A Gene Test Which Shows Which Food is the Best Food Choice for You

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          celiac disease
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Alcohol Intolerance
  • Caffeine Sensitivity
  • Salt sensitivity

 

Coeliac Disease

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.

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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

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 countrieslactose intolerance symptoms

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.

 

 

 

Alcohol Sensitivity

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 Sensitivity

Caffeine is present in many beverages including coffee which has become part of a daily routine for many.caffeine sensitivity

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

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Salt Sensitivity

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.health food

Now this is being offered as a stand alone test as well.

Telomeres

How to repair telomeres

“Taking a multivitamin every day can help your body to age well, and is associated with longer telomere length. Healthy middle aged women who were daily users of multivitamins were found to have 5.1% longer telomeres. Shorter telomere length can be viewed as a biomarker of genomic damage and advanced cellular ageing.”

There has been a lot more publicity of late about the significance of aging, risk of cancer,chronic illness and telomere length

What are Telomeres?

As you will know the body is made up of cells and in each cell is a nucleus which contains all the genetic material.

Genes are composed of strands of DNA called chromosomes and on the ends of the chromosomes are telomeres. Telomeres protect the genetic material and make it possible for the cells to divide. You can imagine a telomere looking a little like the plastic tip on the end of a shoe lace. It protects the chromosome from fraying and damaging.

Telomeres shorten each time the cell divides and when the telomeres are too short the cell can’t divide and therefore dies Shortened Telomeres is a marker of disease risk, disease progression and premature mortality. The risk of illnesses such as Cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even Dementia therefore are increased.

For a healthy long life with reduced risk of chronic illness you need long Telomeres

Stress and Telomeres

A stressful childhood and adverse life events that cause anxiety can influence Telomere Length as an adult

It is interesting to note that higher levels of Pessimism are also associated with shorter Telomeres as well as increased levels of inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.

Lifestyle factors that can reduce Telomere length include stress, cigarette smoking, obesity ,poor sleep and insufficient sleep.Factors that can increase telomeres include a healthy diet

A study showing how effective this can be was done on 30 men with biopsy diagnosed low risk prostate cancer They were asked to make lifestyle related techniques which included a low fat whole food diet, low in refined carbohydrates ,moderate exercise ( 30 minutes a day) stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga and supplements which included fish oil, vitamin C vitamin E and selenium and a protein powder. Telomerase activity increased by 29.84% in 3 months (Telomerase is an enzyme that repairs and lengthens Telomeres)

No doubt we will be hearing more in the future about Telomeres and health and premature aging.

Why do Telomeres Shorten

We hear so much that a healthy diet ,low stress, a balanced lifestyle, supplementation with good quality nutritionals, moderate regular exercise can have a huge impact on our wellness,disease risk and our longevity. These factors influence all aspects of our health from our immune system to our nervous system in fact every body system.  Now also  at the subtle genetic level and this interesting world of the Telomere.

The body in its wisdom does give us you ways to help influence and change your health for the positive at even these critical genetic levels.

Epigenetics

It’s true your genes contain your unique blueprint for health and disease risk. However your genes are controlled by a powerful external influence called epigenetics.

This is why your genes are not necessarily your destiny and why you have more control than you realise as to whether your genes will express or not. It is also why knowing your genetic blueprint is so beneficial because it allows you to know what epigenetic influences to target.

What is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics is almost everything and almost everywhere. It’s how you and your genes respond to the environment you live in.What is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics includes

  • The food you eat
  • The stress in your life
  • The chemicals you are exposed to
  •  The quality of your sleep
  •  If you exercise and the type of exercise
  •  Where you live
  •  The people you surround yourself with
  •  The use of medications and drugs
  •  The use of supplements

Epigenetics controls whether your genes express or stay switched off.

With some genes, you want to up regulate the gene expression while other genes you want to down regulate the expression. For example, there are some genes that cause inflammation while others control inflammation.

In this situation you would ideally want to switch on the genes that control inflammation and switch off the genes that cause inflammation.

Everything you do and everything around you will send messages to your genes influencing the behaviour of those genes.

This means there is the potential to make your genes work for you by controlling as many epigenetic influences as possible.

I eat a good diet and exercise so I should be O.K. shouldn’t I?

