Podcast Episode 159: How Your Genes Impact Your Mental Health, Anxiety, Hormones, and Gut

How does genetics play a role in your mental health and anxiety? How does it influence your hormones and your gut? Shae Leonard shares lots of juicy info, along with some tips and strategies to heal the gut and to become mood resilient.


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Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • How genetics plays a role in mental health and anxiety
  • The role of genetics in our hormones
  • Gut health and its impact on mental health
  • The connection between food and mood
  • What it means to have mood resilience
  • Living a low tox lifestyle


Key Takeaways:

  • Pharmacogenomics or how the body processes medication genetically is very helpful.
  • What impacts us the most is epigenetics — how we express our genes through our lifestyle.
  • It is rare to see someone with abnormal thyroid lab results that don’t have some sort of genetic variant for either iodine or selenium.
  • If you’re a bit sluggish in autophagy, you can tend to have increased inflammation and insulin resistance.
  • 90% of how our genes are going to be expressed is through our environment — what we do or don’t do every day and what we prioritize every day. 
  • Epigenetics is the ability to alter the expression of our DNA through our lifestyle choices.
  • The gut is connected to the brain by the vagus nerve through our enteric nervous system. And the microbes in our gut have a huge impact on how we feel and perceive life.


Action Steps:

  • Get genetic testing.
  • Tips and simple strategies for healing the gut:
  • Avoid gluten and processed foods.
  • Take mucilaginous herbs.
  • Get rid of birth control pills.
  • How to be mood resilient: 
  • Eat whole foods.
  • Use tools to learn to navigate the natural ebbs and flows of life (meditation, grounding, earthing, affirmations, movement, etc.)
  • Make sure you are adequately hydrated and excreting properly.
  • Get adequate sleep and rejuvenation.
  • Make sure you have a healthy, diverse microbiome.
  • Make sure your blood sugar is balanced.
  • Balance that fight-or-flight and rest-and-digest state.
  • Maximize good stuff in your life. Minimize stuff that’s bad and stressful to you and your body. And prioritize healing, laughter, fun, and sleep.


Shae said:

“Our choices impact our environment; our environment impacts our genes; our genes impact our biochemistry; our biochemistry impacts our wellness or illness.”


“In order to have a resilient mood, you have to eat whole foods.”


Thanks for listening!


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