064: Methylation and Your Health: What You Need to Know w/ Dr. Kara Fitzgerald

Today I have a very exciting guest on Couch Talk, Dr. Kara Fitzgerald.

I’ll tell you more about Dr. Kara in a moment, but want you to know that she is absolutely brilliant…and she will be talking with us today about methylation.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard conversations – and a good deal of buzz – around the topic of methylation… and even more likely, you are probably a bit confused about what it really is and why it matters to you!

It is such an important topic…as many significant health conditions, including: autoimmune diseases, metabolic syndrome, dementia, accelerated aging, cancer and cardiovascular diseases have been associated in some degree to the issue of methylation imbalance.

So, we’re going to dive in deep today and talk about what YOU need to know.

Couch Talk with Dr. Fitzgerald

Meet Dr. Kara Fitzgerald

First, let me introduce you to Dr. Kara and tell you a little bit about her.

She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first Council of Naturopathic Medicine accredited postdoctoral position in Nutritional Biochemistry and Laboratory Science at MetaMetrics Clinical Laboratory (now Genova Diagnostics) under the direction of the brilliant and kind Dr. Richard Lord, who I’ve known well for some time. Just brilliant! These two, just brilliant, let me tell you.

Dr. Kara’s residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia. And now she is up in Connecticut where she has a clinical practice also involved in research.

She’s the lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine. She’s a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine, The Institute for Functional Medicine’s Textbook for Functional Medicine.

She recently co-authored the eBook called The Methylation Diet and Lifestyle and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in multiple journals. She is also on faculty at The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).

As a final note…she does an awesome podcast as well. One of my favorite all-time podcasts that I have done was on Dr. Kara’s podcast.

So, What Is Methylation And Why Is It Important?

Methylation is often a tough topic for people to understand, so remember that as you listen to our interview…even if there are a few minutes here or there that go “too deep”, hang in there…you’ll still be able to get a lot of true gems out of the rest of our conversation…including dietary and lifestyle suggestions that will help support your methylation balance today.

At a high level, just so you have some background, methylation is a biochemical process that happens in every cell in your body. Our bodies use methylation to support,

  • Neurotransmitter production
  • Healthy immune cells
  • DNA production
  • Estrogen, histamine, and fat metabolism
  • Detoxification
  • Cellular energy
  • Eye health, and…
  • Regulating how our genes get expressed

This last point is so important! Healthy methylation turns on the genes we want turned on for greater health and turns off the ones that we don’t really want to get turned on (like the ones for cancer and dementia). Think about how important this is…as it means that even if you have a gene that predisposes you to a disease like Alzheimer’s disease, healthy methylation can keep that gene turned off.

So you can see that methylation supports many vital functions! We talk more about exactly how methylation works in the interview.

If we aren’t a good methylator our body won’t create enough of the important molecules that it needs (molecules like glutathione, melatonin, serotonin, taurine, nitric oxide, etc.) to support these functions. Impaired methylation can also lead to anxiety and depression, increased risk of cancer, hormone imbalance, poor detox capacity, infertility, birth defects and fatigue.

So are you a good methylator or a bad methylator? (And how do you know! And what can you do about it?)

Listen To The Interview Now!

Listen To The Interview Now, And You Will Learn,

  • What methylation is and what clinical issues are associated with methylation imbalances
  • The simple test that can identify if you have a methylation issue (and it is likely covered by your insurance!)
  • The importance of homocysteine to your overall health (it’s not just a cardiovascular marker!)
  • All about what the epigenome is and how it regulates how our DNA expresses itself
  • Why “the methylation diet and lifestyle” is important and what it includes
  • The importance of methylation adaptogens and what they are (and guess what, Mighty Maca® Plus has several methylation adaptogens in its formulation!)
  • What is Dr. Kara’s favorite spice that is a methylation superfood!
  • And so much more…

A Special Gift For You!

Methylation Diet and Lifestyle

As a special gift to my community, Dr. Kara is offering her eBook, “Methylation Diet and Lifestyle” at a discounted price. Just use the code, Anna10, to receive a 10% discount.

It’s an incredibly informative eBook and you’ll find a lot of the same messages you are always hearing from me (as I talk about Keto-Alkaline® principles) relating to the importance of lifestyle decisions in creating optimal health! 

Feel free to ask Dr. Kara some questions below…we will follow-up with her to get her responses.

Love this important area of medicine.

Thanks Dr. Kara!

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Dr. Anna Cabeca

Dr. Anna Cabeca

Certified OB/GYN, Anti-Aging and Integrative Medicine expert and founder of The Girlfriend Doctor. During Dr. Anna’s health journey, she turned to research to create products to help thousands of women through menopause, hormones, and sexual health. She is the author of best-selling The Hormone Fix, and Keto-Green 16 and MenuPause.

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