In last month’s “Happiness…Could the Key be in Your Genes?” article, I talked about genetic testing, running reports from the data and in one example explained how certain symptoms related to MTHFR gene mutations can be alleviated with supplementation. The topic of MTHFR gene mutations is enormous, but to keep things simple, a couple of ways you can ensure your body has the amount of folate it needs is first by eating foods rich in folate and secondly, if you discover you do have MTHFR genetic mutations, work with your health care professional to test for deficiencies in folate and B12 and then create a supplementation plan in support of bringing those deficiencies into balance. When you know what to focus on, healing happens and that healing can happen pretty quickly.
Another way to fine tune what to focus on for your health and well-being is by looking at SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) by searching within your genetic raw data **. An interesting example of what you can find when searching SNPs is if you discover you have the PPARG gene with a SNP called rs1801282(C;G) or rs1801282(G;G), your body could lose weight faster on a low-fat diet. Whereas if you the FABP2 gene with a SNP called Rs1799883(A;A), your body could lose weight faster on a low-carb diet. Approximately 45% of the population loses weight faster on a low-carb diet while 39% of the population loses weight faster on a low-fat diet. Knowing which path to follow saves money, time and energy. It is just so fascinating and empowering!!
As I learn more and more about nutrigenomics (the study of the effects of food on gene expression), I am convinced that mapping out our genetic profiles empowers us to learn what we can focus on, so healing happens in our lives and the lives of those we love.
Wishing you a happy and healthy October!!
All the best,
**Finding out if you have the SNPs referenced in this article is easy once you have your genetic data. If you use 23andme, it is easy to browse your raw data to search for individual SNPs to find out if your body does better on a low-carb or low-fat diet.
SNPedia, Article Title: Gs221; Article Title: rs1801282; Article Title: Rs1799883; Article Title: Rs1801133(T;T), MTHFR C677T.
"These 5 Genes Predict What Kind of Diet and Exercise Is Best For Your Body." Rockstar Research. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.