March 31

🎯How Lifestyle Choices Can Outsmart Your Genes

Your Genes Don’t Decide, You do!

Welcome to a journey where your genetic blueprint doesn’t dictate your health destiny. 
This week, let’s delve into how your lifestyle choices significantly influence your genetic predisposition to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, stroke, insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity and more. 

Below I uncover the relationship between genetics and lifestyle and offer practical tips you can implement immediately to start rewriting your health story.

🧬 Genetics: The Blueprint, Not Destiny
While it’s true that genetics play a significant role in predisposing individuals to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, they don’t write the entire script of our health story. Think of your genetic makeup as the foundation of a house—it determines the structure, but how you choose to build and maintain it is entirely up to you.
Empowerment Tip: Start a health journal. Track your daily habits, from diet to exercise, and note any family health history you’re aware of. This awareness is your first step toward taking control.

🍏 Lifestyle: The Key to Unlocking Health
Functional Medicine teaches us that lifestyle choices are powerful—powerful enough to influence how our genes express themselves or not. This concept, known as epigenetics, highlights the fact that we have more control over our health than we might have thought. 
Empowerment Tip: Swap out one processed snack for a whole food option each day. Whether it’s an apple instead of chips or nuts instead of a candy bar, small changes lead to big health benefits.

🧘‍♀️ Mindful Movement and Stress Reduction
Regular physical activity and stress management techniques like meditation and yoga can significantly influence gene expression. These practices not only improve physical health but also contribute to mental well-being, which is crucial in managing and reversing disease.
Empowerment Tip 1: Dedicate just 10 minutes a day to meditation or deep breathing exercises to lower stress levels, get better sleep and promote a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Empowerment Tip 2: Incorporate a short walk into your daily routine. Even 15 minutes can boost your mood and improve cardiovascular health.

🥗 Nutrition: Nourish Your Genes
A diet rich in whole foods, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties can positively affect gene expression (we teach you which ones to eat and which to avoid). Incorporating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can turn the tide against genetic predispositions to certain health conditions. 
Empowerment Tip: Add one additional serving of vegetables to your plate at each meal. This simple act can significantly increase your intake of vital nutrients and antioxidants.

💤 Restorative Sleep
Quality sleep is a cornerstone of good health. It supports metabolic health, regulates stress hormones, and helps maintain a healthy weight—all of which can influence genetic expression related to disease risk.
Empowerment Tip: Establish a consistent bedtime routine and aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This consistency can improve your sleep quality and metabolic health.

👥 Community and Support
Build and appreciate the power of a supportive community. Engaging in social activities, sharing health goals, and seeking professional guidance can make lifestyle changes more sustainable and enjoyable. 
Empowerment Tip: Reach out to a friend or family member today and share your health goals. Having a support system can increase your accountability and success. Need more support, reach out to me 🙂

🔬 A Functional Medicine Approach
In Functional Medicine, the focus is on understanding the unique genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence an individual’s health. By adopting a personalized approach, we can identify the most impactful changes to prevent, manage, and even reverse your risk for getting cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Remember, while genetics load the proverbial gun, your lifestyle choices are what pull the trigger. By embracing a healthy lifestyle, we can significantly reduce the risk of disease, regardless of our genetic predisposition.
Empowerment Tip: Consider learning more about how a Functional Medicine approach can help you understand your unique health profile and tailor recommendations specifically for you.
These actionable steps are your first stride toward changing your genetic destiny. And the journey doesn’t end here.
Join for unique educational opportunities. Check out our line-up and learn what a Functional Medicine approach to your health and wellbeing can mean for you.

Tammy Gutierrez, MD, functional medicine doctor, and I will present live at these sessions. Using your own lab test results in real-time, you will walk away with personalized recommendations that guide you towards a healthier, more vibrant life. Our workshops aren’t just about learning; they are about transforming knowledge into action. 

Well wishes to you and yours!
Gloria Treister, HHP
Author, “Wellness 101: Simple Steps to Good Health
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
EMCC Certified Executive & Business Coach
Advanced Physical Fitness Specialist

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