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EPIGENETICS – YOU HAVE THE POWER OVER YOUR OWN LIFE

Your genes do not determine your life, how you live your life does! Today I want to talk about the concept of epigenetic, which is a concept that is getting more and more recognition today.

Earlier on we thought that genes affected our lives and how we were, which diseases we got etc. And they do to a point, because our bodies do carry the genes we’ve got from our mother / grandmother etc. However, more recent science have found that it is our lifestyle and our environment that affects whether the gene actually gets activated.

So if your grandmother had a specific disease, you might have inherited the gene to getting that disease. BUT, if you live differently from your grandmother, meaning that you; don’t eat the same food, live in a different environment, have another mindset, exercise more etc. compared to what your grandmother did, this means that the gene might not get activated.

You have the power over your own life

We have a lot more power over our own lives than we have previously thought. Epigenetic is about how signals from our surroundings modifies and regulates the genes activities. Our genes are constantly getting recreated as a reaction to our experiences in life.

Epigenetic = means ‘next to the genes’

Perhaps diabetes runs in your family, but maybe it is due to the overload of processed food and lack of exercise. So know that you can change that. Your genes do not determine how your life is going to be like, you can change the environment for your genes and make sure they do not get activated. Eat an abundance of vegetables, move your body, spend time doing what you love and you create an entirely different environment for your genes, and your life will unfold in another way!

All of this is also connected to fx how you can change your gut health, your micro biome, by changing the food you eat and the amount of movement you do in your daily life. If you want to learn more about this, you can read the post I’ve written about that here.

Sources

Fra genetik til epigenetik
Epigenetikken styrer vores DNA’s opførsel
Intelligente Celler – Bruce Lipton

Food Health

GUT HEALTH – GOOD & BAD BACTERIA

In recent years scientists have started to learn much more about the gut and how important the state of the gut is for our overall health. Today I want to share what you can do to get a healthier gut, as well as an overall healthier body.

“All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates

In the gut we have our ‘micro biome’. Microbiome refers to our collection of microbes and their genes. Your micro biome consists of an environment of bacteria. Bacteria are not just bad, more than 95% of the world’s bacteria are harmless to humans, many are actually extremely beneficial. But in order to have a healthy micro biome, we need an overweight of the ‘good bacteria’, otherwise you can get bacteria overgrowth (‘bad bacteria’) which can affect your micro biome, gut, digestive system and your entire body – including your skin. 2/3 of the immune system is located in the gut, and 99% of bacteria are found in the gut.


Change your micro biome by changing the food you eat

The good news is, that you can change your micro biome by changing the food you eat. With everything you put into your body, you have a change of feeding either the good or the bad bacteria. The good bacteria needs greens, vegetables, fibers to survive, whereas the bad bacteria needs processed foods and sugar.

But, food is not the only thing affecting our gut health. Also things such as getting enough sleep, exercising, relaxing is beneficial for our good bacteria. Whereas stress, lack of sleep and exercise, too harsh cleaning products and pesticides kills the good bacteria.


“Almost nothing influences our gut bacteria as much as the food we eat”
– Gut – Giulia Enders


How to get a healthier micro biome?

  • Eat a diet high in fiber, this is good for your digestion (fruits, vegetables, especially green ones like kale, cabbage, broccoli, quinoa, oats)
  • Avoid a too sterile environment, too harsh cleaning products
  • Relax. Stress allows for more bad bacteria to survive in the gut
  • Go for organic food, avoid pesticides
  • Eat probiotic foods regularly (sauerkraut, kombucha, miso soup, kimchi), you can also take a probiotic supplement to get more good bacteria to your gut
  • Eat prebiotics even more often (artichoke, asparagus, bananas, garlic, onion, parsnips, wholegrain, rye, oats, leeks)
  • Eat healthy fats; avocados, nuts, seeds
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get a good amount of sleep each night
  • *Extra Tips for mothers
  • If possible, giving a vaginal birth is the best. This way the child gets a protective layer of bacteria which gives it a healthy gut from the beginning of life
  • Another good idea for moms is to breastfeed for a long time, this gives lots of good bacteria to your newborn

Sources:

– Brain Maker – David Perlmutter
– The Beauty of Dirty Skin – Whitney Bowe
– Gut – Giulia Enders

Health Inspiration

3 GOOD PODCAST EPISODES

Jeg ville lige dele nogle inspirerende podcast episoder som jeg har hørt i den pågældende uge, måske det kunne være noget for jer derude også.

1. The Melissa Ambrosini show  – Heal Your Gut Heal Your Life

Dette er en fantastisk episode som handler om vigtigheden af at have en sund og funktionel tarm, da dette er fundamentet for at vi har det godt rent sundhedsmæssigt. Det er enormt spændende, og bestemt noget jeg skal lære mere omkring. Men basically, så handler det igen om at spise sundt og sørge for at din krop får det den har behov for.

2. The Melissa Ambrosini show – The Pill, Periods and Fertility with Dr Nat Kringoudis

Denne episode handler om naturlig præventionsmetoder, istedet for at bruge p-pillen og andet hormonforstyrrende. Man kan gå nok så meget op i sin sundhed, men hvis man fylder sin krop med p-piller stort set hver dag, så er det lidt dobbeltmoralsk, og det er hertil at jeg er kommet til. Så pt. prøver jeg at lære så meget som muligt om mere naturlige præventionsmetoder, så jeg i fremtiden kan føle mig sikker ved at stoppe med at bruge p-piller, og derved kan gøre noget super godt for min krop.

3. Martiny Podcast – Soloshow / En karriere med klare mål eller flow? 

Denne episode handler om det med at skulle vælge karriere i sit liv, og hvilket enormt pres at man kan føle at det er, og tankerne om ‘man vælger det rigtige’. Jeg synes at Emma’s syn på dette er lige nøjagtig sådan at alle burde tænke – ikke stresse over noget, men at følge det der føles rigtigt for en. Mange fine tanker, og især et relevant podcast for unge mennesker der enten skal videre fra gymnasiet, eller fra en videregående uddannelse.

I wanted to share some good podcast episodes that I’ve been listening to this week, it might be something for you out there as well. 

1. The Melissa Ambrosini show  – Heal Your Gut Heal Your Life

This is an amazing episode which talks about the importance of having a healthy and functional gut, which is the fundament for us feeling well and healthy. It’s extremely exciting, and definitely something I want to learn more about. More basically, it’s about eating healthy and making sure that your body gets what it needs.  

2. The Melissa Ambrosini show – The Pill, Periods and Fertility with Dr Nat Kringoudis

This episode is about natural prevention methods, instead of using the birth control pill or other hormone disturbing things. You can care so much about your health, but then fill your body with birth control hormone pills almost everyday, that seems a bit contradictory, right? And that’s what I’ve come to. Therefore I’m currently learning more about natural prevention methods, so that I in the future can feel sure and secure with stop taking the birth control pill, and thereby do something which is so much better for my body.

3. Martiny Podcast – Soloshow / En karriere med klare mål eller flow?  
(this podcast is in Danish)


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