Nutrigenetics, the future of nutrition
A diet plan as individual as yourself
Genetic variations affect how your body responds to certain nutrients and food ingredients, and which substances can be converted and used correctly. Since your diet plays a vital role for your health, we can now analyse your genes and adjust your diet so that more than 20 potential metabolic problems can be prevented.
This area is called Nutrigenetics, i.e., the adjustment of diet is based on genetic data. Through the analysis of more than 50 genetic variations, we obtain valuable information about your innate strengths and weaknesses.
What foods are healthy for you?
In deciding whether a particular food or ingredient is healthy for you, we have to consider the overall picture. In some genetic metabolic problems, calcium-containing milk products are very healthy for the body, while in other situations it can be unhealthy. In this case, other foods with high calcium content are especially important, in order to solve a metabolism problem without triggering another. If this condition is cumulated with a reduction of the detoxification of heavy metals (such as lead), because of other genetic unfavourable variations, the demand for calcium, as well as other micronutrients, is further increased, in order to prevent a heavy metal poisoning. Therefore, the actual calcium needs can only be determined if all relevant genes are included in the decision.
Through an analysis of more than 50 genes that are relevant for your nutrition, we can now determine in which areas you are well protected, and in which areas there is possible to have a deficit, due to your metabolism. The analysis can help you avoid poorly tolerated food, identify impaired detoxification of heavy metals, diagnose pesticides and solvents, and optimally provide your body with important nutrients.
Genetic analysis can even provide valuable information about whether certain substances, which are usually considered healthy, can be metabolized by your body in the usual manner.
A practical example
A good example is Omega 3 in the form of fish oil capsules. Omega 3 occurs naturally in fish, and it is considered a cholesterol-lowering substance; therefore, it is often taken in the form of fish oil capsules as a dietary supplement. For many people, the result is a significant improvement of the cholesterol levels. However, some people do not appear to benefit from the addition of Omega 3. Scientists have found that a variation in APOA1 gene leads to the fact that Omega 3 does not improve the cholesterol levels as intended, but may even worsen them. As such, there are many people who take Omega 3 capsules, but the result is the opposite of what they want to achieve.
It is similar with the antioxidant coenzyme Q10, which is often taken as a radical scavenger to slow down the aging process. Q10 is not active immediately after ingesting it, but must be converted in the active form Ubiquinol by a specific gene. However, some people carry a defect in this gene and therefore cannot activate Q10. While the ingestion of Q10 brings protection against free radicals for some people, it has no effect on others.
Genetically personalized weight loss program
Up to 2.5 times more success with weight loss
Genes are the blueprint of our body, and it is estimated that obesity depends on our genes, about 80% of the cases being caused by genetic predispositions. As each of us carries other genes, some people may gain weight by absorb too much of unfavorable genes fat, while others can even have twice as much fat in the diet and still absorb only the necessary amount.
The situation is similar with carbohydrates: some people gain weight because of the carbohydrates contained in the diet, while others are completely unaffected by the amount of sugar.
The optimum amount of sport also depends on the genes. Regular exercises may help some people lose weight very fast, while for others they may be inefficient. Similar happens when reducing the calories intake. Some people easily lose weight by eating fewer calories, while for others this is a difficult process.
All of these individual differences lie in the genes, which explains why a person can have great progress in losing weight with a low-fat diet, while others have to perform physical activities to achieve the same goal.
Which program is right for you?
You can find out which program is the right one for you, thanks to the new possibilities offered by human genetics. Your genetic profile shows what foods you should avoid, and what you can eat without hesitation. You will also learn the optimal amount of sports and daily calories, that will allow you to quickly reach your desired weight and then maintain it.
How much athletic sport and how much endurance sport do you need?
In a weight loss program, not only fat is reduced, but also the muscle mass, a process that can be worsened by certain genes. To counter this, people should follow different athletic sports / muscle building programs.
An optimal diet plan can be developed based on this information; according to an existing study, a personalized weight loss program may lead to 2.5 times higher success rate. Everyone is different, so it is important to find out where the genetic weaknesses are, and how to use genetic strengths to lead a healthy, long life.
Eat what you like
You will receive a list of more than 600 foods tailored to your genes, showing what you can eat without problems, and what you should rather avoid. So you can eat what you like!
Optimized nutrition and training program based on your genes
Certain genetic variations control the structure of your body, and therefore have a significant impact on the strength and endurance of your muscle cells. Because of these genes, some genetic types are ideally suited to respond quickly and generate high forces (large and thick cells), whereas other genetic types have muscle cells which are weaker and slower, but because they have an improved blood circulation are optimally suited for endurance sports.
Scientific studies have shown that an athlete has a 5x higher chance of qualifying for Olympic / World Cup League in a sport suitable for his genes, than in any other sport. Genetic analysis thus allows identifying your genetic talent for strength or for endurance sports, and you can define your athletic orientation accordingly.
Your genes also control how your body absorbs certain nutrients and converts them in order to remain healthy. There are differences in the absorption of calcium, in how the body responds to certain food ingredients or how it performs the detoxification from performance impairing pollutants, and in what micronutrients are needed in order to keep the joints healthy. Through an analysis of more than 52 genes, it is possible to identify the metabolic deficiencies that may have an influence on health and on sports performance, and to neutralize these influences. A genetic analysis will provide valuable information about what nutrients your body needs for optimal health and athletic performance. The genetic sports nutrition program helps you to make the most of your genetic strengths and weaknesses, in order to achieve even better performance.
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