Can stress be genetically inherited?

I am amazed at the amount of consumer social media that is dedicated to just nutrition. Most of this information makes recommendations to make us healthy, stay young (anti-aging), boost energy, etc. None of this will happen with a few certain foods, like more avocados, kale, greens, and juicing, like they recommend. These are all excellent foods and whole food nutrition is important. Overall food intake is to be focused on a variety of live local foods as much as possible, not just a few live foods or dead processed or truck food. (Truck food: usually out of season and ripened in the truck miles and miles away).

Your health is much more than just eating the “right” foods. Health encompasses not just the physical (without our bodies we would not be here). Health includes the thoughts we have and the emotions we feel, both impacting how the physical body functions. We have all had some physical symptom of stressed emotion. The body always feels our emotions and sometimes reacts enough to get our attention.

DNAResearch has now proven that our emotions and stress create not only symptoms of discomfort but also change the DNA. These DNA changes are not only documented in the person having the experience but the results of pre-conception stress can be found in the DNA of their children.

One example at a high level of stress is a study led by Rachael Yehuda from Mt. Sinai Hospital, Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children’s genes.” (published in Biological Psychiatry.)

Rachel Yehuda’s team’s work is the clearest example in humans of the transmission of trauma to a child via what is called “epigenetic inheritance” – the idea that environmental influences such as smoking, diet and stress can affect the genes of your children and possibly even grandchildren.

The idea is controversial, as scientific convention states that genes contained in DNA are the only way to transmit biological information between generations. However, our genes are modified by the environment all the time, through chemical tags that attach themselves to our DNA, switching genes on and off. Recent studies suggest that some of these tags might somehow be passed through generations, meaning our environment could have and impact on our children’s health.

To our knowledge, this provides the first demonstration of transmission of pre-conception stress effects resulting in epigenetic changes in both the exposed parents and their offspring in humans,” said Yehuda.

So stress/trauma patterns can be passed through generations and contribute to the health and well-being of an individual and a family. The emotions we experience and carry are so important to maintaining our health. What emotions? Anger, resentment, guilt, shame, envy, jealousy, etc., all contribute to disease and possible changes in DNA. These emotions cause imbalances that are stored in the body. If the negative emotions are not shifted and healed, released disease can evolve.

Going forward eat well, and focus on how you are feeling, name your feeling and trace your feeling to the cause. Awareness is the first step to healing! I can help you move thru this process. Contact me!

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