The more you are aware about how “you are what you eat”, the easier it can be to prevent disease. Nutrigenomics is the study of how we respond to food, based on our genetic make-up. Everyone has their own individual reaction to food sources and how these energy sources are metabolized in the body.
Think of Nutrigenomic Testing as a personalized nutrition program designed to create a diet that suits you uniquely. It can not only optimize your health, but it can also help prevent your propensity for diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
What you eat can alter gene activity. This is how some people can be lactose intolerant when others aren’t and certain people are gluten sensitive while others have no problem at all with a slice of bread. The food triggers are set off by our genetic design.
This is also a reason why fad diets don’t work. What foods help some people lose weight can actually make others gain weight. Nutrigenomic Testing analyzes information in your genes and other variants like lifestyle and environment. As a specific nutritional approach, your food consumption is integrated into an overall health plan that can help optimize your well-being.
This test has nothing to do with those commercial entities that tell you where your great, great grandfather was born, although the tactics may seem similar. A simple test that takes a swab to the inside of your cheek and is analyzed at a lab and patients then receive a personalized genetic report. This way you can learn what nutrients your genes require and need (and what to avoid) for optimal health.
Why you should consider Nutrigenomic Testing:
- A personalized dietary regimen can encourage you to become more health conscious
- Discovering individual genetic factors is a strong motivator for making dietary improvements
- Diseases can be avoided by making changes
- Unnecessary pharmaceuticals can be avoided
- You might enjoy your food more and live longer
MTHFR One of the best-known examples of a gene-nutrient interaction and I discussed this subject in another blog. You can read that here.
If you eat well, you’ll be well.