With the advancements in genome and DNA sequencing, ancestry DNA companies have been on the rise. Companies like Ancestry and 23andMe have made a name for themselves with their ability to take your DNA and provide you with detailed information about what populations your DNA stems from, insight into your heritage, and even the ability to match up with relatives based on DNA similarities and build a family tree. And really, who doesn’t want to know more about who they are and where they’ve come from? Read More
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Coffee, coffee, coffee. You can’t live with it and some of us most definitely can’t live without it. For most of us, waking up and grabbing that first cup o’joe is essential. We literally can’t function without it, but the truth is that our dependency on coffee isn’t exactly helping our health. The main component in coffee that wakes us up and makes it so addictive is caffeine, also known as one of the most common stimulants in our lives (maybe following right behind sugar). But your susceptibility to coffee jitters after just one cup or your ability to toss back cups on cups of coffee each day and still feel like you need more may all be due to your genetics. Surprise, surprise, it can always be traced back to your genes! Read More
Here at Genetic Direction, we tailor make individualized fitness and health plans based on your very own genes. But what does it really mean when your test results come back from us and you test positive for certain genes that relate to obesity, difficulty methylating nutrients, rapid aging, and more? Well the truth is that while you may carry genes that put you at higher risk of these outcomes, your genes aren’t your destiny.
The completion of the Human Genome Project and the complete mapping of the human genome in 2004 made way for an entirely new field of research and lead to great advancements in the world of medicine. Since that moment, scientists and doctors have been able to pin point specific genes that may lead to increased risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancers, etc. Through much of this research, it has become clear that many diseases have a racial pattern based on genetic ancestry. But what happens when we pull race into the mix when it comes to genetics based medicine?
Did you know that your gut is filled with a complex network of living microorganisms including bacteria and fungus? That’s right, as you’re reading this your gut is crawling with thousands of little critters, but while that might sound like the beginning of a horror film, it’s a good thing. As humans (and most mammals) evolved, we formed symbiotic relationships with gut bacteria that aided our digestion and enabled us to eat the wide and varying diets that we do. By the time you’re two years old, your gut is fully formed and seeded with good bacteria that ferment dietary fiber, support the immune system, inhibit the effect of pathogens on the body, synthesize vitamins, and metabolize most of what we eat. But what happens when the environment in our gut shifts and leads way to an overgrowth of bad bacteria? Read More
When you wake up in the morning, what’s your go to meal? Maybe a bowl of multigrain cereal with 2% milk, maybe a small bowl of strawberry yogurt with some pieces of fruit. Maybe you’re more traditional and prefer pancakes with syrup, bacon, eggs, the whole shebang. Or maybe you’re one of those people who runs out the door with their vanilla latter or coffee with cream and sugar. No matter your eating habits, odds are you’re starting off your day with way more sugar than you even realized. In fact, your entire diet likely consists of hidden processed and refined sugars and could be what’s keeping you from feeling energized, losing those few stubborn pounds, or even causing more serious health concerns. Read More
Whether you like it or not, working out is a great thing. It’s a way to get your body moving, your blood pumping and your heart racing. Sometimes getting started on a consistent work out schedule can be a miserable experience, but that’s only because your body is still adjusting to that much activity. So let’s talk about what working out really is, all the different reasons you should be doing it, and all the benefits of being active. Read More
If you’ve been following our blog, or our products for that matter, then you know that our individual genetics have an effect on how our bodies process food and nutrients, as well as how well it will react to exercise. We also know that if we know how our bodies react to food and exercise, then we can leverage that information to get the most out our bodies. The same goes with how we age. We can now leverage our genetic information to slow down the effects of aging.
At this point, you may be asking yourself: “How is that even possible?”
Not only is it possible, but the process for combating the effects of genetic aging is a simple one: locate your weak points and target them. The first step to figuring out your weak points is knowing where they might be. With GxRenew, we give you insight into those weak points and provide the tools to potentially improve your personal aging process. Read More
Metabolism. Chances are you’ve heard this word and understand it to be related to how efficiently your body processes food and energy, which is true. High metabolism means you will burn more energy and probably store less fat, and a low metabolism means you will burn less energy and might be susceptible to weight gain.
