Do you think your genes rule your fate?  

Have your ever heard someone say something similar to this: “I have a family history of heart disease, so there is nothing I can do about my high cholesterol.”

You may be surprised to find out your genes do not play that large of a role in certain health issues you may experience.   In fact, 98% of diseases can be controlled or reversed through a healthy lifestyle.

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Yes, all of us have a genetic imprint from our ancestors, but scientists are now saying that factors such as nutrition and exercise can actually change our genes.   Whether we live a healthy or unhealthy life may flip on or off a specific gene.

Now does this mean that every medical condition is treatable with diet and exercise?  No, but  “scientists have recognized that other than in single gene disorders likes Down’s syndrome, your genes don’t determine your fate.”  Conditions such as obesity, diabetes, allergies, heart disease, cancer, and even mental health can improve if you change your lifestyle.

Epigenetics is the study and examination of other factors that can affect our genes and play a critical role in diseases. External factors like environment, stress, diet, and activity levels can actually affect our genes AND make us sick.

According to Dr. Mercola, “Each tissue only uses about 10 percent to 20 percent of its gene complement, and you want to be sure that those genes are the most advantageous ones possible for your health.”

So they key is to maintain a healthy lifestyle before any genetic makeup can affect you in a negative way.

What do you think?  Do you feel your genes are what they are and there is nothing you can do? I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Leann Forst, MBA, CHC — Family Health & Cancer Coach

Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books “How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies” and “100 Ways to Lose Weight.”

Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get my free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”

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