September 19


Rhonda Patrick: Nutrigenomics, Epigenetics, and Stress Tolerance

By heheals

September 19, 2020

Our genes influence the way we absorb and metabolize micronutrients. Nutrigenomics looks at the influence genetic variation has over micronutrient absorption/metabolism and the biological consequences of this dynamic relationship. Our diet also influences which of these genes are turned on or off! Emerging evidence in the field of epigenetics has demonstrated that not only can we change the expression of our own genes within our own lifetime; sometimes these changes are heritable and affect our children and grandchildren. In this talk we’ll be exploring the intersection between genetics, nutrition, and environment: how your diet, micronutrients, exercise, heat stress, and sleep can change the expression of your genes and how this has profound effects on the way your body functions and ages.

Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, Ph.D. is an assistant scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute working with Dr. Bruce Ames. She investigates the effects of micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) deficiencies on metabolism, inflammation, DNA damage, and aging in people. She also researches the role of vitamin D in brain function and dysfunction.

In addition to Rhonda’s active role as a researcher, she also functions as a science communicator for a broad lay audience via her web and video presence found at She is passionate about disseminating health-related information in a way that the general public can easily understand. She is a frequent speaker and writer on topics ranging from general health and wellness, to diet and aging, to vitamins and their effects. It is Rhonda’s goal to challenge the status quo and encourage the wider public to think about health and longevity using a proactive, preventative approach.

Rhonda earned her Ph.D. in biomedical science from the University of Tennessee and performed her graduate research work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biochemistry/chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. She has done extensive research on aging, cancer and nutrition, and metabolism



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  1. Brilliant job rhonda are statins involved in anyway with changing the way we consume and obsorbe nutrients from what we eat or do they change our dna in anyway. and it's true what they say you are what you eat 😁 👍👏

  2. at 32.24..she says INTERMIDIATE FASTING FOR 48 hours….does this mean eating in a window of 8 hours or once a day..and after 48 hours this will be activated…?OR it means intertemidate fasting..EATING EVERY 48 taht after 48 hours of not eating at all…and you will get teh autophagy benefits….?

  3. I tend to eat during a four hour window, in the afternoon. As I was recently travelling, I did not eat for forty hours. This is, in my opinion, the normal way to eat. I am in my seventieth year. 🇷🇴 I also enjoyed several hours in the Széchenyi Spa in Budapest 🇭🇺 mainly going between the cold pool and Vulkán Szauna, set at 80 C. Both were lovely.

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