I am regularly told by my patients ‘ My family history has pre-determined my fate… I will lose my hair, have high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid issues, arthritis, auto immune conditions or cardio-vascular problems because my family history shows these traits’.

Yes, you may have inherited more challenges because of these genes but most are not hard-wired and unavoidable. With nutritional and lifestyle support you can re-write your own your health outcome. If you remove or at least reduce processed foods, sugar, and artificial ingredients such as synthetic folic acid, can get adequate sleep, good nutrients, B vitamins, can minimize environmental toxins and reduce stress etc. your health will be optimized.

Our genes can become sluggish or over reactive that will increase changes in our histamine response, cause auto immunity disease, affect our moods such as anxiety and depression, cause poor blood vessel formation, poor detoxification by our liver, poor gut absorption, and much more. When your body is under stress it uses up methyl groups much faster, so you need more of the right foods and vitamins to make more energy otherwise your health will suffer. Good methylation relies on Folate such as leafy green veggies, broccoli, beans, lentils, seeds and nuts.

For example: A Choline deficiency is seen more in menopausal women and males, as choline absorption depends upon estrogen status. A deficiency can contribute to a fatty liver, SIBO and gallstones. Choline is found in animal protein such as eggs, fish, liver and red meat. This means people eating a low protein diet such as Vegetarians also children are at risk of a deficiency, alternative sources of choline are: Broccoli, lentils, flaxseed, spinach, cauliflower and beets.

Every person is unique but by understanding your genetics, you gain the opportunity and ability to make better choices and improve health. Contact me if you have any questions or concerns.