lactose intolerance, low lactase
Why dairy products leave your stomach out of whack
Feeling bloated after drinking milk, eating cheese or having an ice cream bar? It’s all in your genes. Specifically, it’s in your gene called LCT.
Gene for processing gene lactate: LCT

Each one of us is born with the ability to process and break down lactose in milk. Whether it’s caused by genetics or your environment, lactose intolerance can spontaneously develop at any age, messing up your gastrointestinal tract, which could leave you too bummed to work out.

The solution:

Knowing if you’re lactose intolerant (or have a sensitivity to lactose) or not is easy to tell by how your stomach reacts after you consume dairy products. If you’re intolerant, there are plenty of non-dairy options that you can source your calcium and vitamin D from. If you’re sensitive, seek help from a dietitian and be careful about quitting dairy cold turkey—you don’t want to make yourself intolerant.

354 Views0
Can’t seem to lose those unwanted pounds?

When it comes to weight loss, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, especially when it comes to diet programs. Again, this can be chalked up to variations in our genes—in particular, adrenaline, or the hormone responsible during “fight or flight” situations. Adrenaline plays a part in skeletal muscle relaxation (which in turn is responsible for delaying digestion), in addition to cardiovascular (heart rate and cardiac output increase and blood pressure regulation), hormonal, metabolic, and respiratory systems.

Gene for adrenaline signaling: ADRB2_2

Men who register higher on the weighing scale, and have high BMI levels as well as fat ratio most likely possess a specific genetic variation of ADRB2_2. Those who possess this gene variation are also more predisposed to obesity and have lesser chances of success losing weight from following a diet plan.

Carb and fat processing gene: PPARG

The PPARG gene creates a protein that’s responsible for giving instructions on how to use fats and sugar in your body. This gene therefore has an effect on your obesity and diabetes risk (especially type-2). In addition, this gene also determines your sensitivity to saturated fats and power exercises. This in turn has an impact on your body’s capacity to burn fat and get a favorable response from power-based activities.

Gene for response to saturated fat intake: APOA2

The APOA2 has a part in how the body metabolizes fat. Studies also reveal that this gene has a role in insulin sensitivity and obesity. There are specific variations that are linked with greater weight gain, even a greater chance of obesity, in people whose diet is high in saturated fats.

The solution:

Avoid eating foods high in saturated fats, for starters. Also, avoid crash dieting—you’ll have a better shot at losing weight if you adopt a sustainable diet program.As for exercise, skip the steady-state cardio workouts and instead focus on doing high-intensity routines. For variety, switch up your metabolic workouts: plyometrics, strength and conditioning high-intensity interval trainings are just some variations you can try.

399 Views0
My metabolism is too darn slow!
All too often, weight gain due to overeating, lack of exercise and poor food choices is blamed on slow metabolism. It seems it has become a convenient excuse. And when someone is in good shape, that’s attributed to good metabolism. But is it true? What if you are doing everything right and still not getting your metabolic rate where it should be? Thanks to genetic research, we now know your DNA plays a major role.

Read more

291 Views0