I’ve recently completed a 10 week Nutrigenomics Practitioner training programme with Lifecode Gx, one of the leading suppliers of genomic reports, and I’m proud to say that I am now a certified provider of their tests.
What is Nutrigenomics?
Nutrigenomics is the practice of using nutritional and lifestyle strategies tailored to an individual’s unique genomics to provide a preventative, proactive and personalised approach to health. Variations in our genome (DNA) are what makes each of us unique and can have significant impacts on our life and health. Whilst one gene variant can make a difference, most chronic diseases result from the interplay between multiple common variants (SNPs) and environmental factors.
Lifecode Gx® offers a range of specialist nutrigenomics DNA test panels which inform how inherited health risks can be mitigated through personalised nutrition and lifestyle change.
What type of panels do they offer?
Visit the Lifecode Gx website to see their full range of products and to look at sample reports. Here are the reports that I use most regularly with my clients:
This is for the curious amongst you. This report gives you an insight into your variations on a broad range of genes (25 in total) that influence your body’s ability to absorb and utilise specific vitamins, your sensitivity to caffeine, your propensity to be lactose or gluten intolerant, your propensity to develop high blood pressure, your metabolic capabilities in terms of blood sugar control and appetite, your propensity to develop inflammation, whether or not you are a night owl or a lark, and much more.
To date this has been the report that I have used most frequently (alongside Methylation) as it can be very useful to support clients with low mood, addictions, over-eating, ADHD, stress and an inability to relax. The report enables you to see how your body makes, receives and metabolises neurotransmitters, the chemical signals that govern how we interact with our environment.
I always encourage clients to order this report alongside any other as Methylation underpins so many processes in the body. We are methylating every millisecond of the day, and this complex process creates the outputs that we need for many functions in the body to work optimally from neurotransmitter production to metabolism and detoxification. Poor methylation status is linked to fertility, mood disorders, low energy, poor detoxification, cardiovascular disease, food and chemical intolerances, migraines and cancer.
A very hot topic! This is how I became interested in Lifecode Gx’s products. I have long suspected that I have Histamine Intolerance. The range of foods that I can’t tolerate is huge, I get the biggest mosquito bites and I can put on pounds over the weekend if I drink and eat specific foods, and it has a part to play in Long Covid. This report maps out your body’s ability to break down histamine and with this knowledge we can tailor a diet and lifestyle that is more supportive to you.
How can these Nutrigenomic reports help me?
The level of insight that these reports give us enables me to create a programme for you that is truly personalised to the way that your body works. We can support pathways that might be down or up-regulated by knowing which co-factors your body needs or is lacking. We can tailor your supplements to forms that we know your body will be able to utilise.
What does the test involve?
The cost of the package includes a simple DNA sample taken from a mouth swab.
How long does it take to get the results?
The results take up to 3 working weeks from the date when your sample is received
Will I understand the reports?
The reports are very user friendly, using colour coding to highlight the genes which could be problematic. They are very detailed, providing all the information and references for each of the genes featured. My job is to help you understand the reports and create a tailored programme for you that is practical and realistic.
How much does it cost?
For the curious package: £499
This package includes the Nutrient Core report, an initial consultation of 1.5 hrs and a follow up consultation of 45 minutes plus a tailored protocol and supplement programme
For those looking for answers: £699
This package includes the Methylation report plus one other report, an initial consultation of 1.5hrs and a follow up consultation of 45 minutes, plus a tailored protocol and supplement programme
If you would like to find out more about Nutrigenomics and how it might help you, please book in for a free 15 minute Discovery call with me.