First a definition of Wellness — “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity” Larson (1999, p. 123)
What Is the Definition of DNA — deoxyribonucleic acid, a self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms as the main makeup of chromosomes. It is the carrier of genetic information.
So what does wellness have to do with DNA?
First, I believe a ‘normal’ body has all it needs to keep you in a state of wellness, assuming of course, we eat a ‘balanced diet’, get the ‘right amount of nutrients’ and minimize.
Second, I believe our body is a Biological/Chemical ‘engine’ that converts the nutrients we ingest into forms of useful and stored energy and that the mechanisms of every cell use that energy/nutrients as required to maintain a state of wellness.
Third, when we are born, the DNA in each person defines what is and will be, the outcome of our ‘health’. Although as we age, external factors such as stress, nutrition and our environment does affect the mechanisms that switch certain genes on or off, as many new studies are discovering. So it seems, it may be within our control to alter or even replace damaged genes. But if we reduce stress, work towards optimizing nutrition and exercise, rebalance hormones, do a periodic detoxification and support the body’s immune system, we can reduce the risk of damage to our genes.
We all start, if you will, as a single cell