Being a total health nerd, getting my DNA tested was the absolute highlight of my week! I couldn’t wait to find out more about what’s going on beneath the surface. When the results finally arrived I was all over them like honey on a hot biscuit (let’s pause and visualize that – mmmm).
Alright, moving on. I loved the test. It was very insightful and for other things it really helped set my mind at ease.
The test only takes 10 seconds(ish). I received a small package in the mail with the swab and instructions. Swab left, swab right on the inside of your cheek and your work is done. Pfew, doesn’t sound too hard does it?
A few weeks later, my complete DNA Diet and Fit reports were sent to me
per email. They include explanations on my specific genetic variations and
how these might affect my health as well as tips on what you can do to
If you’d like to discuss your results with a health care professional, I
recommend that you contact somebody that has experience with DNA
testing in order to get customized recommendations that fit your
needs and lifestyle.
If you’d like to set up an appointment with me to get your DNA tested
and receive a customized set of recommendations, you can contact me here.
My test results
Note that I’ve only listed the test results with high variations (mutations) below. There are many more genes tested that showed up as working ‘well’ on my report, I have therefore not discussed them further.
Example of further resultsIt was awesome to learn that although I have some level of variations in the genes that metabolize my macronutrients (carbs, fats, protein), everything was still on the ‘Good’ spectrum.
Due to issues with dry skin, I thought fat metabolism might be an issue, but now I can take my mind off of that as everything is A-Okay.
I knew it!
The following test results confirmed something I already suspected, but now I know.
How well I process caffeine in my diet – 50% variation
I knew I don’t process caffeine well. However, I thought it was always due to issues I’ve had with my liver. Now I know that it’s genetic and can relax because every time I got the jitters from drinking coffee, I’d freak out thinking my liver was having issues again.
How well I digest lactose from dairy products – 50% variation
Most of us have a 100% variation in these genes because it is in our nature to stop producing the lactose-digesting enzyme lactase at the age of 4. I’m going to continue to stay away from milk because I know it truly benefits my health and I can get all nutrients from other sources.
Your ability to regulate your body mass index – 40% variation
This took me back to my early 20’s when I packed on a few too many pounds and simply could not get rid of them. Although I am slim today, it isn’t something that simply happens. I continuously balance my diet to ensure that I get the nutrients I need whilst still enjoying the food that I love (like chocolate, wine and nachos).
How well you process vitamin B6 for macronutrient metabolism – 50% variation
How well you process folate for cell growth and healthy red blood cells – 40% variation
How well you process vitamin B12 for healthy nerve and blood cells – 33% variation
How well you process vitamin C for growth and development – 42% variation
Your ability to process Omega 3 for metabolism, brain health and reducing disease – 50% variation
These findings were awesome! What’s most interesting about them is that they all connect to the nervous system and adrenals, something that’s of great interest to me because my body doesn’t react well to stress and because I’ve suffered from really debilitating adrenal fatigue!!! This gave me so much peace of mind because I now know that I didn’t anything wrong, I might just have a genetic weakness.
As I believe in the power of whole foods, I’m going to drink green smoothies (high in b-complex vitamins and vitamin C) more frequently and I’m going to take E3 Live as a whole food supplement to increase my Omega 3 intake, due to the importance of this nutrient (and my ability to forget to add it to my diet). On days that I don’t consume enough of the required vitamins, I will supplement.
I now also have a possible answer to my constant dry skin: a potential vitamin C deficiency!
How suited you are for endurance activities – 47%
How suited you are for power, sprint and high-intensity activities – 58%
How well your muscles repair from physical activity – 50%
How well you manage oxygen during exercise – 44%
How well your body manages cardiovascular health – 50%
Another awesome find! You might’ve seen pictures of me climbing mountains, running races and joining my weekly Thursday night run crew. These are activities that I absolutely love! The views are spectacular, the people I meet are inspiring and participating in races is an absolute thrill, but I knew that something wasn’t right. Everyone around me got faster, ran further and got up again the next day to do it all over. But I didn’t. I stayed at my level, felt fatigued, weak and needed down time.
Having suffered from adrenal fatigue, I know that recovery takes time and I do attribute my fitness limitations to it. But now I also know that I might need to adjust my pace to fit what my body is okay with in order to allow it to thrive.
This doesn’t mean I’ll stop running, hiking or racing. Now I can simply be smart about it and knowingly plan in more recovery days, support recovery through diet and run at a slower pace, listening to what feels right to my body.
My biggest takeaway from this experience is that it put a stop to the guessing game. Thanks to the test I am able to pinpoint which nutrients my body might need help with and I don’t have to test a wide range of supplements before I figure out which one is the right one for me.
I hope this has provided you an insight of how a DNA test can help you improve your daily wellness.
Most clients we’ve worked with use it to improve their fitness, lose weight or simply to understand their body’s needs and be able to support it more efficiently on a day-to-day basis.
My biggest takeaway
My questions and uncertainties have been replaced with answers. Any criticism that was aimed at myself for doing something wrong, is now replaced with an action plan that is adapted to my needs. Instead of taking supplements that I might not even need, I can now invest in those that my body can truly benefit from (so glad I caught my Omega 3 variation!).
If you tend to be hard on yourself or have a specific health or fitness goal, I really believe that you can profit from a test as well. If peace of mind is all you get from it, that is already a huge step!
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In health & happiness,
This post is not sponsored, opinions are my own.
Natalie McCrae R.H.N.
I transform women's body's by teaching them to eat balanced meals so that they can quickly lose weight, without giving up 🍫 & 🍷