We’re all unique individuals and much of our individuality is due to your genetic makeup. You can thank your parents for your unique genetic code, as one set of your 23 chromosomes came from your mother and one set from your father. These chromosomes contain your DNA, which codes for nearly everything in your body, including your eye colour, hair colour and the way your body uses nutrients.
Polymorphisms, or genetic variations within metabolic pathways, can affect how your body uses nutrients. If a metabolic pathway is not functioning efficiently, long term, this may increase your risk for certain health conditions.
Nutrigenomics is the study of how food affects your genes and how your genes impact your health. Through nutrigenomics, we can learn about your unique genetic profile and understand the way your body uses nutrients so that you can make simple diet and lifestyle changes to minimise your risk.
Liver detoxification and your genes
Did you know that your genes can affect that way you eliminate toxins from your body?
Take for example the detoxification process that occurs in your liver. While we all have the ability to detoxify drugs, alcohol, heavy metals, hormones and environmental toxins, some people have unique polymorphisms that decrease your detoxification efficiency. What that means is that you may not be able to remove toxins from your body as efficiently as someone else, which long term could lead to cell damage and ill health.
Signs that the liver detoxification pathway is not working efficiently may include chronic tiredness, muscle weakness or pain, inflammation, hormonal imbalances, chemical or food sensitivities, nausea and bloating.
If you have genetic polymorphisms that lead to decreased efficiency in your liver detoxification system, there are important steps you can take. Dependent upon which liver detoxification enzymes are not functioning efficiently, specific diet and lifestyle changes or supplements may be recommended.
What can you do?
The liver detoxification enzyme test is just one of many tests that we can conduct at Newtown Nutrition to help you determine your distinct genetic profile.
At Newtown Nutrition we use the SmartDNA genomic wellness test. This test includes:
- Lipid metabolism
- Metabolic syndrome and diabetes
- Sodium sensitivity
- Coenzyme Q10
- Omega 3 and Omega 6
- B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E
- Methylation, folate and cofactors
- Caffeine metabolism
- Coeliac disease
- Lactose intolerance
- Oxidative stress
- Phase I and phase II liver detoxification
- Weight management
This comprehensive test will inform you about your health risks and guide you in your food choices. We will also provide a thorough assessment and meal plan based on the results of your genomic wellness test.
If you’re interested in understanding more about nutrigenomics or would like to book in for a test today, please contact Newtown Nutrition, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SmartDNA, Genomic Wellness Test, 2015, accessed 22 May 2015 at http://www.smartdna.com.au/genomic-wellness-test/.
Healthscope Pathology, The Path, 2012, Understanding liver detoxification.