Nutrigenomics is the study of how nutrition influences genes.
Each of us receives one gene from our mother and one gene from our father. Sometimes these genes can have small mutations, or transcriptions, that cause them to not do their job to their fullest potential. Scientists have discovered how we can help these genes do their job better through optimized nutrition.
Simple genetic testing such as a spit test from AncestryDNA or 23andMe or a cheek swab in office can give us the information we need to see how your genes are performing and how we can best support your body nutritionally.
During our one hour consultation, we will look at 50-55 genes that can be supported nutritionally. We will look at genes that are involved in methylation, or converting B vitamins into usable forms. It is estimated that 50% of the population has a deficiency in this pathway. This can impair energy production, immune health and even mood. We will also look at genes involved in mitochondrial function (the powerhouse of the cell), immune system, neurotransmitters (mood and sleep) and gut sensitivities.
Once we have reviewed these genes, we can design a nutritional plan specific for your body that includes diet and supplements that will best support your genes.
“With Sarah’s help and guidance I now weigh what I did in college (15 years ago). I never thought that would be possible. I have always eaten healthy (according to typical healthy eating standards) but still was morbidly obese. Going to Sarah taught me a new way to look at eating, which actually involved a lot more fat than I ever thought needed, and I have lost enough weight that I am now obese, not morbidly obese! Best part is, I am still loosing.”