Where does chronic illness come from?

If you talk to your medical doctor, they’ll tell you it’s genetics. And they’re right too. At least partially.

Your genetics plays a big factor in your overall health, it’s true. But equally as important is epigenetics.

 

What is Epigenetics?

While genetics helps you examine the history of your genes and how you may be susceptible to certain diseases above others, there are some things it can’t account for.

Take, for example, identical twins. Their genetics are identical, but they encounter different diseases. Genetics can’t account for that.

That’s where epigenetics comes in. Epigenetics is the study of how environmental factors influence your DNA. This includes the weather of the area you were raised in, your exposure to certain types of food or toxins, the presence of intoxicants in your environment, and much more.

Why is this important? It helps us understand what we can do with our health. While your DNA is fixed, it can still be altered through the exposure of toxins in your environment. And the good news is that while your DNA will always leave you more at risk of certain diseases than others, you can still avoid them through eliminating your exposure to the toxins that will trigger that within your DNA.

In other words, your DNA can tell you what you’re at risk for, but your lifestyle can help you minimize that risk. Here are three easy ways to improve your epigenetic position.

 

1. Start Eating Healthier Food…

Whenever you eat food, find something that starts with one whole ingredient that you recognize and can picture in your mind. This is a good test for whether something is healthy or not for you.

For example, if the first ingredient is “coconut milk”, you’re safer than if the first ingredient is “xanthan gum” or “monosodium glutamate”. This isn’t always true though – if the first ingredient is sugar, you should avoid it too!

It’s also important to supplement your diet, because the whole foods we do eat are often not as nutritious as they should be due to depleted nutrients in the soil.

 

2. …And Stop Eating Unhealthy Food

There’s more unhealthy food out there than ever these days. And a lot of it is even pretending to be healthy for you!

Be careful of words used by companies to make you think you’re making a healthier choice in your diet. Words like “vegan”, “natural”, “low fat”, and “sugar free” don’t mean they’re healthy.

For example – Oreo cookies are vegan, diet soda is sugar free, sugary breakfast cereals are low in fat, and dirt is natural, but you wouldn’t say any of these things are healthy.

 

3. Practice Self Care

Loving yourself is one of the most important things you can do.

When you live your life and make decisions, ask yourself this simple question:

“What would someone who loves themselves do?”

When you get your answer, you will be much closer to a decision that will make you healthier and happier.

 

About the author

I'm Fabrizio Fusco, Personal Health & Life Coach. Do you feel unfulfilled or stuck with your life? It's time to change. Start living like a winner. Get healthy, feel great and begin loving life again. I can show you how.