DNA BASED DIET
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) is like our body’s user manual. It contains all the instructions our cells need to develop, live and reproduce. DNA is made up of nucleotides, which, in turn, comprise a phosphate group, a sugar group and four types of nitrogen base. The way these bases are ordered forms our genes, which in turn tell our cells how to make proteins.
Unless you’re an identical twin, your DNA is completely unique to you. Although 99% of everyone’s DNA is the same, it’s that critical one percent that makes you, you. The fact that your DNA is unlike anyone else’s is exactly why DNA analysis is such a valuable tool for medical practitioners, giving them unprecedented insight into how your body responds to exercise, saturated fats, and carbohydrates. They can then use this extremely accurate genetic information to structure and personalise an eating plan designed specifically for your unique body makeup.
Option 1 – DNA Diet and Exercise
What is it?
There is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to healthy eating. Different people respond to different food combinations in different ways, and getting into our jeans has a lot to do with getting into our genes! Your genetic code determines, among many other things, your predisposition for obesity, insulin resistance, fat absorption, binge eating and processing of carbohydrates.
The DNA diet is custom made for you, using information provided by your DNA test. It’s a personalised eating plan based on your unique genetic makeup, which determines how your body stores fats and carbohydrates. Your DNA is also responsible for your metabolic rate, how effectively you absorb certain nutrients, and your overall eating behaviour.
Your unique genetic profile tells your dietician which eating plan is most likely to be best for you, Low Carbohydrate, Low Fat, or Mediterranean. It will also indicate whether you would lose weight most effectively through exercise or diet. Here we follow the 80/20 principle whereby some people genetically will lose weight through 80% effort from dieting and 20 % effort from exercise. Alternatively you can be a 20/80, where exercise plays the most important role . It could also be a balanced 50/50. You probably never thought that your genes even determines how much exercise you need.
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Option 2 – DNA Health
What is it?
DNA Health is actually a test designed to improve your health and well-being by identifying any of 36 gene variants, involved in day to day biological processes that could highlight if you’re at risk of one or more of the following lifestyle-related diseases:
- Metabolism of Vitamin B – risk for cancer,heart disease, emotional disturbances (anxiety), bipolar disorder, depression, neural tube defects, Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, Dementia, thyroid disease
- Bone health – risk for osteoporosis
- Insulin Sensitivity – risk for diabetes
- Metabolism of cholesterol – risk for heart disease
- Detoxification – risk for cancer
- Inflammation and oxidative stress – risk for arthritis, obesity, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease
- Food responsiveness – includes caffeine processing, lactose intolerance, salt sensitivity and iron overload disorders.
Based on the results of the test, personalised diet and lifestyle recommendations are made. Depending on the specific gene variants, a tailor-made supplement or vitamin cocktail is designed for you, which switches off the disease causing genes.
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Option 3 – DNA Health & Diet
Essentially, this is a combination of the first two approaches to creating an eating plan that works in harmony with your unique genetic profile. Based on the detailed information gleaned from the two tests, your healthcare practitioner will help you establish an optimal nutrition plan, giving you the best chance of longevity, good health and disease risk mitigation.
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