I’m not referring to your ancestry DNA test, although those are super cool. This somewhat new, diet-focused DNA test focuses on how your body metabolizes macronutrients by testing the key genes responsible for metabolic processes within your body. It is based on studies showing how diet, exercise and environmental factors are related to how your genes are expressed and what outcomes you are predisposed to. Some nutrients can turn your genes on and off! How cool is that?
This information gives you some insight into scenarios like,
- why you might not be metabolizing fats efficiently
- why you might have an increased need for vitamins D, C, A or B
- why you prefer and function well on a high protein diet
- why you cannot tolerate caffeine or alcohol like some of your friends
- why your bestie can eat anything she wants and never gains weight…but your jeans don’t fit the moment you indulge
Here is what the whole process looks like: A non-invasive saliva sample is taken and sent in to the lab. About 4 weeks later, a 70 page detailed report is emailed to you, and/or your Holistic Nutritionist to review. The results show variances in the genes responsible for over 100 markers. For example,
Your report shows that you have a 67% variance in the key genes responsible for calcium absorption. This means that you are at an increased risk for developing problems associated with Ca absorption, such as osteoporosis, or blood pressure issues. Why? Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and it is required for muscle function (including your heart. It is a big muscle!), blood pressure regulation, healthy bones and teeth, and even hormone regulation.
Your genes will not change, but you can be proactive with what and how you eat. With the results of your DNA report, dietary recommendations are made to help you optimize your calcium absorption and reduce your risk of future health problems related to the variance in your genes. Suggestions such as,
- weight-bearing exercises increase bone density
- dietary sources of calcium, such as salmon, spinach, kale, parsley, sunflower and chia seeds, cheese and organic milk
- foods to avoid that interfere with calcium absorption
Other areas tested are:
- Diet Management: How your body burns fat, your sensitivity to carbohydrates and insulin, your cholesterol regulation, and your protein requirements to help determine your optimum diet
- Weight Response: Your body’s ability to control body mass index (BMI)
- Food Tolerances: Your tolerances to alcohol, caffeine, salt, lactose, gluten and sugar cravings
- Food Taste and Preferences: Your preference for caffeine, carbohydrates, fats and protein. Your taste ability for bitter, salt, sweet tastes, as well as smoking behaviour
- Vitamins and Supplements: Your need for vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B9 (folate), vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E as well as your need for supplements such as Calcium, Iodine, Iron, Omega 3 and Omega 6 to stay healthy
This is a one-time test. Your genes won’t change, but you will have the tools to optimize your health by turning your genes on or off. Ready to get proactive? The test plus 1 hour Nutrition Consult is available via Skype or in-person (Vancouver Lower Mainland). Order yours today!