Optimize Your Genetics   

You can’t change your genetics but you CAN change what they do and your quality of life!

Your genes came from your mother and father. They are the gifts, or in some cases the challenges you received from your parents. We all have some  “good” genes and “bad” genes. Your genes are located in your cells and they tell your cells how to function. If you have  diseases that run in your family, that means you have some “bad” genes that will make you more susceptible to those diseases. It does not necessarily mean you will get these diseases, it just means you will be more likely to suffer from them than someone who does not have those same genes.

Your genes are in your hands

My genes make me more susceptible to high blood pressure and diabetes. I don’t have these diseases because I have worked to support and care for these “bad” genes and I have  not challenged them with a poor lifestyle. When I say “challenge” I mean that I don’t do things that encourage these diseases to occur. For example, I don’t eat a diet that is high in sugar or refined carbohydrates, I exercise often and take dietary nutrients that support healthy blood sugar levels and cardiovascular health. Other members of my family DO have problems with blood sugar and high blood pressure, but that is because they have pushed those “bad” genes past the tipping point and now they suffer with those diseases.

Epigenetics

Like I mentioned above, you can’t change your genes but in most cases you can change how they behave. This is called epigenetics.  Epigenetics is the study of gene expression modification rather than the alteration of the genetic code itself. You are stuck with the genes you have, but you have a very powerful tool on your side with epigenetics. You can change what your genes do…you can do many things to help them create health and happiness instead of disease, poor quality of life and even death.

What kinds of things will have an impact on your genes and how they express themselves?

How you can alter your genes

  1. Diet
  2. Nutrition
  3. Digestive system health
  4. Optimize hormonal balance
  5. Immune system balance
  6. Treat chronic infections in the body
  7. Sleep quality
  8. Stress management
  9. Level of toxin exposure
  10. Blood sugar and insulin control
  11. Reduce inflammation and free radicals
  12. Exercise

If you look above at the Functional Medicine Health Pyramid, you will notice that Genes are at the top. This means that all of levels below Genes will influence your genes. Getting your pyramid in balance IS YOUR EPIGENETICS PROGRAM!  Whether your genes lead you to heath and excellent quality of life or illness, disease and death depends on how well you manage YOUR PYRAMID.

HEALTH – RELATIONSHIPS – MONEY  

Most of us are preoccupied with 3 major areas of life. These do not encompass all of the important factors of a full and meaningful life, but a lack of any of these can impact our happiness and quality of life. I have also ranked them by importance. This order is just my opinion after living on this plant for the past 48, almost 49 years.

HEALTH

RELATIONSHIPS

MONEY

We want to healthy.

We want to have meaningful relationships with others.

We want to have enough money so we can survive and support our loved ones.

You might be wondering WHY I am talking about relationship and money. I’m just a doctor, what do I know about these subjects. I have seen thousands of patients, and what these patients have told me is that they wish they had taken better care of their health. They also have told me how failing to maintain healthy relationships with their friends and loved ones have robbed them of quality of life. As for money, none have told me they wish they had spent more of their time and energy making more money. They wish they had spent the  money and  energy needed to take care of their health. Not one of them have said that their lives would be great if they just had another $100,000 in their 410K.

All 3 of these areas of life require time, effort and management. They don’t “just happen” good health is not an accident, good relationships take work to maintain and unless you were born into money, you will probably spend a large part of your life obtaining it so you can eat and put a roof over your head.

Without good health, it becomes much more difficulty to maintain and enjoy your time and experiences with your friends and loved ones. Without good health and relationships, money is just a tool of survival. I have never heard anyone say on their deathbed that they wish they had spent more time and energy accumulating more money. They wish they had taken better care of their health and managed their relationships better.

Your LIFE is the time you are alive…so how do you get MORE LIFE?

You take care of your health and make it a priority. How do you enjoy more of this life? You work on creating and maintaining good relationships with friends and loved ones. As for money, that is up to you; how much you want and need is your choice. Do you need it? Of course, but it won’t give you more LIFE and you can’t buy loving and meaningful relationships with it.

I like to learn from the experience and mistakes of others and hopefully avoid them. This is why I rate these areas of life in this order…

HEALTH, RELATIONSHIPS AND MONEY.

This is why I love what I do

I see myself as giving my patients more LIFE.

My goal is to improve quality of life and extend life. If you take care of your health, you will enjoy your life more and you will have more of it to enjoy.

I hope you have found value in this information.

I wish you health, happiness and a better quality of life!

If you would like more information about functional medicine and integrative medicine or Dr. Sexton go to www.napervilleintegratedwellness.com

Do your own research, inform yourself and ask lots of questions. When collecting information, you MUST consider the source. There is no shortage of false, misleading, outdated, profit-driven and utterly biased information in healthcare today; even from the most respected sources and organizations.

This approach to healthcare is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any disease. Why? The FDA enforces its position that these words can only be used with drugs. This approach does not use drugs.