Feed Your Genes Right: How Food Influences Your Gene Expression

Did you know that you can alter your gene expression? This is called epigenetics, and it is how your genes react to certain triggers or situations. Many different things can cause changes in your epigenetics. 


One of the ways that your DNA can be influenced is by the food you eat. There are all kinds of foods that can change your DNA and make a difference in your overall health. Depending on what you eat, you may increase or decrease your risk of certain diseases.


What's interesting about the connection between your DNA and your diet is that it can give you helpful insights about disease and your overall health. Depending on what you're eating, your body will respond differently. Too many carbs or too much junk food can lead to major health concerns. When you eat healthily, you stop your genes from working too hard and prevent inflammation.


Yes, we all know that eating healthy is a good idea for weight loss or preventing heart disease. It does a lot more than that though. Once you understand how it can influence your DNA, you can receive even more benefits. You can stop dealing with health issues, stop taking medications, and more. You can get back to living—by just changing your diet a little bit.


Food has a lot of power over how healthy you are and how healthy you feel!

By eating good, healthy foods, you can actually help prevent diseases. You can empower your body and help eliminate health issues because food is medicine to the body.


When you begin to use epigenetics in your health plan, you can get a lot more answers and become more effective in how you take care of yourself. Everyone’s bodies respond differently to diet and lifestyle changes. That’s all due to your DNA.


Understanding your DNA is just one of the ways that you can improve your health. The foods that you eat each and every day have a significant impact on your overall health, and it's important to pay attention to those impacts.


There are a few strategies that you can use when it comes to making decisions about your diet. How each one affects you will vary by your DNA, but these are some excellent options to try.


-       Eat clean: Eating clean has many benefits, of course. Fruits and vegetables contain polyphenols, which work to help with stress. This can impact your physical health because stress can affect your physical health too. Polyphenols are anti-inflammatory and have antioxidants. When inflammation is prevented at a genetic level, it can stop diseases as well.


-       Maintain your protein, fat, and carbs throughout the day: You should make sure that you're eating a variety of protein, fat, and carbs throughout your day. Overeating of any of those can cause several issues. In particular, maintaining this can keep your genes in the right place. By doing this, you will prevent inflammation and a long list of diseases.


-       Cut back on refined carbs: A diet consisting of 65% carbohydrates can lead to several types of genes overworking. This can lead to problems such as inflammation, some cancers, dementia, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. When you slow down on the carbs, your genes won’t be working so hard, which will help to prevent some of these health concerns.


It may be surprising that your diet can determine your genes and the way that they are expressed. It's important to realize how this works so that you can implement it in your life. Thanks to epigenetics, changing your lifestyle and diet can do a lot more than weight loss. It all affects your gene expression.


By changing your diet, adding in more vegetables, and reducing your carbohydrate intake, you can learn a lot about your body. Use this information to optimize your health and make sure you are living your best life.

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Dr. James Leonette