5 Ways to Detox When Have Dirty Genes
New revelations from the book "Dirty Genes" show us how to eat and which supplements to take based on our genes. Finally, a personalized approach to health and well-being.
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As some of you may know, I have some nasty dirty genes. These genes make it difficult for my body to detox from stress hormones, estrogen, and all toxins (like pesticides, perfumes, etc...). And after one stressful period, I got really sick and spent the next year healing myself (here's how I healed). I learned everything I could about my CYP and GST genes and COMT—all genes which can get dirty easily.
All this led me to discover Ben Lynch's book, Dirty Genes. I learned how to eat for my genes! Many of these strategies have been really helpful in overcoming my gut illness and maintaining my health long-term.
Here are 5 tips from the Dirty Genes book on how to clean your genes and boost your health.
1. Eat to help your genes work better.
By eating foods without toxins, you reduce the amount of work your genes have to do. They don't need to clean your body of all the junk so they can do the other important tasks that they were designed to do. So eat organic, cook with avocado oil, which has a higher smoke point when cooking, and be sure to listen to your body about what and when to eat by using mindful eating practices.
2. Detox your body.
When you eat foods or take supplements that help your body detox, you reduce the number of toxins your genes have to deal with, making their job easier. To detox, avoid plastic, air fresheners (or products with fragrance), and pesticides. And be sure to sweat as often as you can to remove toxins through your skin.
3. Sleep whenever you're tired
Our bodies do a lot of repair while we're sleeping. And when we're tired it's our body's way of telling us we need to rest and repair. So if you're tired, sleep!
4. Reduce your stress.
Stress generates stress hormones. If we have dirty genes, it's hard for these genes to break the hormones down and remove them from our bodies. And, if we're overstressed, they can't do their job well. So de-stress both your mind and your body.
5. Take vitamin B.
Basically, genes discussed in the Dirty Genes book need adequate B vitamins to function. So be especially sure to get enough folate and B12, and avoid folic acid, which is synthetic and can actually block B vitamin absorption.
If you're like I was and doing these things still isn't making you feel your best, the Dirty Genes book can help you figure out which genes are dirty and how to clean them more thoroughly.
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About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.