Epigenetic | What is Epigenetics

Epigenetics is a new scientific field that studies the molecular mechanisms by which our lifestyle and environment affect gene activity. It’s commonly thought that we are born with a certain genetic code that we have no control over. Epigenetics is starting show that while we are born with certain DNA, our genes are not set in stone and can be modified by what we eat, where we live, our stress levels and more. This means that we have a lot more control over our health than previously thought. Pretty interesting, isn’t it/

It’s true that some of our genes cannot be altered. These include the genes that code for our hair and eye color as well as genes that cause birth defects such as retardation, deafness or missing limbs. However, 98% of our genes can be modified, which means that predisposition to health issues like Inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke, cancers and high blood pressure aren’t as inevitable as we once thought they were.

So, how does all of this work? Studies show that we can communicate with our genes through our lifestyle and therefore change how they are expressed. “Epigenetic Coding” is what dictates whether or not a gene is expressed. Eating well and getting enough sleep will cause genes to be manifested in a different way than if we eat a lot of junk food, don’t take care of ourselves, live in a stressful environment and barely get 5 hours of Sleep a night. On the other hand, healthy behaviors such as Meditation, relaxing, deep breathing, eating fresh Organic Food, working with an Integrative M.D. and Detoxing regularly all promote the expression of positive genes and turn off genes that can cause diseases.

This means that even if we have genes that make us susceptible to chronic illnesses, we can turn off the expression of these genes by eating well, reducing our exposure to toxins, exercising, staying positive, getting enough sleep and other health promoting behaviors. A predisposition to an illness doesn’t mean you have to succumb to it. This is exciting news!

Even more interesting, our epigenetic coding can be passed down to our children.  Your lifestyle influences what genes are turned on or off and this information is passed down through DNA. It’s important to realize that our lifestyles affect not only us but also our children and grandchildren, giving you even more of a reason to stay healthy and live a clean life filled with love, organic fresh food and happiness.

 It is essential to work with an Integrative M.D. because I am sharing general information that is not intended to be medical advice. This information is only given for informational purposes.

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