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Can you impact your genes? Epigenetics show it’s possible.

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(NEW4UTAH- Salt Lake City, UT) A baby is born. She has her mother’s eyes and her father’s hair color. Dr. Brett J. Earl, M.D.  of Denali Medical says; “Genetics start us out in life, would be the best way to put it, we begin with a set of instructions.”

22,333 – that’s the estimated number of genes humans are born with. (source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) The Human Genome Project unlocked the gate to biotech research that is impacting the way medical professionals like Dr. Brett Earl approach patient health.

Dr. Earl said; “If you can find components of health, that get down to the foundational level, really, deep, really impact health at such a level, that impacts every cell, effects tissues, organs, systems and the entire system. That’s powerful.”

One of the most powerful medical developments in genetic research is called Epigenetics. David Brown of Utah based Activz explains. “Fully 70 to 80 percent of all diseases are what is referred to as epigenetic. Meaning, you might have a genetic potential, but you can actually influence those genes to turn on our turn off what is called gene expression. So, by virtue of your diet, your lifestyle and other things you might incorporate you can cause those genes to act in such a way that you don’t have to get certain diseases.”

The issue is getting that research made into a product and to consumers. Brown continued; “Activz is a consumer product company, but with a twist. We develop, license and sell cutting edge epigenetic products that have a profound impact on human health.”

Research question of the day – what is butyric acid and why should we care?

According to Dr. Brett Earl: “We aren’t just looking at surviving. We are looking at thriving. Butyric acid forms this connection. Not only between the bacteria that lives in our digestive system and our guts. But also, the immune system and our brains. They need to be able to function at a high level for us to thrive and really feel well. That’s what butyric acid, and LINQ if you will, does.”

Did you know that our intestinal surface area is about 100 times larger than the surface area of our skin. (Source: National Center for Biotechnology Center) That’s big, and so is Activz reach. 

Ryan Thompson, President/Co-Founder, Activz is excited about bringing technology worldwide. “We are able to take this great science, these great technologies and take them internationally. Take them all over the world. Package them and tell the story about these technologies that makes sense for people. That’s something that really drives and motivates us.”

By the way…you next time you get a “gut instinct” remember research has shown gut bacteria manufacture about 95 percent of the body’s supply of serotonin, which influences your mood. (source: APA.ORG)

Activz’s David Brown summed it up;  “We have as many neurons or brain cells in our gut as in our brain. The whole idea of a gut instinct is if it is telling you to do something, you ought to do it because it’s there for a reason.”

With another Utah Success Story, I’m Doug Jessop.

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