Eat for your genes (not your jeans)

A good description of Nutrigenomics by Dr Frank Lipman.

>Eat for your genes (not your jeans)
>
>As I explained in pearl # 12, how your genes are expressed is
>determined by
>what you surround them with or feed them, that is food is a primary
>determinant of how your genes are expressed. Here’s why: the
>revolutionary
>new science, Nutrigenomics, the science of how food talks to our genes
>tells
>us that food contains information and “hidden instructions” which are
>communicated directly to your genes.
>
>Armed with this information, your genes commandeer various metabolic
>actions
>and affect millions of critical biological processes, including
>cholesterol
>levels, aging, hormone regulation, weight gain and loss, and much more.
>Eat
>the right foods and it will send instructions to your genes for good
>health,
>eat the wrong foods and you send messages for disease.
>
>Just as a computer program won’t function well when it gets fed bad
>data,
>neither will your body. Once you understand that food is “data” or
>complex
>information that the body uses to direct the multifaceted actions that
>keep
>us vibrantly alive, it’s easy to understand that loading up on junk
>food is
>like taking the fast lane to a giant system failure. Foods loaded with
>sugar, trans fats, chemicals, and pesticides, and foods processed
>beyond
>recognition, are simply “bad data” for human consumption. Eat badly
>regularly, and your body stops working properly.
>
>It makes perfect sense, when you think about it. When you bathe your
>genes
>in a dangerous environment, like the one created when you eat junk
>food,
>your genes “miscue” metabolic actions and that can trigger disease.
>Bottom
>line: the food you eat affects the functioning of your genes.
>
>The way we see food at the moment is that it is basically a delivery
>system
>for nutrients, that food contains protein, fat, carbohydrates,
>vitamins,
>minerals and phytonutrients. This belief system maintains that the
>value of
>food is in its nutrients and not in the food itself. As with the way we
>see
>the body in Modern Western Medicine, it is reductionist and does not
>see
>food as a whole.
>
>What we are finding out is that there is so much more to food than just
>the
>nutrients we have discovered thus far. Food is packed with thousands of
>compounds that are present in a complex and dynamic relationship to one
>another. We are only beginning to understand it all and to think we can
>break it down to those few parts we have deciphered is naive.
>
>Don’t be reductionist about your food and try to work out the calories
>or
>even protein, fat and carbohydrate percentages to eat well. Although
>you
>should know how to read food labels, most of the food you eat should
>not
>come with a label …vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grass fed meats,
>organic
>eggs and chickens etc. The “foods” that tend to be bad for your genes
>are
>usually man made. I call them food substances to distinguish them from
>real
>food.
>
>So although there is no one right diet for everyone (as we are all
>different), try eat as close to nature as possible because the further
>removed food is from its source, the more likely it is of being a food
>substance and not real food and the less good data it will contain. As
>Michael Pollan says in his brilliant book, In Defense of Food…”Eat
>food. Not
>too much. Mostly plants.” He too is talking about eating real food.
>
>One Love,
>Frank

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