“The interaction between our genes and our environment is what determines whether we’re healthy or sick.”
Chris Kresser M.S., L.Ac, NY Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure
Nutrigenomics is the cutting edge of nutritional science. It involves genetic testing and looks at the relationship between your genetic variants and how they influence your personal biochemistry. Understanding your genetics allows for targeted treatment including dietary and lifestyle advice that is unique to every individual and is a powerful way to optimise your health.
Genetic testing is available in clinic through two reputable Australian companies BioCeuticals and FitGenes and it is a simple and non-invasive oral swab. Both companies have the highest standards when it comes to privacy and your data and only test genetic variants that are evidence-based and known to have a significant impact on human health, unlike many commercially available tests. Furthermore, nutritional and lifestyle interventions are clinically shown to alter genetic expression or compensate for the effect of their variation.
What DNA testing covers:
- Nutrigenomics (individual nutrient requirements e.g. Vitamin D, B12, etc.)
- Methylation (e.g. MTHFR) and liver detoxification
- Hormones and fertility
- Cognition and mood
- Cardiovascular health
- Immunity, cell defence and inflammation
- Metabolic health including carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism
- Food intolerances and sensitivities
If you have a family or personal history of disease or illness and you would like to understand how to prevent or better manage your condition by harnessing the power of your genetics, then DNA testing may be for you. Conditions may include weight issues and obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular issues, autoimmune disease, mental health, hormonal and fertility issues.
Want to know more about how genetic testing can help you with infertility and pre-conception care? Read my blog post here.
It is important to consider all of the pros and cons associated with genetic testing. Lab Tests Online provide a great overview for individuals considering testing. Read the article here.
At Tolle Totum Therapies, I am trained in nutrigenomics and can arrange genetic testing, provide clinical interpretation and develop a personalised treatment plan that incorporates your genetics and environment.