It would be easy to think that if you ate a healthy diet, reduced stress and did some exercise then your genes should be reasonably happy. That is right only to a point. It is obviously beneficial to eat well, exercise and de-stress but what is the right food and exercise for you. Our genes are all different and so what is right for someone else may not be right for you.Epigenetics

  •  For some of you eating a high protein diet with limited carbohydrates works really well while for others it can cause pain, inflammation and result in injuring more easily especially when exercising. For some, a high carbohydrate diet works well but for others, it causes weight gain, diabetes risk, and inflammation.
  • Exposure to certain chemicals and sprays can cause huge health risks in some people and more vigilance is required to avoid exposures. Some people have the ability to clear toxins more effectively.
  • Some people need to be sure their vitamin b12 status is good because they have problems absorbing B12. A low b12 causes all sorts of health issues including poor memory, musculoskeletal problems as well as cardiovascular problems. For others, b12 is never a problem.
  •  Twenty minutes of sun exposure a day is ample for ensuring vitamin D levels in some people but for others that would make no difference at all and they would remain low in this extremely important vitamin.

 

There are so many variables from person to person and gene to gene.

Another common misconception is:

epigenetics diet ‘My granddad smoked a packet a day and drank whiskey everyday and lived till he was 90 years old. I must have good genes“

There are a number of things going on here. Firstly your mum or dad received half their genes from your granddad and you received half your genes from your parent. You don’t know what half of what half you received.

There are also different epigenetic influences at play.

In your grandparents or even parent’s day there was much less processed food.

  •        There were less sprays and chemicals used in the food and sprayed in the environment
  •        Cities were less busy and there was less pollution
  •        Seafood was less contaminated.
  •        Farming used less sprays
  •        Work hour expectation was less, in many professions the working week was 5 days instead of 6 or 7.
  •        Very little EMF (electromagnetic radiation) exposure.gene expression

Obviously there are many variables here but the bottom line is that some people were just lucky and got away with abusing their bodies. They probably did have good genes as well but at the best, you may only having a sprinkling of those genes. You also have a lot of unfavourable environmental challenges your parents and grandparents didn’t have to deal with.

Genetics and Epigenetics go hand in hand when it comes to health and longevity.

Knowing your genetics allows you to use the powerful environment of epigenetics for the best health outcomes for you and your family.

 

DNA Testing For Weight Loss

As with all genes we know they are not necessarily your destiny but knowing you have certain gene variants can help you make the best decision with diet and exercise

If I have  fat genes am I destined to become fat?

 

The FTO which is considered the Fat gene is tested in the Health and Well being profile.

Variations in this gene can influence hunger and how the body responds to food.

 

Hormones Affected by Fat Genes

Key hormones such as leptin,ghrelin and adiponectin are all influenced by the variations in the FTO gene resulting in not only a bigger appetite but also less satiety.

Adiponectin has been associated with blood sugar instability and increased belly fat. Some variants in this gene will increase likelihood of snacking at night and eating an excess of fatty foods.

Fatty foods will then stimulate ghrelin which will further stimulate hunger.

Leptin controls satiety so it makes it hard to control the appetite if you always feel hungry and not completely satisfied

The FTO variants can inhibit the UCP1 gene (also tested in the Health and Wellbeing profile) which can inhibit fat being converted to heat. This results in less fat burning

Protein ,Carbohydrates and Fat Ratios.

Certain variants in the FTO gene require different levels of protein carbohydrate and fat and it is useful knowing this especially if you are having trouble losing weight. While a higher protein diet and lower carb diet can work for many people it’s not ideal for everyone. If protein is too high and you  have certain FTO gene variants then inflammation will result which can actually inhibit fat burning.

Genetic Testing for Weight Loss.DNA Diet test nz

Key genes and their variants affecting fat metabolism, energy metabolism and fat burning  are tested in the Health and Wellbeing Profile.

 

They include

  • FTO-   associated with obesity, weight problems in childhood, over eating, and eating high fat foods.
  • ADRB2 and 3-associated with rebound weight gain, decreased tolerance to carbohydrates, difficulty losing weight, increased belly fat, risk of obesity.
  • UCP1 and UCP3- associated with decreased ability to convert fat to heat.
  • FAB2- decreased glucose tolerance, increased fat absorption, and difficulty losing weight.
  • PPARy- poor tolerance to fats, prone to rebound weight gain, difficulty losing weight.
  • PPARgCIA-risk of obesity and diabetes due to poor regulation of glucose , fats and energy balance in the body.
  • MC4R- risk of obesity and childhood obesity.
  • LEPR-1 and 2-regulates appetite and metabolism.

 

Having specific Fat genes can predispose you to putting on weight however if you know what genes you have then you can use that information to your advantage. It enables you put together a healthy diet and exercise regime targeting those genes and ensuring they express favourably.

      The bottom line is: You Can Be Slim and Healthy and Have Fat Genes.