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Introduction To Nutrigenomics
Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics investigate the relationship and effects between our diet, environment and our genetic variability. This can reveal a number of health-related issues that present you with better insight into what fuels your body and what doesn’t.
The two terms, nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics are often used interchangeably in this field. However, the core differences are important to understand,
- Nutrigenetics investigates the influence of our genetic variability on our ability to interact with bioactive molecules in the molecular environment. Our genetic variability affects the way in which we absorb, metabolize, transport and respond to various nutrients or bioactive molecules. Essentially, nutrigenetics investigates how we respond based on our genetic variability or “gene-environment interactions”
For example, genetic variations in the CYP1A2 gene affect the ability of an individual to metabolize caffeine, which accounts for why some experience “jitters” after a single cup of coffee and others don't.
- Nutrigenomics on the other hand investigates the effects of bioactive molecules on our genes, particularly gene expression with the potential to either up-regulate/down-regulate or activate/silence certain genes. Otherwise referred to as “environment-gene interactions”.
In a nutshell, every individual has their own unique genetic code with their own unique genetic variability and by using this information you can identify the optimal diet and lifestyle adjustments for health, performance, weight management, recovery and more.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PERSONALIZED APPROACHES:
We might be aware that we should steer clear from sugar, eat plenty of healthy fats, moderate our carbohydrate intake, and get sufficient exercise. However, even with the abundance of information, diet plans and nutritional advice out there, most people still have questions surrounding which is the best approach for me? Should I cut carbs? Should I be putting butter in my coffee? Should i be doing endurance or strength training? Which supplements do I actually need?
The answers are out there but a well-calibrated diet and performance plan stretches far beyond generalised recommendations.
Every individual possesses a unique “blueprint” and what works for person A might not work for person B!
HOW CAN NUTRIGENOMICS & NUTRIGENETICS BENEFIT ME?
By understanding the unique needs of an individual, based on the analysis of their genetic variation, personalised approaches through diets, supplement suggestions, training programs and lifestyle adjustments can be developed.
- Diet & Nutrition:
Identify your genetic variations which impact metabolism, absorption and storage of fats and carbohydrates, as well as eating behaviour to understand how your genetic profile will impact your response to our most effective healthy eating plans.
- Health & Vitality:
Identify potential lifestyle diseases and how to optimise your health by personalising your lifestyle and diet choices to manage inflammation, detoxification and cellar functioning.
- Sports & Physical Performance:
The effectiveness of training and physical performance is affected by key biological areas, where personalised training strategies can optimise your genetic potential, and identify the right lifestyle, nutrition, training and environmental interactions.
- Longevity & Anti-Aging:
Identify genetic variations and practices which affect antioxidant status and inflammation, UV sensitivity and damage, skin elasticity and repair.
- Brain Health & Mental Performance:
Identify risks for neurological disorders, compulsive behaviour, neurotransmitter balance, mood regulation and which protocol or practises can assist in prevention or enhancement.
Personalised insights via DNA testing and analysis allows for data-driven and personalised nutritional and lifestyle recommendations for each individual.
Armed with information, you can be better-equipped to achieve your goals.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
- Is It Safe?
Nutrigenomics services are totally safe and completely non-invasive, requiring only a cheek swab for the sample.
- Is It Backed By Real Science?
Yes, nutrigenomics is not a new discovery and the results are structured off of thousands of published research papers.
- Who Is This Suited For?
Anyone looking to take a personalised, effective and functional approach to their health, wellness and performance, based on YOUR specific DNA composition! Everyone is different, the approach should be too!
- Is It Worth The Cost?
Well, what price tag do you put on your health?
The saying, “Health is Wealth” says it all. You have one vehicle in this lifetime, surely you would want to make the best of it and get the most out of it?
The cost of a nutrigenomic test is once off, once it's done, it's done and you have the insights you need.
- How Can I Get Started?
Simple, you can find more information on what we offer and how to get started, here.