How to design
a better, healthier and more individual nutrition programme
I am happy to work with you to help analyse your nutrigenomic data as part of a nutritional and functional medicine consultation.
How can we use our understanding of the interaction of the food that we eat and our genes to design a better, healthier and more individual diet for ourselves?
It is well known that individuals differ in their metabolic response to nutrients and diet, suggesting that a blanket public dietary advice may not always the most effective approach for optimising individual health.
When the human genome sequence was launched in 2003, it introduced the possibility of a more personalised approach to nutrition, where a diet can be tailored for an individual, according to their specific physical and genetic make-up. This has allowed practitioners to take the concept of personalised nutrition a step further, by making use of genomic tests offered by companies such as 23andMe.
Please note that nutrigenomic testing does not test for often serious single gene diseases. You will need to consult your medical practitioner for specific testing.
How might you benefit from Nutrigenomic Testing?
Nutrigenomic testing provides information on inherited genetic mutations. However, it is important to appreciate that these gene mutations, also known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP’s), are not necessarily a guarantee for disease.
Nutrigenomics provides the basis for understanding potential areas of strength, weakness and disease susceptibility. This can be invaluable for those seeking to take an active part in the promotion of their health and wellbeing, as well as those wishing to support their current conditions.
Genetic expression is regulated by epigenetic controls, such as environmental factors, diet, nutrient deficiencies, toxic load. All can influence the expression of genetic expression and being aware of these inputs can help give you a better understanding of dietary and lifestyle changes that may be beneficial to your health.
Perhaps most importantly, nutrigenomic tests can give me a greater insight into the types of additional testing that would be useful. Genetic tests are not functional tests. In order to determine whether a gene is expressing, functional tests need to be carried out, for example, to check for functional deficiencies in nutrients, toxic metals, imbalanced gut flora, compromised immune function and hormone imbalances. This is why I will recommend that you complete a ONE test together with your nutrigenomic test.
What do I need to do?
It is important to consider the whole person with a comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle programme and not to treat individual SNP’s in isolation, so I am offering an initial basic package to ensure that you get sufficient information and support to make changes safely and effectively. If you are not a qualified practitioner, please don’t try to treat yourself based on any nutrigenomic reports that you might get.
Please contact me to discuss your nutrigenomic needs.