Are we destined for disease due to our genetics and biology, regardless to our living habits?
Most educational and government institutions around the world have a very poor track record when it comes to influencing the practical habits that keep their populations healthy. They say we are destined for disease depending on our genetics and biology without ever addressing some of the most significant determinants that shape our health.
1. What Your Skin Absorbs
2. What You Ingest
These days, what you are not eating is far more important than what you are. Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, emulsifiers, sweeteners have saturated the food supply for more than four decades. Avoiding these ingredients goes a long way in at least preventing toxic overloads. Trying to consume organic produce and avoiding glyphosate driven GMOs may very well add many years to our lives. Some nutrients such as wheat and soy are practically unavoidable when eating any kind of processed foods and each is profoundly inflammatory, immunotoxic and neurotoxic. When most people remove these from their diets, they lose weight, decrease inflammation and often increase the functionality of their immune system. The nutritional quality of our foods influences the nutritional status and immune system of the nation. Eliminating vaccinations, medications and other artificially-manufactured substances only improve our health in the long-term. Although diet plays an integral role in the functioning of our immune system, it is only one of many elements which contribute to its full function.
3. What You Breathe
The health effects linked to exposure of even short-term fine particle pollution is highly detrimental to human health. They include nonfatal heart attacks, increased hospital admissions, emergency room (ER) visits and doctors visits for lung diseases, increases hospital admissions and ER visits for cardiovascular diseases, increased respiratory symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, and lung function changes. What you breathe influences the full gamut of physiological and cellular processes that allow you to keep living. The cleaner your air, the more functional your immune system.
Regular physical activity, fitness, and exercise are critically important for the immune system of people of all ages. Research has demonstrated that virtually all individuals can benefit from regular physical activity, whether they participate in vigorous exercise or some type of moderate health-enhancing physical activity. Even among frail and very old adults, mobility and functioning can be improved through physical activity. It has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality from many chronic diseases and immune functioning is directly correlated to how much we move. Studies have linked sedentary lifestyles to more than 25 percent of deaths from major chronic diseases where immunity was fully impaired. Millions suffer from chronic illnesses that can be prevented or improved through regular physical activity which can be anything from walking to swimming, riding a bike or engaging in team sports.
5. What You Think
Perhaps the most significant factor in our state of health is what we think and feel about ourselves and our lives. Epigenetics is the phenomena whereby genetically identical cells express their genes differently, resulting in different physical traits. Biologists have suspected for years that some kind of epigenetic inheritance occurs at the cellular level.