As a wellness and prevention practitioner, I face the occasional challenge in regards to patient compliance to a genetically congruent lifestyle far more frequently than I face those patients who have been provided with bad information. My experiences with patients have taught me something that I’ve heard before, but which really resonated with me today.
Your DNA does not care one bit about WHO you are, how important you may be, or how much money you make. Not even a little. THAT is powerful information, and it can be an important reminder to be meticulous with how you spend your time, and what you allow to enter your body (in terms of food, thoughts and movement).
100 times out of 100 your DNA and its’ genes will respond to the stimulus they are provided. You will only express genes and their corresponding proteins in response to the environmental demand you place on them. This can mean the expression of vibrant health, or the expression of unfavourable physiological states (often referred to as pathology).
So, this is where the truth comes in, and in some cases where it can sting a little. If you’re working your butt off, putting in 80 hour weeks, forgetting meals (which doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, depending on what foods you’re eating), neglecting friends and family (your positive social relationships with actual people), and reducing the amount of time you spend sleeping (or avoid it all together) – And all this makes you a billion dollars… well, I hope you have children to pass the money on to, because you aren’t going to be around long enough to enjoy it.
If you don’t make your health a priority now – you will have to at some point (if you’re lucky enough to live). I know what this is like. I had 40+ hours a week of classes, supplemented with 40+ hours a week of studying – all leading to something that was going to be my future career, i.e. if I didn’t pass those classes, then I just invested a tonne of cash in an education I wouldn’t be able to use. That’s a fair amount of pressure and it’s a fair amount of stress – and my body responded with crappy sleep, lots of food cravings and a less than desirable body composition. When I started out in my first year I would avoid going to the gym, going out with friends and a lot of other stuff I loved doing because I felt like I needed that time to study. What I found out later on (when I knew I could get good grades without killing myself with the books for hours), was that when I spent that time in the gym or with my friends, that I was more focused when it came to study and I was far more efficient with my time. My grades improved with less studying. I retained the knowledge better. I was healthier and in better shape. And I grew my relationships with my friends.
What’s the moral of the story? Your DNA wants you to succeed. When you provide it what it needs, you will do better in every aspect of your life. How concentrated are you at work during those 80 hours if you have back pain, blood sugar swings and some mild depression? Does it make sense to you that you might feel better and concentrate more knowing you are experiencing the best health of your life?
It does to me. And I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to help it make sense to you too.
Dr. Adam Ball