To combat oxidants in our atmosphere that lead to illness and premature ageing, our bodies require antioxidants. These are extremely important in achieving health and wellness and preventing illness.
Another factor determining our ability to maintain good health is our DNA. The genetic information contained in the DNA determines how our cells respond to the threats in our environment. Variations in genes account for the way we look and the way our bodies work.
What do vitamins do?
Our bodies are able to function as a result of all the chemical reactions proceeding in our cells. It’s like having an enormous power plant with blasting furnaces and buzzing electrical energy all working together to achieve all the co-ordinated actions demanded of the body. If any of these become de-synchronised then the co-ordination required to achieve the action may fail, which may prevent the action occurring in the correct way.
Why do we need vitamins?
Vitamins (and minerals) can be thought of as taking part in the chemical reactions by providing necessary reactants as well as acting as co-ordinators. Without them the cellular chemical reactions fail to proceed in a normal and co-ordinated manner. Vitamins become “exhausted” (used up) and need to be replaced. Since our bodies cannot make vitamins the only way we obtain them is in what we eat, which is why our nutrition is so important.
How do my genes affect my weight? Health?
Among its many roles in the body DNA controls cellular function. It has the code for the cell being able to make many of the components that take part in cellular chemical reactions (metabolism).
Being individuals, each of us has a varying combination of coding so that the way our bodies handle the food that we eat will be different. Some people are able to break down foodstuffs that others can’t; or they are converted to different products, some of which may be injurious to the body.
This explains why some people are better off with the so-called “Mediterranean diet” while others may be worse off. It also accounts for why some people are able to more readily lose weight on a particular program, while others fail despite religiously following it.
The only way of determining the optimum nutrition and dietary intake for us as individuals is by knowing the genetic makeup of our DNA that is involved in metabolism. This also reveals some of the risk factors that we have for developing illnesses, cancers, and premature ageing.
It is now known that the expression of genes can be modulated (making it active or inactive). Reducing the activity of those genes that lead to risk factors will reduce the chance of developing illnesses, while increasing the activity of those genes that have beneficial effects will improve health and wellness.
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