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 dad’s side of the family, and most importantly I 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 gain weight so much easier and losing so much harder. It almost felt like it wasn't my fault.
And then I’ve learned that genetics is only one piece of the puzzle. There are other factors that play a big role as well, factors like your environment, your diet and lifestyle control whether those genes express themselves or don’t.
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…
Most likely 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, their impact level on your body, how your body reacts to your environment: the food you eat, the exercise you do, lifestyle choices you make will give you so much information about your body. The type of information that you truly want to know to create that most personalized action steps that is unique only to you.
For example: When I received my genetic report, it was a real eye-opener. It showed that my body takes longer to detoxify compared to others. This discovery was an "AHA" moment for me because it finally explained why losing weight had been such a struggle, even though I was eating healthy and exercising.
It became clear that in order to make progress, I needed to focus not only on my diet and workouts but also on supporting my body's detoxification process. This realization inspired me to dig deeper and find ways to enhance my body's natural detoxification abilities. It was a pivotal moment in my journey, and it made me realize that taking care of my detoxification was just as important as eating well and being active
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.
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:
- Top 3 pathways you should concentrate on now
- Top 3 dietary changes
- Top 3 lifestyle changes
- 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.
You can learn more about genetic testing and even download a sample report here