We probably all used to see our moms and their friends share and follow the same diet plans, yet almost none of them would have the same results.
Nowadays, it’s not any different; we see people posting about how specific diet plans or eating patterns have changed their lives while others, following the same diet, had totally opposite experiences. Every day, we come to learn how unique we all are and how differently we react to food, eating patterns, and physical activity.
This is due to the variations in the expressions of our genes. The relationship between genes, nutrition and health is an emerging field called nutrigenomics. Personalized diet plans based on nutrigenomics rely on an analysis of your genetic makeup that offers dietary recommendations which meet your personal nutritional and health needs and help prevent nutrition-related chronic diseases.
Everyone’s genes hold a number of variations that affect how their body metabolizes nutrients like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Specific gene variations can determine if lactose intake causes bloating or gastrointestinal (GI) distress. They can also detect whether or not an increased caffeine intake has an effect on blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. Even types and intensities of exercise can have different effects on individuals who are seeking weight loss or other health benefits.
From our expertise in nutrigenomics, we can see the potential benefits it can provide to people, especially to the ones who find themselves “stuck” in their weight loss efforts. A simple Gene Test (cheek swab) is sent to the lab for analysis and a personalized dietary report is generated. Thus, a more genetic-based diet can be created specifically for them by altering the intake percentages of fat, protein and carbs, adding specific supplements that may be needed, or changing the type or intensity of their workouts.
So, we might ask ourselves what is the best diet or the most suitable exercise that could help with reaching our health and fitness goals? The answer may lie within our genes. As it’s said our genes load the gun, but what pulls the trigger is our nutrition, lifestyle choices, and environment.