You are what you eat…or are you? How your Genes May Influence your Spring Diet by Quinn Hand, ND #WellbeingWednesday
As the crocus and daffodils push through the last of the winter snow, signifying the start of a new season, we rouse from our long winter slumber seeking a fresh start. For many of us, this means it’s time to shake off the cold season’s comfort food in search of a nutritious, perhaps even detoxifying, kick start to spring. But, how many times have you tried the next great diet only to find out that your best friend had amazing results, while you felt just ‘ok’? What if I told you it all comes down to your genetics? Better yet, what if I told you there was a way to understand your unique genetic makeup and how it dictates the way your body digests, metabolizes and utilizes the food you eat?
Well, thanks to the amazing advancement in the field of genetics, now we can understand our genes and how they interact with the foods we eat using a simple blood test. Nutrigenomics is the study of the relationship between how your genes determine your unique response to diet—sometimes called nutrigenetics—and how nutrients from your diet elicit responses for your genes. Once these nutrients enter your blood, tissues and cells, they affect the way your genes behave. In turn, this influences how your cells function and, ultimately, the well-being of your body.
Research has now shown that dietary imbalances, not necessarily as determined by the ‘one size fits all generic dietary guidelines’, but rather as determined by your unique genetic make-up, can be the underpinnings for weight gain, high cholesterol and chronic diseases.
What does this all mean? It means your diet is more than a calorie counting exercise. It means that your lack of results with diets past may not be your absence of will power. It means by understanding your genes through a simple blood test, a personalized and optimized nutritional plan can be created to help you achieve your best health. So, if you want see results from your spring diet, just like your best friend, then cracking your genetic code is your key to lasting health and success.
Dr. Quinn Hand is founder and clinical director of Q Wellness, she is also a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Hand is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Tp learn more visit: Q Wellness