I’ve been studying genetics for a long time. Working in a genetics research lab is how I put myself through college! But it wasn’t until recently that I found a way to really use this information in my daily health practices. In this article, I share with you a fantastic service for finding the right diet for your genes.
In this great video, the folks at GH HealthWatch illustrate how you can develop a personalized diet from knowing your genes.
My mother and I are both AA (also reported as TT, since these are the bases that join to form a pair). This is not surprising, since we are primarily of European descent. According to the video, this means we should be able to produce all of the fatty acids we need from plants. Interestingly, however, we both have some variants of genes that convert beta-carotene to vitamin A, which means it is better if we get our vitamin A from animal sources. (Knowing this, I make sure to include cod liver oil in my daily supplement regimen.)
We learned this about ourselves on the GB HealthWatch website, where you can upload raw genetic data from 23andme and get lots of useful information on how your body is likely to process the foods you eat. Best of all, you can do this for free. All you have to do is upload your raw genetic data from 23andme on their site. Once uploaded, read the article “Are Plant or Animal Fats Better for You?,” and select “Show Gene Info” on the upper left to see your FADS1 genotype.
Besides some guidance on the best foods for me, I’ve gotten even more health insights from this website. Before I went on a gluten-free and high nutrition whole foods diet, I suffered from canker sores. Well, GB HealthWatch tells me why—I have high risk genes in 2 major contributors to this problem! Fortunately, the dietary changes I have made have calmed my immune system down and provided the nutritional support I need to be well.
If you haven’t been genotyped on 23andme yet, check it out now! Then, upload your raw data, for free, at GB HealthWatch and learn more about which diet is best for your genes!
Regardless of your genes, remember, a whole foods diet is the healthiest—eating foods in as close to their natural state as possible helps you get the most nutrients in each bite. Be sure to consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains or meat, and eggs or fish, depending on your preferences and the foods that feel best in your body!