Maintaining the health of your DNA is important because it contains the genetic information that make up who you are. You might be surprised to learn that your DNA is constantly being damaged and broken. DNA damage can come from exposure to UV rays, medical x-rays, and chemical toxins from your environment. DNA damage can also be affected by your genetics and by lifestyle choices like diet and physical exercise. It is important to minimize damage to your DNA because scientists have linked DNA damage and poor repair to cancer, neurological diseases, accelerated aging, and many other serious medical conditions.

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