DNA Testing

DNA Testing

There has been a recent explosion in genetic science. It has revealed new connections between your genetics and achieving your fitness and nutrition goals. DNA testing gives you knowledge that is specific to your genes. This will help you get the results you want much faster.

DNA testing eliminates a lot of the guess work. If you train and eat specific to your genetics then you will get better results. In depth research has been done on each gene that is tested and the results are 100% accurate. You can get double the rate of improvement if you train and have a diet that is specific to your genotype (genetics).

You cannot change your genes. 99.9% of our DNA is the same. It is only 0.1% that is different but that 0.1% can make a big difference.

What you can change is your phenotype. Your phenotype is the expression of information encoded in the genotype. It is what you will be based on your choices.

This piece will focus on your detox ability. DNA testing allows us to establish how effective we are at absorbing or clearing toxicity. You can reduce the benefits of eating quality meat by the cooking process you use. If you smoke or chargrill your meat then it can have this effect. Cooking meat at high temperatures creates the formation of chemicals that are not naturally found in meat when it is uncooked. The chemicals PAH (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and HCA (Heterocyclic amines), are regarded as very toxic compounds. These can cause a lot of damage to your protein cells and your DNA. These are some of the chemicals that can be added by cooking at high temperatures.

You will either be a fast metabolizer or a slow metabolizer. If you are a fast metabolizer then you have effective detox ability. This means that your body activates more rapidly potential toxic substances that are present in meat that is cooked at high temperatures. If you have slow detox ability then you do not contain a lot of the enzyme that is necessary to break the toxins down.

DNA testing will also make you aware if you need to eat more cruciferous vegetables than normal to help you detox. Cruciferous vegetables contain minerals, vitamins and fibre that are crucial to your health. Examples of cruciferous vegetables are brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. These are great ingredients for stir fry meals. If you produce the enzyme normally then it is not necessary to increase your cruciferous vegetables. If your enzyme is not produced normally then you should increase your intake.

DNA testing can also tell you how sensitive you are to salt, caffeine and alcohol. When you have excessive salt consumption you might have a high predisposition to hypertension. If this is the case for you then I would advise that you reduce you salt intake to 5.5g per day maximum. An ideal way to add taste to your food is to add herbs and spices. This will help you reduce your sodium intake, help you detox and remove toxins from your body.

If you are a slow metabolizer with caffeine then you may also need to reduce your intake. You should be aware that caffeine is not only in coffee. It is also found in energy drinks and teas. To help you remove toxins I would suggest you choose herbal tea. This can help you reduce your caffeine consumption and help you lose fat.

Your alcohol intake can have a massive impact on how many toxins are in your body. If your body has a low amount of activity in the enzyme that metabolises alcohol then moderation is advised.

If you would like to know what your exercise and diet plan should be all you need to do is a simple swab test. Your DNA test is then sent off to the lab. When you receive your results you will know the most effective way for you to eat and train. You can then make informed choices about your personal intake. Your detox ability is one of many areas of your genetics that is tested. Everyone is individual and specific. Some people are more sensitive to certain ingredients than others.

DNA Fit will tell you your power and endurance potential, your injury risk, recovery speed and Vo2 max potential.  DNA diet will tell you your ideal diet type, your carbohydrate sensitivity, saturated fat sensitivity, coffee sensitivity, alcohol sensitivity, salt sensitivity, your detox ability, antioxidant needs, micronutrient intake, lactose and gluten intolerance risk and a twelve week eating plan.

I would highly recommend that you do DNA testing so that you have an accurate plan on what is required to achieve your goals.

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