what is nutrigenomics?
Nutrigenomics is the study of how foods affect our genes, and how genetic differences
The genome is the complete set of DNA, and where you find the instructions to build health. The DNA remains fixed for life, but the epigenome remains flexible.
Nutrition has an “epigenetic” effect on our DNA. In other words, nutrition is one of the major ways we can change the destiny of our genetic healthy history and reverse disease statistics.
The reason that one diet cannot suit all of us and that population studies are continually contradictory with dietary advice is because we are all different. Genetics and biochemistry help us discover how we are different, and what we can do to potentially overcome disease susceptibilities through the understanding of epigenetics by applying it to our diet, lifestyle, and your environment.
“Epigenetic factors including diet, environment, and lifestyle habits have the power to regulate our DNA by switching genes on and off, which can influence the health of up to four generations.”
When you hear the word DNA, what comes to mind? Your first thought may be ancestry. DNA is your blueprint for where you have come from and
how you are designed. It may have been a while since you heard the word deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), but we will show you that there is much more
to DNA than your family line.
Genes are segments of DNA that are organized by 23 pairs of chromosomes from your mother and father. DNA encodes for proteins, known as the
“workhorses” of the cell are responsible for all the functions necessary for life. Enzymes are proteins, and many enzymes require nutritional
co-factors to make sure these horses are not moving too slow or too fast.
People have approximately 20,000 – 25,000 genes in their genome. Everyone has the same set of genes, but each one can vary by a few letters
(called alleles think of them as the horizontal segments that connect ladder like strands of DNA) between people. Changes in these genes are referred to as “SNPs“ or single nucleotide polymorphisms and gene variants. Differences in these gene variants help determine your nutritional requirements and sensitivities
based on enzyme function.
SNPs have been inherited over many hundreds of thousands of generations due to the geography of your ancestors and epigenetic changes in your diet, environment, and lifestyle. SNP’s instruct enzyme function and are directed by vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and compounds to do their job of keeping you healthy. Their function is affected by deficiency, toxicity, stress, drugs, and toxins. Optimizing enzyme function with the dietary
co-factors may help lower inflammation, balance hormones, improve mental health, optimize digestion, increase athletic performance, and decrease
the probability of disease.
Epigenetics is at the heart of understanding how to strengthen your genome. The “epigenome“ is a term that describes a wide variety of chemical compounds
that can tell your genome how to function by attaching to it (even turning genes on and off), and the epigenome remains flexible throughout your life (unlike your DNA, which remains fixed). These flexible epigenetic signals come from your stress levels, diet, environment, exercise, relationships and a sense of purpose. All of these factors determine the probability of certain hereditary susceptibilities being expressed, however, if we know where to focus, we can lower
Nutrigenomics is the study of how diet interacts with your genes and how individual genetic differences can affect the way you respond to vitamins, minerals, and compounds in the foods we eat. We believe that genes are not your destiny; they are your blueprint. Once you learn how to read the blueprint and make
epigenetic improvements where there are weaknesses in the design, the foundation becomes healthier and more resilient; how we live can
even influence the health of multiple future generations.
NUTRITION IS IN YOUR GENES
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