One more reason to choose good, natural, wholesome foods. The controversy of genetic versus environmental influences on health status has been raging for some time, but now science is pointing to a new concept – environment, including nutrition, can actually affect how your genes are expressed! You didn’t have much say in what genes you received, but it’s worthwhile to tweak your environment to protect the ones you have. What we know: eat fruits, vegetables, minimally processed grains, and healthy fats such as olive oil (read above article), nuts, seeds, and omega 3s (pink or red fish are a great source.) Minimize your exposure to chemical additives in food, cosmetics, and cleaning products. And while you are at it, smile! Happy people appear to live longer…and enjoy living more too.