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April 27, 2018

Detoxify DNA with 7 Genechanger

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The liver, which is the largest internal organ, is responsible for detoxification. It transforms poisonous substances that enter the blood into compounds that our kidneys can remove from the body. Unfortunately, we are living in a toxic world that quickly exhausts our natural stores of detoxifying enzymes. Without enough detoxifiers, the body becomes overwhelmed with toxic substances. And a weakened detoxifying system will allow chronic conditions that are linked to toxic buildup to develop in the body: heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, autism, neurodegenerative diseases, and autoimmune conditions.

To prevent toxic accumulation, which is attributed to environmental toxins found in our air, soil, water, food, homes, and offices, we must consume healthful foods that support our natural detoxification system. My new book, The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle, which will be published on April 21 by Viking, underscores the integral role that food plays in ramping up health by activating genes with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.

One of the main detoxifying compounds produced by the body is called glutathione. Glutathione is an abundant, potent antioxidant that is produced by proteins in the body. Glutathione is very stable and can soak up free radicals several times before it becomes oxidized itself; it also restores other powerful antioxidants like vitamins C and E that also become unstable themselves while they fight against free radical damage in cells. Thankfully, the depletion of glutathione and other detoxifying agents can be largely restored and managed through what we eat.

Environmental toxins are one way in which the body’s detox system becomes burdened. Another way is a defect in the gene that triggers DNA methylation. In my book, I explain epigenetics; it’s the revolutionary science by which genetic tags overlying the genome interact with the outside world to turn genes on and off, thereby controlling gene expression. DNA methylation, an epigenetic tag, is responsible for silencing genes. Methylation is a ubiquitous biochemical process that is essential for many functions throughout the body — one being detoxification. In particular, DNA methylation produces immune cells like T cells and detoxifiers like glutathione.

To improve detoxification in the body, reduce your exposure to toxins and support the detoxification and immune systems. How? Through diet and lifestyle choices. Here are some genechanger tips to detoxify your DNA:

DIET

Consume foods that boost detoxifying enzymes like cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli and broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane that increase detox enzymes as well as help prevent premature aging and cancer. Other detoxifying foods you should incorporate in your diet are blueberries, black raspberries, apples, papaya, artichokes, Swiss chard, beets, spinach, dandelion, collards, and bok choy.
Add herbs and spices like rosemary, cilantro, and garlic to your diet, because you’re adding flavor to your meals and raising your body’s detoxification defenses. Allicin (garlic), apigenin (cilantro), and carnosol (rosemary) are compounds that induce detoxification enzymes.
Bacterial cells outpace our own cells ten to one and the bulk of our immune system resides in our digestive tract. To bolster detoxification, we must support gut health to promote the growth of healthy bacteria like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus. Eat foods that are rich in probiotics like yogurt, chickpea, miso, kombucha, and kimchi.
HOME

Don’t use chlorine-based cleansers—ever. Choose non-toxic, green products to clean your home.
Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector and fire alarm. But you should also invest in a radon kit. Long-term exposure to this chemical can cause lung cancer to develop.
BODY & MIND

Physical activity increases your heart rate and gets your blood moving — this helps to carry nutrients to organs and remove wastes from them. Exercise has also been shown to trigger healthful changes at the level of our DNA, too. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute studied healthy volunteers who were instructed to bicycle by only using one leg; genomic analyses showed that the exercised legs developed new methylation patterns associated with genes that regulate energy, inflammation, and insulin response.
Stress is a “mental” toxin that wears down on our immune and detoxification systems. Stress causes us to hold on to negative feelings that make us feel anxious and depressed. Meditate to alleviate stress and detoxify the body.
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