Brilliant post from @staraniseorganic - I've found myself explaining this concept a few times lately.
The simplest analogy I have heard for this is - 'Genetics loads the gun and environmental factors pull the trigger' - meaning that trigger need never be pulled on certain conditions deemed 'genetic' if those environmental factors are controlled. She is 100% correct, it is so empowering once you fully realise it.
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Modern science tells us that the genes we inherent from our parents only account for a very small fraction of our health, and our health is largely influenced by a number of different lifestyle or environmental factors. Certainly we are all born with a health "bank account" of varying degrees (some of us more ahead of the 8 ball than others) but whether that health bank account increases or decreases over our lifetime is directly proportional to our investment or expenditure of it via lifestyle factors like nutrition, hydration, sleep, movement, breath, stress management, time spent in nature and connecting with others. These factors switch our genes on or off for better or for worse. They determine how tall, robust from illness, intelligent, and beautiful we become. When we consistently invest in these foundations of health, our health bank account soars like a profitable investment. When we make bad investment decisions on a daily basis, the bank account dwindles. And I went into the red in my 20s hitting rock bottom with a spectacular crash. The point is, we are in the drivers seat. We have, to a large degree, control over these environmental factors and hence control over our overall health (which we then pass onto our offspring). It's always a choice we make. We can maximise nutrient-density, we can minimise dietary and environmental toxins, we can decide to a large degree how much sleep, movement and exposure to sunshine we get, and we can learn techniques to manage our stress. That, to me, is a truly empowering notion.