You may have seen my post recently on offering Nutrigenomix as a service in my private practice. Today I delve into what exactly nutrigenomics is and how this service may be of benefit you!
Nutrigenomix is a 45-gene health test to better help me personalize advice and recommendations for you! I can learn about your Cardio-Metabolic Health, Nutrient Metabolism, Weight Management, Eating Habits, Physical Activity, Injury Risk and Food Intolerances. They also recently introduced its sports division to better help you understand your Nutrient Requirements, Body Composition, Cardio-Metabolic Health, Food intolerance, Eating Habits, Athletic Performance, Injury Risk, Aerobic Capacity, and Recovery.
You’re healthy, though right? So how will genetic testing help you?
One word- Personalization. You can pretty much go anywhere online these days and grab yourself a meal plan, a macronutrient distribution or advice on what to or what not to eat. What they’re all lacking is personalization, really tailoring its advice to you. Personalization is what I strive for. I am never going to online and grab you a generic handout, or provide you generic advice that comes from someone else. Every word that comes out of my mouth, every once of advice I provide will be somehow tailored, personalized, to your very specific needs. Your health goals, your lifestyle, your history, your medical conditions, your family, your job, your schedule all guide where my recommendations and advice is coming from. It’s for you, and only you! Nutrigenomix helps me personalize your nutrition goals and plans even more, and I love it!
HOW DO GENES INFLUENCE NUTRITIONAL STATUS?
- The genetic code is essentially the instruction manual for your body. It guides your body’s production of proteins, hormones, enzymes & receptors. All of these together are what influence your physiology and metabolic functions that, in turn, direct all cellular activity in your body, which is key in managing our nutritional health.
- Different versions, or variations, of a gene, are possible, depending on what you inherit from your mom and dad and what received from their mom and dad and so on and so forth. These variations can alter both the production and function of the different proteins, enzymes, hormones etc being made and how it all communicates together.
- The proteins, enzymes, hormones, and receptors react with dietary components & nutrients. How they react is dependent on what your genes and what how your genes are telling me to react!
- Thus, health, performance & chronic disease risk is affected.
Nutrigenomix Inc. is biotechnology start-up company out of the University of Toronto which launched nationally in the year of 2012. Initially, they launched with only 7 genes and have grown much since They work with an International Science Advisory Board, consisting of global leaders in the field of nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomix™ has developed a panel of 45 genes test that enables your Registered Dietitian to provide you with personalized nutritional recommendations based on your DNA.
When it comes to your diet, a one-size-fits all approach may not lead to optimal health. Research has shown that personalized dietary advice based on your DNA is more valuable than general population-based recommendations. Nutrigenomix™ has developed a safe, easy-to-use kit that enables your Registered Dietitian to develop a dietary plan that is tailored to your unique genetic profile with the goal of improving health through personalized nutrition.
What will I learn from the test?
In a nutshell, you’re going to learn how your specific genes influence how you respond to certain foods and their nutrients and in turn, how your foods and nutrients influence your genes. This provides us information about your risk for nutrition-related chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and how we can reduce your risk for its development through food and nutrition. There are genes that affect our performance in the sport along with our risk for injury which can be evaluated which could enhance your athletic performance.
Weight management & body composition
- weight management
- energy balance
- physical activity
- total, saturated, monounsaturated, and the saturated to unsaturated fat ratio
Nutrient metabolism & risk for deficiencies
- How your genes influence your risk for nutrient deficiencies for
- vitamins A, B12, C, D, E, & folate [including MTHFR mutation]
- calcium metabolism as it relates to bone health
- iron status and iron overload potential.
- How your genes respond to and influence your risk for heart disease & diabetes
- the glycemic load of the diet
- omega-3 fats
- saturated fats
Your genetic risk for
- gluten intolerance [Celiac disease, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity]
- lactose intolerance
How your genes influence:
- fat & sweet taste preference
- the tendency to eat between meals/propensity to overeat
- ability to digest starchy foods
Fitness and Physical Activity
How your genes influence:
- perceived exertion
- Exercise Behaviour
- the propensity to excel at with endurance exercise
- the propensity to excel at power / strength-based activities
- innate drive to exercise,
- pain tolerance
- Achilles tendon injury risk
Both tests report on the same 45 genetic markers, each test is intended for a different type of client. The sports test was developed to provide nutrition and performance related recommendations that will aid athletes of all levels to enhance their performance and optimize body composition while achieving optimal health There are many dietary patterns and nutrients that affect exercise and one’s capacity to perform, this is the focus of the sports test. The health test focuses on achieving optimal health for clients who are interested in general healthy eating and well-being with less focus on optimal performance in an athletic sense.
Caffeine recommendations are a great example. The CYP1A2 gene is analyzed for caffeine metabolism in both tests, each report focuses on different information. The health report focuses on the risk of heart disease and hypertension depending on your caffeine consumption whereas the sports report highlights how the genetic variation determines if the athlete might experience performance enhancing or worsening of endurance after caffeine is ingested, while still mentioning cardiovascular health.
Both tests are the same price, and are testing the same genes, what you choose will depend on what your goals are as a client. Again, we want to personalize this as much as possible to optimize your health to all of its potential!
I will be completing my own personal health test this week and will receive my results within the month. Once I have my results and have analyzed them, I will be sharing with you what I learned and what changes I have made to better my health and wellness!
Have you had genetic testing done previously? Let me know your thoughts below!
If you’re interested in being tested, but want to know more, leave a comment or send me a message.
You can also phone me at 506.625.4455 | 506.778.9900 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I offer FREE mini consults to see if this is the right service for you!