How to Escape Your “Genetic Destiny”
Our genes make us who we are. If you’re tall with brown hair and brown eyes, it’s because those are genetic traits you inherited from your parents.
But is your genetic makeup an inescapable blueprint? Or are there traits you can change – in spite of your genes?
In fact, there are traits you can affect – regardless of your genetic makeup. Today we’ll discover a little bit about your genes… what you can change… and why it’s good to know about your family history.
But to understand this, let’s look briefly at how you get to be the way you are.
Everybody has 46 chromosomes, arranged in 23 pairs. You’ll find these 46 chromosomes in every cell of your body – except reproductive cells – and they carry your genetic information. Each genetic detail is located in the same spot on the same chromosome in every person.
When you were conceived, your parents each gave you a copy of one chromosome from each of their pairs. So your 23 pairs of chromosomes are a unique mix inherited from your parents.
And that unique mix makes you who you are. You have physical traits – such as your hair and eye color. You have behavioral traits – including instinctive reactions. And you also have traits that may make you more or less likely to suffer certain health problems.
For example, your genetic make-up may make you more likely to suffer from heart problems than most other people.
And that’s why it’s good to know your family history. Because family history can alert you to an increased genetic risk of certain health problems.
But you should understand an important distinction here. Being born with a genetic defect that causes a health problem is not the same as being born with an increased genetic risk for a health problem.
Because you can affect a trait that’s merely a risk factor.
You see, environment plays a big role in risk, too. You may be born left-handed (a genetic trait), but misguided teachers turned generations of left-handed children into “righties.”
You can do much the same with health risks. Let’s take a well-known example.
You may remember Jim Fixx, author of “The Complete Book of Running.” He died of a heart attack at the age of 52.
Your view of the situation may change when you learn a couple of less-known details. Fixx was 50 pounds overweight when he began running. And he had a family history of heart trouble.
I don’t believe Fixx’s exercise plan was the wisest choice. But he dropped the weight and outlived his father – who died of a heart attack at age 43 – by 9 years.
Fifty-two may be young… but 43 is a great deal younger.
Knowing your family history can help you identify traits that may affect your health. Once you recognize these traits, you can take environmental steps to counteract the genetic trait.
For example, if you have a family history of high blood pressure, you could start exercising, eat potassium-rich foods, take CoQ10 and drink a couple of ounces of red wine daily. These environmental changes could outweigh the genetic risk… and you might even avoid high blood pressure altogether.
So here’s the bottom line: You can’t affect some genetic traits. Your blue eyes will always be blue. But you can affect others… especially when they’re linked to risks. By changing your environment, you can even beat your genes. As always, it’s a good idea to check with your physician who knows you best, before starting or changing any existing practices.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals