The first term refers to how food and supplements affect genetic expression. The second term is a bit broader and refers to which books (genes) in your genetic library are actually checked out and read by your cellular machinery.
They converge to form a theory that has translated into reality and will change the future of your health and quite frankly, the future of all mankind including how long we can live.
Lofty stuff but right now it doesn’t mean diddly unless we put it into practice.
So that is what I am going to give you today; practical information. Because I make supplements and preach the Paleolithic Diet, I am biased towards my own opinion. But if you like, you can remove the sales pitch and the information still holds true 100%.
We have a vast genetic library in our DNA. There are some areas of “junk” which will potentially turn out to be important but we have mapped out most to the stuff our cells make to keep us going.
Still there is a lot more stuff sitting around in that library like books waiting to be checked out. Some are a good read, some are nonsense and some are dangerous and deadly; acquired over generations of mutations or maybe even the last time you walked in front of a microwave tower.
Still, not every book gets read and so your genetic material does not determine 100% of your fate. It does not determine (in most people who survive past childhood) how long you live, how healthy you are, what illness you get and what you will die of, at least not totally.
As a matter of fact, the odds are 2 to 1 that something you do or don’t do in your lifestyle or your environmental exposure will determine what happens to you ultimately.
So basically epigenetics refers to which books get read. Nutragenomics refers to your and my attempts to get the best ones read and not to even look at the dangerous delay and superfluous ones.
How do you do that?
Simple: Dr Dave’s Four Pillars of Health
1) Nutrition, including supplements: this might be the biggest and best way to do it. So stick with a Paleolithic Diet. This means no grain, no dairy and of course no refined sugar. You’ll melt fat, lose a ton of weight and be far healthier. And yes, you can and should cook your food; Paleo is NOT 100% raw. We’ve have been cooking food for over 2 million years, long before our current genetic library was shaped.
2) Exercise like the kinds in Fabulous Fat Burning for Everyone. Total body, short, sweet, high intensity, functional exercises. You’ll also get the look you want but it will mean something when you have to get out of the way of a bus or knock an attacker out!
3) Sleep: always underrated and very important to keep your hormone cycles “young”. That’s why I make all natural Sleep Wizard.
4) Mental peace and stress reduction, meditation, hobbies, prayer, pets — whatever does it for you; more is better!
What you have read above is really the basis of 8 years of writing my Daily Health Tips and will probably be enough for another 8 years of material. I have been blessed to be one of the first in fish oil. I have some new innovations coming out in that. I have been fortunate to be at the forefront of telomerase activation and longevity medicine. Look for more there as well.
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