True beauty, inside and out, begins with the way we live ( and react) our everyday life. This includes: what we eat, how we sleep, h how we move our bodies, how we react to stress and what just might be a surprise to many, what our environment toxic exposure is. People often ask, what about genetics? Doesn’t that play a huge role? And yes, genetics does play a part, however, much smaller a role than you would think. With the amazing *epigenesis work and research by Bruce Lipton, we now understand the impact our lifestyle and environment plays on our genes.
What are Genes?
Genes are basically blueprints of our DNA. The collection of genes is referred to as a genome. These genes do not control their own power or possible activity, they are controlled by our lifestyle, thoughts, and environmental factors.
Basically, we have a lot more control, or as Bruce says, ” we are the master of our heredity.”
There is a lot more to learn about epigenetics but the foundational message is, make a conscious decision to choose whole, organic foods, have a positive outlook, move your body and avoid environmental toxins.
Here is the deal. The below all play an important role:
Nutrition: poor food choices ( mostly processed foods)
This causes a cascade of problems. Usually, when one consumes a processed food diet, it includes a lot of sugar which in turn begins the formation of AGEs. It also leads to a lack of nutrients, for example, antioxidants, that will give our bodies a lesser chance of preventing the formation of free radicals.
Digestion: daily elimination is important
Eat way more veggies than you thought possible. Drink more water.
Environmental toxins: chemicals, second-hand smoke, UV exposure all fom free radicals
The human body is amazingly adaptable. It doesn’t want to be sick and will work extra hard not be. However, low dose of any chemicals ( or food, like processed or sugar) over a long period of time will most likely result in illness.
Choose products that are cleaner and use chemicals; for example, vinegar for cleaning, and try one of these in replacement of herbicides and pesticides.
Meditate, play, laugh, hike, write – get into a positive way of thinking. Once you become more aware of what you are thinking and saying, the more you will change that dialogue when need be.
The study of epigenetics and the skin, what we eat, what we think and what we are exposed to in the environment may tell our genes to turn off our collagen production or slow down the process. As I mention so many times to everyone who will listen, our food choices make a HUGE difference in our overall health. And now being more educated in environmental medicine and epigenetics plus the unregulated beauty care industry, it’s time to talk about it all more.
Awareness is key.
*epigenesis: environmental factors ( and food & mindset ) that have the ability to act on our DNA by turning genes on and off thus may trigger disease
Wise words from Dr. Anne Marie Fine, ” Genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.”
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