Obtaining your genetic data is now as easy as paying a fee and getting a mouth swab. Today, it is becoming increasingly accessible to everyone. But what exactly can you get from exploring your own code of life? Here we will uncover the traps to avoid, and unveil how you can make the most out of this exciting genomic revolution.
There is no doubt that the way we live can be revolutionised with a better understanding of human genetics.
As DNA data is increasingly accessible, and research continues to discover how to translate this information, this revolution becomes more and more of a reality.
But what is there for you to learn from your DNA?
Personal DNA testing and the growing science of genomics can reveal a person's unique fitness potential, nutritional needs, risk factors, and other genetic traits and inherited conditions.
How does it work?
To understand how it works we must first look at your SNP'S.
What's your SNP's?
To make new cells, an existing cell divides in two. But first, it copies its DNA so the new cells will have a complete set of genetic instructions (a follow-up to biomolecular letter ACGT). Cells sometimes make mistakes during the copying process - kind of like typos. These typos lead to variations in the DNA sequence in particular locations which are called single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs (pronounced "snips").
What are the Consequences of SNPs?
SNPs can generate biological variation by causing differences in the recipes for proteins. Those differences can influence a variety of traits such as appearance, disease susceptibility, or even your individual response to drugs. While some SNPs lead to differences in health or physical appearance, most SNPs seem to lead to no observable differences between people at all. For example insulin sensitivity, detoxification pathways, etc.
This is all great, but what can you do with it?
Over-the-counter genetic testing is very likely for the near future, and could be as easy to obtain as a pregnancy test.
While SNP's give you a snapshot of your risk factors, it's not accurate enough to predict if you will develop the disease associated with it. In fact, it is important to understand that your "risk" factor does not mean you are doomed!
It is important to understand that DNA testing is a tool. This tool can be used to gain knowledge about yourself, and turn that knowledge into sustainable habits and lifestyle changes.
Avoid the DNA test trap.
Many of my clients turn to me after having done a DNA test. For them, the test itself did not make a difference in their lifestyle. More importantly, they could barely make sense of the information they got out of it. Therefore, they did not get the results they were hoping for and were left disappointed by the process.
Why? Becuase the information itself is worthless unless an implementation plan is made using the results. The value in DNA testing comes from the implementation.
Because DNA testing is an ongoing trend, many companies will promise a test result, and then give you with a lengthy report that provides little to no value to you. These companies will rarely supply clients with qualified consulting related to the test results. This post-test support is necessary in order to implement sustainable changes.
Marketers know that we, as human beings, will continuously spend our money on better health and a better physique. For this reason, they will often charge a fee in exchange for information but provide little to no support after the information is provided.
Unfortunately, this has led a lot of people into thinking that DNA testing is another "get rich quick scheme". In reality, DNA testing is a wonderful tool that can help you start an exciting journey towards personalised health mastery.
A DNA test is key to cracking your health code.
DNA testing allows you to step out of a one size fits all model, so you are able to adopt a more personalised health approach. It also helps avoid the guesswork associated with health and fitness and allow you to focus on your own personalised priorities. This will help you make the changes that count.
The GenSmart Methodology that I described in my book Cracking your Health code, explains the importance of pairing your personalised genomics with a supportive and practical goal-setting approach.
This vision has already helped hundreds of people to optimise their health and lifestyle potential, empowering them to make the best changes and build better habits.
Imagine how powerful it could be to remove all of the overwhelming health and wellness information currently available, and to make it personalised to you. To have the blueprint, expertise, and support necessary to achieve your personalised health mastery, and to remove the noise from other health approaches that would likely not work for you.
Even though DNA testing is still in its early age, it has already become a key player in the health and wellness industry and in the evolution of medicine. Numerous researchers are currently using DNA data to fight both common and rare diseases with amazing results.
Commercialising DNA testing for public use is surely disruptive. However, it has already ignited a new trend of personalised health and lifestyle programs. Also, DNA testing is based on long-term implementation rather that a quick fix model which further shows how revolutionary it can be.
Avoiding the DNA testing trap and using the data as a tool to derive a personalised program is what will deliver the best results.
The question is, are you ready to take on this transformational journey towards health mastery?
If you are and want to know more about the process, contact me to book your complimentary call. Real life changes start there.