Genetic Testing: Take Your Health to the Next Level
Health for your soul:
In this article you will learn:
Why genes play a role in your health and why you should test them
Where to get the best information on health strategies for your genes
How to begin understanding the story of your genes
Lazy Reader’s Section:
Everyone has countless variation in their genetic makeup that affects everything from how you absorb nutrients, to the level of inflammation you produce or which substances do you harm or good. The answer to a comprehensive and customized nutrition plan is knowing the story of your genes, and I use Self Decode for their amazing wealth of information and lifetime access.
Lazy Author Alert:
Everything in this article is based on extensive research, but it is a summary of basic principles more than a presentation of that research. If you want the full, glorious nerdy version — grab yourself a copy of my nutrition book and dive into over 1,500 scientific references along with dozens of key genes to look up for nutritional status (like the popular VDR for vitamin D or MTHFR for B9/B12) and a healthier life.
Although we mapped the human genome several years ago, this was a baby step forward in the greater scheme of understanding our biological machinery. Genetics is so complex, and we are barely starting to evaluate the relationships of certain genes to certain conditions. Still, today you have more power than ever to shape your biology through investigation and experimentation, and genetic testing is an affordable luxury in this department that simply didn’t exist a generation ago.
There are many reasons why understanding the story of your genes is a critical health step for everyone (in my opinion), and I will outline a few of them below: