In the genes

HEALTH:

Ageing is a complex biological process, driven by the build up of damage in our cells, tissues and organs. This damage is accumulated by a mixture of how we live our lives and the genetic mechanisms that repair that damage, making nutrition and lifestyle an irrefutable factor in the ageing and disease process.

EXERCISE:

detoxification-camtreatments.jpgNew research has discovered that just 20 minutes of activity can alter the DNA in your muscle cells, making them work better for further exercise. It has also been found that certain genes are boosted in their ability to metabolise sugar and fat, as well as regulate glucose (blood sugar) levels. These positive DNA effects increase as the intensity of the exercise does.

NUTRITION:

You can greatly improve your health outlook by simply changing certain environmental factors to which you expose your body – specifically, by avoiding harmful compounds (such as harmful trans fats and large amounts of sugar and salt) and including more protective polyphenols (powerful antioxidants found in colourful fruits and vegetables). Every little helps!

© Sarah West Nutrition
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In the genes

HEALTH:

Blaming your weight on genetics can seem a good way to dismiss all responsibility towards it. However, while your genes can determine where and how easily fat is stored, long term weight gain is far more likely to be the result of individual lifestyle factors.

EXERCISE:

The only way you’ll lose weight successfully is to accept responsibility for yourself and acknowledge that you do have the power to get in shape, regardless what mother nature has given you
to work with.

1Regular physical activity can help you to burn calories, boost your metabolism and increase self-esteem, whatever your genetic make-up.

NUTRITION:

Believing you are destined to be overweight is a very disempowering and self-defeating attitude. Whilst we inherit certain genes from our parents, we often inherit dietary habits too – which can have just as much impact.

Try keeping a food diary to help identify any particular areas of weakness that might be preventing you from making progress.

© Sarah West Nutrition