Veganism Changes Us…Literally. It alters out genes.
What happens when we adopt a plant based lifestyle?
Veganism is not just a diet or about the food we eat. Nor is it a lifestyle and about how we incorporate food into our everyday life.
Veganism is about a change at our most fundamentally level.
What happens when we go plant based on a physical level?
The core of ourselves changes quite literally because what we eat changes our DNA.
DNA contains the instructions for our bodies functioning and survival.
How a poor diet affects us?
Dr. Mills, a respected physician on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states that the consequences of our diet is far reaching.
He explains that a poor diet can become a part of our genetic make up. In addition to being a part of our own genes, it becomes transferred to our children, becoming part of their genetic make up too.
He explains one way this can happen: when you eat animal products a protein called histone is stimulated. This protein surrounds our DNA. In this way, it changes the structure of it. The consequence of this change can possibly lead to cancer.
How a vegan diet affects us?
When it comes to veganism, more and more research that is coming out to show that veganism changes cells for the better and this leads to a healthy life.
Dr Mills says that a healthy, plant based diet can positively shift genes towards a state of health. This can prevent a staggering 80% of deaths in the west.
Another well-known doctor, Dr. Ornish, conducted studies on cancer to see if he could prove this theory. He took men with prostrate cancer. He put them on a plant based diet as well as suggested a holistic lifestyle including meditation. It only took three months to see miraculous results. It did indeed work. 48 genes were still active. But 453 genes were less active. The physical results were that the tumors became smaller in size.
Veganism and Aging
Dr Michael Greger has consolidated a few scientific studies on an enzyme called telomerase. This enzyme affects aging. The key to longevity is to increase the length of the teleomeres.
Increase the length can happen by reducing saturated fats ( which is found in animal products) and increasing fruit and vegetables.
This can be seen in people who follow a plant based diet, where you can see these changes which slowed down the aging process.
It has also been noted that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, primarily, as well as other wholesome plant based foods can turn off off cancer-promoting genes.
What is more, they can even help damaged DNA repair itself. Dr Gregar explains that phytonutrients, found abundantly in fruit and vegetables, increases the defenses around a cell, therefore allowing the cell to recover from DNA damage.
With this deep healing, of wholesome and good plant based food, prevention as well as cure can be obtained. We can start shifting our genes into health as well as passing the gift of health to our children.