It’s that wonderful time of year when the leaves start to change colors, the cool brisk breeze begins to pick up, and the pumpkin spice lattes make their first appearances. That’s right, it’s fall, that glorious season that marks the end of summer and the beginning of those colder months. There’s no doubt that a change of seasons brings with it other forms of change as well, but what does a change in season mean for our genes? Read More
Did you know your genes determine if your body is resistant to losing weight? Genetic predisposition also plays a roll in how our bodies show signs of aging. Enter your email address below to receive our free instructional guides. Learn 7 ways your DNA influences your ability to lose weight, process carbohydrates in your diet, effectively absorb folate, and more!
Age. It’s one of the greatest defining factors of who we are. It defines when we get to start driving, when we get to vote, when we should no longer be living with our parents and when we should probably stop driving. Every aspect of our lives centers around age, and whether we like it or not, it’s a process that we can’t stop from happening. So why is it that we age at all? Read More
Milk and cheese. No we’re not listing your favorite foods, although some of our tastiest treats do involve these two ingredients. We’re talking about dairy and, more specifically, the inability to consume dairy without some unwanted side effects. Lactose intolerance is somewhat of an enigma, being claimed as a full blown allergy by some and completely ignored by others. While a true intolerance to dairy products may be difficult to pinpoint on symptoms alone, there is actually some genetics involved in our inability to digest dairy products. Read More
Historically speaking, humans evolved while consuming insects. In fact, most cultures around the world continue to praise insect protein as a delicacy, sometimes even valuing it over meat. While bugs have maintained a bad reputation in the western world as gross creepy crawlies, they’re the ideal protein of the future. Easy and quick to farm, insects could provide the world’s protein at a significantly lower environmental impact than traditional meat sources which begs the questions, will your morning bacon and eggs soon be replaced with beetles and mealworms? Read More
We’re all about leading a healthy and fit lifestyle here at Genetic Direction and one of the biggest aspects of staying healthy is balance. So while we love when you hit the gym or eat a heaping serving of fruits and veggies, we also love when you take some time to kick up your feet and just relax. That’s right, we want you to Netflix & Chill. Read More
Hippocrates wasn’t joking around when he said that “all disease begins in the gut”. Nearly 2000 years later, we’re finally realizing that he may have actually been onto something. In the past decade, science has slowly started to uncover the connection between the Brain and the Gut and it’s a stronger connection than we ever could have guessed. In fact, the health of the gut may be the new solution to all of our mental health needs. Read More
We’re proud to announce that Nutrisystem®, a leading provider of health and wellness weight management programs has announced the release of their new program DNA Body Blueprint™. The new program will utilize DNA testing developed by Genetic Direction to provide personalized plans that target nutrition, eating behaviors and metabolism based on an individual’s genetic makeup. Read More
The yoga practice has become extremely popular over the course of the last few decades, especially in recent years with the increase of social media yogis gaining popularity with their gravity defying headstands and backbends. Seeing this type of advanced practice can be intimidating for the beginner, but yoga is much more than advanced poses. In fact, yoga is one of the best forms of exercise to start out with if you’re looking to get back into a fitness regime. Read More
Health and wellness has quickly grown to be hot topic in recent years, with popular Instagrammers preaching self care and YouTubers documenting their wellbeing routines. Taking care of your body and putting health first is now the cool thing to do, which we absolutely love! And while the internet has been an amazing resource for building a community of knowledge and “health-minded” people, it’s also created an environment that makes it hard to sort out what’s truly good for us and what’s simply another product or ploy being fed to us for profit. Read More
Are Humans Still Evolving?
This isn’t a question we find ourselves asking all too often, mostly because we as humans don’t really face the same life or death pressures to stay one step ahead in the game of evolution that our very distant relatives may have. We have no true predators (other than ourselves), food is widely abundant (for most) and medical advances have extended the average lifespan, meaning that most of us can get sick and still end up having children successfully and pass on our genes. From this standpoint, it would be easy to assume that evolution no longer applies to the average human, but we want to know, are humans still under evolutionary pressure? Read More