I’ll bet you didn’t know you could reprogram your genes; at least some of them. When you think of your genes, familial genes probably come to mind. These genes are the ones that influence many of your personal traits such as eye and hair color, height, body shape, and facial features. Your familial genes also give you a predisposition for things like your math aptitude and athletic abilities, as well as a predisposition to diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Although your eye and hair color and set, the gene expression that influences your health and longevity can be optimized through lifestyle choices. So, even though there may be health risks that run in your family, that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do. You have the ability to influence the genes that regulate muscular development, fat storage, inflammation, and other factors related to health through the foods you eat, the workouts you do, and other healthy lifestyle habits.
Each of us has about 20,000 genes on each strand of DNA, and only a portion of them are heritable genes. Think of genes as “navigators” sending important instructions to every cell in your body. Genes have a simple on/off switch which responds to an environmental stimulus (foods you eat, exercise, sleep, sun exposure, etc.) and turn on or off the production of protein modules that direct every element of body function.
You can’t turn off the genes that make your eyes brown, but you can turn off or on certain genes that have an influence on your health. A genetic predisposition to a health risk may remain, but you minimize the impact based on the signals you send their way. So the goal is to focus on lifestyle behaviors that influence the gene expression that promotes health and longevity.The goal is to focus on lifestyle behaviors that influence the gene expression that promotes health… Click To Tweet
The concepts and principles that we are promoting at Live Healthy are those that turn on the “good” gene switches that increase fat burning, build muscle, fight invading viruses, and neutralize the oxidative cell damage. As an example, consuming foods or supplements rich in omega-3 activates anti-inflammatory genes. And in contrast, consuming high insulin producing foods, like simple carbohydrates and processed grains, activates a “bad” gene switch that promotes fat storage which we do not want.
The good news is you control what you put in your mouth and you control your lifestyle. Use it to your advantage not to your detriment.
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