You are what you eat. 

One of the best ways to achieve a healthier life is good nutrition. What you choose to put into your body plays a big part in your overall health. Food is powerful. It can fight off depression, boost your mood and even help prevent cancer and other illnesses. Food is medicine, and when you use food this way, you’re committing to a beneficial lifestyle change.

It makes healthy nutrition an essential tool in your fight against disease and obesity. It’s arguably a Health Hero’s most potent ally in the quest for a long and healthy life because what you eat can change your genes and transform your biology. 

New Research Is Changing the Game

Nutrigenomics: Harnessing the power of food to change your gene expression.

Each day brings new evidence that your life affects you right down to your genetic level. Your stress levels, social surroundings, physical activity, and overall lifestyle contribute to your gene expression – or how your cells respond to their changing environment.  

Eating isn’t an exception. Genes are changed by what you eat. This interaction is what nutrigenomics is all about. In the wake of this, everything is changing differently. Where we once thought we were powerless is now an area over which we have at least some control.

The ability to use nutrition to affect our genes means that we’re no longer at the mercy of our DNA. It is fascinating when it comes to fighting and preventing disease.

You Are Not Your Genes

Let’s mention the obvious. You can’t control everything that happens to you. You’re going to face health challenges and adversity. But when you take advantage of the power you do have, you give yourself every possible opportunity to live your best and healthiest life.

Nutrigenomics creates a power shift, putting some newfound power into your hands. What does this mean? Think about inherited diseases like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

If these, or other inherited diseases, run in your family, you’re not doomed to suffer. The fate of your health is not set in stone. If your mother has diabetes, it’s not a given that you’ll eventually develop diabetes.

Again, we don’t have absolute control. If that were the case, we’d all eat healthily and never get sick. However, what you choose to eat can significantly increase or reduce your risk for future illness.

Use Your Power Wisely

Imagine how your life could change if you took advantage of every drop of power you have to transform your health – right down to the genetic level. Would you commit to making convenient and realistic nutritional changes? Would you feel less anxious or enjoy a greater sense of purpose knowing that you’re stepping up and taking action to improve your chances of a longer and healthier life? You might find yourself enjoying life more than ever before.

My Prescriptions for Better Nutrition

Commit to nourishing your body with good nutrition every day. Even small, manageable changes will get you on the right path. Your doctor can make recommendations based on your unique requirements. But, whole and natural foods, healthy fats, lean proteins, balance, and moderation are great places to start. The more you practice making good nutritional choices, the more significant impact you’ll have on your health.

I encourage you to use food as medicine and take advantage of the power to alter your genes for improved wellness. The fate of your health is not set in stone. Nutrigenomics has changed the game. You can transform your biology and change your health journey. Be your own Health Hero by taking advantage of this power and prioritizing your commitment to more excellent health and longevity.


Dr. Partha Nandi

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