4 Epigenetic Connections to Boosting Health
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- 4 easy health tips with supporting epigenetic studies
- What food might epigenetically curb cravings
- How certain activities may boost mood via epigenetic tags
- Epigenetic connections to reducing cancer risk
- Cites 5 cutting-edge peer-reviewed studies
Epigenetics & Your Health
Our behaviors have been linked to changes in our gene expression via epigenetic mechanisms. Riding a bike, practicing yoga, performing endurance training might all adjust chemical marks on our DNA, potentially changing our health as a result. More research is needed to pinpoint precise molecular underpinnings of how this happens, but mounting evidence suggests a strong connection between epigenetics and the choices we make as well as the environment in which we live.
For example, getting enough sleep could epigenetically benefit our immune and metabolic functioning.1 Exercising has been epigenetically linked to keeping our brain healthy.2 Even drinking too much alcohol has been shown to possibly inhibit our ability to process cholesterol via the addition of methyl tags in an epigenetic process known as DNA methylation.3
Although further research should be conducted for a better understanding of how our behaviors can influence our epigenome, the insights offered by these studies can help guide us in the right direction. As we learn more and more about the interplay between genetics, epigenetics, and our health, we may soon be able to form individualized strategies for well-being.
- Kim, J. et al. (2012). DNA Methylation in Inflammatory Genes among Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine. ↩
- Sleiman, S.F. et al. (2016). Exercise promotes the expression of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) through the action of the ketone body β-hydroxybutyrate. eLife. ↩
- Lohoff, F.W. et al. (2017). Methylomic profiling and replication implicates deregulation of PCSK9 in alcohol use disorder, Molecular Psychiatry, 00, 1-11. ↩