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Nutrigenomics: Genetic DNA Testing for Health

Friday December 15th 2017

Nutrigenomics is a fascinating field of medicine that studies the relationship between our individual genes and their interaction with nutrients and our environment. Knowledge of your unique genomic profile is essential to personalized healthcare, particularly when trying to pinpoint the right diet and nutritional advice based on your predisposition to various diseases.

It is important to remember there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to health, and many popular diets and fads may work for some, but not for others. A great example of this is the general notion that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets to follow, and has the most scientific backing behind it. Depending on your genomic profile, this diet may in fact be very beneficial to your health and reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. However, for another person this diet may actually increase their risk for developing cardiovascular disease. You may find you are doing all of the ‘right things’, yet you’re still facing persisting health problems or having trouble losing weight that just will not shift. Knowing your genomic profile may be the key ingredient to finally making progress in a particular area of your health.

The Genomic Wellness test involves a non-invasive saliva sample to screen over 100 DNA changes. Your results will include gene variants and your risk for developing certain diseases and affected processes such as:

  • Lipid metabolism (cholesterol)
  • Metabolic syndrome and Diabetes
  • Inflammation (driver of all chronic disease)
  • Sodium sensitivity
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Omega 3 & omega 6
  • Vitamin metabolism
  • Methylation, folate and co-factors
  • Choline
  • Caffeine metabolism
  • Coeliac disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Oxidative stress
  • Phase I & Phase II detoxification
  • Weight management
  • HPA axis and stress responses
  • Sleep and seasonal variation
  • Physiogenomic integration of genetic and functional variability

You will require an initial 15 minute consultation where your saliva sample will be collected and sent away for testing. 3 weeks later, a 60-minute consultation is scheduled with NEMQ Clinical Nutritionist, Jacqui Turner. Once results are back, Jacqui will provide you with an explanation of your results and a personalized plan consisting of dietary and nutrient advice, exercise and lifestyle interventions based on your results. A copy of your Genomic Wellness Report will be emailed to you after the consultation.

To order your Genomic Wellness test today, please speak to our friendly reception staff to request an initial appointment with our Clinical Nutritionist, Jacqui Turner. Fees for the Nutrigenomics service will be discussed with you at this appointment, and the saliva sample collected for posting.

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