important and effective even in seemingly-small quantities. There are a variety of ways in which people can incorporate herbs and spices into their cooking, such as in marinades, rubs, dressings, drinks, and even sprinkled into and/or onto dishes.

The following list of herbs and spices can promote methylation support while those in bold are especially rich in methylation adaptogens, including; allspice, anise, basil, bay leaves, black pepper, caraway, cardamom, cayenne pepper, chamomile, chili, chives, cilantro (coriander leaves), cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, cumin, curry leaves, dill, fennel seeds, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, marjoram, methi, mint, mustard seeds, nigella seeds (black cumin), nutmeg, oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, sage, sumac, tarragon, thyme, turmeric, and vanilla bean.

DNA methylation is a fundamental process in charge of a variety of essential bodily functions. Many individuals, however, can develop methylation activity deficits which can tremendously affect their overall health and wellness. Supplements and medicines can be utilized to help improve DNA methylations but these may often cause several undesirable side-effects, A balanced nutrition can help safely and effectively treat these deficits and improve methylation support. The purpose of the following articles is to easily demonstrate what you can eat to improve DNA methylation from a variety of different food groups. Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

Sea Green Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed � 1/2 banana � 1 handful of kale or spinach � 1 handful of Swiss chard � 1/4 avocado � 2 teaspoons spirulina powder � 1 cup water � 3 or more ice cubes Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

Berry Bliss Smoothie Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild) � 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped � 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed � 1 tablespoons almonds � Water (to desired consistency) � Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries) Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately!

Sweet and Spicy Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup honeydew melons � 3 cups spinach, rinsed � 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed � 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Ginger Greens Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 cup pineapple cubes � 1 apple, sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped � 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped � 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Zesty Beet Juice Servings: 1 Cook time: 5-10 minutes � 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced � 1 apple, washed and sliced � 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced � 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Protein Power Smoothie Serving: 1 Cook time: 5 minutes � 1 scoop protein powder � 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed � 1/2 banana � 1 kiwi, peeled � 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon � Pinch of cardamom � Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits.

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Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend nutritional advice and/or guidelines to help improve DNA methylation. Proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. In part 2 of this article, we will continue to discuss what you can eat to improve DNA methylation. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topic Discussion: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

Formulas for Methylation Support

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XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

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Nutraceutical & Medication Interactions for Methylation

Nutraceutical & Medication Interactions for Methylation

Nutraceutical Interactions

According to research studies, understanding possible nutraceutical interactions for methylation support with the utilization of long-term supraphysiological supplementation of niacin, selenium, and phosphatidylethanolamine can ultimately help promote overall health and wellness. Doctors and functional medicine practitioners must be aware of the nutraceutical interactions for methylation through supplementation.

Nutraceutical supplements utilized in integrative functional medicine as well as in nutrition practice can have tremendously powerful effects on physiology. Nutraceutical supplements are one of the primary tools which healthcare professionals utilize to help their patients achieve optimal well-being. However, as mentioned above, healthcare professionals must be aware of possible nutraceutical interactions, especially those which may negatively affect methylation. These are listed in Table 9 below.

Nutrients are metabolized in the human body through methylation, such as niacin, selenium, and phosphatidylethanolamine. Therefore, high dose supplemental regimens of these nutrients can ultimately decrease available methyl donors and cause a methylation deficit. Niacin can also prevent the production of pyridoxal kinase, which is generally known to trigger vitamin B6. High doses of this nutrient may affect overall vitamin B6 status.

Medication Interactions

According to research studies, doctors and functional medicine practitioners must also understand possible medication interactions for methylation support. Moreover, healthcare professionals must be aware that medication interactions can ultimately affect methylation status. Several medications have been demonstrated to affect methylation status in a variety of ways. Several medications may even prevent proper nutrient absorption, while several others may restrict enzyme function, and several others still may decrease SAMe. An understanding of these medication interactions is essential to promote optimal methylation support.

