Genetic Analysis: Decrypting the science behind the most powerful tool for staying healthy

People would often ask me: How will genetic analysis make me healthy?

To begin, you need to know the importance of genes from a health care point of view. Genes have the instruction for life. Your genes carry the story of your ancestors’ health, and how that influences your own health today.

However, genes are not your destiny, they are your blueprint. Once you know the blueprint and make improvements where there are weaknesses in the design, then foundation of your health becomes stronger and resilient. It is the expression of your genes that determines health or illness.

When we look at family history, we may see risk to certain lifestyle health issues such as diabetes, heart attacks or cancer.

Before genetic testing, there was no way to pinpoint exactly how these diseases will manifest. Studies show that diet, physical activities and environment all play a role in whether or not these diseases occur to us. Genetic testing allows us to find out where exactly these factors may require our intervention.

Why Genetic Testing?

Your genetic analysis will tell you the food you should be eating that have specific vitamin, mineral and amino acid requirements to do their job correctly. Certain gene mutations may increase the requirement of certain vitamins and minerals to normalize function. For example, if you have a slow COMT enzyme, you may have a much lower threshold for stress. But increased magnesium and vitamin C helps speed the enzyme to a normal rate, lowering the stress response and risk of stress induced dysfunction.

A genetic analysis can help us discover exactly where the “chinks” in your armor are, and what we can do to strengthen your biochemical system through nutrition.

What Can You Expect to Find in Your Genetic Analysis?

If you look at current blood work, diet, environment, stress and sleep patterns, you can see a snapshot of your health. What a genetic analysis does, is allow you to see where you need to focus most attention for optimal health.

There are two main reasons why you are not healthy: deficiency and toxicity. A genetic analysis helps you see both.

For example, high glutamate levels are implicated in anxiety, IBS, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Your genetic report and family history may reveal that you would want to avoid triggers of high of high glutamate like MSG, sugar, wheat, dairy and excessive exercise, while an increased need of vitamin C, B6, magnesium and zinc is needed to prevent high levels of glutamate from occurring in the body.

Another example is folate. Folate is extremely important for healthy DNA protection and repair. Cancer risk is higher when DNA repair is poor, and increased in risk by mutations in DNA repair genes like BRCA 1. Certain genes tell you when your folate requirement may be higher, and therefore needed for preventing inflammation and increasing DNA repair.

You can help your future generations

A common phrase that is used is that upcoming generations will be the first generation that won’t live as long as their parents. Our great challenge today is providing ourselves and the next generation better health than our parents and grandparents. Epigenetics – the study of the environmental influence on the expression of our genes – shows us that changes in our diet and environment can completely change our genetic destiny. Studies have shown that nutritional degeneration in one generation show can also reverse just as quickly to regeneration.

So, I believe that we have the ability to be healthier and live longer lives than any generation before us. A knowledge of your genetics and biochemistry is a scientific gift to make this a reality, with a ripple effect to our future generations. Everything you do today will not only positively influence your health, but every generation after you.

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