DR PARTHA NANDI encourages us all to make use of this new field in nutritional research: harnessing the power of food to change our genes and improve our health.
From a young age, I knew that I wanted to create a world full of Health Heroes. These are the people who make their health a priority and commit to achieving greater health and happiness.
One of the best ways to achieve a healthier life is through good nutrition. Your nutritional choices play a big part in your overall health, and that’s why it is so important to nourish your body with healthy foods. Food is powerful. It can fight off depression, boost your mood and even help prevent cancer and other illnesses. Food is medicine, and when you use food this way, you’re committing to a beneficial lifestyle change.
This makes healthy nutrition an important tool in our fight against disease and obesity. It’s arguably a Health Hero’s most powerful ally in the quest for a long and healthy life because what we eat can actually change our genes and transform our biology.
NEW RESEARCH IS CHANGING THE GAME
Each day brings new evidence on how our life choices affect us right down to our genetic level. Our stress levels, social surroundings, physical activity and overall lifestyle all contribute to our gene expression – or how our cells respond to their changing environment.
What we eat is no exception. The nutrients in our food interact with our genes. The study of this interaction is known as nutrigenomics. It’s changing everything. Where we once thought we were powerless, we now have at least some control.
The ability of nutrition to affect our genes means that we’re no longer at the mercy of our DNA. This is especially exciting when it comes to fighting and preventing disease.
WE ARE NOT OUR GENES
Let’s mention the obvious. We can’t control everything that happens to us. We are going to face health challenges and adversity. But when we take advantage of the power we do have, we give ourselves every possible opportunity to live our best and healthiest life.
Nutrigenomics is creating a power shift, putting some newfound power into our hands. What does this mean? Think about inherited diseases like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s.
If these, or other inherited diseases, run in your family, you’re not doomed to suffer. The fate of your health is not set in stone. If your mother is diabetic, it’s not a given that you’ll eventually become a diabetic.
Again, we don’t have absolute control. If that were the case, we’d all eat healthy food and never fall sick. However, what we choose to eat can significantly increase or reduce our risk of future illness.
USE YOUR POWER WISELY
Imagine how your life would change if you took advantage of every drop of power you have to transform your health, right down to the genetic level. Would you commit to making convenient and realistic nutritional changes? Would you feel less anxious or enjoy a greater sense of purpose knowing that you’re stepping up and taking action to improve your chances of a longer and healthier life? You might find yourself enjoying life more than ever before.
PRESCRIPTIONS FOR BETTER NUTRITION
Make the commitment to nourish your body with good nutrition every day. Even small, manageable changes will put you on the right path. Your doctor can make recommendations based on your unique requirements, but whole and natural foods, healthy fats, lean proteins, balance and moderation, are great places to start. The more you practice making good nutritional choices, the greater impact you’ll have on your health.
I encourage you to use food as medicine and take advantage of the power to alter your genes for improved wellness. The fate of your health is not set in stone. You have the ability to transform your biology and change your health journey. Be your own Health Hero by taking advantage of this and prioritizing your commitment to greater health and longevity.
The light in me honors the light in you. Namaste.
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Article by DR PARTHA NANDI
About Dr Partha Nandi
Dr Nandi MD FACP is the creator and host of the medical lifestyle television show, ‘Ask Dr. Nandi’, available in syndication on the DISH Network and DirecTV, and in multiple countries around the world. Dr Nandi is also the Chief Health Editor at WXYZ (ABC) Detroit, USA, a practicing physician and a renowned international speaker.