MTHFR Defects and Estrogen Dominance

MTHFR Defects and Estrogen Dominance

The Link Between Estrogen & MTHFR

MTHFR is an enzyme that adds a methyl group to folic acid to make it usable by the body. The MTHFR gene produces this MTHFR enzyme that’s also important for proper metabolism, muscle growth & glutathione production. If you have a mutation in MTHFR, you may have trouble effectively eliminating toxins from the body or balancing hormones.


How Does this Manifest in your Body?

  1. High cholesterol
  2. Difficulty getting pregnant/birth defects
  3. Estrogen dominance
  4. Low energy

But if you suffer from bloating, abnormal periods, acne, mood swings, fibroids, blood clots, endometriosis, PCOS or irritability, these symptoms are signs of Estrogen Dominance. And your body removes estrogen through the process of methylation. So if you have a defect in the MTHFR gene/enzyme, estrogen builds up making your symptoms worse.


What can You do to Help?

Though it isn’t possible to change a gene, there are things that can be done to minimize the potential for problems.

  1. Focus on gut health – It’s important to focus on gut health so that the body can absorb the nutrients from food as effectively as possible. This also helps avoid candida, which can make MTHFR related problems worse.
  2. Get your Bs – Supplement w/methylated form of B vitamins so that your body doesn’t have to “deal with the defect” & work around it. And if you’re in the area, stop by my office for a Mega Shot™!
  3. Detox – Give your liver a much needed boost to help with the clearance of hormones quicker. My Detox IV is perfect to help a sluggish liver get the necessary nutrients to eliminate easily and quickly.
Vitamins to Boost your Metabolism

Vitamins to Boost your Metabolism

Four Vitamins to Feed your Metabolism

As you age, your metabolism tends to decelerate by about 5% for every decade of life past age 40. With that in mind, taking specific vitamins to boost your metabolism can help combat this natural decline.


B-vitamins are at the top of the list for vitamins that maintain a healthy metabolism. In fact, B vitamins are essential for healthy metabolism functioning, as they help our body get the maximum use out of nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

As you grow older and your metabolism naturally slows down, B vitamins can help you boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight. Each B vitamin has specific functions, so look out for B-complex vitamins, which contain all eight B vitamins.


L-glutamine is an incredible multi-tasker. It’s the most abundant amino acid in your bloodstream, and it protects against muscle wasting, while also boosting your cellular growth and repair. That makes glutamine an excellent choice for faster post-workout recovery. It can also help to raise growth hormones, which increases your resting metabolic rate and boosts fat burning. You’ll find a hefty dose of this potent amino acid in the Gut Be Calm™.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D can complement the function of some female hormones and these vitamin-hormone interactions play a beneficial role in weight loss. Adequate levels of vitamin D may also help prevent depression, according to some research.

Tip: You might want to consider taking a vitamin D supplement if you spend most of your days indoors.


Meet your new weight loss bestie! This is because berberine helps prevent fat storage, balances insulin sensitivity, and increases the hormone, leptin, which helps you crush cravings and burn fat. I use it often for my patients who have insulin resistance or diabetes to help manage their blood sugar as well.

Remember, no supplement will take the place of a nourishing, balanced diet, regular exercise, and healthy sleep and stress management habits. But if you’re looking for an all-natural advantage, the 4 supplements above are a great start. You can receive them in shot form at The Vitamin Shot Bar or via a custom-made IV for an even stronger effect!

B12 and Brain Health the Buzz

B12 and Brain Health the Buzz

Get a Brain Buzz with Vitamin B12

Why I Love my B12

B-complex vitamins are important for various functions in the human body. Whether it is energy production, body defense mechanisms, or red blood cell formation, the B-group vitamins play pivotal roles by working in tandem or individually. Vitamin B12, in particular, has a great impact on brain health.

Vitamin B12, is an essential vitamin for the proper functioning and development of the brain and nerve cells. It plays an important role in the maintenance of the sheaths that cover and protect the nerves of the nervous system, ensuring fast and effective nerve-impulse transmission.

A fatty substance called myelin is essential for the formation of these sheaths. Vitamin B12 plays a significant role in the synthesis and maintenance of myelin. The neurological problems caused by vitamin B12 deficiency later in life are due to the damage caused to the myelin sheath.

How to Test Your Levels of B12

Often my patients are told that their B12 levels are terribly high because they are testing their b12 levels in the blood. However blood tests only measure the current status of the blood. So if you’ve taken a B12 supplement, vitamin shot, or have increased it in your diet then chances are it will show incredibly high.

The most specific test for testing your B12 status would be Methylmalonic Acid (MMA).  MMA builds up in the system when B12 status is poor. It is the most specific test for measuring B12 status because B12 is the only necessary co-enzyme needed to keep levels low. MMA can be measured in both the urine and the blood.

Where Can You Get More B12?

If you test as B12 deficient or simply suspect you may be deficient, there are a few ways to increase your intake of vitamin B12.

