Knowing your genetic makeup and being in control of your health is essential.

When I was getting my Translational Nutrigenomics certification, I couldn’t wait to get my genetic testing done. Analyzing my genetic test was my final exam. I was so excited to learn about what genetic variants I got passed down to me from my patents, I knew that I was very much like my dads side of the family, and most importantly couldn’t wait to find out why I’ve always had to work so hard to lose weight and keep it off, even though I was an athlete.

It was such a relief when I saw that my genetic makeup was in fact making me gaining weight so much easier and losing so much harder.

And then I’ve learned that genetics is one thing, but most importantly other factors, like your environment, your diet and lifestyle control whether those genes express themselves or don’t.

Genetic makeup

At this point I couldn’t blame my genes, because the final outcome was dependent on my lifestyle: my diet, exercise plan, how I handled stress, etc.

This short, 5-minute video from the University of Utah show’s you “Things you may not know about DNA

I know what you are thinking…

You are thinking, if it depends on my lifestyle then why do I need to know what genes I have, why can’t I just eat healthy, exercise, and do meditation?

We are supposed to do all that anyway, right?

YES, WE DO!

What’s so exciting about knowing my genetic makeup you may ask?

Knowing what genetic variants you have, their pathways will give you so much information about your body. The type of information that you want to know.

For example: In my genetic test report Mood & Behavior came up with very high impact, meaning I carry genetic variants that influence the creation and balance of chemicals in the brain that manage mood, anxiety, depression, and related behaviors. And because of that, I may be highly susceptible to an imbalance. Knowing that I need to make sure to eat a diet high in brain foods like green tea, cold-water fish, nuts, take nutrients like Zinc and B & D vitamins, Skullcap, pay attention to inflammation.

crystal ball

This is like having a crystal ball to tell you what your future may look like when it comes to your health and what steps you can take.

Imagine knowing that genetically your body can’t process blood pressure medication properly, or certain genetic variants make it so your body doesn’t absorb B vitamin, or the food you consume converts into fat much faster and easier (like in my case), or you can achieve amazing results in athletics/sports with proper training because you were gifted with the genes for speed, endurance, and power.

Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.

Irving Berlin

You can say “poor me, I have genes that make my detoxification sluggish and gaining weight much easier” OR you can say “I’m so glad to know my genetic makeup, this will help me personalize my diet and exercise plan based on my genetics so there’s no guessing and I know that I’m doing everything possible towards optimum health.”

For the curious folks that want to know what the report looks like, it’s a 31-page beautiful digital report full of information. Once I get your report, we’ll set up a zoom session where I’ll go over your report, simplify it, and at the end create a summary and an action plan for you:

  1. Top 3 pathways you should concentrate on now
  2. Top 3 dietary changes
  3. Top 3 lifestyle changes
  4. Top 3 supplement suggestions

Sometimes clients are concerned about the privacy of their results. Not to worry… Ever heard of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act? It requires the decoupling of any patient identifiers from test results.

In this short video, I go over some of the highlights and the surprises I learned from my report.

About the author 

Ani Papazyan

Ani is a pain relief specialist and an educator. She utilizes advanced pain relief manual therapy techniques, functional nutrition, genetics, and education to help people overcome pain and do what they love.

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