What is Nutrigenomics?

Nutrigenomics is the study of interactions between genes, nutrients and health. A nutrigenomics test examines DNA to identify variants that can impact your health, but can be supported by diet and lifestyle.

To explain the difference between nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics as defined by ‘Lifecode Gx’ and ‘The Nutrigenomics Institute’ please read the following.

Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of the effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression. Nutrients interact with DNA through receptors and this interaction switches genes on or off.

Nutrigenetics is the scientific study of the effects of genetic variation on response to nutrients. In this case variations in genes (polymorphisms), alter how an organism responds to nutrients.

These two terms are often used interchangeably 

What is DNA analysis?

DNA analysis gives information about how your genes vary. We all have slight differences in our genes, called polymorphisms. This is what makes us individuals. Knowing how your genes differ, allows you to work with them and  become the best that you can be. This is the power of nutrigenomics.

How can a DNA test help me?

A DNA test allows a personalised approach to health by looking at the variation in your genes. Recommendations to your diet to support these variations might involve eating more of one food and less of another.

How accurate is the test?

The DNA test is 99.9% accurate, but the interpretation of the results can vary from company to company. Lifecode Gx qualified Nutrigenomics Practitioners ensure accurate, evidence-based, interpretation of results alongside clinically and practically relevant recommendations. This knowledge empowers you to make informed choices.

Do I need to get re-tested?

No, you don’t need do the same test again - as your genes are fixed - your genetic code doesn’t change throughout your lifetime. You may choose to do additional tests in the future to assess different genes.

How long does a DNA test take?

It takes about 6 weeks to receive your test swab, return it and have the results analysed ready for your consultation. Your report (pdf) will become available to you electronically (password protected) once our DNA health package consultation has taken place.

Do you ship worldwide?

DNA test kits can be sent anywhere in the world. Additional charges apply outside the U.K. Please enquire for further information. The charges are invoiced separately.

What is personalised nutrition?

A personal nutrition plan recommends foods specifically for you as an individual. It is based on your genes and how their interaction with the environment presents as physical characteristics and symptoms. Personalised nutrition, as a concept, developed through the knowledge of gene-diet interactions and the influence of diet on the development of conditions such as: diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Do I have a chronic condition?

Chronic conditions are many and varied. They are long lasting and appear to have no cure. Symptoms often develop slowly and are ongoing.  The condition may limit daily activities and impact quality of life. 

Nutritional based chronic disease results from an excess, or deficiency of nutrients. Modern life has resulted in a change in food production methods, a sedentary lifestyle and stress.  As we age our bodies often don’t work as efficiently as they once did and we develop bad habits.

What is Metabolic health?

Our metabolism is the process by which we generate and use energy in the body. It occurs in our cells and uses food as a fuel, primarily glucose. For good metabolic health we need to minimise large glucose swings. Poor metabolic health underlines most chronic diseases.

What is Coaching?

A coach helps you to set goals and works alongside you, helping you to achieve them. Health and well-being can be improved through alterations to diet and lifestyle. In order to do this, it is useful to explore the relationship that you have with food. Many of our associations with food are learnt behaviours that we have developed throughout our lives. By challenging these, we can change our behaviour. Combine this with the knowledge of nutrigenomics and we have a powerful tool for the coaching process.