Things like air pollution, stress levels, the amount of sleep you are getting, diet and exercise also greatly affect your health and well-being. This is something we hear often; however, it has been difficult to quantify their effects or know how it translates into our biological well-being. The answer: Epigenetics
The study of gene expression modified by biological and environmental conditions. Unlike genetics, which remain fixed throughout your lifetime, the epigenome can change based on a person’s environmental and lifestyle factors such as air pollution, sun exposure, sleep, diet, exercise and tobacco use.
Your Genetics + your lifestyle and environment = Epigenetics. Your lifestyle and environment create bio-markers called methyl groups that attach to your DNA. You can’t change your genetics, but the good news is that epigenetic bio-markers CAN change, which allows you to track your health and well-being, take action & monitor your improvement over time.