Speak to almost any anthropologist and he/she will tell you that 99.9% of our genetic structure (or the human puzzle) developed in the wild, thousands of years ago. As some Paleolithic experts have said in the past, “We are in a sense living with Fred Flintstone bodies, but we’re in a George Jetson world.” During those thousands of years, the human body developed countless adaptations to mold human physiology to the environment around them.
Epigenetics refers to the long-term alterations in the potential expression or outcome of a cell that are not necessarily heritable. Epigenetics affects every single one of our trillions of cells on a moment to moment basis. A large factor in deciding how our genes behave lies within what we chose to put in our mouths.
Unfortunately, the great majority of people these days live on dirty and destructive diets as opposed to clean and healthy ones. No wonder so many of us are primed for an early grave that is paved with sluggishness, inflammation, and obesity.
There is a major genetic component to how we are looking, feeling and performing these days and that component is influenced by the environment in which we live in and create for ourselves. The reality is we are largely in control of whatever environment we live in—at least in this day and age. In other words, perception equals reality. The 1902 literary classic by James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, sums it up best. The book begins with the following statement:
Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills: —
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.
The science of epigenetics has shown us that we are a byproduct of our environment, which is not always a good thing, as a poor self-image along with the wrong diet often breeds a less than optimal mind and body. The good news is, we all have within us the power to turn that body and mind around and have it work for us as opposed to against us. The difference can often be found in the nutrients that are hidden within real organic fruits and vegetables.
Believe it or not, sugar cravings have been compared to drug addiction, in that giving up sugar can initially result in physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, and its hold on you is far more reaching than you may have ever realized.