Genetic Testing & Nutrigenomics

“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

 

Genetics is the study of heredity and variation of inherited characteristics.  They are essentially your building blocks, or foundations for health, representing what you have inherited from your parents and previous generations. They play a role in determining your disease risk, but do not necessarily indicate that you will develop any particular condition. 

Epigenetics is the science of understanding how your genes are expressed.  Yes, genes can be switched on and off!  Understanding how your diet, lifestyle and environment can affect your genes is a powerful tool that can help to shape your genetic destiny.  When you know what your genes need, you can choose a diet and lifestyle that optimise your health.

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.  It 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 the reputable Australian company BioCeuticals and is a simple and non-invasive oral swab.

What the test covers:

  • Nutrigenomics (individual nutrient requirements e.g. Vitamin D, B12, etc.)
  • Methylation (e.g. MTHFR) and liver detoxification
  • Hormones and fertility
  • Cognition and mood

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.  For further information, please contact us.