Nutrigenomics

geneticsNutrigenomics is the intersection of personalized nutrition and genetics. Using genome analysis provided by 23andme.com, it is possible to use dietary changes and supplementation with vitamins and minerals to help improve one’s health. Often in difficult medical problems, traditional treatments do not fully resolve problems caused by genetic mutations. Nutrigenomics is an ideal way to implement simple solutions to complicated problems.

Fit to you is approaching chronic medical conditions using the latest nutrigenomic analysis to personalize nutrition programs to improve health. While traditional nutrition practices often offer more generic nutrition plans, nutrigenomics looks at each person’s genome to develop a program that specifically addresses their unique metabolic challenges.

“Years ago genetic testing was very expensive and not very well understood,” said Jessica Pizano, owner of Fit to You. “Now anyone can order a salvia test without a doctor’s requisition online from 23andme.com for $99.”

While 23andme.com is no longer able to analyze risk for various diseases, it still provides an astounding amount of genetic information at a very low cost. “Certainly determining disease risk may be part of what people are interested in. However, the really interesting and helpful part of genetic analysis is finding biochemical pathways that may be affected by genetic changes and supporting these pathways using vitamin and mineral supplementation and dietary changes to improve function,” stated Pizano.

Programs are developed beginning with a health intake which will include questions regarding your medical history and your family’s medical history. Then genetic testing is ordered through 23andme.com. “Once the genetic results are available I can download the genome into software to look for genetic variations called single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs (pronounced ‘snips’) that may be impacting your health. I then prepare a report for you detailing my findings and recommendations,” says Pizano. Counseling continues to help clients regain their health using nutrition and supplementation to support their health and genetics which may also be guided from additional laboratory testing.

Nutrigenomics is particularly useful for those with chronic medical conditions that do not seem to improve using standard medical treatment. Analysis may benefit various conditions including depression, anxiety, autoimmune disease, early onset hypertension, chronic fatigue syndrome, mast cell activation disorders, fibromyalgia, food allergies and sensitivities, and autism.

Genetic/Nutrigenomic counseling may be done in person or via a phone or Skype consult. Schedule your appointment today by calling us at (860) 321-7234 or contacting us online. You can order your genetic testing kit through www.23andme.com.