NUTRITION AND METABOLISM

Our genes play a huge role in how we process nutrients, gain or lose weight, build lean muscle mass, or accumulate unwanted fat. Knowing your genetic traits can keep you ahead of the game and keep you healthy, fit, and safe while you exercise.

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Metabolic Challenges

CAFFEINE METABOLISM IMPAIRMENT

CAFFEINE METABOLISM IMPAIRMENT

Genes determine if a person is a fast or a slow metabolizer of caffeine. Slow metabolizers are hypersensitive to caffeine It cakes them twice as tong to eliminate caffeine from their bodies than a normal metabolize, These people can get jitters and insomnia from only one cup of coffee.

DIFFICULTY LOSING WEIGHT

DIFFICULTY LOSING WEIGHT

Your genes determine how quickly you lose weight! There are also medical conditions that impair weight loss such as hypothyroidism, hormonal changes in women, gastrointestinal issues, and depression.

LOW-CARB DIET EFFECTIVENESS

LOW-CARB DIET EFFECTIVENESS

Carbohydrates are the main source of fuel for your body. They contain certain vitamins and minerals that are essential for general good health. Limiting consumption can be beneficial for those with this gene variation.

LOW-FAT DIET EFFECTIVENESS

LOW-FAT DIET EFFECTIVENESS

Numerous large studies on weight loss have found that genes associated with fat sensitivity are more responsive to low-fat diets. A low-fat diet should still include monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. They help with feeling more full and several metabolic functions.

LOW RESTING METABOLIC RATE

LOW RESTING METABOLIC RATE

Some genetic variations are associated with a tendency for lower protein intake, while others are found to be associated with higher consumption of protein. Knowing one’s genetic tendencies for protein intake, one should be able to adjust the diet appropriately rather than rely solely on one’s natural appetite.

MEDITERRANEAN DIET EFFECTIVENESS

MEDITERRANEAN DIET EFFECTIVENESS

People with certain genetic traits can benefit from eating a Mediterranean Diet. Improved metabolic health, fat loss, reduced chance of heart disease are just a few. Science has shown that this diet is beneficial for most individuals. Those at risk for this specific gene will have the greatest rewards.

MONOUNSATURATED FATS INCREASED BENEFITS

MONOUNSATURATED FATS INCREASED BENEFITS

People with certain genetic variations gain the most benefit from the consumption of unsaturated fats. These fats help to reduce inflammation of the entire body. They lower triglycerides, reduce blood pressure, improve heart health, improves the quality of both texture and integrity of your skin.

OVERWEIGHT POTENTIAL

OVERWEIGHT POTENTIAL

Several studies have shown that genes do tell the story of body potential. If we do or don’t gain weight can be hard-wired at birth. Why we gain weight varies from individual to individual. From problems with fat metabolism, problems with carbohydrate metabolism our genes dictate our risk.

POLYUNSATURATED FATS INCREASED BENEFITS

POLYUNSATURATED FATS INCREASED BENEFITS

There are numerous health benefits of polyunsaturated fats, mainly omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Several large-scale studies have identified genetic variations that interfere with the metabolism of omega-3 and omega-6 fats.

RISK FROM SATURATED FATS

RISK FROM SATURATED FATS

People with certain genetic variations are at a higher risk of elevated triglycerides, elevated cholesterol and weight gain Individuals with this should be particularly careful about avoiding saturated fats.

STARCH METABOLISM

STARCH METABOLISM

Starch is a complex carbohydrate found in large quantities in grains (oats, barley, rice) and starchy vegetables (potatoes, beans, corn, lentils) that requires amylase to be digested. There are large variations in amylase levels between individuals which depends on various factors including genetics.

SENSITIVITY TO SALT

SENSITIVITY TO SALT

Sodium is essential for life, commonly known as the element we get from salt. It’s important for many bodies functions from maintaining the proper balance of water and minerals to conducting nerve impulses and muscle contractions. Too much sodium in the diet can lead to fluid retention and high blood pressure, if this becomes chronic, it can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure.

TRANS FATS SENSITIVITY

TRANS FATS SENSITIVITY

People with certain genetic variants are more sensitive to the adverse effects of trans fats than others without the variants.  Most trans fats are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils. Trans fats are linked to adverse health consequences because they raise bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and lower good cholesterol levels (HDL).

Tastes and Cravings

BITTER TASTE SENSITIVITY

BITTER TASTE SENSITIVITY

The perception of bitterness is due to genetic variations in several bitter taste receptors: when food enters the mouth, the molecules interact with saliva and then bind to taste receptors in the mouth, giving the sensation of the bitter taste. People with these genetic variations are sensitive to bitter foods.

CARBS OVERCONSUMPTION

CARBS OVERCONSUMPTION

Individuals with specific genetic variations are more likely to crave carbs than others. Increased carb craving may result in overconsumption of carbs leading to obesity, diabetes, and other health risks.

FAT OVERCONSUMPTION

FAT OVERCONSUMPTION

Several genetic variations are known to influence the amount of fat consumed by individuals and their overall fat craving. Fat is a dense source of energy, and consuming too much fat may result in heart disease and becoming overweight.

FAT TASTE PERCEPTION

FAT TASTE PERCEPTION

Food cravings are determined in part by genetics. Certain genetic traits create an inability to taste dietary fats. The inability to detect fats in food can contribute to the overindulgence in fatty foods thereby contributing to heart disease and obesity.

LOW PROTEIN INTAKE RISK

LOW PROTEIN INTAKE RISK

Some genetic variations are associated with a tendency for lower protein intake, while others are found to be associated with higher consumption of protein. Knowing one’s genetic tendencies for protein intake, one should be able to adjust the diet appropriately rather than rely solely on one’s natural appetite.

LOW VEGETABLE INTAKE

LOW VEGETABLE INTAKE

Some genetic variations predispose individuals to show a lack of interest in vegetables.

Although most of the low vegetable consumption in the US is due to dietary habits, knowing one’s genetic propensity may help choose a healthier diet.

SATIETY IMPAIRMENT

SATIETY IMPAIRMENT

Satiety is a physical sensation of fullness from eating. When satiety is normal, the brain receives a signal that enough calories have been consumed, reducing the feeling of hunger. People with certain genetic variations are more likely to be eating more without feeling full and satisfied. Having low satiety can cause weight gain and overeating.

SNACKING

SNACKING

Some people feel hungry more often than others and are impulsively driven to frequent snacking, which if left unchecked can result in extra weight. Frequent snacking results in weight gain. Some of these genetic variants are associated with higher BMI and weight gain.

SWEET SNACK PREFERENCE

SWEET SNACK PREFERENCE

There are two genes that influence the preference for sweet snacks as opposed to salty or savory ones. These genes are not associated with a sweet tooth and sweet taste receptors instead they are associated with how people metabolize foods.

SWEET TOOTH

SWEET TOOTH

There are genetic variants that may be responsible for the craving for sugar. Studies have shown that sugar is responsible for many diseases and should be monitored carefully.