What Is Epigenetics?

February 27, 2018 — 2 Comments

 

 

 

This year I am combining my fascination with DNA with my passion for health and wellness and diving into Epigenetics. Although this field isn’t brand new, it’s still relatively new to mainstream. And if you aren’t familiar with it yet, you will be very soon (well, if you are reading this now you are). Here’s a fun analogy from the website What Is Epigenetics that breaks down the roles of everything involved in this science.

Think of the human life span as a very long movie. The cells would be the actors and actresses, essential units that make up the movie. DNA, in turn, would be the script — instructions for all the participants of the movie to perform their roles. Subsequently, the DNA sequence would be the words on the script, and certain blocks of these words that instruct key actions or events to take place would be the genes. The concept of genetics would be like screenwriting. Follow the analogy so far? Okay. The concept of epigenetics, then, would be like directing. The script can be the same, but the director can choose to eliminate or tweak certain scenes or dialogue, altering the movie for better or worse. After all, Steven Spielberg’s finished product would be drastically different than Woody Allen’s for the same movie script, wouldn’t it?

Epigenetics is the ability to switch genes on and off. Can you imagine how different your life would be, the quality of it, if you were empowered to manipulate your DNA code by switching genes on and off for your benefit? Because of the ongoing human genome project and companies that analyze DNA for consumers it is now possible to look at your personal DNA like a computer code and analyze it in detail. You just have to do a little research to get going. It’s a fascination of mine, so this year I will do some of the work for you and share the results in case you would like to join along.

Because food has been a big part of my journey, as I’m sure it’s been for you, I’m starting with unpacking the field of Nutrigenomics. Wait, what? Nutrigenomics is a branch of epigenetics that focuses on the study of how food and nutrients affect our gene expression. Science is now at a stage where it can evaluate your DNA and determine what nutritional factors have the greatest influence on your metabolic pathways, both good and bad.

So, what’s the advantage to this? It positions you to cut through experimentation and know what’s ideal for your personal genetic code when it comes to nutrition and even exercise. You can know which supplements would benefit you because of possible mutations, etc. It’s my personal belief that this is the future of health and wellness, Genomic Precision Wellness.

And with this knowledge and the application of it, you can become closer to the best version of yourself.

Join the convo on my Youtube channel HERE.

2 responses to What Is Epigenetics?

  1. 

    This is completely new to me and fascinating! Thank you for sharing

  2. 

    You’re welcome Kathleen! I will cover a few services like this during this season.

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