Cutting Edge Gene-Based Testing for developing Personalized Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations to Optimize Your Health and Wellness

Have you heard about the emerging field of gene-based personalized nutrition? Humans are 99% identical but it’s that other 1% that is most interesting and quite powerful not only in the variations in how we look but also in impacting health and wellness. These variants can impact our ability to absorb, convert and utilize specific nutrients and this ability may impact many things from metabolic rate to levels of oxidative stress, to ability to detoxify endogenous and environmental toxins, to risk for heart disease and depression, certain cancers and so much more.

By looking at your unique DNA with nutrigenetic/nutrigenomic testing we can glean information about which of  these small but metabolically and biochemically significant changes in DNA sequence (called single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNP’s) may be influencing your personal metabolic processes, gene expression and nutritional requirements.

Nutrigenomics research has shown that individualized diet and lifestyle choices can indeed have a significant effect on the expression of our genes and thus our susceptibility to chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Diabetes, among others. Early identification of your unique profile allows you to create a plan on how to intervene effectively with specific dietary changes that can have a powerful personalized impact.

The three nutrigenetic/nutrigenomic  panels I currently offer are DNA Health, DNA Diet, DNA Oestrogen

DNA Health Panel

What kinds of information does the DNA Health panel provide?

*Your body’s unique predisposition towards inflammation and oxidative stress with specific targeted ideas on how to detect and use diet, lifestyle and in some cases supplementation to improve your body’s ability to deal with these significant stressors.

*Potential detoxification weaknesses: It is the job of the liver to metabolize environmental, endogenous and dietary toxins. Some of us have a genetic weak link in phase 1 or phase 2 liver detoxification (or both). Testing your detoxification gene variations that impact your body’s unique ability to rid itself of toxins can help provide you with the knowledge about what personalized dietary components could support these processes most powerfully.

*Methylation which has the potential to impact a great deal from heart disease to mental health to cancer prevention: This panel looks not only at MTHFR gene that is so widely talked about these days but several genes that together impact your risk potential for methylation deficiencies.  This information can help you determine specific diet, lifestyle, and in some cases supplementation protocol that would be uniquely suited for you.

*Genes that impact bone health, cholesterol metabolism, insulin resistance, sensitivity to salt, caffeine and lactose:  Are you confused about conflicting information on these topics? This panel gives us a great deal of information on what dietary interventions in these areas could be specifically useful for your unique genetic make up.

DNA Diet Panel

Feeling frustrated and confused by conflicting information about which diet is best for weight management? Practitioners and patients share this frustration that comes from conflicting information about what type of diet works best for achieving healthy weight. Much of the difference in findings is thought to exist because genetically we really are unique and one size truly does not fit all.

DNA Diet takes a look at your personal nutrigenetic profile and tells you what many of your genes are saying about what type of diet would be metabolically optimal for you.

DNA Oestrogen Panel

Did you know that the way you metabolize estrogen can impact your risk for breast cancer, endometriosis, PMS and uterine fibroid tumors?

Did you know that 80% of breast cancer occurs in women with no family history? Research has shown that an elevated lifelong exposure to estrogen is a strong factor in the development of breast cancer.

DNA Oestrogen tests for gene variants that have been shown to have an impact on how estrogen is metabolized. This information may help individuals decrease their risk for developing breast cancer using specific nutrients known to upregulate the excretion of  circulating estrogens.  DNA Oestrogen would be a useful tool for women who are considering the use of HRT, bio-identicles, or oral contraceptives and are concerned about potential of these compounds to increase personal risk for developing breast cancer. I would also recommend this panel for women who have a family member or a past history of breast cancer or for women who want to use this tool to assess whether simple changes in diet and lifestyle could positively impact breast health.  Intervention strategies are clear and easy to implement.