Your Genes Are Not Your Fate

Last week, we talked about how certain cancers cannot be prevented, but it is also important to remember that there are lots of aspects of our health that we can control.

Dr. Dean Ornish, founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, recently discussed this when he gave a Ted Talk titled, “Your genes are not your fate.” Amongst other things, he discussed the fact that exercise is both healthy for our bodies and our brains, and in fact can actually help increase brain size.

What we eat can also directly affect our brains. Dr. Ornish demonstrates that our brains can actually get bigger and grow new brain cells when we consume certain things, such as blueberries, chocolate and tea. On the other hand, things such as chronic stress, excessive alcohol, sugar and saturated fat have the potential to decrease the number of brain cells.

Overall, Dr. Ornish highlights the fact that we have control over many aspects of our lifestyles, which can have a great impact on our bodies as well as our brains.

To view the complete Ted Talk “Your genes are not your fate,” please visit: http://www.ted.com/talks/dean_ornish_says_your_genes_are_not_your_fate?language=en