8 reasons why you should take a DNA test
If you’re new to the idea of taking a DNA test and would like to know what all the hype is about; I’ve compiled a list of top reasons why DNA testing should be on your list of priorities, because it really should!
A DNA test can reveal what’s best for you
Did you know that a simple DNA test can help you understand why you have a persistent sweet tooth? (I do!). Your DNA can also reveal what type of diet or exercise regime you should follow for your body type, how well you may or may not tolerate certain medications, why you might be more prone to depression and anxiety, and most importantly - how you can reduce your risk of disease through certain lifestyle tweaks and changes that are specific to you.
This is key for me – and why I love DNA testing… it’s personalised healthcare that empowers you to understand your unique mind and body, so that you can take the right steps to live your best, healthiest life!
As a wellness professional, these DNA tests also help me better understand my clients so that I can create customised programmes to suit specific needs and ultimately reach the goals my clients are after.
Remember, your DNA isn’t “interested” in the next fad diet or fitness trend. It doesn’t lie. It simply offers insight into what your body needs to thrive and can help you prevent potential chronic illnesses.
My journey with DNA testing
Since I started out in my career, I’ve been on a mission to help people reach their wellness goals (as well as my own).
So, when I came across DNAlysis Biotechnology a few years ago, I was so excited, to say the least. Why? Because this innovative genetic testing laboratory has finally made personalised healthcare available to you and me – through their nutrigenomic and pharmacogenomic tests. No more guessing about which diet is best to follow or whether CrossFit is the right exercise for you.
I went on a personal mission to discover more about my mind and body and had a few DNA tests done myself. I shared my results in a few blog posts to give you an idea of what to expect from a DNA test. Find out what my DNA Mind, DNA Sport, DNA Skin, DNA Diet and Medcheck results revealed.
After having all these DNA tests done, I found out so much about myself that I had to learn through years of trial and error! Although my results confirmed a lot of what I already knew, (such as I love sweet treats), it was great to have this confirmation.
Here are a few reasons why you should go for DNA testing:
1 It saves you time
Figuring out the best diet and exercise plan for yourself can take years, but these two factors play a big role in your overall health and wellbeing. With DNA testing, you can find out exactly what type of eating plan and exercise regime you should be following in one single test.
For example, my DNA tests revealed that my body doesn’t break down toxins too well. I’m also prone to inflammation and injury and should avoid high impact exercises and explosive moves such as jump squats and burpees. My body is better suited to endurance-type activities.
This proves why rebounding is the best exercise for me, and why I can do it repeatedly. It’s non-jarring, yet an effective strength building and cardiovascular activity. Plus, it helps to detox the entire body and is great for lymphatic drainage.
2 It helps you play to your strengths
Being aware of what your genes are telling you about yourself, allows you to do more of what’s good for you, and avoid what isn’t. it’s as simple as that!
3 It helps to prevent disease
The goal of DNA testing is not to scare you, but rather empower you to make individualised health choices to prevent disease.
4 It reveals how your body breaks down oestrogen
This is a key factor to consider when assessing your risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
The DNA oestrogen test analyses your genetic variations linked to poor oestrogen detoxification, so that you can have a clear picture of how your body breaks down oestrogen, and whether you should be on oestrogen-related hormonal therapies, or the contraceptive pill, for instance. This should be managed correctly to reduce your risk of these types of cancers.
5 It teaches you how to optimise your diet
Picture yourself standing at a buffet table and not knowing what to choose, what is healthy for me, what should I eat. Nutrigenetic testing can help identify the best diet type for you, not to get summer-ready, but a lifestyle to live by.
6 It empowers you to take the right supplements
You hear from friends, or from salespeople why you should be taking a basket full of supplements and why every single one is good for you.
Genetic testing, along with dietary analysis and guidance from a healthcare professional can help determine exactly what nutriceuticals you may need due to a genetic "weakness" or deficiency. That way, you can spend your money on what’s best for you personally, rather than what everyone else is taking.
7 It helps you identify which medications work for you
Everyone metabolises pharmaceuticals differently, and this affects how you respond to a medication, including whether it actually works for you, and what the risks for side effects are.
For instance, my body is slightly sensitive to pain medications, known as opioids. Therefore, pharmacogenetic testing can help you and your doctor know what you should be taking or avoiding and how to adjust your dosage accordingly.
8 It's the best gift you can give your children
In my opinion, DNA testing is the key to wellness and it’s the best investment you can make for yourself and your family. It really is the best gift you can give your child on his/her 18th birthday because it offers a “map” on how they should eat, exercise, what medications they should avoid, how much rest and recovery they need etc. In a nutshell, it will reveal everything they need to know to thrive and maintain a healthy body and mind.
Did you know that registered dietician, Carly Seager, offers DNA testing as part of her consultations? Find out how she can help you.