Disclaimer: This is an educational and informative post, nothing in it is meant to take the place of medical treatment, neither does it claim to treat, cure or diagnose any condition.
We are all born with 99.9% the same genes, but 0.1% of that genetic code is unique to each one of us. In that code, there can be alterations, insertions or deletions. Carrying certain genetic variants puts you at risk for developing autoimmune Disease. Having the genetics is not the only necessary element involved.
Epigenetics refers to everything that effects the function of our genes. Such as lifestyle, environment, our diet, exercise, experiences, and much more. Genes are influenced by all kinds of things either positively or negatively.Knowing your genetics can help you to make the right choices so that you can help your genes express in a way that will prevent disease.
3. Gut Health
Our gut is a diverse ecosystem that in itself houses over 3.3 million genes, over 100 trillion microbial cells, and 1000 different bacterial species. Our gut microbiota changes all the time and is also influenced by many different factors. When we don’t protect our gut, this can lead to what is known as intestinal permeability. Which in turn leads to autoimmune disease.
The good news is that you can learn to protect yourself from autoimmune diseases. Even if you already have one, you can learn how to protect yourself from developing others. How? First of all you need knowledge. So getting a genetic test can give you the risk factors and predispositions. Then you need to use that knowledge in a way that benefits your genes to express positively.
The second thing is educating yourself through learning about gut health and all the different facets that influence the state of your gut, including various genetics.
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