Key to nutrition

Nutrigenomics

The impact of nutrition on epigenetic expression is being studied extensively. The integration of Epigenetics and Nutrition has resulted in a new field called Nutrigenomics.

Nutrigenomics is the study of how food, along with its constituents, effects our genetic expression. Below is a neat lecture from Hawthorn University by Andrea Pryce, ND called Nutrigenomics: How Food Affects Our Genes. 

Nutrients are dietary signals that are detected by cellular sensor systems that influence gene and protein expression, and subsequently metabolite production
— Andrea Pryce, ND
How do health-gene relationships work? Your unique genetic variations effect how your body responds to nutrients in the diet, and nutrition can affect how your genes are expressed. Nutrigenomics, or how does food affect our genes? Over the course of human evolution, diet has profoundly molded human metabolic capacities and thus paved the way for the emergence of modern diseases.

Triage Theory

There are a spectrum of functions for vitamins and mineral in the human body.

These essential nutrients are organized and utilized by the organism in such a way that when these micro-nutrients are limited; the functions required for short-term survival are of a higher priority than functions of less importance and are tolerated by the organism for short-term survival. 

According to Dr. Bruce Ames the consequence of this adaptation is an increase in the risk of chronic disease of aging.

This is a wonderful interview of Dr. Bruce Ames on Triage Theory, Longevity, and Micro-nutrients by Dr. Rhonda Patrick 

In this video Dr. Rhonda Patrick interviews Dr. Bruce Ames about his triage theory, which he proposes that the body has developed a rationing response to shortages of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) throughout evolution. When cells run out of a vitamin or mineral, that scarce micronutrient is allotted to proteins (in the body) essential for short-term survival.

Nutrition, What is it really?

A sound body cannot be made with unsound materials and poor nourishment will inevitably affect the tone of the whole individual's constitution.

The human body is a living organism. Composed of living cells, both the growth and the function of the whole living organism is dependent upon the nourishment of these cells.

If the Cells are not adequately nourished, they cannot perform their duties and thus our physical and psychological capacities diminish. Nutrition, is the cells first priority, without nutrition and adequate nourishment cells cannot adequately perform its service to the whole. 

The purpose of nutrition is to ensure the body is properly constructed in all of its parts and functions efficiently and effectively. Thus, nutrition is the sum of the processes by which the cells that constitute our bodies are nourished. Minimizing exposure to toxic elements which hinder natural biological life processes and block the nourishment of our cells is of great importance and a pillar of Nutrition. 

Nutrition, should not be limited to just dietary intake of nutrients from our diet, or even only the chemical composition of food, well defined Nutrition should also include the subtle vibration of nature which supports the energetic nature of our bodies such as the mind, the environment; air, home, work, movement, social, economic, and even cultural implications such as a restrictive diet or a malnourished microbiota.

In other words, the human body is a living organism, composed of living cells. Nutrition supports both the growth and the function of these cells, and is cells first priority, considering we a conglomeration of cells, in our everyday life, nutrition should also be our number one priority.