10 Things You Can do to Help Control Healthy DNA Expression

If you have a parent or other family member with a health condition like high cholesterol or cancer you’ve probably considered you may have a genetic predisposition for those conditions. Though this may be true, it doesn’t mean you can’t influence your risk. It’s no secret that diet and exercise can have positive influences on your health and risk for disease, but now we know it is even affecting how your DNA is expressed.

A little DNA refresher…

You inherit your DNA from each of your parents. Your DNA carries the instructions that determine your growth and development, and produces proteins that are necessary for everyday functioning. Genes are basic units of DNA that interact with each other and the environment.

Epigenetics & Why Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny

Your DNA isn’t necessarily your fate when it comes to health and disease. The way our DNA is expressed depends on certain modifications that determine if the gene is turned on or off. These are called epigenetic modifications which occur “on top of” the DNA, not to the DNA itself. Diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors can influence genetic expression through epigenetic changes. Continue reading “10 Things You Can do to Help Control Healthy DNA Expression”

Wine & Broccoli with a Side of Chemistry: Demystifying Sulfur-Based Allergies

broccolifractalThis post was originally published on Whole Health Wellness Center’s website.

Sulfa, sulfur, sulfites, and sulfates are often confused for apparent reasons. Each of these also have the potential to cause adverse reactions in certain people. If you’re allergic to sulfa drugs should you be worried about sulfites? Why are sulfites in wine? Are they in all wine? Can you have a reaction to sulfur? What are the differences in reactions to sulfa, sulfur, sulfates, and sulfites? What should you avoid if you do have an allergy? Continue reading “Wine & Broccoli with a Side of Chemistry: Demystifying Sulfur-Based Allergies”