Repair Your DNA & Eat for Your Genes

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Your genetics help determine what you should eat for optimal health.
Air Date: 3/10/17
Duration: 25:31
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD
Dr. Sharon MoalemSharon Moalem MD, PhD, is an award winning scientist, physician, inventor and New York Times bestselling author. His work brings together evolution, genetics, biology, and medicine to revolutionize how we understand and treat disease.

His book Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our Genes was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Science Books of the year. His books have been translated into more than 35 languages.

Dr. Moalem has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, and cofounded three biotechnology companies. His clinical genetics research led to the discovery of two new rare genetic conditions. He has also been awarded more than 25 patents worldwide for his inventions in human health and biotechnology. His scientific work led to his discovery of a first-in-class member of a novel class of antibiotic compounds which combat superbug infections caused by organisms such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
  • Book Title: Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives, and Our Lives Change Our Genes & The DNA Restart: Unlock Your Personal Genetic Code to Eat for Your Genes, Lose Weight, and Reverse Aging
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Repair Your DNA & Eat for Your Genes
Your DNA handles your day-to-day functions, as well as the rebuilding of your cells. It’s important that you care for your DNA, since it cares for you.

Your genetic behavior is more important than the genes themselves. How does your body deal with the carbohydrates you eat? Your ancestors may have developed the ability to thrive on a high-carb diet, while others may suffer with the same pattern of eating.

Try the cracker test. Chew on a saltine. How long does it take for the taste to change? If it tastes sweet quickly, you can have a diet of 50 percent carbs. If it takes a long time to taste sweet, your diet should be 25 percent carbs or less. The sweetness tells you if your body has the enzymes to break down the carbohydrates quickly.

Essential Pillars

  1. Eat for your genes. Base your diet on what your ancestors successfully ate.
  2. Reverse aging. Your DNA can be damaged over time. Exercise helps reverse the aging clock. It increases collagen and improves the health of your DNA.
  3. Eat umami: a deep, savory taste. Consuming foods rich in umami leads to satiety faster. You’ll eat less but feel full.
  4. Drink oolong tea. It’s easy on digestion.
  5. No mono-eating. Don’t eat the same kind of berries every day. You can have too much of a good thing. You don’t want to stress your body by accumulating certain nutrients.
  6. Live slow. We lead rushed lives. We don’t take the time to eat without distractions and away from a screen. Try eating at least one meal a day in peace.
Listen as Dr. Sharon Moalem joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to share how you can improve the health of your DNA and eat a diet in line with your genetic make-up.