Nutrigenomics is the study of the relationship between nutrition, genetics and health.
Scientists want to have a better understanding of how nutrition impacts how our body works to help prevent the development of chronic diet related diseases such as obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. The idea is to improve your health by making good choices with the foods that you eat!
One area to take note of is inflammation in our body. Inflammation is associated with many chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma & arthritis, as well as autoimmune disorders such as Type 1 diabetes, allergies and celiac disease.
The good news is you can improve your food choices and activity levels to reduce inflammation in your body, leading to optimal health and energy with a decreased risk for chronic disease.
Polyphenols are plant-based substances that can boost your health and decrease inflammation in your body. You can increase Polyphenols by eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and fish. Other sources include green tea, legumes; fruits such as apples, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, grapes, pears, plums, raspberries, and strawberries; and vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, celery, onions, and parsley.
It is also important to maintain a healthy weight. The more body fat you have, the more inflammation you have. Make sure that you eat regular, healthy meals and snacks. Also, cut way back on added sugars, sweets and sweetened beverages. And don’t forget to get regular exercise!
Your genes aren’t a life sentence. Nutrition and exercise plays a big role in your body’s health.
By making smarter choices starting now, you can improve or keep your health and weight on track!