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DNA & Epigenetics

Optimise your health!

Why do I need it?

An epigenetic health test uses your genes to determine how to optimise your health. You are made up of a genetic code which makes you YOU; it’s a blueprint the body uses which determine how you function. We can’t change our genes, but we can affect how our genes are used (or “expressed”). This is where epigenetics comes in – it looks at how we can change our habits and lifestyle to express the right genes!

What is it?

An epigenetic test allows you to optimise lifestyle changes that actually benefit you, which help you see results. It allows you to see how your changes are affecting your overall health, even when you can’t see a physical result. Many times it can give you insight on what needs to change, which may not be what you expected!

You may think your fatigue is due to lack of sleep, but it may be due to an inability to use certain key vitamins or minerals. Knowing what can help and seeing change (even if tiny change) gives us more motivation and positive affirmation that our habits are helping.

Check to see how well your body is working.

Epigenetics play an essential role in our biological age. Your biological age is how well your body is working (how your cells are ageing), which is infuenced by diet, exercise, lifestyle and your environment, and can be a lot lower than your chronological age.

Many genes in our body are helpful, and some are harmful; these gene
expression (the reading and usage of genes) is turned on and off by
methylation (adding a chemical group “switch”). By changing some of our lifestyle factors, we can determine if they turn the good genes on and the bad genes off, thus improving our overall health and biological age!

Biological age, what does this mean?

Epigenetics play an essential role in our biological age. Your biological age is how well your body is working (how your cells are ageing), which is infuenced by diet, exercise, lifestyle and your environment, and can be a lot lower than your chronological age.

Many genes in our body are helpful, and some are harmful; these gene expression (the reading and usage of genes) is turned on and off by methylation (adding a chemical group “switch”). By changing some of our lifestyle factors, we can determine if they turn the good genes on and the bad genes off, thus improving our overall health and biological age!

An example

A smoker may have certain genes demethylated (turned “off”) which are normally turned on in a non-smoker; heavy smokers may have more genes demethylated. After quitting smoking, former smokers may start increasing methylation in those genes, which will decrease their biological age – decreasing certain health risks. Over time, they can reach the same levels as that of a non-smoker, depending on the measures taken.

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