How Epigenetics Can Contribute To Your Wellbeing

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What is Epigenetics?

Is it really possible to alter your “writing” to your genes? Epigenetics means changes to your genes without altering the actual writing on the card. It’s possible to use your nutrition, diet, exercise, stress, or even your environment to affect your “writing” to your genes.

Think about your life and what you have learned from it. Do you really understand your environment? Think about your nutrition, exercise, and stress. These all affect your behavior and your health. Do you really know your environment? Or are you just “totally unaware” of how much your environment affects you?

Well, researchers used a simple and elegant method called epigenetics to answer these questions. Epigenetics is basically the study of how environmental factors and your individual genetics can influence your genes. Unlike genetic differences, epigenetic signals are permanent and don’t change your genetic material, but rather they can determine how your body reads a genetic code. Using nutrition, diet, and your environment, the present study showed how changes in these three variables can affect your health.

The researchers involved in this study looked at two sets of twins, one with the common environment (their grandparents and mothers) and one with the uncommon environment (parents, grand-parents, and strangers). Both sets of twins had similar results for both cytotoxicity (how fast their cells divide) and for obesity.

How Epigenetics Can Contribute To Your Wellbeing

However, the unique environment group had much lower obesity and methylation levels, suggesting that the epigenetics explained why. What the researchers found was that although the environment did not directly cause obesity, the environment did strongly affect it. The results were impressive, and the findings have implications for nutrition research.

Nutrition science has had a difficult time proving how environmental factors and genes interact to affect health issues such as obesity. One proposed way of investigating the interplay of diet and obesity was the adoption of a Mediterranean diet wherein moderate fat and carbohydrate consumption were common but not heavily adopted.

However, recent studies have shown that this type of diet did not actually increase the risk of obesity as opposed to a more “Western” diet. In addition to this, there is the adoption of a vegetarian diet that has been shown to result in lower levels of obesity in some people. So it seems that the environment, genes, and nutrition do indeed interact to affect an individual’s weight.

While you are here, you might be interested in this Bruce Lipton video in regards of this very same topic “Epigenetics”

Although the study is still new, the potential impact of epigenetics on nutrition research cannot be overlooked. With more individuals living with an increasing number of environmental factors affecting them, it is becoming clear that nutrition, at least nutrition related research, is no longer able to exist within the borders of conventional scientific thinking. Dietary and lifestyle changes need to be integrated into our everyday lives if we are going to stem the tide of obesity.

Epigenetics, however, holds a great deal of promise as a method to conduct these types of changes.

10 thoughts on “How Epigenetics Can Contribute To Your Wellbeing

  1. Ellie-May Spears says:

    Epigenetics: this really important word that has become important in research and above all but also in the medical field in a certain sense in recent decades is a word that however means many things and that unfortunately is often told in a somewhat misleading way often in fact going too far some aspects are too few of the others.

  2. Wilma Horn says:

    Unfortunately, epigenetics is often spoken of badly because it is not a very simple topic to favor if you happen to come across more or less misleading content.

  3. Ayva West says:

    Here is one of the scientific definitions of Epigenetics: (from the Greek επί, epì =”above “and γεννετικός, gennetikòs =” relating to family inheritance “) is the branch of genetics that studies all the heritable modifications that vary gene expression while not altering the sequence of the DNA”

  4. Izabella Frey says:

    When we talk about epigenetics, we are referring to superficial, and not permanent, changes that can modify access to the DNA sequence. Sometimes the epigenetic changes are, like the DNA sequence, inheritable.

  5. Ernie Cabrera says:

    Transcription, or the copying of a piece of DNA into a corresponding one of RNA, can only take place if the DNA comes into contact with a particular enzyme, RNA-polymerase: the copyist enzyme. As this enzyme passes, the DNA double helix opens, allowing the “copying of the code”, and closes immediately afterwards. As we said, however, changes in chromatin shape can allow or prevent the whole process. This happens when at least two types of molecules come into play: those that intervene on histones and allow transcription, thus activating the expression of a certain gene, and those that, on the contrary, intervene on both histones and DNA, preventing the transcription of genes.

  6. Eileen Mcloughlin says:

    The phenomena studied by epigenetics are different and one of the best known is the so-called methylation, or the addition of methyl groups to DNA that prevent the transcription of certain genes.

  7. Suhail Barrett says:

    Studying epigenetics could also allow us to better understand the biological clock of our body, that is, the actual aging process of our cells.

  8. Subhan Marsh says:

    Each of us has a genetic heritage that is stored in our DNA. Until a few years ago it was believed that the fundamental hereditary unit, that is the gene, was regulated for its activation or repression only during embryonic development.

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