The old proverbial saying, “you are what you eat,” is the notion that you need to eat good food to be healthy and fit. However, as science and medicine evolve, we know that it’s not just good enough to sit all day in front of the TV sipping organic shakes. Moreover, changing your eating habits and leading a healthier lifestyle can affect your DNA!
Impact of unhealthy eating habits
We all know that when we eat healthy foods, we feel healthier. But why? How do healthy habits and our food intake have such a massive impact on our daily functions? The answer lies more in the harm we do to our bodies by eating unhealthily.
Our cells need food for fuel and information to function. Without it, our health and metabolic process suffer. Along with inactivity or an unhealthy lifestyle, bad nutrition can significantly increase the risk of some terrible ailments. These are 13 reasons excellent reasons to change your life for the better:
- heart disease
- some cancers
- type-2 diabetes
- weight gain or obesity
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- stiffened arteries
- eating disorders
- tooth decay
- stress, tiredness
In a word, the nutrition we put into our bodies can help avoid specific diseases that endanger our lives and cause our health to decline. Inadequate nutrition can also impact our energy levels, mental health, complexion, and overall well-being.
In 2018 Harvard researchers conducted a massive study on the impact of health habits on life expectancy, comprising over 120,000 participants, 34 years of data for women, and 28 years for men. They focused on diet, body weight, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and smoking. Why these five? Because several studies have already proven their impact on the risk of premature death.
- A healthy diet is rated as one that includes foods like nuts, vegetables, whole grains, fruits, omega-3 fatty acids, and healthy fats. In contrast, unhealthy foods are processed and red meats, trans fat, sodium, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
- As far as healthy physical activity levels are concerned, at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily activity is recommended.
- A healthy body weight (BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9.
- Smoking is not up for discussion, as there are no healthy amounts of smoking.
- Moderate alcohol intake is considered from 5-15 grams a day for women and 5-30 a day for men.
There is a vast amount of supporting literature and research, all showing a direct coloration between a healthy lifestyle and longevity. To get healthy, you need to avoid junk food, find a healthy weight loss program, and change your lifestyle. In reality, that’s easier said than done. However, there is a great deal of information online, physicians, dieticians, and other specialists who can help you eat healthier and get started losing weight.
Lifestyle, genes, and dietary preferences
While many of us are aware of the above facts, i.e., the benefits of eating healthy and getting fit, not everyone can follow a standard diet or nutritional plan, and what works for one may not work for others. Why? Because we have individual and specific diet restrictions and medical conditions. Are we ignoring the role our exact makeup plays? Our DNA?
Not everyone is aware of the impact of nutrition and lifestyle on our DNA. We tend to overlook the underlying molecular process at play. However, researchers and physicians are now using our unique epigenetic information for a more comprehensive understanding of what could contribute to our diseases and what can be done to improve our health.
At some point, we’ve all been asked if anyone in our family has had x, y, or z? Its widely accepted that some ailments are hereditary – or genetic, such as heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, etc. However, epigenetics studies how your lifestyle and environment can cause changes that influence your genes’ functioning. In other words, your lifestyle can affect your DNA, and your fate may not be totally beyond your control. By choosing a healthier lifestyle and diet, you can change your body at a cellular level.
So, nutrition isn’t just about avoiding instant foods, and it’s not about counting calories either. It’s about knowing what your specific DNA requires for your body to heal itself and keep your immune system in good condition. But how do you acquire knowledge about your DNA and the molecules at play?
DNA testing for nutrition
OmeCare offers a nutrition DNA test, OmeNutrition, which is a DNA Nutrition Test for a Weight Loss & Personalized Diet Plan. Available for home use, the test merely involves taking a cheek swab to gather DNA-containing skin cells. The results are sent to qualified scientists for processing, and the DNA is extracted
We then analyze your nutrigenomics, food allergies, and provide a customized DNA diet plan and lifestyle recommendations to improve your weight loss and mitigate risks following your body’s needs and restrictions.
If you aren’t succeeding at changing your lifestyle, don’t blame yourself. Not all meal plans are designed for everyone, especially for people who have diabetes, lactose intolerance, hypertension, heart disease, and specific food allergies!