Doctors and functional medicine practitioners can recommend a variety of supplements and/or medications to promote methylation support, however, these can also cause a variety of side-effects on every individual. Healthcare professionals must be aware of these nutraceutical and medication interactions and their use must be carefully considered for each patient. Nutrition and lifestyle habits are safe and effective treatment options which can help promote methylation support without the chance of developing side effects.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

Sea Green Smoothie
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
� 1/2 banana
� 1 handful of kale or spinach
� 1 handful of Swiss chard
� 1/4 avocado
� 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
� 1 cup water
� 3 or more ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

Berry Bliss Smoothie
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
� 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
� 1 tablespoons almonds
� Water (to desired consistency)
� Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately!

Sweet and Spicy Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 cup honeydew melons
� 3 cups spinach, rinsed
� 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed
� 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
� 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Ginger Greens Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 cup pineapple cubes
� 1 apple, sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
� 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
� 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Zesty Beet Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
� 1 apple, washed and sliced
� 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Protein Power Smoothie
Serving: 1
Cook time: 5 minutes
� 1 scoop protein powder
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
� 1/2 banana
� 1 kiwi, peeled
� 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
� Pinch of cardamom
� Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits.

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Many healthcare professionals can recommend a variety of nutraceutical and medication interactions to help improve DNA methylation. Proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can ultimately help improve DNA methylation. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topic Discussion: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

* All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

***

Methylation Support For Inflammation And Oxidative Stress

Methylation Support For Inflammation And Oxidative Stress

Dr. Alex Jimenez Explains How Inflammation and Oxidative Stress Affects Methylation

DNA methylation activity is in charge of a variety of essential bodily functions, however, this process can be easily interrupted. According to healthcare professionals, proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can help decrease inflammation and oxidative stress which can affect methylation. Although a complete research study on the treatments which can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress is beyond the scope of this article, the following list offers common treatments utilized to help promote methylation support.

Inflammation

Regulating blood glucose levels can help manage inflammation in the human body. Increased circulating glucose levels as well as acute, postprandial glucose spikes can ultimately trigger oxidative stress, demonstrating that glucose should be controlled. Excess weight can also develop pro-inflammatory cytokines, including TNF-alpha and IL-6, which has been associated with abnormal DNA methylation patterns. An increased body-mass index, or BMI, and especially central adiposity, can ultimately trigger chronic inflammation.

Excessive levels of bacteria or dysbiosis in an individual’s gastrointestinal, or GI, tract can also promote higher levels of local and systemic inflammation. Bacterial pro-inflammatory compounds with systemic effects can originate from both the small and large intestine as well as in the stomach and oral cavity. Pro-inflammatory pathogenic bacterial species may also be found in internal tissues, such as atherosclerotic plaque. Helicobacter pylori, potentially located in the stomach, is also associated with abnormal methylation.

Food allergies and food sensitivities have also been demonstrated to increase inflammation through innate immune activation. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet which avoids the consumption of pro-inflammatory foods, such as sugars, refined carbohydrates, conventionally-raised animal products, refined vegetable oils, hydrogenated fats, and phytonutrient-rich whole plant foods and omega-3 fatty acids. Furthermore, pro-inflammatory lifestyle factors, such as stress and sedentary behavior, can be regulated through stress management techniques and physical activity. Lifestyle factors also affect DNA methylation, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress can be caused due to metabolic, dietary or environmental factors, including excessive calories, excessive sugars/refined carbohydrates, too little or too much exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco smoke, air pollutants, fungal toxins, charbroiled foods and other advanced glycation end products, ionizing radiation, chronic infections, poor sleep, and gut dysbiosis, can all contribute to oxidative stress which may lead to inflammation and affect DNA methylation activity.

Regulating oxidative stress, and therefore inflammation and DNA methylation activity, includes decreasing pro-inflammatory sources as well as increasing support in the form of antioxidants found in a high plant-food diet, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, and unrefined oils. Specific supplements such as N-acetylcysteine, alpha lipoic acid and coenzyme Q10 may also be useful. The process by which oxidative stress can lead to inflammation and affect methylation is demonstrated by a variety of processes in the diagram below.

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Inflammation is the human body’s natural response to injury, infection, or disease. Although it plays a fundamental role by signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue as well as to defend itself against foreign invaders, chronic inflammation caused by oxidative stress can affect DNA methylation. As mentioned in the article above, proper nutrition and lifestyle habits can help reduce inflammation caused by oxidative stress, ultimately improving methylation and overall health and wellness.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

Sea Green Smoothie
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
� 1/2 banana
� 1 handful of kale or spinach
� 1 handful of Swiss chard
� 1/4 avocado
� 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
� 1 cup water
� 3 or more ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

Berry Bliss Smoothie
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
� 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
� 1 tablespoons almonds
� Water (to desired consistency)
� Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately!

Sweet and Spicy Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 cup honeydew melons
� 3 cups spinach, rinsed
� 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed
� 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
� 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Ginger Greens Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 cup pineapple cubes
� 1 apple, sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
� 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
� 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Zesty Beet Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
� 1 apple, washed and sliced
� 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Protein Power Smoothie
Serving: 1
Cook time: 5 minutes
� 1 scoop protein powder
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
� 1/2 banana
� 1 kiwi, peeled
� 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
� Pinch of cardamom
� Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits.

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Many healthcare professionals recommend a variety of treatment options to help regulate oxidate stress and inflammation to prevent health issues associated with DNA methylation. Proper nutrition and lifestyle habits, can improve methylation. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topic Discussion: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

* All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

***

The Role Of The Microbiome In DNA Methylation

The Role Of The Microbiome In DNA Methylation

Dr. Alex Jimenez Discusses Microbiome and Methylation

Research studies have demonstrated that our microbiome can help regulate our DNA methylation. The human microbiome is considered to be a counterpart to the human genome. In current research studies, the methylation of intestinal epithelial cells was determined to be considerably abnormal in germ-free mouse models when compared with conventional controls. This research study also demonstrated that bacteria introduced through fecal transplants considerably increased CpG methylation.

Moreover, research studies have determined that gut microbes may also produce butyrate, which can potently prevent the development of histone deacetylase, ultimately affecting the function of DNA methylation. Researchers have discussed that these outcome measures suggest our microbiome may play a fundamental role in host epigenetic regulation, beyond digestive health.

Specific types of bacteria may also cause different effects on DNA methylation. In one human pilot research study, increased levels of the bacterial phylum Firmicutes, compared to the bacterial phylum Bacteroidetes, were associated with the increased methylation of 568 genes as well as the decreased methylation of 245 genes (P=0.05). The affected genes were associated with a variety of health issues, including inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Previous research studies in humans have also identified various ratios of the bacterial phylum Firmicutes and the bacterial phylum Bacteroidetes in overweight and obese individuals.

Gut Microbiota and Nutrient Status

Our gut microbiota can also affect our nutrient status and this may also indirectly affect our or DNA methylation. The majority of Lactobacillus species are in vitro consumers of folate with the exception of L. plantarum strains which can produce folate in the presence of para-aminobenzoic acid, or PABA. Many Bifidobacteria species, including strains of B. bifidum and B. infantis, can also produce folate, along with B. breve, B. longum, B. adolescentis, and B. pseudocatenulatum. Many of these species also produce folate in both its THF and 5mTHF forms, with B. adolescentis producing the highest levels of methylated folate.

In vivo, the administration of B. adolescentis, referred to as MB 227 and MB 239, and B. pseudocatenulatum, referred to as MB 116, increased serum folate levels in folate-deficient rats and the co-administration of prebiotic fructans increased serum folate levels further in folate-deficient rats. While human folate absorption generally occurs in the small intestine, it can also occur in the colon. By way of instance, the administration of B. longum in hemodialysis patients decreased serum homocysteine levels the same as serum folate levels increased in folate-deficient through the administration of a variety of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

Furthermore, abnormal populations of bacteria in the small intestine can prevent normal nutrient absorption and appetite signaling, ultimately affecting DNA methylation. An abnormal microbiome may also cause inflammation which, as we have previously discussed, can also affect methylation. A healthy microbiome can ultimately be achieved through proper nutrition and lifestyle habits. Smoothies and juices, such as those described below, can also help improve DNA methylation as well as promote a healthy microbiome.

