The really amazing fact is that by making changes in your life, not only do you have an impact on how your genes express themselves, but you influence which genes are passed to your future family members.
This recent study shows that 3 months of exercise causes significant changes in the DNA found in sperm. The DNA itself did not change but what was passed on to the offspring did!! I just finished a class about understanding obesity, through the University of Edinburgh. One lesson reported on several studies showing maternal nutrition has long lasting effects on offspring as well (for multiple generations)!
I don’t know about you, but I think if there was ever a reason to exercise, the fact that we can impact future generations, should rank pretty close to the top of that list.
A fellow believer in holistic health (meaning that we are not a grouping of isolated body parts but; rather, that the body is a “system” with each piece affecting others), Michele talked about three specific areas we should focus on.
Food is all around us and we make choices every day. We need to get a large number of those decisions correct, if we hope to have an impact. The problem is, there is soooooooo much information, it’s like a fire hose coming at you and it is easy to become overwhelmed. There seems to be an argument for every new diet going.
Here are two simple facts to keep in mind:
- Lowering refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods: increasing protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, is best. (In today’s environment I always feel like I need to add a disclaimer – I’m not saying to ban that first group of items. I’m saying to lower your consumption of them).
- Small changes add up to big cummulative benefits! Don’t worry about the next 3 months. Make a healthier choice for this one meal. Then work on the next, and then the next.
Mitigating stress is one of the most profound things you can do for your total body. It enhances physical, emotional, and mental health.
There is little question that we’re over-stimulated these days. More work, more school, more meetings, more activities, more electronic gadgets, more commitments…
As part of any wellness practice, you need to find a way to decompress. Some examples include meditating, taking a bath, yoga, sharing a meal with friends, working out, getting a massage, taking a 5 minute break to walk outside. Do some CNS breathing: breathe in slowly for a count of four through your nose. Hold for a count of 5-7 and let it out through your mouth for a longer count. Do this 4-5 times. Get off your electronics 30-60 minutes before bed. Go to bed earlier – even if it’s just 10 minutes right now. Add another 10 minutes later.
Find what works for you and then take the time to do “that”. It’s not self-indulgent. It’s self-care.
Check in with me once in a while and let me know what’s working for you so that I might share your tips with others.