With all of the different fad diets, weight loss programs and alternative medicine solutions, it can be difficult to decide which solution is right for you. You may have tried a variety of elimination diets or supplements and still aren’t feeling as healthy as you would like.
The underlying cause is that every person is different. You have a unique set of genes that determines what “health” specifically means for your particular body. Genetic testing aims to understand your unique genetic makeup and create a health plan tailored to your DNA.
What is Nutrigenetics?
Nutrigenetics is a branch of genetic research that explores how genes affect the way the body reacts to food.
Nutrigenetics approaches nutrition at the molecular level. Our DNA defines unique traits such as eye and hair color, height and facial features. Genes also define how we relate to food including lactose sensitivity, muscle mass, allergies and caffeine tolerance.
Through studying the human genome, researchers and scientists have discovered that different people respond differently to lifestyles. Because of DNA variations, each individual will have different relationships with metabolic efficiency, weight management and nutrient absorption. Nutrigenetics maintains that there is no “one size fits all” approach to nutrition.
How Genetic Testing Can Reveal Your Unique Health Plan
Food Metabolism and Weight Loss
Genetic testing can reveal how and when your body metabolizes certain foods.
- Energy: If your body converts caffeine into energy slowly, then drinking coffee or energy drinks may not be as effective for you to boost energy. Caffeine metabolism can also affect sleep quality.
- Food Allergies: Even if you don’t show signs of inflammation or reaction, your genes may reveal an intolerance toward lactose, gluten, alcohol or certain proteins.
- Athletic Activity: Genetic testing can reveal the type and duration of exercise that will most efficiently burn calories for you. For instance weight lifting may be more effective than running for certain body types and vice versa.
Family History and Disease Prevention
Genetic testing can reveal which genes may increase your risk for certain diseases such as:
- Heart disease such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke
- Fibromyalgia and chronic pain
- Cancer, Diabetes
- ADHD, ADD, Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia
- Depression, Anxiety, PMS, Bipolar Disorders
Nutrients and Supplements
Genetic testing can reveal how your body metabolizes different macronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. By understanding the combination of metabolism genes and risk factors, test results can provide insights on which supplements support your unique biochemistry most.
For instance, if genetic testing reveals low absorption for Vitamin D, with a high risk of heart disease and auto-immune disorder, taking a CoQ10 supplement may help reduce blood pressure.
How Does Genetic Testing Work?
Genetic testing uses a DNA sample to compile a personalized genetic report.
1. Obtain DNA Sample
At Natural Bio Health, our Pro7 genetic test can be taken in office in 5-10 minutes. You also have the option to take the test at home. Simply swab the inside of your cheek with a soft bristled swab. Unlike other DNA tests, no blood or excessive saliva is necessary.
2. Run Test
Our Pro7 genetic health profile software identifies up to 55+ scientifically validated genetic SNPs (single-nucleotide polymorphism) that could be affecting your health. The major panels review gene expressions for
- Neurotransmitter Processing
- Mitochondrial Function
- Inflammatory Potential
- Health Precautions
3. Review Results and Create Plan
Our providers will review your profile, interpret your results and provide insights on how to choose the best nutrition and lifestyle plan for you. During an in-depth consultation, we explain genetic mutation treatments including all-natural pharmaceutical grade supplements and custom diet recommendations.
Contact Natural Bio Health Today
Our team is dedicated to helping you understand the numerous factors that may be preventing optimal health. Learn more about taking control of your health. Join the wellness journey to achieve optimal health, fight disease and boost immune health to combat viruses. Visit naturalbiohealth.com.
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