Did you know that water is important for your Adrenal Glands as well as your overall health?

Last week I wrote my first post on my Adrenal Fatigue.  The past week has been a mixture of sleep disturbances, physical symptoms (body aches, muscle tenderness and pain, leg cramps and more), brain fog, distraction and more.  As I learn more about my symptoms and how they relate to adrenal fatigue (and realize how long this has been going on and slowly escualting), I want to reach out and share with you all what I'm learning.  I'm realizing how many of us (especially stressed out moms in this day and age) probably have at least a very mild case of adrenal fatigue.  My case is more severe only because I never recognized it for what it is and never knew I had the power to make things better!  I hope I can help you avoid getting to this extreme!

I made a chart a few weeks ago-  during one of my worst week for symptoms to make a 'baseline' so I can keep track of my progress and, hopefully, have a visual to show me that progress is being made.  This way, on days like today when I am dragging, feeling so exhausted for no obvious reason (I actually slept well last night) and my body is aching, I can look at these charts and at least be grateful it's not as bad as it was a month ago and remind myself that adrenal fatigue has it's ups and downs even on the road to recovery. I probably should have included dehydration... ...continue reading "Adrenals & Water"

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"Your genetic history is not necessarily your destiny."                   ~ Tana Amen  B.S.N.,  R.N.

Epigenetics.

I am fascinated by this.

I am new to the term but not the concept.  My husband and I came to the conclusion, after the research that we've done over the past 7 years or so, that genetics was not what it was cracked up to be. We no longer believe that just because a disease runs in a family, one is certain to get it.  That doesn't mean we don't think it's possible...but we believe that other factors come into play and that these 'genetic' or 'hereditary' diseases are preventable.  Now I have a word for it.

I first ran across the word in The Omni Diet.  And then again in It Starts With Food.

It turns out this term has been around since 1942 when the word was coined by Conrad Waddington, a developmental biologist and geneticist. So perhaps I've come across this word before -  but it didn't sink in before now.

Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression which is  not caused by changes in the DNA sequence.  It is the coming together of your genes with your environment. While we are all born with a particular genetic code, our environmental input including diet, exercise, sleep patterns, emotional stress, excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, air quality, exposure to chemicals, etc. affects whether certain aspects of that code are switched to the 'on' position.  In other words, one can carry a gene but that doesn't mean the gene has to be ignited or become active.

So the old term "you are what you eat" really does bring truth since the relationship between environment (the food you eat) and chemical compounds that make up the epigenome is intertwined and continual.  It determines whether your genes are expressed as health or in illness.  You will not develop heart disease, bipolar disorder or Parkinson's disease because your father or your mother did. It takes the combination of your genes with your environment to bring on this chain reaction.  Therefor, as Tana Amen states in her book, The Omni Diet, "Your genetic history is not necessarily your destiny".   

Furthermore, YOU are in control of many of these factors!  YOU determine what food you eat, your exercise level, your consumption of drugs and alcohol, whether you buy organic vs. conventional produce which strongly affects the number of chemicals your body ingests, and more!

Online Resources:

The Epigenome NoE

DNA Isn't Everything 

Why Your Genes Don't Determine Your Health

Summary of the Whole 30 - It Starts With Food

**  Just to note.  The resources and links I give you are for your information.  I do not receive any monetary benefits from telling you about them.