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It’s Not You It’s Your Genes

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

How many times have you heard “it’s in your genes” when you talk about certain preferences you may have? If the comment, “Ah! You’re just like your grandma (or grandpa or dad or whomever)!” is something you’ve heard before, then listen up: Scientists say your beverage preference may also be predisposed through your genes.

Specifically, The Tribune reports that an inherited sensitivity to bitterness can affect your choices when it comes to whether coffee, tea or even alcohol is your beverage of choice. It can even contribute to how much alcohol, particularly wine, you might choose to drink, if you have a very high sensitivity to bitterness.



While this is what some may call an interesting piece of trivia, in the real world it’s serious business, as more research every day is pointing toward your DNA and genetic makeup as being basic influencers on our health choices. The good news is we don’t have to let our genes determine our health outcome. Rather, we can use this knowledge to make better health decisions.

In other words, we can take charge of our health before our genes take over. For example, just because old age doesn’t run in your family doesn’t mean you can’t live a long, healthy life yourself. We now know that, despite your genes, if you eat a diet full of nutrients coined “longevity vitamins,” you can boost your immune system and protect your mitochondria from chronic diseases that are notorious for shortening your life.

That means starting today with a good nutrition plan, and sticking to it, as usually you don’t know which nutrients you’re deficient in until the symptoms have become quite pronounced. It also means looking at the quality of the foods you’re eating. Begin by ditching sugary beverages and processed foods and concentrating on eating healthy, whole fats and fewer carbs.

Take note: even when you eat a balanced, whole-food diet similar to the one presented in my nutrition plan, you may still fail to get the right balance of vitamins and minerals your body needs for optimal health. Because many factors contribute to your body's ability to derive nutrients from the food you consume, you can eat a healthy diet and still lack proper nutrition.

That’s because changes in animal feed, climate, farming and food-processing methods, soil conditions, water quality and weather patterns, as well as the increased use of genetic engineering and toxic pesticides, can have a negative effect on the quality of food available to you.

To that end, try to shop local as much as possible, and to always go organic and do the best you can. As often as you can, eat fresh, organic whole foods, especially vegetables, as well as healthy fats and moderate amounts of grass fed protein.

Your style of eating and the timing of your meals also play a role. Now is a great time to learn more about the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting, two approaches to eating I believe can revolutionize your health.

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