Kimberly Feagans, BA, CKP, CWK  

Your DNA is what makes you who you are. It determines what you look like, your abilities, and how you will grow and change. Until recently, it was thought that DNA was unchangeable, but scientists have recently discovered that we have the potential to change how our genes express themselves.

Epigenetics studies how lifestyle, environment, and the mind can impact your body chemistry, changing how cells read and signal our genes. It is the alteration of genetic expression from influences outside the gene.

How can we create more control over this process?

  • Diet
  • Perception of Environment
  • Stress Reactions
  • Trauma
  • Exercise
  • Environmental Toxins

Diet plays a huge role in Gene Expression. Scientists are finding that various compounds can turn gene functions on and off. Various compounds from natural foods, such as, vegetables, fish and meats, nuts, and other foods like alcohol and sugar can have immediate and drastic effects on our genes.

Our beliefs about ourselves and the world around us change our perceptions. Our thoughts and perceptions affect our brain chemistry, which means our beliefs, right now and over time, can affect our gene expression.

One part of our perception is our stress response. Stress causes over 500 biochemical events, and while this serves us well in life-threatening emergencies, in everyday life, constant stress leaves us in a constant chemical and hormonal imbalance. Combined with a serious trauma, it can have a permanent and lasting effect on our genes and those of our children.

Epigenetics generally occurs through methylation. Methylation is when three hydrogens and a carbon (a methyl group) are attached to DNA. Studies are finding that the role of exercise in methylation has great potential in shaping genetic expression. It has also been found that many environmental toxins have a detrimental effect in epigenetics.

“We can no longer argue whether genes or environment has a greater impact on our
health and development, because both ore inextricably linked.” – Randy Jirtle, Ph.D.

When looking at what factors affect DNA expression, epigenetics implies that a healthy lifestyle is fundamental – not optional – to having a great quality of life. The ability to have control over how our genes express themselves is a monumental step toward creating a healthy lifestyle ourselves.

Epigenetics is so new and complex that we are only just beginning to understand what this new perspective in science will mean for us. One thing is clear: how we live and our environment plays a huge role in our gene expression. Maybe you don’t have to endure the same health challenges as your parents and perhaps your children won’t either.

Take a look at your lifestyle and beliefs. Identify the changes that will make the most impact in your life.

Diet and nutrition – Try upgrading your diet to natural foods, supplements, and pure water.

Exercise – It’s time to move it. In no universe is it better to not exercise.

De-stress and think positive – Now that you know brain chemistry has an effect, what will you do? Adjusting perceptions of the world and your response to it is a tall order, but is achievable-and necessary-for the mind to truly release stress triggers.

Detox your environment – Control what you can control through being discerning with what you buy, how you dispose of waste, what you put on your skin, and how you live. We are all connected.

Remember that Belief reinforces Action which reinforces Belief, and that cycle can have a huge impact on your quality of life and health.



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