Why a DNA test is the best tool to help you understand your health
Thanks to personalised healthcare and specific DNA tests offered by genetic testing laboratories such as DNAlysis Biotechnology, you can take responsibility for your health and find out exactly what works for you!
I’m a huge fan of DNA tests – because each one I’ve had, has revealed everything I need to know about my unique body, so that I can make informed decisions, rather than feeling overwhelmed or confused with all the consumer information we’re bombarded with daily.
What can your DNA reveal?
- Your chronic disease risks
- Your mental health status and risks for certain mental disorders such as depression
- Your sensitivity to certain medications
- Your athletic abilities, as well as the type of exercise you should be doing
- Which diet plan would be best for you, including how to manage cravings, lose weight etc.
- How to best take care of your skin and prevent the signs of ageing
- And much more…
Watch the video here:
In a nutshell, I’ve sat with many men and women who have been on strict diets or rigorous exercise regimes and still haven’t gotten the results they’re after. Why? Because what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another, and this is where the magic of personalised healthcare comes in. It takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out what will work for you – because your DNA doesn’t lie.
DNA tests are designed to help you understand your weaknesses, know how you should be eating, and what training you should be doing for optimal results. For instance, endurance-type training doesn’t suit everyone. I for instance, am prone to inflammation and stiffness after high intensity training, which is why rebounding works so well for me. It’s low impact yet gets your heart rate up and improves your cardiovascular fitness without being too jarring on your joints and muscles.
As I mentioned in the video, I honestly believe that DNA testing is something you should do when you’re 18 so that you can take control and responsibility for your overall health and wellbeing from a young age. This includes managing your risk for certain chronic health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. as well as taking steps to prevent obesity and manage your mental health.
Dr Meyersfeld and I both agree that when it comes to your health, prevention is always better than cure. “What is important to understand is, what your genes may predispose you to in combination with environmental factors, and how to manage this,” he says.
How the tests work
- Step 1 You must avoid drinking or eating for an hour before giving your swab sample.
- Step 2 Use the swab sample kit to take a cheek swab (The swab must be from the inside of your cheek).
- Step 3 A courier service will collect your sample and deliver it to the DNAlysis Biotechnology lab where they will use the DNA sample to analyse your unique genetic variations.
Step 4 Your practitioner will call you to arrange a meeting (one-on-one or telephonically) to go through your results.
The DNA tests I’ve had done so far (Yep, I’ve had a few!)
Test: DNA Diet
Test: DNA Sport
Test: DNA Mind
NOTE: When I had this pharmacological test done, it was called MyGeneRx. It’s since been changed to MedCheck and covers everything from how your body might respond to cardiovascular medications such as statins, to pain medications, antidepressants and medications such as Tamoxifen.