Well, maybe you can.
The field of epigenetics suggests that we can influence which of our genes are expressed by our behavior. Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. David Perlmutter are leading advocates of the idea that genetics are not fixed, and they want to empower people to make choices that turn on healthy genes and suppress the genetic expression of disease.
Internal and external factors activate and deactivate genes, influencing which proteins get expressed, which in turn influences your health.
What’s more, the genetic results of these internal and external factors become inheritable. That’s right: if you haven’t already had kids, the choices you make today could affect the DNA of your future kids!
For instance, if your grandfather was exposed to toxic pesticides, you may inherit the attendant genetic modifications. And the genetic modifications resulting from you consuming too much refined sugar might impact your children’s DNA.
Thus, each generation is at higher risk for disease than the last.
But the key phrase here is “at risk.” While you may have a genetic disposition for disease, you’re not doomed to that fate. By modifying your behavior, you can influence your genes to promote optimal health and minimize disease. Here’s how.
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