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.
Here are some benefits of doing the Ketogenic Diet:
you lose weight
your blood sugars now are regulated
you have better mood
you have improved cognitive function, focus, memory concentration
you have less inflammation
you have decreased cravings
The common thread between doing the diet and doing intermittent fasting (IF) is that you have a lowered glucose and you also have lowered insulin.
But there are some very unique additional benefits that occur with fasting. When you do fasting you create an epigenetic effect. Epigenetics means above genes. So if you were born with bad genes or you had a gene that triggered a disease, those genes could be controlled epigenetically.
Effect on your genes. Fasting creates an effect on your genes that turn off the bad genes and turn on the good genes.
2. Autophagy. Autophagy is like getting the junk out of the trunk. All the dead cells all the damaged proteins in your body get recycled and turn into brand new cells. This is why you look younger when you start doing IF because you induce autophagy, which does a lot more than anti-aging but it’s just a cleaning process you’re recycling garbage through the body. That way that garbage doesn’t sit there and create inflammation and a lot of a lot of bad things.
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.
I was born with bad genes. There is nothing I can do. That is absolutely not true!
Only 5-10% of disease is caused by a genetic defect that has been passed on by your parents. It does not mean that you’re going to get that disease.
Thomas Seyfried, theexpert in cancer, wrote a book, Cancer As A Metabolic Disease. He says when you see tumors in cancers you do see a lot of genetic mutations but those mutations, those alterations in genes are downstream.
They are symptoms NOT causes of the cancer.
They are symptoms of the damage in the mitochondria, the machinery where you are burning fuel. That is the first thing that gets damaged and then the mitochondria adapts to a different metabolism called fermentation.
Because the mitochondria has its own DNA and they are not protected like the DNA in the nucleus because they are outside the nucleus they are very susceptible to mutations and alterations in the DNA. That is probably one of the reasons why you see so many gene mutations in tumors and cancer.
Most gene mutations are not inherited; they are somatic mutations. Somatic mutations mean it is not inherited, but caused by your environment.
To understand this further, epigenetics is an important term. It means above genetics.