Imagine a world where passports, licenses, and social security cards were no longer needed for identification because the appearance of a person could be accurately reconstructed from their DNA alone. The truth is, that kind of future may not be that far off. 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!
In this day and age, it seems that one of our biggest concerns is aging. We want to live longer, look younger, live every year to the fullest and make sure that as the years disappear our health doesn’t. The anti-aging industry in the States alone is estimated to be worth about $19 billion. We’re constantly bombarded with products that promise results similar to the fountain of youth, but the truth is that aging well can only be achieved internally, when we feel like our years go by for a reason. Read More
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
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