With the start of the new year, it’s common and even encouraged to turn our mind set from holiday treats to finding answers to our health. Who doesn’t want a fresh start and a new beginning? But where to start? Diets and exercise are great, and you know they help, but have you thought about the answers your genetics could hold…?
The way you function and live your everyday life is a result of your genes plus the environment around you. By doing genetic testing to look at your genetic code, you gain a wealth of knowledge about what YOU need specifically to function at YOUR very best. It gives answers that everyone struggles to find. What foods YOU should eat or avoid and what supplements will benefit YOU as a unique individual. No more of this one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare, it’s time to make this personal. Understanding the unique variation of YOUR genes allows you to very specifically and more powerfully control your mood, inflammation, energy, detox pathways and much, much more.
Methylation has been a buzz word in the health world lately, and rightly so. Without proper methylation, many of the chemical processes of our bodies would simply stop. Simply put, this is how your body uses B vitamins for energy and starts the detoxification process. Methylation is a chemistry term implying that 1 carbon and 3 hydrogens are transferred from one substance to another. This allows the body to then change the chemical structure of these substances which facilitates detox, fat metabolism, cardiovascular health and makes neurotransmitters. When proper methylation occurs, the body systems can hum along without any problems. Unfortunately, about 60% of Americans have some kind of weakness with how they are able to methylate. Unlike other genetic tests that tell you how likely you are to die from cancer, or that you are 30% French, this type of genetics, biochemistry genetics, is that knowing your weakness allows you to strengthen it. If you know where the weaknesses are, you can supplement around those weaknesses and bring back the vitality you once knew.
Inflammation is a response from the immune system when there is a problem. Sometimes these problems are small, and the inflammation is short lived. At other times, the inflammation lasts for a long span of time, which unfortunately causes even more problems. There are certain switches we have that turn inflammation on, and for some of us, these switches turn on really easily. We also have switches that turn inflammation off when it is not needed anymore. But, like the on switches, some people struggle to turn off their inflammation. Inflammation can be extremely hard to detect or feel, but some examples of inflammation are: Brain fog, achy joints, headaches, and gut problems.
Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that run our brain, and therefore your life. These chemicals play a key role in some very sensitive systems, and anything that causes an imbalance in part of these systems can have dramatic influences in how we feel and function. Serotonin for example is often thought of as the happiness neurotransmitter, but also regulates: addiction, aggression, anxiety, appetite, blood pressure, heart rate, memory, sexual behavior, sleep, gut and many more. Serotonin is only one of many neurotransmitters. The body needs to be efficient at making these chemicals, using them, and then recycling them. This is healthy. Every brain has its weaknesses, what are yours and how can you help it? Genetics is the answer.
Have you ever heard of glutathione? This is one of the key players our bodies use to clean itself out. If you have adequate glutathione your immune system, brain, liver, gut, etc. function extremely well. Without it, we end up with damaged oxidized tissues. Understanding and tracking how glutathione is made, used and recycled in different parts of the body can be a very important key to health. Understanding your bodies genetics with the different detox pathways, along with glutathione can be the key to really supporting the bodies main functions of building itself up and cleaning itself out.
There are many other areas that can be tested and genetically mapped out. Different panels available include: Female health, Men’s health, Brain, Autoimmune, Gut, Chronic Pain and Pharmacogenomics. Looking to be healthy in 2019?
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Dr. Brent Noorda St. George, UT – NUCCA Chiropractor, Functional Medicine
Dr. Shane Preece St. George, UT – NUCCA Chiropractor, Pediatrics
Jen Myers, LAc St. George, UT– Genetics, Functional Medicine