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
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!
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
Genetics can seem like an intimidating subject, one that’s only meant for molecular biology PhD students and tenured professors. While genetic inheritance is extremely complicated and closely tied into gene expression (a subject that still has much to be discovered and understood), the basics of genetics and genetic heredity can be easily explained using something as simple as the color of a pea flower… Read More
Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that most Americans associate with margaritas and tequila, is actually a day to celebrate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire in 1862. And despite its confusion with Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo has been adopted as a day for Mexican Americans and anyone of Mexican descent to celebrate their heritage. So in order to celebrate, we wanted to talk about the unique genetic diversity of the peoples of Mexico! Read More
It’s no secret to anyone that personalized genetics based test kits have risen in popularity in the past few years. In fact, Amazon announced that 23andMe was one of its top five purchases during this past holiday season, that’s a lot of personal genetic data being spit into tubes and shipped off for testing. But what happens to all that data once it’s been used to provide the buyer with ancestry details or personalize health and wellness plans? What really happens to your DNA after it’s tested? Read More
So you decide to treat yourself and purchase GxSlim, our DNA-based health & fitness program. You open your test kit, swab the inside of your cheek, send your sample off to us, and voila! you have your personalized results paired with professional advice to help put you on your weight loss and fitness path. But what exactly do we look at in order to create such a personalized plan designed uniquely for you? Well, genes of course! Read More
Saliva. It’s not very glamorous, and it doesn’t seem all that scientific, but the fact is that we can get a lot of information from just a small swab of spit. And that’s exactly what we do when we process your saliva sample from one of our Genetic Direction kits. But how do we take a q-tip soaked in spittle and extract DNA from it?
If you’ve ever walked into a grocery store or pharmacy, you’ve probably seen probiotics in the “health foods” or supplements aisle. In the past few years, probiotics have gained popularity in the health and wellness industry with claims that supplementing with probiotics can lead to improved digestion and energy, a boosted immune system and just greater health overall. Claims like that certainly can’t be ignored, so we wanted to talk all things probiotics…the good, the bad and the unknown. Read More