Nutrients And Epigenetics

Little is known about how food and DNA interact. Epigenetics is the study of factors, other than the actual DNA sequence, that influence gene expression. Studies are ongoing but few compounds have actually been researched to determine how nutritionals are involved in epigenetics.
It is hypothesized that certain nutrients in specific individuals may have effects similar to known drugs. The use of nutritionals for disease prevention is a more natural physiological approach with fewer side effects than taking potent chemical formulations to directly inhibit biological processes.
With the onset of hay fever season approaching, the effects of diet on the initiation of inflammation are worth considering. Inflammation is a process where the body goes into attack mode in response to a trigger such as allergens, infection, injury and food. Specific foods can trigger inflammation in people with certain allergies and sensitivities such as gluten, seen in those with celiac disease. Joint inflammation due to arthritis can also be aggravated by a number of foods. Saturated fat, triglycerides, trans fats, and high-glycemic foods (high in starch or added sugar) can cause or worsen inflammation; this in turn could increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and other conditions.
As Hippocrates (477-389 BC) once said: “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

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This information is provided by Pat Stapley Chase to help educate and stimulate consideration on life style habits for overall wellness and enhanced quality and performance in life.

Pat has completed her PhD in Human Natural Health. Courses covered include Human Energy, Holistic Human development, Body and Mind Health, Herbology, Homeopathy, Cancer prevention, Toxicity and Holistic Nutrition.