Our genetic code holds the secrets to all aspects of our wellbeing. Recent studies have proven the existence of the unique bond between food and genes. With more and more people stepping into the field of managing health better with genes, the direct correlation between the two cannot be denied. Let's elaborate upon this a little further:
Food pushes the DNA
All the foods we consume directly or indirectly impact our DNA, and some of these effects can, in turn, develop the risk of diseases. The discipline that studies the relationship between the modifying gene expression and our dietary preferences is known as nutrigenomics. Moving past the conventional counting of calories and macronutrients, nutrigenomics entails the pushing of our genetic makeup with the help of nutrition. What's important to remember here, though, is that your gene structure does not get modified, but it can be altered. With the help of this knowledge, scientists are working towards finding the link between nutrition and work around genetic disorders such as sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis, amongst others.
DNA determines the effect of food
An individual's genetic makeup can create different responses to the same nutrients. You must have often seen that similar food can have a drastically different impact on two different individuals. This can be attributed to DNA or, in particular, something known as single nucleotide polymorphisms that directly affect the absorption and consumption of food.
To wrap it up, the ultimate aim of nutrigenetics is to help people curate a personalized diet made to work well with their genetic makeup and not only with usual measures of consideration such as weight, height, age, and gender.
To that effect, with the correct guidance, you surely can use your dietary habits to impact your genetic makeup and vice versa as well!
Drafted By : Dr. Amol Raut
Edited By : Dr. Amol Raut
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