Epigenetics And Nutrigenomics
Epigenetics: the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.
Nutrigenomics: the scientific study of the interaction of nutrition and genes, especially with regard to the prevention or treatment of disease.
Why should you get your child’s Genetic Health Profile from Genetics For Kids?
We all have genetic variations (also called mutations) in our DNA. Some of these mutations can cause serious health conditions if not addressed, often these are addressed with a variety of medications and or supplements, however, you can also affect the way that your child feels with things like proper nutrition and lifestyle adjustments. In a profound way.
The key to being able to do this is simple. Understand your child’s unique needs. Information is key.
The Genetics For Kids 66 Gene panel provides valuable information to better protect against and even treat certain health conditions.
Information for Your Health
The Genetics For Kids Health Profile will provide you with the information needed to be able to offer natural treatment and prevention options for a variety of health concerns including but not limited to:
- Poor Sleep Quality
- Low Energy
- Weight Gain
- Low Motivation
- Behavioral Disorders
- Lack of Focus
- Poor Achievement
- Anger Issues
- Academic Performance
What is Epigenetics?
Our DNA is expressed through our genes. Epigenetics is the science behind how our genes express themselves – how they are causing us to act and to feel. They instruct our cells to behave in certain ways. Ways that can be detrimental to our health and our feelings. Some of these expressions can cause symptoms like low energy, trouble focusing, distractibility or anger issues.
Alternatively, our genes may be expressing themselves in a beneficial manner leading us to happy, energetic, free of depression and anxiety, etc.
So, what determines how our genes are expressing themselves? How they are influencing our behavior? Our success or lack of success?
Our genes are affected by our individual gene mutations, our environment, our lifestyles and our diets. In order for our bodies and minds to achieve optimal function, we need to properly nourish our genes – This nourishment looks different for all of, as individuals with a unique genetic makeup, our bodies each have a different set of demands.
The scientific term for the nourishment of our genes is Nutrigenomics.
Nutrigenomics is the study and branch of genetic research related to how foods affect our genes and how, in return, genetic variations affect the way we react to nutrients in foods.
While still considered an emerging science, nutrigenomics is already transforming the way that we eat and how doctors and nutritionists recommend diets.
Nutrigenomics helps us gain a deeper understanding of the interaction between our genes and the food that we eat and what that means for our health. What an exciting concept this is!
Imagine being able to affect your mood positively just by giving your body the nutrition that it needs.
So what is the problem?
In our current culture we are absolutely bombarded by conflicting information and advice around what to eat, what to drink, when to eat or even how much to eat.
Our children are faced with advertisements touting sugar laden, non-nutritious food and being told that is is healthy, that it will make them happier, faster or more successful which we realize is simply not true. They are absolutely inundated with the latest fad junk food and drink aimed only at corporate profits.
Who Can You Rely On?
We realize that it is difficult to know who to rely on when it comes to protecting your children in the best way possible Even some of the “experts” are still giving advice that has been scientifically shown to be wrong or incomplete. Yet the same advice continues to be given.
Think food pyramid. Think don’t eat fat but eat cookies.
Let’s start simple for now. Some of the best advice is to eat real food, eat regular helpings of vegetables and fruit, limit the sugar and the sugary drinks, and avoid gluten. Sounds easy. Sounds basic. But how do we know what is the best our child (children, grandchildren)?
What we do know is that each child has a unique Genetic Profile and that the information provided by that profile is scientifically proven and clinically validated is a BIG first step.
But what genes should we test? How should they be interpreted? Who can we trust?
These are all questions we will try to answer in future blogs. Options will be considered and science and experience will be offered. Our intent is to offer objective information for you to decide what best works for your children.
“All of my Children and Grandchildren have been genetically tested and are being nourished with the help and guidance provided by their gene test. “ – Genetics For Kids Founder, Michael Clark