How Fasting Influences Our Genetics.

Your genes are your blueprints or your code for building proteins. These proteins are involved in all of the biochemistry in your body – from making hormones and neurotransmitters to releasing stored glucose for fuel.

You have millions upon millions of these proteins, but they have to be instructed on what to do.

When someone does fasting, many interesting things happen to your genetics. Fasting is one very important part of your Epigenetics.

Epigenetics controls your genes. Your genes are like a series of light switches – they can be turned on and turned off. Epigenetics has the ability to turn on (up regulate) and off each light switch (down regulate).

Here is a definition of Epigenetics, “Epigenetics is the study of how your behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work. Unlike genetic changes, epigenetic changes are reversible and do not change your DNA sequence, but they can change how your body reads a DNA sequence.

Gene expression refers to how often or when proteins are created from the instructions within your genes. While genetic changes can alter which protein is made, epigenetic changes affect gene expression to turn genes “on” and “off.” Since your environment and behaviors, such as diet and exercise, can result in epigenetic changes, it is easy to see the connection between your genes and your behaviors and environment.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  https://www.cdc.gov/genomics/disease/epigenetics.htm

As an example, fasting positively influences the gene CFHR1, which regulates your cholesterol. It also influences the SIRT-3 gene, which has anti-aging potential.

Fasting also down-regulates genes like the APP gene that helps lower amyloid plaque, which is seen in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Fasting may also play a role in other genes that influence cancer risks. These genes are down regulated.  This is why fasting is so vital if you have cancer if you’re trying to prevent cancer.

Here is a video of someone who had Stage 4 cancer who now doesn’t have any cancer.  Stage 4 Cancer Success Story: https://youtu.be/wiGVsUtCZwI

You can begin seeing the benefits of fasting after just a 16-hour fast. One meal a day (OMAD) will give even more benefits.

Fasting also stimulates something called autophagy, which is your body’s ability to recycle damaged proteins as well as clean up microbes and viruses out of the body.

Fasting can help:

  • Lower inflammation.
  • Support your immune system specifically the stem cells in your bone tissue.
  • Build up your antioxidant networks your body actually can make antioxidants and you build up this network when you fast.
  • Builds up the cellular stress resistance it makes your cells resistant to stress.
  • Lower syndrome X, it will increase your metabolism.
  • Support healthy brain cells, it reverses the degeneration of brain cells
  • It down regulates genes that can trigger bipolar as well as downgrading certain genes that are responsible for depression. This is why you get mood elevation and so many cognitive improvements.
  • Promotes a healthy mood and mind and so many cognitive improvements.

To learn more please watch Dr. Berg’s video Intermittent Fasting Basics (Intermittent Fasting Uncomplicated and Easy): https://youtu.be/3dHcT1-K-tw

This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, How Fasting Influences Our Genetics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwxapMyPZe0

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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