What makes the ultimate difference in the quality of people’s health and life outcomes?
Is it money?
Is it your job or career?
Is it access to resources and services?
Is it lifestyle?
Is it the neighborhood you live in?
Is it your relationships?
Is it your upbringing?
Is it your biology?
All of these factors come in to play in some shape or form.
…whether good or bad.
Chronic disease affects 1 in 2 Americans.
It is estimated that up to 75 percent of all U. S. health costs can be saved by lifestyle changes and prevention.
Many of them are considered to be “lifestyle diseases” and are reversible.
Do you know only about five percent of gene mutations are thought to be the direct cause of health issues?
Do you know that who you are today is not the result of your genetic predisposition or your diagnosis?
You are the product of the things that happen to you in your life, which changes the way your genes operate.
Hence, how you respond to your environment is expressed through your genes.
Additionally, research has also shown that the changes made in how your genes operate based on life events can be passed on to the next generation.
Genes actually switch on or off depending on your experiences.
This is called epigenetics.
Because only about five percent of gene mutations are thought to be the direct cause of health issues…
That leaves about 95 percent of genes linked to disorders as influencers – whether positive or negative, depending on life factors.
Although there are many life factors that are beyond your control, such as early childhood adversity…
There are many that are entirely within your control, such as diet, exercise, stress management and emotional states.
Additionally, many of these factors are also directly dependent on your thoughts.
Your biology does not determine your destiny…
And you aren’t controlled by your genetic makeup.
Instead, your genetic activity is largely determined by…
Your thoughts, attitudes and your perceptions.
Epigenetics proves that your perceptions and thoughts control your biology.
By changing your thoughts, you can influence and shape your own genetic printout.
To describe this metaphorically, think of your brain as your computer.
You scan your environment every minute of every day.
Your body is physically reacting…changing… in response to the thoughts that run through your mind.
Through this process, you create a meaning behind the thought to create an experience, which is represented by a read out or print out from your computer (your brain).
You are doing this at every moment of every day of your life.
Just thinking about something causes your brain to release neurotransmitters, chemical messengers that allow it to communicate with your body and nervous system.
Neurotransmitters control virtually all of your body’s functions from hormones to digestion, to feeling sad, happy or stressed out.
Every thought causes neurochemical changes – some that either last or are temporary.
For example, when people consciously practice gratitude, they get a surge or rewarding neurotransmitters, like dopamine, and experience a brightening of the mind.
Your Thoughts Shape Your Brain
Your thoughts can influence and shape your brain in permanent ways – whether good or bad.
Think of your mind as the movement of thoughts of information through your nervous system.
As a thought travels through your brain, neurons fire together in specific ways based on specific information, and the patterns of neural activity actually shape your brain and change your structure.
Your Thought Patterns Can Program Your Cells For Your Future
In other words, if you have ongoing negative thought patterns, you are literally programming your cells to receive more of the same negative thought patterns in the future.
How this works physiologically:
There are thousands and thousands of receptors on each cell in your body.
Each receptor is specific to one peptide or protein.
When we have feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, happiness or excitement, each separate emotion releases its own neuropeptides.
Each of the neuropeptides surge through the body and connect with those receptors which change the structure of each cell as a whole.
The key point:
If a cell has been exposed to a certain peptide more than others, the new cell that is produced will have more of that receptor that matches with that specific peptide.
So, if you have been bombarding your cells with peptides from negative thoughts, you are literally programming your cells to receive more of the same negative peptides in the future.
What is even worse is that you are reducing the number of receptors of positive peptides on the cells, making yourself more inclined towards negativity.
The Good News: You Can Reprogram Your Cells
Your body’s cells die and regenerate to create a whole new body. This can range from every 27 days to years – depending on the type of cells being generated.
You can reprogram your cells by changing them to receive more positive peptides in the near future by adopting practices such as mindfulness and gratitude… in addition to food/nutrition, exercise, rest and sleep.
You have a choice in determining what input your genes receive.
My Invitation to You: Change Your Thoughts For You
You have more power than you think to positively influence your physical and mental health and life outcomes.
Your mindset is key as the research has shown the direct connection between your thoughts down to your genes.
The more you nourish your mental state/habits, the more beneficial response you will get from your body.
When you nourish your mind, your body will appreciate you.
When you nourish your body, your mind will appreciate you.
It’s a yin (mind) and yang (body) relationship. They are interdependent of each other.
I invite you to change your thoughts, attitudes and your perceptions, which will change the meaning behind your behavior and your habits, and will eventually change and shape your physiology (brain, cells, genes) for the long-term.
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