Epigenetics: All in the Family

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Nature and Nurture

Everyone has genetic predispositions, those things that “run in the family.” For many, this is a list of conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Sound familiar? Epigenetics brings a positive perspective to the fear and uncertainty that comes from checking all those boxes on a health history form. We now know that healthy lifestyle choices have the power to influence and even override our faulty genetic codes.

Families pass on both DNA and lifestyle habits that serve as epigenetic signals to that DNA. Nutritional choices, exercise, stress management and environmental exposures all influence whether genes get turned on or remain silent. While epigenetic marks are reversible (e.g. activated genes can be deactivated), healthy habits that start early in life can prevent negative genes from ever being activated in the first place.

The Earlier, the Better

Child development experts and medical professionals agree that healthy lifestyle habits are learned behaviors most strongly influenced by the family. Researchers also concur that nutritional habits established in infancy and childhood set the stage for a lifetime of dietary patterns.

A recent CDC report, for example, highlights the importance of eating practices in the first year of life. When children drink sugar-sweetened beverages during the first 12 months, this doubles the odds they will drink those beverages at age six. And limited fruit and vegetable consumption in the first year leads to limited fruits and vegetables at age six.

Nature and Nurture

Dietary preferences aren’t the only behaviors from home that carry over into adulthood with lingering epigenetic effects. Stress management, sleep patterns, and exercise are all influenced by family culture.

Work, social activities, media, and electronics compete for time that could be spent planning and preparing meals, engaging in physical activity or getting sufficient rest. Parents today work an average of three hours more per week than they did in the 1960s. That can mean the difference between home-cooked meals and visits to the drive-thru.

The American Academy of Pediatrics report, titled “Children, Adolescents, Obesity and the Media,” states: “American society couldn’t do a worse job at the moment of keeping children fit and healthy — too much TV, too many food ads, not enough exercise and not enough sleep.”

Top 10 Family Health Tips

Raising healthy kids today can feel like climbing Mt. Everest. But it can be done! It all starts when you embrace health as a family.

1) Be a good role model. You don’t have to be perfect, but if kids see you trying to eat right and exercise, they will take notice.

2) Get the family moving together. Take walks, ride bikes, go swimming, garden or just play hide-and-seek outside. Everyone will benefit from the exercise and time together.

3) Limit TV, video games and computer time. These habits encourage a sedentary lifestyle and contribute to excessive snacking.

4) Encourage physical activities that they enjoy. Let your child experience different activities. Be creative and incorporate exercise into everyday situations.

5) Pick truly rewarding rewards. Resist the urge to reward kids with TV, video games, candy or snacks.

6) Make dinnertime a family time. Get your kids involved in cooking and planning meals. No TV or portable media devices during dinner (that includes YOUR phone).

7) Make a game of reading food labels. The whole family will become more conscious of what they eat — a habit that can change behavior for a lifetime.

8) Make healthy food choices easy. Save countertops, front-of-fridge and lower shelves for fruits, vegetables, and healthy snacks. Provide a variety of choices. You might be surprised at what they like!

9) Limit sugary beverages. Beware of sugar-laden drinks marketed as juice beverages. Check the ingredient labels and serving sizes.

10) Stay involved. Be an advocate for healthier children. Insist on good food choices at school and other social settings.

Healthy families don’t happen overnight, so set realistic goals when adopting new behaviors. Pick one strategy and allow time for kids to adjust. Small steps and gradual changes can make a big difference in your health over time and in the health of your kids over their lifetime!

Give Your Kids a Healthy Head Start

Optimal nutrition promotes healthy growth, cognitive development and strong immunity during childhood — and reduces the risk of health problems later in life. Reliv Now® for Kids is specially formulated to provide the vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients growing bodies need to thrive, plus advanced ingredients for added benefits:

LunaRich®: Reliv’s exclusive epigenetic superfood proven to support innate immunity and overall cellular health.

DHA: omega-3 fatty acid critical for development and function of the brain, eyes and central nervous system.

PS and PC: (phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine) natural compounds that support healthy cellular development, mental clarity, memory, learning, and cognitive function.

Grape Seed Extract: a powerful antioxidant that protects against cell-destroying free radicals.

Reliv August 2016 Prodcast: An Interview with Lunasin Discoverer Dr. Alfredo Galvez

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In this exclusive interview from Reliv’s 2016 International Conference, Product Marketing Specialist Tina Van Horn sits down with Dr. Alfredo Galvez who is a Reliv scientist and the discoverer of the lunasin peptide. Dr. Galvez explains how the field of epigenetics is exploding and what you can do today to take charge of your health with Reliv products.

Listen to the Prodcast online.

 

Make Good Health Run in Your Family

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Join host Tina Van Horn, Director of Research and Business Development at SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv Company, to learn what you can do to promote optimal health for everyone in your home. The webinar is open to all and takes place LIVE at noon CT this Thursday, May 21. Invite friends and bring your questions for the live Q&A immediately following the 15-minute presentation. Click here a few minutes before noon CT on Thursday to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Lifetime wellness begins with healthy habits early in life. Learn how you can use the power of Reliv nutrition and epigenetics to turn on your family’s good genes!

