8 Tips for Genetic Health
I'm not sure whether you noticed lately but there is a lot of information available regarding your genes and DNA. I have numerous requests from clients requesting specific genetic testing, especially the MTHFR genetic test. This blog is not specifically to discuss the MTHFR gene because this is one variation of many available for testing , but more to help you understand how you can optimise your genetic health.
Our genes have a significant influence over our health and in recent years our understanding of the impact has grown and will continue to grow considerably as mapping our DNA evolves.
One function that we do know is that our genes influence our detoxification capacity, our nutritional status, potential risk for disease as well as protection and inheritance of diseases. What's really exciting is that by understanding our individual genetic codes we can understand more accurately our individual nutrients and dietary requirements.
Many of the codes of our DNA have the ability to be turned on or off, this is important when you want to enhance your ability to prevent disease and promote wellness. An example of this is that you have the ability to switch off inflammatory and cancer genes and switch on other genes that promote health.
From a natural therapy perspective, this is exciting because the biggest influence on how our genes are expressed is by our lifestyle and dietary choice. As certain genetic variations have been linked to a variety of potential health issues , this makes preventative action even more important.
Here are my 8 tips for Genetic Health
1. Eat more:
Green and leafy especially. Also include broccoli, brusse' sprouts, tomato, beetroot, capsicum, sweet potato, squash and zucchini.
All the berries, plums, apricots, papaya, mango, apples and pears.
- Herbs and Spices
Turmeric, ginger, garlic, paprika, cardamom, cinnamon, mint and basil.
Adequate protein and reduced sugar intake promotes proper liver clearance of toxins from the blood.
- Essential fatty acids
Coconut, avocado, olive oil and oily fish.
2. Eat organic wherever possible. Use the dirty dozen and clean 15 fruit and vegetable guide and wash produce thoroughly.
3. Minimise intake of processed, calorie rich and nutrient poor foods as these cause systemic inflammation and interfere with how your genes respond
4. Avoid foods containing trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup.
- Studies show that food containing high fructose corn syrup promotes specific genes in:
o Fat and glucose metabolism
o Lover damage and regeneration promoting fatty liver and liver damage
5. Have meat free Mondays'! Incorporate vegetarian proteins such as nuts, seeds, legumes, pulses and consider fermented soy products.
6. Avoid Canned Foods! They are lined with BPA and its well established that BPA disrupts the endocrine system altering hormone production and can adversely affect fertility.
7. Avoid and minimise gluten especially if you are a known celiac but also for intolerant individuals, this is important.
8. Drink clean water.
- Install filters on your taps
- Store your water in glass bottles and avoid plastic drinking bottles
To find out more how you can improve your genetic health, make an appointment for a consultation today 02 60210557