How to work with your individual blueprint – your ‘genetics’.
We are now able to test genes with a simple salivary sample that is analyzed very carefully; it identifies key genes, and there information is evaluated from areas on each gene; and this may differ from person to person. These areas are known as SNPs i.e. single nucleotide polymorphism. The term genotype is used to describe the outcome of your individual genetic tests.
The lab looks at genes that are directly related to three major health categories:
- How you feel.
- How you function.
- How you look.
You could say that genes load the body rifle, but something else pulls the trigger. How your genes are expressed are greatly affected by not only your “life style”, but by many types of environmental factors such as nutrition, sleep, toxicity levels, exercise and emotional stress. Not all these factors may be within your control, but many are. And, in this, as in so many other areas, knowledge is truly power. The epigenetics, therefore, are perhaps more important and impactful than the particular genetic hand you were dealt at birth.
The lab will produce a 60 page personalized report that will evaluate the impact of your genotype for each gene tested. The lab selects the largest and most scientifically valid genome – wide association studies to calculate a score for the different genes or gene combinations you have in each category, and you will receive a specific rating for each trait in a category as well as specific action steps and recommendations you can take. But keep in mind that although you might have an increased or decreased potential for a certain health trait that does not mean that you will necessarily express that trait. The analysis simply suggests that you will have a greater likelihood to.
Through this type of genetic testing you will be told precisely how you can control, maximize or minimize your genetic potential. In short, it is all about epigenetic factors and ways and means to minimize genes that may cause undesirable outcomes and how to maximize your health and wellness potential.
A window through DNA testing reveals how you will respond to specific types of exercise and aging:
- Fat loss response to cardio
- Body composition repose to strength training.
- Skin againg.
- Facial aging (loss of skin tone in the form of sagginess and wrinkles)
- Skin glycation (susceptibility to advanced glycation end products)
- Stretch marks
- Sun sensitivity.
With DNA testing you receive valuable and useful information on how you feel due to:
- Sleep duration.
- Impulse control and taste preferences.
- Sugar intake.
- Addictive behavior in stimulus control.
- Intrinsic motivation to exercise.
Finally, the lab explores in some depth your genes (SNP’s) that relate to how you function such as:
- Mental acuity.
- Age related hearing loss.
- Fitness response to cardio exercise.
- Systemic inflammation.
- Insulin response to dietary fat.
- Cholesterol response to dietary fat
- Triglyceride response to dietary fat.
- Polyunsaturated fatty acid levels.
- Lactose intolerance.
- Calcium levels
- Copper levels
- Magnesium levels.
- Selenium levels.
- Zinc levels.
- Dietary choline levels.
DNA testing and how it determines the aging process
Most people are aware that their genes determine things like their eye color, hair color, whether they have dimples etc. However, your genes can also reveal many details about your health including how your body ages mentally and physically. Your genes determine:
- How your facial skin ages.
- How your impulse control and taste preferences change with aging.
- If you are likely or not to live until your 90’s or 100’s.
- How your body’s skin ages over time.
- If you are more or less lekely to experince age related hearing loss.
- If you are more or less likely to experience mental acuity decline with aging.
- Even, how well your body is able to absorb calcium and other nutrients.
Now, when it comes to weight loss, there are many different concepts and programs out there, but recent advances in genetic science is showing us that there is much more to the story than eating healthier foods and exercizing.
DNA Testing and how it can help Weightloss
There are seven components of weight loss that are specifically influenced by your DNA. By analyzing these particular genetic segments, our lab can then develop a weight-loss program that is designed for a person’s unique genetic profile. This process of collecting and analyzing a person’s DNA (using only a salivary sample) and developing recommendations on what it reveals is what GX Slim does. No doubt it will change some long held beliefs about weight loss. Your genetic analysis using specific SNP’s will determine and explain:
- If your body is resistant to losing weight.
- How well your body is able to process carbohydrates in your diet.
- How much body fat you can lose through cardio exercise.
- How well your body is able to effectively absorb folate (a B-complex vitamin.)
- How sensitive your body is to the amount of fat in your diet.
- How your body responds to strength training.
- How sensitive your body is to the protein in your diet.
These are the seven ways your DNA influences your ability to lose weight!
When considering weight loss, we need to look at the bigger picture and DNA is the right place to start. This will give us the complete picture so that we don’t waste time and energy with the wrong type of exercise and diet for our unique and individual genotype.