Why Do Some People Have A Bad Diet and Still Live a Long Life?

My grandfather ate bread sugar, drank alcohol and smoked his entire life and he lived to be over 90 years old. I thought that if we consume these foods we’re supposed to die early.  How do you explain that?

Dr. Berg explains, we are all born with different genes. Some people have highly robust genes that can withstand much more than others.

Other people develop metabolic issues early in life and are not able to consume unhealthy foods without them having a tremendously negative effect on their health.

It is possible to eat unhealthily and live a long life. However, very few people are able to do this without experiencing serious health consequences.

Dr. Berg explains why many of us do not live until we are 90 years old. 

Everyone comes into this world with different genes and different family histories. If you had several generations before you that really took care of their bodies and they ate food from fertile land you are going to probably end up with some pretty robust genes because there was not a lot of things to weaken those genetics. So you probably could then be the person who gets away with it. There are certain countries that have perfect bone structure and teeth like in Africa. They live off food that is grown on volcanic soil so you get all these amazing trace minerals that build really healthy bone structure.

Then you have other countries that produce different types of foods and they end up with a lot of tooth decay. In the UK there’s a tremendous amount of sugar, refined foods and dental issues.  The same thing is happening the US.

So depending on your genetics, your family history, the foods, and the country that you live in, it can make a huge difference of where you are on the spectrum. But the great majority of people unfortunately develop metabolic diseases earlier and earlier.

There is usually a point in someone’s life – a time that things start to break down.

Dr. Berg tells us how it was for him.

“For me, it was at 28 years old.  Before that I ate a ton of bread, a ton of sugar and I definitely drank alcohol and I had absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. I felt great. I could get away with it and that’s why I had no attention on it. I didn’t want to change because I felt fine. At that point in my life you couldn’t educate me about keto or cutting out carbs because I wasn’t fat, I felt great I had no problems until 28 years old and then I started to really start to go downhill. That’s when I started to make some changes.”

There are several factors that would determine if this is 28 years old or earlier or a lot later:

1. Epigenetics – What happens in your environment has more of an influence on longevity than genetics.

Raymond Francis explains, “When it comes to disease, we control our genes: our genes do not control us. Most genes are DNA codes. They respond to instructions we give them. We instruct our genes through the cellular environments we create with our lifestyle choices.”

You can do something about your genes, and it has to do with the epigenetic triggers. These environmental triggers turn on or off the genes for a disease.

Epigenetics triggers:

 • What you eat (the nutrients in the food)

 • When you eat (versus intermittent fasting)

 • Cold/Heat

 • Stress

 • Sleep

 • Exercise

 • Mood

 • Age

2. Genetics – How robust are your genes.

Raymond Francis explains, “All of us have genetic predisposition to certain ailments, but that does not mean we will develop problems. In order to get the ailment, specific genes have to be activated, (triggered) and express in a certain way. So don’t activate them!”

Raymond Francis, D.Sc., M.Sc., RNC has been called a “brilliant advanced thinker” and has been cited as “one of the few scientists who has achieved a breakthrough understanding of health and disease.”

To learn more please read Genes may load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger. – Pamela Peeke, M.D.,M.P.H  https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2019/02/08/genes-may-load-the-gun-but-environment-pulls-the-trigger-pamela-peeke-m-d-m-p-h/

In the video, Dr. Berg goes on to say,

“ What happened with me when I was 28 is I went through tremendous stress. Right before that  – going through school and starting out in practice and I know that did not help compounded by the fact that I was eating completely refined empty calories without any type of vegetables whatsoever or anything nutrient dense.”

3. Your Health Reserve – how much reserve do you have? One familiar example is a deficiency in Vitamin C will lead to scurvy.

4. Your Attitude – it is very, very, important factor. You have some people that are so positive they are so up that they never get sick.  So this is a really important factor as well.

These are the major reasons why, Why Do Some People Have A Bad Diet and Still Live a Long Life.

This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video My Grandfather Ate Bread, Sugar and Drank Alcohol and Lived to be 90. Why Can’t I? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpNX6ef_L1U

Dr. Berg is a chiropractor, who specializes in Healthy Keto & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.

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