Genes Are Not The Boss Of You!

silverangel33 By silverangel33, 7th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The choice is yours and it's not all about your genes, you can turn your health around by being intensely proactive.

You Are What You Eat

You Can Add Quality Years To Your Life
Many of us make food choices every day that affect our health in a good or bad way. Unfortunately, most of our choices are not good for us. I hate to say this but our food is becoming more and more dangerous and we need to become intensely more proactive in what we put in our mouths. Fruits and vegetables should always be washed and scrubbed thoroughly to avoid becoming very sick from food born illnesses like Listeria or salmonella both of which are getting more and more widespread.
Here is something you may not know. Whether you are aware of this or not, your families unhealthy genes do not necessarily dictate your future health. Genes are 20% input and lifestyle is 90%. You should not have a defeatist attitude just because your father or mother or aunt etc. died of cancer or other disease at an early age. It is your choice whether you resign and follow in their footsteps or burn your own trail in the gene pool, you may have to work a little harder to stay healthy but the fact is that it is your choice. I am not going to say that I have always been health focused, not at all, in fact I as a very young child was addicted to junk food. You name it I craved it, fast food galore, sugar laden over processed stuff ( can't call it food), which was not suitable for dogs much less humans. I had an aversion to water (I believed sugar drinks were healthier for me)so I substituted sodas or other sugar drinks. I thought my diet was pretty decent. I had no clue what good and healthy choices were. When you are drinking things such as cola drinks or Coke with every meal and in between, you are committing slow suicide. Yes Coke is good.................., it's good for cleaning car motors and batteries. It's so good that you can drop a carpenter's nail in Coke and a few days later the nail will have dissolved. If you are a soda drinker and you decide to stop drinking the stuff, you are ahead of the game already. Hopefully it is not to late.
Genes Count A Little
Listen, even though your genes may have a spot chance of taking you down the path of disease and system breakdown, you can beat it. Your body's immune system has a huge survival instinct. It is important that you cooperate and help it along, especially if you're predisposed to a bummer situation already going on with your health. I'm talking about changing circumstances in your environment, for example. Therefore, don't get to cozy with your good genes, because they may be good but how good are they? For example, are your genes good enough to withstand the smoke emissions from the industrial plant that started operating a couple of years ago, just down the road from your home? Environmental conditions which are less then ideal can be a game-changer.
What follows are some of the things which I have found to be pretty powerful in improving your health, if you are not already under the gun health wise, but even if you are, it can only be a positive intervention in your battle. Please consult with your doctor first. I don't claim any of these things will cure disease but they no doubt will keep your immune system alert, strong and targeting whatever may be going askew in your body.

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Lifestyle is also a choice and weighs heavily whether you are healthy or sickly. There are different types and levels of stress, there is the stress of trying to keep up with an active family, a job and other normal types of activities in our lives which can gradually wear down our immune system. Remember, it's easy to end up in a situation where you have no time for R&R. If your family and friends often pop in uninvited, this could ruin your plan for an afternoon of much needed rest and relaxation. Here is an example where you should draw the line and protect your down time.
To Rest Or Not To Rest
If you don't have time to rest then you should scale back on extracurricular activities. Did you know that rest can be of more importance then sleep in many instances? Another type of stress, is the type that happens through no fault of our own such as an accident that results in injury to our body or injury to our emotions, for example. This is common and sometimes it's sudden, harsh and catches us totally unprepared, it's called life. This type of stress could be, for example a relationship that suddenly takes a major dive leaving you in blinding emotional pain. How do you cope with this type of stress? Well take a look at what a dog does when it gets physically injured. You can lay around and "lick" your wounds which is ok, but soon enough you need to force yourself out of bed and go on with your life. Yard work can be quite therapeutic when you are under stress. Confide in a good friend or close family member. Schedule a day out with a friend and go to a movie, go shopping or do lunch. Cover your first few days with good positive activities and you will find that a few days later, you can face the loss a little easier.
Supplements The Path To Better Health
There are things that you can do in order to prepare your system for a traumatic event. If your diet is not great and even if it's better then most I believe we still need to supplement with vitamins. Some of the most important vitamins for me are the B-Complex, vitamin C, a good Calcium vitamin as well as magnesium. Magnesium tends to relax me on those nights when my ankles are achy making it hard to get to sleep. Magnesium is relaxing for the muscles and joints. The heart is a muscle, therefore, Magnesium also has a relaxing effect on your heart. I believe in taking Brewers yeast, but remember that this supplement should be taken with Calcium especially so if you begin a serious lengthy relationship with this supplement. Brewers Yeast has a strengthening and fortifying effect on the system and has a calming effect on the nerves. Keep in mind that anytime you start taking a supplement always start low and work up. I don't like to jump in with a large dose of any supplement, because my system tends to slap me upside the head at times when I am not careful how I treat it. I like to have a cup of Rosemary tea about 3 times per week, it's a good memory booster.
Eat Proactively-Super Foods
Good anti-cancer foods are bluberries, buckchoy, broccoli and spinach. Celery juice decreases blood pressure and Yerba Mate tea boosts energy and brain power. Mango juice, (no sugar added) keeps skin looking fresh and young, if you can stand the sweetness which I have a problem with. Horseradish is a natural remedy which you may find helpful, for urinary tract infections. Saffron should be something you include in your program for healthy living, it is a good anti-cancer food according to ongoing studies. Saffron is a little expensive but definitely worth it. Walnut oil is used widely for belly fat. Many swear by Coconut oil for wrinkles and Canola oil protects your bones. I use Safflower oil because I have read alot of great things this oil can do for your health. Try to get these organic when you can, In fact the more organic products you use the better.
Cut Back On These
A very important part of good lifestyle choices is in being picky about what goes into your body. I am happy to report that I am no longer addicted to junk food, it really doesn't taste right to me any longer. Cookies and pastries are no longer a problem, and I have not had a soda in over 6 years. Once in a while I will eat bread but it's no longer a big deal for me, and wheat bread is OUT (please read my article on "toxic popular foods). Yes, I do have a hamburger but not everyday, in fact less then once every 3 weeks. I don't crave french fries like in the past. Let me ask you about your eating habits. What is your biggest diet weakness that keeps you from being healthy? Do you eat most of your food fried? Do you hate greens, salads and vegetables? Is it a rarity for you to eat apples, or other fruits? Do you crave sodas or a beer or some sugar drink with your meal or throughout the day? All of the above? Let me be honest with you, if you are predisposed to diabetes or heart disease etc., you may as well plan what doctor you will be seeing by the time you're 40 or 50, or sooner. if you don't change your lifestyle, especially your eating habits and exercise, you may be setting yourself up for a health crises. I hope you don't neglect doing regular exercise, this is quite important in keeping your heart strong and your joints supple. Lack of exercise can sometimes create problems for your health on it's own.
Take digestive enzymes to help with the digestion and assimilation of protein which can cause problems for your health, if you partake of regular protein meals. Have you ever heard the term "healthy as a horse?" Consider this, horses don't eat animal protein, neither do cows etc., they eat greens. I eat meat and chicken etc. but very sparingly. I realize and have been enlightened through several educational mediums that protein is not all it's been given credit for. The hormones and anti-biotics injected into Bessy the cow etc. are a huge risk to our well-being.
I will keep you informed on more helpful advise relative to your health by posting other relevant articles and updating this article regularly. Keep checking in with me. I hope this has been helpful and I wish you a long, happy and healthy life.


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author avatar Funom Makama
9th Oct 2011 (#)

totally concor, what makes us is not only the genotype, but phenotype as well... Great article. Reading a piece like this makes me feel lucky to be part of this community. Keep up with the good work.

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