Genetic testing is all a buzz right now. And when you hear it our guess is that you immediately think of babies and pregnant couples looking to get insights on their child’s hereditary health issues. But genetic testing can be used for a lot more. In fact, one of the best ways to get in on the genetic testing action is as an adult to help you live an optimized and healthy lifestyle.
There are tons of advice out there on what to eat, what supplements you should be taking, types of exercise you should be doing, and the list goes on. But you don’t have to guess anymore. With a simple cheek swab and the help of a licensed practitioner, you’ll be able to optimize you—based on your genetics—to give your body exactly what it needs and nothing it doesn’t. Without all the guesswork.
Genetic testing shouldn’t be scary. Yes, it can tell you if you are predisposed to things like depression, but our genes are susceptible to our surroundings and lifestyles.
“Positive lifestyle choices we make most notable eating right and exercising may have just as powerful an effect on our genetic makeup. Two recent studies illustrate this point. One found that eating well can ‘turn off’ the genes that put one at high risk for heart problems; the other showed that exercise can persuade stem cells o become bone and blood cells rather than fat cells.” – Alice Walton, the Atlantic
Lifestyle choices affect us at the genetic level. It has long become fact that exercise can positively impact vascular and heart health, but it is now showing a much deeper impact. The exercise we do, even a jog three times a week, can influence some of our stem cells.
Early on in the stem cell development, a cell can effectively ‘choose’ which direction it wants to take. Towards fat, bone, blood. Exercise induces these cells to become blood-producing cells of bone marrow versus fat cells.
We very much are what we eat. And what we put into our bodies drastically changes our genetic makeup.
Carb heavy diets (like the ones most Americans eat) force our genes into an activity that creates high inflammation in the body. Which leads to all kinds of chronic symptoms. Some of which we might never associate with too many carbs. Some of these symptoms are:
- Red skin
- Extra water retention in the body
- Feeling warmer
- Mental fogginess
Sounds more like the flu, but these are common among people consuming too many carbs and overloading their genes.
Changing your diet and other lifestyle adjustments can give your body some immediate effects. For example, a study showed genetic changes to a group of people after just six days of a reduced carb diet.
Genetic testing and lifestyle changes affect more than just your likelihood of obesity or diabetes. Your genetic makeup plays a huge role in your mental. Something as small and simple as food dye can severely disrupt our systems.
Various food dyes interfere with our histamine control and increased anxiety, anger, and impulsivity.
Genetic testing in adults goes way beyond the fad. It is used as a way to help you understand your foundation for health. Many health and wellness clinics, like the Center of Bliss, offer genetic testing. After your tests come back, you’ll get a follow-up consultation to tell you what foods, lifestyle, and exercise they should be doing based on their genetic framework.
If you’re ready to stop guessing and start understanding your options for a long, healthy life, give us a call today to set up your gene testing and consultation.