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The human microbiota is made up of 10 to 100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells, most of these which primarily consist of gut bacteria. The role of our microbiome is fundamental towards our overall health and wellness, especially when it comes to DNA methylation activity and status, according to research studies. The human microbiota is important for a variety of bodily functions and recent research studies have demonstrated that an abnormal microbiome can tremendously affect methylation, a chemical process which affects the function of genes as well as gene expression and promotes several essential functions.

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Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

Sea Green Smoothie
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
� 1/2 banana
� 1 handful of kale or spinach
� 1 handful of Swiss chard
� 1/4 avocado
� 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
� 1 cup water
� 3 or more ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

Berry Bliss Smoothie
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
� 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
� 1 tablespoons almonds
� Water (to desired consistency)
� Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately!

Sweet and Spicy Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 cup honeydew melons
� 3 cups spinach, rinsed
� 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed
� 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
� 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Ginger Greens Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 cup pineapple cubes
� 1 apple, sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
� 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
� 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Zesty Beet Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
� 1 apple, washed and sliced
� 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Protein Power Smoothie
Serving: 1
Cook time: 5 minutes
� 1 scoop protein powder
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
� 1/2 banana
� 1 kiwi, peeled
� 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
� Pinch of cardamom
� Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits.

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Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners may suggest evaluating a patient’s microbiome to determine their DNA methylation status. Through proper nutrition and lifestyle habits, a healthy microbiome can improve methylation. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topic Discussion: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

Formulas for Methylation Support

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XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

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Methylation, Nutrition, And Lifestyle Habits

Methylation, Nutrition, And Lifestyle Habits

Dr. Alex Jimenez Explains Methylation, Nutrition & Lifestyle Habits

A variety of healthcare professionals recommend full MDL or portions of the program to their patients. Research studies report that participants have responded well to the diet plan. By way of instance, a 57-year-old male diagnosed with diffuse myalgia and arthralgia as well as a history of toxic mold exposure, who had a methyl donor intolerance and who had a baseline homocysteine of 15.7. After one month of the MDL program, his follow-up homocysteine was 11.8, which reduced his symptoms. No additional modifications were made to his diet plan. Functional medicine practitioners and doctors may utilize the MDL program in a variety of ways, including:

  • As a treatment for long-term methylation support
  • Together with folate and other supplements to improve effectiveness
  • As an alternative treatment option for people with methyl donor intolerance

In this article, however, we will discuss the importance of obtaining nutrients from food rather than with supplementation. The following information reviews the foundational interventions which are relevant to the Methylation Diet and Lifestyle, or MDL, program. We will also provide a collection of smoothies and juices which can help promote methylation support and effectiveness. According to healthcare professionals, nutrients from foods improve methylation support and address significant genetic SNPs.

Food-Based Nutrients

Improving methylation through non-fortified whole foods is a safe and effective treatment, as long as enough of the relevant nutrients are consumed. During a 16-week human placebo-controlled trial, an increase of 200 mcg/d folate from folate-rich foods demonstrated the same capability to increase plasma and erythrocyte folate levels as well as to lower homocysteine compared with an equal amount of supplemental folic acid or 5-mTHF as Metafolin�. Dietary folate, along with changes to lifestyle habits, can improve methylation.

There is currently no limit set for folate intake from non-fortified foods and no research studies have found side-effects from folates and other methylation nutrients from foods. But, what amount of nutrient intake is enough to optimize methylation status? This will inevitably be different for each individual based on their genetic fingerprint and environmental factors. A Cochrane systematic review, published in 2014, demonstrated that food-sourced folate could protect against the risk of cancer, specifically breast cancer, within the range of 153 � 400 mcg/d, suggesting that increased supplementation is not necessarily beneficial for the general population.

However, specific populations may have genetic or environmental factors which may need them to have higher nutrient intakes. There are a variety of nutrients involved with methylation enzymes and pathways, demonstrated as either substrates or cofactors. Table 6 below, lists these important nutrients and their dietary sources, including methionine, cysteine, taurine, DHA, zinc, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, folate, vitamin B12, betaine, choline, and sulfur. Several of these nutrients have previously been utilized as targeted supplements by many functional medicine practitioners or doctors for a wide variety of diet plans.

