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If you’ve heard about genetic testing in the past decade, it’s probably been through the marketing of ancestry companies. There’s the allure of finding out where you came from (or uncovering family secrets!), and at-home kits provided by these companies have shown everyday people how easy it is to test their DNA.

But unfortunately, due to the popularity and widespread marketing of ancestry tests, most people aren’t aware of the other benefits genetic testing can provide. While ancestry testing simply tells you where your family came from, genetic testing for health and wellness can lead you to a whole array of actionable insights into optimizing your eating, exercise, lifestyle choices, and more in order to achieve better health.

As we’ve been utilizing genetic testing with our clients at Dr. Gala Health Coaching, here are a few ways genetic testing can inform your health and wellness.

Personalized Care

A lot of approaches to health and wellness these days focus on a one-size-fits-all approach, prescribing the same diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices to everyone. But everyone is unique — so shouldn’t healthcare be tailored to that unique individual? Genetic testing uncovers a person’s genetic variants, which give us insight into how that person’s cells and systems function, show the impact of the types of food you eat and the environment around you, and more.

 

Disease at the Root

In addition to the one-size-fits-all approach to health, many times practitioners are helping their patients simply combat symptoms of chronic illness. But constantly treating symptoms can be timely and costly, and never really addresses the root issues anyway. Since genetic testing reveals how your body works at the cellular level, it can point towards the root causes of illnesses that are generating those symptoms. That way, diseases can be treated at the source.

 

Losing Weight

Those who have struggled to lose weight may spend time, energy, and money seeking new ways to get healthy and lose weight when their genes are able to give them all the insight they need. Genes are able to give insight into what types of exercise are best for your body, whether it be more endurance exercises or power exercises. They can also show how your body stores fat, which nutrients it absorbs best to inform which foods to eat, and other insights that can form a more targeted recommendation plan.

 

Metabolism

Your genes can also tell you more about your metabolism. We know that metabolism has a connection with energy and vibrancy, yet many of us have a “sluggish” metabolism we’re not sure how to correct. Knowing your genes can give you insights into how your metabolism is affected by what you eat, how you burn energy, how you store fat, and more.

 

The Right Exercise

What if you’ve been hitting the gym and trying to get fit, but you’ve been doing the wrong exercises all this time? Getting insights into your genes can actually show you whether your body is more suited for endurance activities, like running or bicycling, or whether your body is more suited for power activities like sprinting or weight lifting. Knowing more about how your body works means being able to choose the right activities for you.

 

Caffeine Intake

We’re all affected by caffeine in various ways — some people can drink coffee right up until bedtime when others have to cut themselves off mid-morning! But do we know why? Our genes can tell us! Our genes are responsible for how quickly we metabolize caffeine, so we can know whether to have that extra cup or not.

 

Better Daily Choices

As you can see, knowing your genes and how they affect your body can give you insights into many different aspects of your health and wellness so that you can make better choices each day about actions that affect you. For example, did you know that your genes can determine how well your body eliminates toxins, which can help you make choices about what environments to be in? Your genes can also give you insight into your stress levels, and flag if you’re not getting enough sleep at night.

 

More Than Ancestry

Knowing your genes can reveal a lot more to you than just what’s stated above. Additionally, as our knowledge continues to increase around how genes work and how they impact our bodies, the blueprint that genetic testing provides for your optimal health will only become more detailed, allowing you to build the perfect life of health and wellness suitable to you.

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4 Comments

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  2. Knowing your genetic code, and specifically what genetic variations you have, can help us better understand how your body responds to the world around you, to certain foods you eat, certain activities you do, and more. It can give us better clarity into things like how your body handles inflammation, or if weight loss will be a challenge for you. Better clarity into how your cells and systems work, how your body processes nutrients, and how it burns energy is the start of personalized health.

    1. Thank you for your review, Emmanuel! I’m glad to hear that you found our article informative and helpful.

      I’d like to make a few comments in addition to your great review:

      – Genes are not destiny – it’s important to note that genes play a role in what happens inside of us on a cellular level. The more we know about these processes, the better equipped we are to decide how best to live with them.  – Genetic testing can help people gain clarity into their health and wellness challenges

      While there’s no one size fits all answer regarding health, some people find they need additional guidance from their doctors or other professionals after taking our test. This information could be used by physicians as well as nutritionists and lifestyle coaches who can then tailor recommendations based on an individual’s DNA profile. For example, suppose someone has high levels of inflammation or low levels of energy production from fat and muscle. In that case, we may recommend supplements to reduce inflammation and eat more healthy fats and fewer high glycemic index carbohydrates to help address low energy production.

      We are not suggesting that people can change their genetic makeup to resemble someone else’s – What I mean by this is that the distinctions between “genetic” and “environmental factors” are becoming more fluid. The only approach to guarantee health and well-being is to take a personalized strategy that integrates our genes and the environment in which we reside.

      Again, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it!

      All the best, 

      Angela

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