DNA testing for diet, exercise and wellness planning is an extremely useful tool.
Whether you want to control your weight, or achieve optimum sporting performance, DNA testing has come a long way in recent years.
It can give fantastic insight into how and what you should do to be your best. Best of all, it is now affordable!
DNA Testing – for wellness, diet and exercise insight
We all know people who get great results from following a particular diet or exercise plan – yet when we try, the effects are less than spectacular.
We all know people who are ‘lucky’ and can eat whatever they like – yet never put on weight.
We all know someone who puts in less effort at the gym – yet still gets results.
Why is this..? Well, it’s all down to those pesky genes that we inherit.
Yes, life isn’t always fair – some people are just born lucky!
Yes, your genes can predispose you towards being overweight – even though you follow a sensible diet!
Should you despair – definitely not!
The good news is that your genes are not deterministic… so you can do something about it
So, how do I choose the right diet for me?
There are a plethora of diets and exercise options available to us. Low carb, low sugar, to high fat or high protein diets..? The volume of information and seemingly conflicting advice is so confusing!
With celebrities, chefs and all manner of self-appointed ‘experts’ – all hoping to persuade us that their latest approach is the best – it isn’t easy.
You could spend a lifetime experimenting – hoping to stumble across the right combination – or you can let science guide you.
- With a little of the right kind of knowledge, you can alter your diet and exercise, so that you are exercising and eating in the optimum way – this way you will be working with your body, rather than fighting against your genetics.
- DNA testing provides you with a level of understanding that lets you quickly and easily understand what you need to do in order to achieve results.
- Recent scientific advancements, and increased demand for this knowledge, means personal DNA analysis is now affordable. Previously only available to elite sports-people and the very wealthy – things have changed.
This one-time test provides a wealth of information which will last a lifetime.
DNA Analysis at Riviera Wellbeing, Paignton
Today there are several companies that offer DNA analysis. However, some stretch the science way too far and give recommendations that are not yet backed by evidence.
DNAFit are bucking the trend by compiling personalised genetic nutrition and exercise reports based only on the genes that have been extensively researched.
At Riviera Wellbeing we are excited to be able to offer the full DNAFit testing and genetic reports
at a reduced rate of £160 – plus a FREE one-to-one consultation!
Not only do we offer the DNAFit package cheaper than if you buy direct, with his extensive experience in Sports and Rehabilitative Science, Dr Paul Hindle (Chiropractor) provides a one-to-one consultation that provides professional insight into your results. You will receive professional guidance on planning a strategy that should help you achieve your goals.
The 60 second test is a one off simple cheek swab and results are usually returned within 2-3 weeks.
The information contained lasts you forever and will help you eat the way your body works best and to exercise in a way that your body will respond to optimally.
So, how does it work?
Make the change
Contact us, we will provide a simple saliva swab test which you can do at our clinic or at home
Get your insights
Your swab is sent for analysis – when the results are in, we will contact you to book your free consultation
Plan and Optimise
Using the easy to understand, actionable results, together we devise a plan based on your unique results
Be your Best!
With unparalled insight into your genetic response systems, you are better informed and well placed to be your best!
Interested in the science behind DNA testing for nutrition and exercise?
Then read on…
The human genome consists of around 20,000 genes. Genetically speaking, we are almost all identical, but, with each individual gene there are points of variation. It is these tiny variations that determine who we are, and how our bodies work.
Calories – Not so simple a concept as they may seem
Let’s start at the beginning. For years, we’ve been told that a calorie is a calorie – that if we consume more calories than we burn, we will gain weight. Simple, right?
Whilst this is mostly true, the result of recent scientific research into genetics and diet has uncovered a more complex picture. Advancements in the understanding of the connection between our genetic profile and how our bodies process food, clearly show that there is no one-fit’ wonder diet that suits us all.
Regardless of whether the goal is to improve sporting performance or just control weight, an understanding of our individual genetic profile allows us to make better decisions.
What information can we deduce from genetic testing?
DNAFit analyse 30+ well researched genes. Below are examples of just 4 of the genes which relate to diet and fitness, and how they can be used to find the optimum diet and exercise for us. The full genetic profile offers much more information – not just related to diet and fitness, but give insight into general well-being, injury propensity and more…
The PPARG gene & TCF7L2 gene
Certain genes can lead to an individual being more likely to be overweight. One example of this is indicated by the CC version of the PPARG gene; those with this gene can eat normal amounts of carbohydrates and fats, yet still have a higher BMI and poor insulin control when compared with someone with the CG or GG version of the gene.
This is also seen in those with the TT version of the TCF7L2 gene – these people are much more sensitive to refined carbohydrates and saturated fats, when compared to those with the CC version.
Well the good news is individuals with these genetic markers will respond well to a low carb diet comprising of the foods in the image below – for these people, a focus on healthy fats and good protein sources is especially effective. Those who have the TT version of the TCF7L2 gene also respond well to high intensity exercise – think paleo diet/cross fit training.
The ADRB2 Gene
A further gene, known as ADRB2, is another example of a gene that may make you more sensitive to carbohydrates, and individuals with this gene also respond better to high intensity exercise or endurance exercise.
Those with the CC version of the ADRB2 gene tend to burn fats faster during endurance exercise, such as long distance running or even walking. Whilst those with the GG version are more likely to lose weight with higher intensity exercise.
The FABP2 Gene
Those with the FABP2 gene can be sensitive to both saturated fats and, to a lesser extent, carbohydrates. The AA version of this gene means you are much more likely to have cholesterol problems with a standard diet, and as such you should limit your saturated fat intake by more than the standard recommendations.
For those with these genes a low carb/high fat diet would be a terrible route to follow.
The FTO gene
The FTO gene is another example of increased fat (and protein) sensitivity, the AA version again does not like saturated fats at all and responds better to higher intensity forms of exercise. If you have this gene, then regular walking simply isn’t going to compare to weight training or circuits.
For FTO’ers and FABP2’ers a low-fat diet is ideal.
What can we learn from the examples above?
From the handful of examples above, we can clearly see that DNA testing can help us cut through the confused and conflicting advice. There are many more well researched genetic markers. The information given does not just tell us what we should eat, or how we should exercise, but can indicate whether we are prone to injury or may have an increased chance of heart disease, diabetes and much more.
Within the scope of the information provided in your DNAFit personalised results are:
Diet Type Recommendation
Saturated Fat Response
12-week Recipe Guide
Genotype Specific Shopping List
Vitamin B Need
Vitamin D Need
Sports Injury Resilience
Recovery Nutrition Needs
Aerobic (Vo2 Max) Potential
Fitness Genotype Breakdown
Armed with the knowledge of which specific genetic variations we are blessed with, we can make informed dietary and exercise choices to improve general wellbeing too.
If you eat right, and choose an effective exercise regime for your genetics, you will likely feel much better and achieve better results, faster.