Depending on the genotype of the individual, nutrient intake needs can be further customized to support an individual’s potential enzyme deficiencies. Individuals with specific SNPs may benefit from increased intake of cofactor nutrients used by the associated enzyme because it has been demonstrated that increased cofactor intake can push the rate of enzymatic reactions forward. Table 7 below, lists commonly examined methylation-related genes and the nutrients that can be used to support activity and status, including MTHFR, MTR, MTRR, MAT1A, MAO, COMT, CBS, MTRR, and BHMT, as well as their cofactor nutrient support.

Nutrient Assimilation

If an individual’s needs are determined either by laboratory testing or physical exam findings, the Five-R Protocol utilized as a part of the MDL program, is outlined in Table 8 as an ideal way to improve nutrient assimilation and functional status. It can be done together with a short-term course of methylation supplementation with subsequent transition to the MDL or with the MDL from the start. Functional medicine practitioners or doctors may recommend changes to nutrition and lifestyle habits for methylation support.

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Nutrient supplementation is commonly used to help promote methylation support, however, research studies have demonstrated that the best way to improve methylation activity and its overall status is through food-based nutrient intake. High doses of supplements have been known to cause side-effects but eating nutrient-rich foods provides the same if not greater benefits than supplementation. Smoothies and juices such as those listed below can promote methylation support.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

Smoothies and Juices for Methylation Support

While many healthcare professionals can recommend nutritional guidelines and lifestyle modifications to improve methylation support, there are several options you can try yourself at home. As described above, methylation support supplementation should be determined by a healthcare professional. Smoothies and juices are a fast and easy way to include all the necessary nutrients you need for methylation support without any side-effects. The smoothies and juices below are part of the Methylation Diet Food Plan.

Sea Green Smoothie
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
� 1/2 banana
� 1 handful of kale or spinach
� 1 handful of Swiss chard
� 1/4 avocado
� 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
� 1 cup water
� 3 or more ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and enjoy!

Berry Bliss Smoothie
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, preferably wild)
� 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seed
� 1 tablespoons almonds
� Water (to desired consistency)
� Ice cubes (optional, may omit if using frozen blueberries)
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Best served immediately!

Sweet and Spicy Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 cup honeydew melons
� 3 cups spinach, rinsed
� 3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed
� 1 bunch cilantro (leaves and stems), rinsed
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
� 2-3 knobs whole turmeric root (optional), rinsed, peeled and chopped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Ginger Greens Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 cup pineapple cubes
� 1 apple, sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
� 3 cups kale, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
� 5 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and roughly chopped or ripped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Zesty Beet Juice
Servings: 1
Cook time: 5-10 minutes
� 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
� 1 apple, washed and sliced
� 1 whole beet, and leaves if you have them, washed and sliced
� 1-inch knob of ginger, rinsed, peeled and chopped
Juice all ingredients in a high-quality juicer. Best served immediately!

Protein Power Smoothie
Serving: 1
Cook time: 5 minutes
� 1 scoop protein powder
� 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
� 1/2 banana
� 1 kiwi, peeled
� 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
� Pinch of cardamom
� Non-dairy milk or water, enough to achieve desired consistency
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Best served immediately!

ProLon� Fasting Mimicking Diet

Balanced methylation support can be achieved through proper nutrition. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet offers a 5-day meal program which has been individually packed and labeled to serve the foods you need for the FMD in precise quantities and combinations. The meal program is made up of ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, plant-based foods, including bars, soups, snacks, supplements, a drink concentrate, and teas. The products are scientifically formulated and great tasting. Before starting the ProLon� fasting mimicking diet, 5-day meal program, please make sure to talk to a healthcare professional to find out if the FMD is right for you. The ProLon� fasting mimicking diet can help promote methylation support, among a variety of other healthy benefits.

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Many doctors and functional medicine practitioners may recommend higher doses of methyl donors in several patients, however, further research studies are needed to determine the proper amount of methylation supplementation. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

Additional Topic Discussion: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

* All the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

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