Food Choice is a gene test which tests your genetic predisposition to health issues associated with 5 common foods or drinks.
The gene test identifies whether or not you should avoid or limit these foods in order to prevent a range of health conditions and to help promote health and wellness
The Genes tested have been grouped in the following categories
- Coeliac Disease Risk
- Lactose Intolerance
- Alcohol Intolerance
- Caffeine Sensitivity
- Salt sensitivity
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by the reaction of your body to gluten.
Symptoms of coeliacs disease can be diarrhoea, bloating, pain, fatigue and weightloss. However you can have celiac disease and not necessarily know you have it.
Celiac disease results in damage to the microvilli which are involved in nutrient absorption so people with coeliacs become extremely deficient in nutrients.
A positive genetic result doesn’t mean you have the disease but indicates a very high likelihood compared to the normal population. Reducing or cutting out gluten would be important and if you are experiencing any gastric symptoms then a Coeliac test would be essential.
It is worth noting that if you are having a test specifically for Celiac disease then it is important to keep including gluten in your diet till you have the test.
Otherwise you may get a false negative result.
Lactose Intolerance can produce symptoms such as gut pain, swelling, flatulence, diarrhoea as well as other more obscure symptoms.
Lactase is the enzyme that breaks down Lactose which is present in milk and other dairy products. If Lactase activity is low then lactose intolerance results
It has been estimated that 65% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant with rates up to 100% in some Asian and African communities and down to 4 % in some European countries
If a gene test comes back with High risk then avoiding dairy products especially those high in lactose is advised. Sometimes the use of a digestive enzyme containing lactase can be helpful as well.
Knowing how well your body processes alcohol is important as you all know it can have a detrimental affect on your health and disease risk..
If you have a genetic weakness around alcohol it means your body cant detoxify the toxins present in alcohol. You are also more likely to be affected by symptoms such as flushing after alcohol ,hangovers ,nausea,runny nose and sleeplessness.
More importantly it is the inability of your body to process the toxins that can have far reaching affects on your health.
Caffeine is present in many beverages including coffee which has become part of a daily routine for many.
Some of you can seemingly tolerate coffee and caffeine better than others with symptoms of anxiety and an increase in blood pressure reasonably common in some of you. The genes tested in this panel
Are those associated with the risk of hypertension and,sleep loss and anxiety associated with caffeine
Salt sensitivity is generally defined as an increase in blood pressure of at least 10% as a result of an increased salt intake. Any increase in blood pressure is a risk factor for kidney diseases and also cardiovascular disease.
Food Choices genetic profile allows you to make better food choices around the most common foods and beverages you tend to consume on a regular basis.
Up until now this test was only available if you had already had a Health and Wellbeing profile or in conjunction with.
Now this is being offered as a stand alone test as well.