About Your Genes

   So what makes you so unique? Literally everything. Your family's lineage, your environment, and your every decision you make changes your DNA. Pretty dope, right? A common misconception is that we are stuck with the genes we are born with, leading people to feeling like prisoners in their own bodies. But come on, does that really make sense? If genes are set in stone from birth then organisms would not be able to adapt or evolve, as we constantly observe they do.

   Sadly, modern society in most first world countries is DISASTROUS for our health, our genetics, our lineage, and the functionality of the human race overall. Our sedentary lifestyles are ruining our genetic health and wellness. The constant stress and artificial nature of our man made environments are ruining our gene functionality. The soft, processed, unnatural foods that are so prevalent are disfiguring our skeletal structure and ruining our DNA. Genocide, slavery, and wide spread atrocities are so traumatic and unhealthy that they are increasing affecting the descendants of the victims to this day. If you would like to know more about how our modern world is undermining our humanity and desire to start undoing this damage, feel free to explore the specific categories here on chaseyourgenes.com. I have also detailed 5 action steps you can take now to making your DNA happy, so it can build a happier, stronger, healthier you. Click that nifty button below if you're interested in that. :)

   When you do learn more, please remember that there is no point in beating yourself up over the daily harm you experience on a genetic level. Society and the lifestyle it practically forces upon us is to blame. Now it's just up to you if you desire to take control and strive for a better future. Have a dope day. 

     This is, after all, how we’re here, right? Humans are innately driven to spread their genes in the form of children, and we will only mate with partners who have genes that we see as advantageous for ours. Pretty cool stuff, considering everyone’s genes are so radically different from each others’ yet we can connect through shared experiences. Of course, this is because these experiences and similar environments literally impact the affected organisms’ genetics to be more similar to each other. There is a strong correlation where closer friends have more similar DNA than they would with a stranger. Of course environmental adaptations is the whole reason ethnicities have different characteristics from one another, although we are obviously equally homo-sapien.         

YA YA YA

 

            I’m glad you’re here. Since you’re reading this, I already know you are the type of person who wants to grow. To improve on yourself. To push towards your corners. To unlock your genetic potential. That’s dope.

 

            First question that people usually ask is: “how?”

 

“Seriously, how?

I thought our genetics and DNA are completely set from birth, and are definitely totally out of our control. God just makes how he intends us to be and we make the best of it.”

NO!

              I know that since you’re here, you must know on some level that we are in complete control of our bodies. I want you to abolish any of those completely self limiting ideas that you’re not. Abolish any ideas that trap you in a victimized, self defeatist mindset. It’s not only incredibly damaging to you, but to everyone you love as well. When you’re unhappy, you will directly or indirectly spread that unhappiness to all of your loved ones. Then that unhappiness will affect them, affect their genome negatively, and they will spread it to people in their lives. It’s a huge ripple affect that is constantly in flux between humans.     

            Everyone understands that animals adapt to their environment. The scientific proof of evolution we learned in school is based of of this ability. Survival is all about adapting to our environments. Moldability. Yet almost everyone seems to believe that our genetics are completely set in stone from birth, as if we are not changing organisms like everything else on this earth. Silly.

   There are around 25,000 genes in our DNA according to the Human Genome Project, and they are all in need of instruction from the body on what functions to fulfill. The instructions are provided by modification tags, which consist of methyl groups (They play a very interesting role in gaining muscular strength, but I’ll touch on that later.) and histones.  Where are methyl groups will switch a gene completely on or off, histones gradually regulate gene activity. Here’s the thing, essentially all of these gene switches are changed by lifestyle and environmental factors. Our DNA literally changes in response to our environment, of course. Sure, I was born with half of my mother’s chromosomes and half of my father’s, but those aren’t permanent.

   

   Clearly my parents will have different genes, and their parents will have different genes, then going back far enough you would be able so see all of the lifestyles of your ancestors have created who you are. Which means that your lifestyle not only affects you, but the rest of your lineage.

    For an example of how our environment affects our genes, we turn to white people. See, tens of thousands of years ago, everyone had brown skin. The pale white skin that we see everyday is a relatively new genetic mutation in humans. When humans began to venture out of Africa, they started to adapt to the lower levels on sunlight by abolishing their melanin. As most of us hopefully know, melanin blocks ultraviolet sun rays from penetrating our DNA and damaging/mutating it. In hotter climates, humans could still absorb the necessary amount of vitamin D while blocking out that solar radiation. In colder climates, they could not keep their melanin AND absorb the proper amount of vitamin D over centuries. This resulted in the pale skin and blue eyes that are so widespread today. Smaller lips, nose, and other appendages are also adaptations to retaining heat and minimize the extraneous blood flow to easily damaged sensitive tissue. Bigger appendages are more susceptible to damage from cold weather than smaller ones.           

   So we consciously know that our genes are changing constantly in response to our environment and lifestyle choices. Are our environments supporting us, or harming us?