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We can influence the activity of our genes. A lead to regain control. At least in part.

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How can we make the best use of our genetic heritage? Our genetic heritage makes us who we are. It gives us the colour of our skin, of our hair and eyes, but not only.

Less visibly, our genes shape the functioning of our metabolism and health. The strengths and weaknesses of our body, and of our being as a whole, are inscribed in our genetic heritage and therefore in our DNA. We inherit it from our parents who inherited it from their parents themselves, etc.

Are our genes almighty?

For a long time, we thought that genes were all-powerful. That they governed our whole life and defined the time of our death, without us having any say in it. Without us being able to have any influence on their functioning. In fact, it looks like this is not entirely the case and we should also have a say. This is probably good news!

If the code is fixed, its functioning may well be influenced by our way of life. But also by our food, the air we breathe, and more generally the care we take for our existence. Our genetics and the way it manages our existence, would therefore not be a fatality, but would also depend on the way we use it.

It's a bit like two chefs in the kitchen who would make two significantly different recipes with strictly the same ingredients. 

If we see our body as an ecosystem, we can also draw parallels with a same cultivated land. There are those who will plough it and remove everything they consider to be weeds with chemicals. They will offer it to the drying wind and the sun's rays. From then on, they will have to enrich it with fertilizers and water it since they will have impoverished it and killed all the microorganisms that made it initially, i. e. with its "initial genetic heritage", rich, humid, living and fertile. 

And then there are those who do not plough the land to cultivate it, who know how to let it rest, influence the plants present on its surface is never bare and can be self-fertilized, without being forced to provide it with tons of chemical fertilizers and water.

The vegetables that will grow in these two lands will certainly not have the same taste and organoleptic qualities. 

It's the same for us. 

Imagine two identical twins with identical genetic heritages.

One lives in fast-food mode, with food rich in added sugars and fats and largely agro-industrialized, with alcohol, tobacco and a sedentary life in the sun.

The other prefers a healthy and varied diet, with less sugar and fat, fair and sufficient hydration, restful sleep, rational use of the sun, and an active intellectual life and regular exercise.

Even with the initial same genetic basis, they will most likely not have the same life destiny.

This is an ecology of the body.

From our genetic heritage, we create proteins and all the chemistry that makes us who we are. We can influence the functioning of our DNA by providing it with a better working environment and better materials. 

If we acquire this awareness, our body will be grateful and could well give us a few more years to enjoy it. This might be an educational subject to put on the children's agenda. With no doubt this is a practice that well-being professionals should integrate to advise their clients even better.

This is called epigenetics.

 

To be continued. In the meantime, take good care of yourself.