How Your Genetics Affect Sleep – Genetics of Sleep Problems and Diseases Associated with Sleep

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Your sleep problems may be caused both by lifestyle (e.g. eating habits, light exposure, and weight gain) and genetics. If you struggle with significant sleep issues, it is important to understand how your genetics may play a role so that you can use this information to your advantage.

Sometimes what appear like insomnia, low quality sleep, or other forms of sleep problems might just be because you live in a way that is incompatible to your genetic makeup. As a result, you might never wake up feeling rested, your stress response maybe over activated, or you might really struggle to lose weight for no reasons. Your genetic makeup might play a large role in determining the best chronotype and lifestyle for you. Read this post to learn more about this.

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19 Reasons Why High Homocysteine is Bad, and Natural Ways to Decrease It

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High homocysteine is linked to many health problems including heart disease, stroke, autoimmune disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disease.

This post describes:

  • How homocysteine levels can affect your health
  • How homocysteine can be toxic and inflammatory
  • Lab tests for homocysteine levels, with optimal ranges
  • Factors that influence homocysteine levels, including diet, lifestyle, and ways to support the methylation pathways given the relevant genetic information (i.e. MTHFR mutation)
  • How you can optimize your homocysteine levels to improve your performance and wellbeing.

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Negative Health Effects of Artificial Blue Light at Night And What You Can Do About It

Source: https://academic.oup.com/edrv/article-lookup/doi/10.1210/er.2013-1051

Nighttime blue light exposure can derange the circadian rhythm. It is a culprit behind many modern chronic health issues, including obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cancer. On the other hand, blue light exposure during the day is very beneficial. Read this post to learn how to hack your blue light exposure for your benefit.

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25 Proven Facts about the Ketogenic Diet and Ketosis (Part 1)

Health Benefits of Ketogenic Diets, source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3826507/

The ketogenic diet has been touted for its many health benefits such as weight loss, cognitive function, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. In this post, we cover:

  • Different ways to get into ketosis
  • Physiology and pathways that are changed when you are in ketosis, which explains how the ketogenic diet derives its benefits
  • Genetic factors that may affect the safety and effectiveness of ketosis
  • 17 Health conditions that may be helped by the ketogenic diet
  • Negative effects of ketosis and how to mitigate them

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All About Testosterone

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Testosterone is the male sex hormone; it is found in both genders and throughout many different species. Testosterone serves a variety of functions in the body such as sexual and bodily development, metabolic and behavioral influence, and much more.  It is important to know what increases and decreases this hormone, as well as when levels are too high or low in your body.

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The Hidden Benefits of DHT and How to Increase & Reduce It

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DHT is commonly associated with pubertal changes and baldness in men. However, DHT has various health benefits and is possibly effective in treating various diseases. Read more about the unknown effects of DHT here.

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Blood, Urine and Genetic Tests to Do If You Are Having Weight Problems

This post lists biological factors that can be tested in some form or another.

Testing accuracy will vary based on the type of test being done.

In general, direct blood results are the most accurate, then metabolites (in urine) and then genes.

If you’re struggling with weight issues, you want to check out which factors might be your weak links.  With enough information, you can start putting some pieces of the puzzles together and Self Hack to a better life.

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