Did you know that your daily behavior and lifestyle have significant effects on your metabolism?
Here are 7 quick and easy tips to boost your metabolism:
- Eat breakfast! You know how people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day? That’s because if you don’t eat in the morning, your body thinks that food is scarce for the day so it holds back your metabolism and energy expenditures so you don’t waste too many calories. Eating a breakfast at the start of your day tells your body that more food is coming so it starts burning calories at full capacity.
- Work out before your breakfast! If you wake up and go straight for a walk or run, you are going to be burning calories from whatever is left in your stomach, which shouldn’t be much after sleeping, and then move onto your energy stored in your body. If you wait until after your breakfast, then you will mostly be burning off just the food in your stomach. Even doing a few sets of pushups or air squats before you eat can help.
- More muscles = higher metabolism! Not only that, but high intensity interval training (aka, “HIIT”) will provide you with an additional boost on your metabolism for the 24-48 hours following your workout session. Ample protein is necessary building muscle, so make sure you have plenty of protein in your diet.
- Drink lots of water! Not only is water essential to a healthy body, but it also takes energy to digest it. Drinking water as soon as you wake up can also help jump-start your metabolism. Try keeping water on your nightstand for the morning.
- Get your omega 3’s! Omega 3, typically found in fish oil, improves your cardiovascular efficiency and will result in a more balanced metabolism. Try to get at least 1000mg per day. Flaxseed oil is also another good source of omega 3.
- Eat healthier! Whole foods with pesticides and preservatives will interfere with your thyroid, preventing your metabolism from running at full speed after eating. In addition to having zero nutritional benefit, refined sugars will trigger insulin spiking and make you feel sluggish, working against an active lifestyle.
- Be more active! Being active, even with little things, will not only burn more calories during that activity but also temporarily give you a slight increase in metabolism. Adopting a more active lifestyle can collectively add up to as much activity as a daily workout! There are plenty of ways to work this into your day, and you can always kick it up a notch if you are already doing these things and want to see improved results:
- Take the stairs.
- Use a small glass of water at your desk so you have to keep getting up to refill it.
- Walk to get food or run an errand instead of driving.
- Park further away so it forces you to walk a little more.
- Play golf? Walk instead of riding the cart.
When people hear about our programs, the first thing they want to know is how they work. We always explain the process, but sometimes it’s better to hear about a real experience from someone that doesn’t work for the company that makes the product. So I’d like to share the experience of Hannah Wallace, from Sarasota Magazine, with GxSlim, which she documented in the magazine’s “I was a human guinea pig” segment in June of last year.
Hannah had her GxSlim test performed at ARCpoint Labs, an affiliate partner with Genetic Direction located in Sarasota, Florida. In case you are not aware, you can purchase our tests directly from us via our website, or from a local affiliate (physician, dietitian, etc.), with the added benefit of the affiliate providing in-person coaching on diet and exercise recommendations.
After an anxious two weeks, Hannah received her results. She was a little taken aback by some of the report’s findings, but was provided clarity and reassurance once she spoke to a health professional, which she described as “arguably the most important part of this process”. Once Hannah and her health professional coach were able to customize a weight loss routine based on her genetics, she was off to the races. While some of the results may not be what a person hopes for (we can’t all have super high metabolism), some of the truth of your genes can actually be refreshingly good news. For Hannah, her good news came in the form of her fat loss response to cardio being low. She could now enjoy long walks and light jogs, which she used to think weren’t helping her, because they are the key to her losing weight from cardio. Once you know this about yourself, like Hannah, you can adjust your expectations and avoid being discouraged when you don’t reach potentially unrealistic results. Most importantly, you can modify your diet and exercise programs to take full advantage of your new-found knowledge of your genetics and see better results from your efforts.
“Now I don’t look for instantaneous weight loss. I know I have to be patient, and I know it’s not my fault—it’s my genes.” —Hannah Wallace