14 Sep Can we change our DNA health destiny with Epigenetics?
Can we change our DNA health destiny with the flick of a switch?
Five of my close family members have debilitating auto-immune diseases. I wanted to avoid going down the same path, given that we all share similar DNA. I had a Smart DNA analysis done to establish what I needed to change to avoid the inevitable. It took the guess work out of what dietary and lifestyle changes I needed to make. The changes were as unique as my DNA. Can’t get much more personalized than that! I have saved a mint on unnecessary supplementation and now only take the ones I absolutely need. This inspired me to become a Smart DNA practitioner.
So what is Epigenetics?
Our DNA genetic code is unique and doesn’t change, however, Epigenetics is the other factor that controls how and when our genes are expressed
Literally means “on top of” of our genes
Switching genes on and off to benefit our health and longevity and avoid disease
What can influence how our genes are expressed?
Dietary choices – too much processed foods, GMO food, polluted water supply
Lifestyle factors – alcohol, drugs, smoking, exhaust fumes, too little sleep, stress
Environmental exposure – pollution, chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers
Thoughts and feelings – negative feelings and emotions, lack of love and social connectivity
This explains how one identical twin with the same DNA can develop cancer while the other one does not.
DNA analysis allows us to identify how to switch off the impaired genes leading to diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc and enables us to switch on the good genes for health and longevity. Not only can it improve our own health but those of our children as well. This was established by Dr Randy Jirtle in 2000 with his Agouti Mice experiment.
Agouti mice are genetically designed to be overweight, yellow and prone to diabetes and cancer. They were exposed to BPA’s and then a test group of mother mice were fed a diet rich in methyl donors, that can attach to a gene and turn it off. These molecules are common in the environment and are found in many foods, including onions, garlic, beets, and in the food supplements often given to pregnant women. After being consumed by the mothers, the methyl donors worked their way into the developing embryos’ chromosomes and onto the critical agouti gene. The mothers passed along the agouti gene to their children intact, but thanks to their methyl-rich pregnancy diet, they had added to the gene a chemical switch that dimmed the gene’s bad effects. The result was normal healthy baby mice with no sign of the Agouti characteristics or risk factors for cancer and diabetes.
“It was a little eerie and a little scary to see how something as subtle as a nutritional change in the pregnant mother rat could have such a dramatic impact on the gene expression of the baby,” Jirtle says. “The results showed how important epigenetic changes could be.”
Did you know?
that olive oil and fish oil are not suitable to everyone and can actually increase your LDL’s instead of lowering them in some people
Or if your ability to produce your own glutathione is impaired supplementation and dietary changes can help you avoid an auto-immune disease
Or that a diet high in processed food can contribute to your diabetic risk even though you are slim and exercise a lot
Or that your menopause symptoms or breast cancer are caused by your body’s inappropriate biotransformation of estrogen that can be improved with dietary changes
Knowing your unique DNA risk factors (genetic weaknesses) enables us to compile a personalized dietary and lifestyle plan to decrease your risk (switch off the impaired genes) and ensure your health and longevity.
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