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Nature versus nurture, this blog explores if we are a product of our DNA

24 September 2020

Anna Diep

Holistic Living Coach

It is common knowledge that children inherit genetic make-ups from their parents. Our genes are instructions on how our body is made, and these instructions are formed from our parents’ genes. This is why we often look like a mixture of our parents – I have my dad’s build but my mum’s eyes. And if we consider that genes are made up of DNA, then the question here is, are we the product of our DNA? Research in this field have shown that it’s the combination of our genetics and life experiences that ultimately form our identity. We inherit physical traits and behaviours from our parents, but our life experiences can impact our characteristics, and ultimately change them…

In our day to day life, we respond to our environment, and our experience is the direct result of our environment. So, if you work in a toxic environment, you will likely be under constant stress, feeling vulnerable and anxious, and your body will switch to a fight or flight response, which in the long term will have damaging effects on your mental and physical health. And because biologically we are made up of cells, the environment we live in is the same environment that our cells live in. In a toxic workplace, just like us, our cells are living in an unhealthy environment, and when cells become unhealthy, they cause chemical imbalances in our bodies and that’s when disease and illness is born…damaged cells are diseased cells.

Our body is filled with chemicals such as hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters. If we take a closer look at the chemical imbalance that happens in the fight or flight response, we’ll see that hormones like adrenaline and noradrenaline are released into the bloodstream. These stress hormones cause several changes in the body, including speeding the heart rate, slowing digestion, shunting blood flow to major muscle groups and giving the body a burst of energy and strength. Originally named for its ability to enable us to fight or run away when faced with danger, it is now activated in situations where neither response is appropriate, like during a stressful workday. When the perceived threat is gone, our systems are designed to return to their normal function via the relaxation response, but in our times of chronic stress this often doesn’t happen, causing damage to the body.

So how do we maintain healthy cells? By changing our environment…When our environment changes for the better, we will start to respond to the new situation positively, creating a balanced mood, which in return regulate the environment our cells live in and repair chemical imbalances. In a healthy environment our brain releases the perfect amount of chemicals into our bodies, keeping the body in optimum health. The environment as we call it, is in effect our day to day experience of life, also known as our perception – thoughts, emotions and belief systems – meaning that the thoughts racing through our mind from one moment to the next have the power to influence our physical and mental health. Hence, consciously choosing to work and live in healthy environments which make us feel nurtured and relaxed, means that we can regulate our cells environment.

On this fascinating topic, the ground-breaking book The Biology of Belief from medical professor and research scientist Bruce H. Lipton, investigates how our cells receive and process information from our perception, showing that genes and DNA do not control our biology. Instead, DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the messages deriving from our positive thoughts and negative thoughts. This means that, just because our parents drank to excess or developed cancer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we will too; because if we change our cells environment, we will change the cell behaviour and genetic characteristics. This is great news as it ultimately means that as human beings we hold the power to alter our lives for the better, regardless of our DNA conditioning.

Anna Diep – Holistic Living Coach


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