Xplosive Growth. Xciting Possibilities.

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When you tour Reliv HQ this summer at International Conference, you’ll get to see our latest home improvement: a state-of-the-art LunaRich X encapsulation line! View the video.

LunaRich X™ debuted in January 2013. Since then, 12+ million LunaRich X capsules have shipped around the world. The new line will help meet increasing demand and further elevate Reliv’s renowned quality control.

Reliv can now manufacture 48,000+ capsules per hour to support the growing businesses of Distributors around the world. The new line will also keep costs low and pave the way for future encapsulated product offerings.

Continue reading “Xplosive Growth. Xciting Possibilities.”

Life-changing Nutrition: Weight Lost, Youth Regained

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Robin Shelby, Cedarville, Ohio

A friend introduced me to Reliv three years ago. After four months on the products, I went to a routine doctor appointment, and for the first time in 20 years he told me my cholesterol was back within the normal range. That really got me excited! He said to keep doing what I was doing because the results were proof that my health was improving.

I’ve had the same doctor since I was nine years old, and he has seen four generations of my family. My heart-related problems are genetic and I had four stress tests and a heart catheterization by age 35. But that was before Reliv and LunaRich®.

Over the next 18 months on Reliv, my health improved so much that we were both shocked. While I once had trouble walking up a flight of stairs, I’m now out walking six miles without difficulty. High blood pressure, fainting spells and breathing problems are no longer issues — nothing is holding me back! I’ve lost more than 30 pounds by using Reliv Now® and LunaRich X™ in the Super Pack. I’m healthier at 46 than I was at 26 and couldn’t have done it without my Reliv.

Epigenetics 101: Back to Basics

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The scientific buzz surrounding nutritional epigenetics is ramping up, but not everyone can be a research scientist. For people seeking simple ways to understand and explain this exciting field of study, the Reliv blog offers many articles to read and share. Use the posts below as your one-stop shop for information on epigenetics and lunasin, the epigenetic superfood.

Lunasin: Epigenetic Revolution in Health & Nurition

Q&A with Dr. Carl Hastings and Dr. Alfredo Galvez

Your Epigenetic Life

Q&A with Dr. Alfredo Galvez

Nutrition for the 21st Century

Infographic: Lunasin and Epigenetics

You Are What You Eat: Nutritional Epigenetics

Beyond the Genome: How Lunasin Works to Promote Optimal Health

Making Sense of Immunity with Tina Van Horn

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Cold & flu season is coming fast. Find out how epigenetic nutrition can boost immunity for you and your family. In this webinar, “Making Sense of Immunity” host Tina Van Horn, Research and Business Development Coordinator at SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv Company, outlines how the nutrients in Reliv products can strengthen your body’s defenses to help fight off short-term illness and provide long-term wellness. She also shares recently published research on lunasin’s ability to improve innate immunity.

LIVE Nutrition Webinar Today

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The special live webinar, “Making Sense of Immunity,” hosted by Tina Van Horn, Research and Business Development Coordinator at SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv Company, will be today, Tuesday, October 28, at noon CT. Make plans now to join us. 

Here’s what to expect:
Cold & flu season is coming fast. Find out how epigenetic nutrition can boost immunity for you and your family. Tina will outline how the nutrients in Reliv products can strengthen your body’s defenses to help fight off short-term illness and provide long-term wellness. She will also share recently published research on lunasin’s ability to improve innate immunity. You don’t want to miss it!

For a preview of what to expect, dial into a recording of this month’s Product Call on immunity featuring Tina at 866.330.4922. 

Webinar Details:
What: 15-minute live presentation + 15-minute live Q&A
When: Tuesday, October 28, 12:00 pm Central
Where: meet.fm/reliv – You will be able to log in starting at 11:45am that day. You can also dial in to an audio-only presentation at 650.281.0004, passcode 568944.
Why: To learn how an immunity-boosting lifestyle including Reliv’s LunaRich® products can help you and your family stay healthy.
Who: You and everyone you invite to join.

Optimal Health Inside & Out

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by Tina Van Horn
Research and Business Development Coordinator
SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv company

Nutritional epigenetics may offer potential for you to look as good as you feel 

Who is your Super You?

  • Does your Super You have more energy? run faster? look younger?
  • Is your Super You less stressed? more focused?
  • Is your Super You improving upon your family’s health history?

Regardless of your definition, nutritional epigenetics is providing solutions to help you achieve Super You status. Dietary compounds that work at the epigenetic level have the ability to improve the function of many types of cells in the body. Epigenetic researchers continue to identify nutritional compounds that promote wellness, optimize health and interfere with the aging process at the cellular and molecular levels. Continue reading “Optimal Health Inside & Out”