Diet, Lifestyle, Genetics and Health

A simple overview of how diet and lifestyle changes can positively influence gene expression which in turn can have important effects on health and disease risks. Ever heard of the term EPIGENETICS? Epigenetics refers to changes in gene expression that occur without changes to the underlying DNA sequence. These changes can be hereditary and can be influenced by environmental factors, such as diet, lifestyle and environment.

Good Health and Happiness

How can good lifestyle and plant-based dietary choices help combat depression? A mind-blowing statistic (published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience) grabbed my attention: Higher consumption of vegetables may cut the odds of developing depression by as much as 62 percent! This review article concluded that, in general, eating LOTS of fruits and vegetables may present “a non-invasive, natural, and inexpensive therapeutic means to support a healthy brain.”

The Humble Soybean

The soybean is a humble, yet powerful legume that has been cultivated for centuries. With over 200 soy-related peer-reviewed articles published annually and research spanning 25 years, the soybean is a nutritional powerhouse that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Let’s take a closer look and discover all the incredible things it can do.

Hypertension

High blood pressure is one of the risk factors for Coronary Heart Disease (CHD);  a chronic lifestyle disease.  CHD is a slow process and starts with fatty deposit build up on the inner walls of the arteries of the heart and the brain.  This may lead to narrowing of the arteries that supply the heart and the brain with oxygen, and this may lead to a heart attack or stroke.

A Menu for Hypertension

This is an example of a lifestyle approach to manage high blood pressure, including lifestyle changes, dietary factors and a menu example. (more…)

Hypertension: Soya Plays a Role

The International Journal of Epidemiology published a shocking finding that:

“South Africa has the highest rate of high blood pressure reported among people aged 50 and over for any country in the world, at any time in history. (more…)