Do you or someone you love suffer from constant worry, anxiety, and stress? The root cause— and its treatment -- may lie with your genes. We now know we have some control over our genetic expression and this is called epigenetics.
Your genes are the recipe and what you do, your lifestyle is the way you put the recipe together for the results.
Genetic variants in your genes can lead to excess levels of stress-inducing hormones in your body. And those hormones can be difficult for your body to process, leaving your body in a constant state of stress and anxiety. Stress can interfere with your sleep and relaxation patterns, which leads to less enjoyment of your life.
During times of stress, the adrenal glands produce hormones including dopamine, noradrenaline, adrenaline and cortisol. While these hormones are important when needed during “fight or flight” situations, an excess in the body causes problems. The ability to remove these hormones from the body, however, is critical during normal life.
This is where the genes come in. For example, people born with a genetic COMT variant may have trouble eliminating these excess hormones. The COMT gene tells your body to create the enzyme that breaks those hormones down efficiently. Without the right genetic code, the body cannot make that enzyme correctly.
These genetic variants are not mutations or mistakes; they are natural variants in our genetic code. In the past, these genes may have been advantageous to survival, in that they keep you in a constant state of hyper-awareness of all that is going on around you. This may make you be able to spot danger before others do and avoid it; however, it can wreak havoc on your physiology over time. When a gene variant is inherited from one parent, that gene may be 30% less effective. A genetic variant inherited from both parents, a homozygous variant, is about 70% less effective and these are the ones we want to address.
Excess stress hormones make it difficult to focus. Living with these genetic variations can be frustrating and interfere with your mood and health.
People with the COMT genetic variant may experience some of these symptoms:
· Attention issues (ADD/ADHD)
· Adrenal exhaustion over time
· Increased intelligence
· Short-term memory issues
· Estrogen dominance symptoms (Fibroids, heavy periods, etc.)
The good news is that with specific nutritional supplementation, we can help the body work a little better at breaking down those stress hormones. When we get it working better, the enzymes work better and you can break down these stress hormones. The result is a profound change in your physiology. Your body can finally relax! We can analyze your genes and recommend a specific and comprehensive nutritional program to help balance the genetic variants that predispose you to anxiety and other mood disorders that is specifically for you.
How To Alter Your Gene Expression Naturally
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