Foods rich in vitamin B12 include beef and chicken liver, wild-caught fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, tuna, and trout are the best sources), organic yogurt, raw milk, and grass-fed turkey, lamb, and beef tenderloin. Unfortunately, research shows that healthy adults typically absorb no more than 50% of the vitamin B12 found in foods, often less! So make sure you’re eating multiple servings of these foods each day.

One important note for vegans/vegetarians: contrary to popular belief, vitamin B12 is found ONLY in animal products. Plant sources commonly held to contain B12 (like seaweed, algae, spirulina, fermented soy, and brewer’s yeast) don’t actually do so. Studies show that these plant sources actually contain a pseudo form of B12 that blocks the intake of true vitamin B12! So, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you absolutely need to supplement with vitamin B12 including other B-vitamins.

The quickest and most effective method for retaining B12 would be through an injection. When administered intramuscularly, it bypasses the gut and will be absorbed in your body 100% and immediately.

Need to get your hands on a B12 shot? Stop by the Vitamin Shot Bar!

Heal your Gut and Detox with this Alkaline Juice Shot

Heal your Gut and Detox with this Alkaline Juice Shot

Detox Alkaline Juice Shot

A Simple Recipe to help Alkalize your Body and Heal your Gut

Cabbage is a great bowel cleanser. I use it often as part of my Naturopathic protocols in treating various gut issues and it’s always a happy recommendation for my detox programs. It holds two essential minerals – chlorine and sulfur, which are effective in treating GI problems such as bloating, GERD or acid reflux, and indigestion. It also contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as polyphenols and sulforaphane and vitamins K1 and B-vitamins.

Vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin most well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting and bone metabolism, but it’s also a known brain nutrient for helping to limit neuron damage in the brain. Most notably, cabbage contains tartaric acid which hinders conversion of sugar and carbohydrates into fat.

When my patients tell me that they are any sort of antacids such as Pepcid or Pepto Bismol, I immediately recommend cabbage juice instead. The reason is that the juice of a cabbage is one of the most healing nutrients for ulcer repair as it is a huge source of vitamin U (which is actually not a vitamin but an enzyme known as S methylmethionine). As a matter of fact, having a few teaspoons of cabbage juice before eating, or better yet, fermented cabbage juice from sauerkraut will do wonders to improve your digestion. So it not only help heal ulcers but also helps to benefit digestion.

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The second ingredient in my Detox-Alkaline Juice Shot is honey. Honey is known to mobilize extra fat in the body which it puts into circulation to be converted into energy. Contrary to popular belief, honey is not pure fructose. It contains trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids allowing it to have antibacterial properties as well. One of the reasons you’ll find it in many cough remedies.

And finally, the third ingredient in my Detox-Alkaline Juice Shot is lemon. It’s the perfect way to hydrate and alkalize the body. It has a very high amount of vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system but also minerals such as calcium and magnesium which make the juice alkaline as soon as it comes in contact with your blood.

Vitamin Shot Discounts

Vitamin Shot Discounts

Vitamin Shot Specials and FAQ

Buy six of any vitamin shot and receive $5 off of each shot!

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I am often asked a variety of health questions related to vitamins. The most popular questions are centered around the benefits of the B-Vitamins. Because of the demand in curiosity I decided to group some of the answers to why the B-Vitamins are so beneficial below. I hope they shine some clarity on some of your curiosities as well.

1. Why are there so many different B-Vitamins? 

B-Vitamins are a group of eight chemically distinct vitamins, each one performing unique functions with specific benefits. They help convert our food into energy and play important roles in different aspects of cell metabolism, helping you stay energized throughout the day. But they are also important in promoting healthy skin and hair, balancing moods and relieving stress, helping mental clarity and focus, supporting cardiovascular health, preventing migraines, and promoting immunity.

2. Are each of the B vitamins equally important?

YES! They all function in unique manners throughout the body and each body system, hormone pathway or organ can require a different B-Vitamin to help serve it best. For example, vitamin B6 (also known as pyridoxine) is beneficial in feeding the hormone pathways of the body for optimum balance. You can find Vitamin B6 in either the B-Vital or Mega Shot™.

3. What are the symptoms of B-Vitamin deficiency?

Symptoms of a deficiency depend on what type of Vitamin B you lack. The most common deficiency is B12 deficiency, which is actually relatively common. It causes lethargy, fatigue, weakness, anemia, memory loss, and neurological problems and even psychiatric problems. B vitamin deficiencies can cause all sorts of problems however, ranging from headaches, irritability, and confusion to anemia or a compromised immune system, to fatigue. Skin rashes, dry skin, cracks at the corners of the mouth, frequent bruising, and wounds that require a long time to heal can be symptoms. Muscle weakness, a lack of coordination, and numbness or tingling in the fingers and toes may also occur.

4. Can B-Vitamins only be given in a Shot?

As a matter of fact, B-vitamins can also be given in higher concentrations in an intavenous form or IV Infusion. IVs are a great option for those looking to receive high quantities of more than one vitamin, such as Vitamin C, electrolytes, and minerals.

If your curiosity is peeked and you’re wondering which B-vitamin Shot would be most beneficial to you, please click here.


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