What on earth is epigenetics?
In the area of genetics the scientific community has been studying what is called epigenetics. Previously it was thought our genes were the molecular units of heredity and we were predestined to what we inherited. It turns out that genetic data (the genome) has a outer expression called epigenome. The epigenome consists of chemical compounds that modify, or mark, the genome causing the genes to express themselves differently. They can tightly wrap inactive genes making them unreadable and they can relax active genes making them more accessible. These modifications do not change the DNA sequence, but instead, they affect how cells “read” genes.
What does this mean to us?
What is interesting is that epigenetic tags react to signals from the outside world. Now research is showing gene expression can be changed by habit, beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, emotions, diet, lifestyle, even unconscious beliefs through the epigenome. The epigenome is flexible and modifies gene expression in response to our environment. With this new scientific breakthrough, it appears we can become masters of our genetic makeup rather than victims of it.
When we begin to lift our energy, we begin to signal genes in new ways because it is new information. Our body will re-organize in a matter of moments to create a new brain pattern. This changes our state of being. I learned from Dr. Joe Dispenza that the receptor sites on the outside of our cells are 100 times more sensitive to frequency than they are to chemistry. If existing neural pathways do not have a purpose, they will not survive. Ineffective or weak connections are cut off and this allows the brain to adapt itself to its environment, along with the new wiring thanks to the epigenetic tags.
How can we use this to improve our health?
The key is to realize that now there are scientifically verifiable ways showing that the gene expression can be changed by habit, beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, emotions, diet, lifestyle, even unconscious beliefs through the epigenome.
When we take a conscious role in redesigning our lives and our health, we are also redesigning our brains and even our genetic expression. Our new focus is to become conscious of our habits, attitudes, beliefs, our thoughts, emotions, what we eat and our lifestyle. All of these we have conscious control over. We can choose what attitude we are going to adopt for the day as well as what kinds of foods we are going to put into our mouths.
Becoming conscious in this world of distractions is really our ultimate goal as we are bombarded every moment and operating in an unconscious manner about 97% of the time. Every minute, day by day, we need to choose positive thoughts and healthy food, so that the messages to our genes are going to build a healthy body and not one that is disintegrating.
Easy to say but harder to implement. Hopefully this blog will give you some “genetic” motivation to stay focused on becoming more and more conscious of making the right choices to support your body getting healthier and healthier.
To your good health,