Why Your Genes Aren’t Your Destiny

“At one time scientists believed our DNA held the key to preventing and reversing disease. But we now know that our environment — not our genes — is the primary driver of health and longevity,” writes Chris Kresser in a recent post on his blog chriskresser.com.

According to Kresser, we now know that genetics account for only about 10 percent of human disease. Scientists now realize that the primary driver of health and disease is the “exposome” — the full range of environmental exposures including diet, lifestyle choices, and social interactions.

The good news is that this new recognition carries a strong message of personal empowerment and responsibility. By focusing on diet, physical activity, sleep and stress management, individuals can literally transform their health and lives.

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac is a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine. He is the creator of ChrisKresser.com, one of the top 25 natural health sites in the world, and the author of the New York Times best seller, Your Personal Paleo Code.

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