The value of knowing your genetic variations is to obtain a better understanding of nutrient-gene interactions depending on the genotype. The ultimate goal is to develop personalized strategies for optimal health and disease prevention through the right diet, supplements, and lifestyle based on your genetic makeup.
What is Epigenitics, Nutrigenomics, and Nutrigenetics?
Epigenetics, as a simplified definition, is the study of biological mechanisms that will switch genes on and off.
Nutrigenomics is the science of the effect of nutrients and bioactive components on gene expression. Nutrigenomics studies how nutrients affect your body’s expression of your genes. Nutrigenomics investigates how certain foods interact with our genes to affect our health. It is the area of nutrition in which molecular tools such as DNA tests are used to understand individuals diet responses.
Nutrigenetics is defined as the science of the effect of genetic variation on dietary responses . Nutrigenetics examines how your body responds to nutrients based on your genetics.
Genetic tests for Nutrigenetics aims to identify genetic susceptibility to diseases and the ways in which very small difference in our genes can alter the effects that nutrient intake has on the body.
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This service is available to all existing functional medicine patients by referral only. The report is extensive, and usually takes approximately 2-3 visits to go over the genetic variations, and plan of care based on these variations. Our patients are responsible for obtaining their own raw genetic data. Although it is usually low cost, insurance does not pay for the testing kit. Most insurance will cover the cost of the office visits. For more information, contact us today.