December 12, 2017

Love your skinny genes!!!

DSC_4051 - CopyWe all have them, good or bad, skinny or fluffy, healthy or otherwise. We can blame or credit Mom and Dad. But it is the actions you are taking today, the habits you keep on repeating day in day out, the environment you’re living in, and the friends you surround yourself with, influencing your genes.  Most important of them all, the food that goes in your mouth is the biggest influence! That’s right! Your nutrition is the foremost influence on your genetic makeup. The food you eat and the drugs you take will either have a beneficial effect on your genes or cause complete chaos in your body.
While I’m not suggesting that your parents, grandparents, or even your great- grandparents have nothing to do with your genetic makeup, that part is what it is. What I am suggesting is that you, your nutrition, and your food choices have just as much effect on your genetic makeup as the “deck of cards” you were dealt at birth.
If you think this is crazy, keep on reading.
The future of nutrition is here!  Based on the science of Nutrigenetics which…
1.      Aims to understand how the genetic makeup of an individual coordinates the response to diet- your body will process and react differently to the pancakes you had earlier for breakfast, the sandwich, chips and soda you had for lunch, or the handful of nuts and the slice of fruit you will have later as a snack.
2.      States that genetics alone do not determine your future health and well being – there is no such a thing as your genes being the sole cause of your Multiple Sclerosis or autoimmune disease or even developing cancer.
3.      And studies the interplay between nutrition and your own genetics as an individual- what information are you sending to your genes?
The second piece of this science is…
Nutrigenomics, which is the influence of nutrients and dietary ingredients on gene expression; it is the activator of our genes mechanism. And that food is information to our cells and genomes.
Your future health is determined by the interaction between your genetics and your environment, including and not limited to, your nutrition, and your medications. Therefore, every bite you eat, every sip, and every pill you take communicates directly to your genes.  Our ancestors used food as medicine and in many cases as a slow killing poison. How are you using food today?
If we follow nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics, we have an option to either provide our body, that temple of our soul with beneficial information or self destructive signals.
Here are some simple steps you can take to benefit and start influencing your genes positively:
By eliminating inflammatory foods from your diet, and replacing daily habits that may be influencing your genes negatively with alternatives that are known to have a positive impact on your health
– Eliminate Sugars and artificial (chemical) sugar substitutes, and all sugary beverages from your diet
-.Eliminate or decrease grain- sourced carbohydrate consumption. Your body does not need grain based carbohydrates. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds are sufficient.
-Eliminate Gluten from your diet. Your body can not break it down completely. You don’t need it!
-Dairy, corn, soy, eggs (for some) are all inflammatory. Eliminate whichever you react to negatively.
-Moderate alcoholic beverage consumption.  While some red wine is beneficial, too much alcohol will affect many of your organs just like fructose in sugars and sugary beverages and carbohydrates.
a.      Overloads your liver by driving more fat than it can export.
b.      The increase in blood sugar levels will trigger the pancreas to increase insulin secretion, which will cause insulin resistance.
c.       Drives energy deposition into the fat cells, therefore causing weight gain.
d.       Aside from the obvious behavioral effect on the brain, alcohol, like the other food groups mentioned above, also taps into the brains reward center (Nucleus Accumbens) stimulating dopamine release, which conveys the feeling of pleasure. More pleasure, more dopamine released and more food we crave. Over stimulating the dopamine signals causes a down regulation of the dopamine receptors and building tolerance! Therefore, you end up eating or drinking more to get the same effect. More importantly, we start associating those foods with pleasure.
– Keep your insulin levels down whether you are diabetic or not. Eat more fiber with your carbohydrates, which will lessen the insulin response.
-Cut your portions size by 20%.

-Wait 20 minutes before going for a second portion. It takes food 20 minutes to travel the 22 feet of your intestines before specific cells at the end of your intestines release a hormone called “Peptide YY”, which travel through the blood to your brain signaling satiety.
Once you start making even small shifts in your habits and nutrition, you will notice major changes in your health, you will start feeling better, reduce and eliminate pain, have more energy, mental clarity, weight loss, loving your body, feeling vibrant, confident and happier. And, feel sexy in the skinny jeans you’ve had your eyes on!
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