Conventional belief has been that genes control their own expression. That is, whether the genes keep the body healthy or whether the genes directly cause certain diseases.
In the most recent field of gene study called epigenetics, researchers are finding that having “bad genes” does not necessarily mean you are doomed to suffer some inevitable fate like cancer.
Genes are merely blueprints that are activated and controlled by their environment. Their environmental is affected by diet and nutrition, toxic exposures, thoughts and emotions, and other factors.
Research is emerging demonstrating the facts about how lifestyle can affect gene expression. What a woman eats and is exposed to during pregnancy impacts not only the future health of her child, but also that of her grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
If a woman is exposed to chemicals or foods that raise estrogen levels during pregnancy, they can produce daughters that have a higher than normal risk for breast cancer. The risk is also passed on to the next two generations. It is not genetic mutations that were passed on, but rather epigenetic alterations (environmental factors) that can affect the “read out” of the gene’s blueprints.
What we are learning is the majority of the time people do not get a disease merely because of a defective gene, but by the bad expression of the genes due to lifestyle and environmental influences. Even if you inherit a certain increased disease risk from your mother or grandmother, you can change it using dietary and other natural strategies.
How to Keep Your Genes Healthy to Avoid Disease:
Reduce or eliminate processed food, sugar and grain consumption.
Consume more omega-3 fats from fish, flax, chia and hemp seeds and less omega-6 fats from most vegetable and seed oils.
Avoid fried food.
Eat at least one-third of your diet in the form vegetables and fruit (preferably raw).
Exercise on a regular basis.
Get regular, good quality sleep.
Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.
Reduce Stress and Have Effective Tools to Manage Stress.