Have you been told by your doctor that your chronic illnesses are caused by your genetics? This is the common thread that doctors and society in general have believed ever since we were able to crack the human genome.
And it is true! But it is only half of the story. The other half is epigenetics. And epigenetics changes it all.
Why DNA Is Not Your Destiny
Genetics is the study of genes, heredity, and genetic variations in living organisms. DNA is a molecule that contains our genetic information. It is a nucleic acid that stores the hereditary material contained in human beings and almost all other organisms.
All the cells in our body contain the same DNA: skin cells, muscle cells, liver cells and so on. Yet all these cells have different structure and functions. The reason is that different cells only use certain genes within our DNA. Some of the genes are turned on and others are turned off.
For example, think about two identical twins. They are born with the same identical DNA. Yet they do not look exactly the same and they do not always develop the same diseases. There must be some way to account for this. And there is – epigenetics.
Epigenetics is the study, in the field of genetics, of DNA variations that are caused by external or environmental factors.
Within each of us there is a spark that can light the way to health. There are no incurable diseases, only incurable people. – Bernie Siegel, MD
We are not victims of our genes. We are masters of our own destiny! – Lissa Rankin, MD
The Role Of Epigenetics In Our Life
It is true that the DNA sequence can not be changed, it is fixed for the whole life. However, our genetic code is just a blueprint that can be interpreted in millions of different ways.
It is not that we have a faulty DNA as traditional doctors want us to believe, it is toxicity that alters the DNA. This concept is very important because it means that if we manage to detoxify the body we can heal any “incurable” disease.
The bottom line is: The genes that can develop a disease are in our DNA, but we decide whether or not to activate those genes with our lifestyle!
3 Easy Ways To Reclaim Your Health Naturally
Here are some tips to help you make better decisions and naturally reclaim your health:
1. Eliminate Or Cut Back Toxic Products
The planet is becoming more polluted than ever. Do the best you can to avoid toxicity, eliminate or cut back toxic products when possible and let go of what you can not control.
For instance, of course we have to breathe even if the air is polluted, but smoking cigarettes, on the other hand, is something you can avoid.
An important step toward removing toxic products is removing harmful foods. Everything is processed and industrialized; they give us the calories we need to barely survive, but not the nutrients we need to be healthy.
Only then we can think to add healthy foods filled with vitamins and minerals that promote our health.
2. Eat Healthy Foods And Supplements
Everything you eat should start out as one whole ingredient that you can hold in your hand. Just read the label and if it says, for instance, “ingredients: brown basmati rice” go for it. But, if it has a list of mono-sodium-whatever, forget it.
Also, because of depleted and toxic soils and environmental toxins, the amount of vitamins and minerals in the food we eat is declining. Besides, since our lives are more stressful than ever we need even more of these essential nutrients.
That is the reason why vitamin and mineral supplements (at their natural state and not processed by Big Pharma), today, are absolutely necessary for a good health.
3. Love Yourself
You may repeat 100 times a day: “I love myself.” But your brain knows when you are trying to fool it. It will say: “You do not really think I am this stupid, do you?”
In short, you could repeat “I love myself” forever and it would still be a lie. It would contradict your sense of intelligence. So, if you do not love yourself (yet!), that is “okay”. Do not pretend you do.
But here is what you can do: start to act as if you do love yourself. Live your life according this one simple question: What would someone who loves themselves do?
The answer will come as an intuition: a gut feeling, a thought, an image, an emotion, a sensation.