I do not recommend one particular genetic test, as they all have their pros and cons (cost, privacy, and range of genes sequenced). Many people use popular tests like 23&me, Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA, or Genos. If you’re thinking about doing genetic testing, I recommend looking into a few different options and deciding on one that meets your needs.
Your genetics is not your destiny, but understanding your genes can be helpful in preventing illness down the line. Every day more and more genes and their impact on human health are being discovered. As a nutritionist, I love it when clients bring me their genetic health reports because we can even further personalize their nutrition care plan.
Examples of how I use genetic data to individualize nutrition plans:
Do you carry genes for early onset Alzheimer’s? My plan would include ways to support brain health and get in front of any mental decline. Researchers now know that Alzheimer’s is preventable and reversible with optimal diet and lifestyle!
Does your report say you’re not lactose intolerant but you think you are? Vice versa? My plan would address whether you need to avoid lactose for life or only temporarily until you heal your gut.
Are you heterozygous or homozygous for MTHFR genes? Let’s talk about what that means for you and how you might want to choose supplements wisely.
Do you have other genes affecting absorption, distribution, metabolism, or excretion of certain vitamins? My plan would address whether you should be supplementing with higher levels of certain vitamins (e.g., vitamin D, vitamin A, B12, folate, etc.) and the proper form.
Interested in a nutritional genomics consultation? Book a free 15-minute consultation or send me a message below.
Note: Nutritional genomic interpretation will also require the completion of my intake forms (health history, symptom questionnaire, etc.) and a full intake consultation so that I can properly interpret your genes holistically, fully understanding your family history and current health concerns.