Did you know that 99% of our genetic makeup hasn’t changed in the last 50,000 years?
There’s an inevitable discordance between our current diet and the diet which our genes are suited to which existed over 50,000 years ago.
Since the arrival of agriculture 10,000 years ago, the changes in our food and food processing procedures have created a range of chemical and physical changes in our food supply that have been linked to almost all chronic diseases of modern society including heart disease, obesity and cancer.
Our DNA variations influence how our bodies respond to certain factors such as foods, diet, nutrients, stress, exercise and the environment. These factors then impact on how much a DNA variation is expressed.
Genomic profiling is essential to create personalised health programs tailored to an individual. Most programs are tailored to groups of similar individuals (e.g. weight loss).
This is no new fad, but a branch of science called nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics that uses genomic profiling to check for gene variants (SNPs).
DNA can design a truly personalised nutrition, lifestyle and supplement program individually tailored for you.
FACT: A Mediterranean diet is not suitable for everyone
When your body is healthy and has access to the nutrients it genetically needs it means that you’ll typically:
- Age more slowly
- Experience a higher quality of life
- Reduce risk of ill health
- Feel less stressed due to mental resilience
FACT: A large part of keeping your genes healthy and your body functioning properly is a personalised nutrition and lifestyle program tailored to the individual.
SmartDNA Genomic Wellness Test includes:
- Lipid Metabolism
- Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes
- Sodium Sensitivity
- Omega 3 and Omega 6
- Methylation, Folate and Cofactors
- Caffeine Metabolism
- Coeliac Disease
- Lactose Intolerance
- Oxidative Stress
- Phase I Detoxification
- Phase II Detoxification
- Weight Management
- HPA axis and Stress Responses
- Sleep and Seasonal Variation
SmartGut Microbiome Test
The bacteria present in our gut, mouth, skin and other site in the human body are often referred collectively as the human Microbiome or “second genome”.
Composed of more than a 100 trillion microorganisms the human microbiome out numbers the total number of human genes by a factor of a hundred to one.
This means for every gene in your genome there are 100 bacterial genes.
Genomic technology now has the capacity to view this second genome by sequency specific targets known as variable regions in the bacterial genome. It is these variable regions that enable bacteria to be identified down to species level. Each bacterial species has a unique “finger print”.
The analysis is similar to a crime scene investigation
If the sequence is detected then that particular bacteria is present in your gut.
Why are the bacteria in your gut important?
Bacteria performs essential functions such as digesting food and synthesising vitamins. Recent studies have also linked the microbiome to human mood and behaviour via the gut-brain axis, as well as many gut disorders, weight gain, eczema and chronic sinusitis.
What will this analysis tell me?
- The percentage and types of bacteria in your gut
- How the bacteria in your gut may be affecting your overall health
- If any known pathogenic bacteria are present
- How your diet is affecting your microbiome
DNA tests available at Designer Nutrition Australia (DNA) are provided by SmartDNA as featured in Good Health Magazine May 2013.
Article in The Age 3/7/2014 Food for thought: DNA helping shed light on our dietary needs
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