Last time, we talked about how accurate Hippocrates was when he said, “Let food be thy medicine.” Today we want to talk about how your genetics and diet work together.


The Ostrich Syndrome


It would be easy to bury our heads in the sand and just eat what we want. However, we cannot afford to ignore the impact of our diet on our overall health. The common justifications for poor food choices, such as “I’m going to die anyway, so I might as well enjoy my food” or “It’s in my genetics, so I can eat whatever I want,” are nothing but excuses. The truth is, we cannot hide from the consequences of our dietary habits.


Go Beyond Genetics to Diet


While genetics may play a role in some cases, studies have long indicated that most disease-causing genes remain dormant until we trigger them through a poor diet, exposure to toxic chemicals, or unmanaged stress. The conditions we create within our bodies provide the perfect environment for these genes to become active and lead to illness. However, it is essential to note that the vast majority of diseases are influenced by diet and behavior rather than purely genetic factors.


Americans are getting sicker, and our crap foods and stressed lifestyles have a lot to do with it.


To illustrate this point, let’s consider the rising prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in America. It is alarming that the United States is in the top ten for death rates due to Alzheimer’s, while Finland tops the list. Furthermore, America also has high rates of heart disease and diabetes. On the other hand, countries with lower rates of Westernization, such as those in Asia, Eurasia, the Middle East, and Africa, also have lower rates of these diseases. Interestingly, 30% of people with Alzheimer’s also have heart disease, and 29% have diabetes. These statistics call for a closer examination of our diets rather than relying solely on drugs to find a cure.


When you’re incorporating healthy foods into your diet, consider adding Vive Shake to your wellness routine. For more information on how Vive Shake can help improve your health, contact us today at or 877-878-3009. Next week, we’ll talk about the Western diet and its impacts on our health.


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