Are you drinking too much coffee?
What about salt?
Are you getting the right amount of Omega-3 fatty acids?
The answer may be in your genes.
Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of the interaction between nutrition and genes. It shows the relationship between genes, nutrition and health.
It has long been apparent that some people respond differently than others with regards to different foods. For example, individuals with lactose intolerance experience gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming certain dairy products, while other individuals can consume dairy with no discomfort. Nutrigenomics allows us to understand how our genes affect the way we respond to the foods, beverages and supplements we consume.
A simple genetic test using your saliva can reveal how your body responds to different nutrients and foods based on your individual genes. The test is done through a company called Nutrigenomix and will allow for personalized nutrition recommendations that are based on your DNA. This test is only available through qualified healthcare professionals, including registered dietitians. We are now offering this test at Chiro-Med Rehab Centre through a consultation with our registered dietitian. Please contact us for more information.
Sample Nutrigenomix Reports
What is Nutrigenomix?
Nutrigenomix is a University of Toronto start-up biotechnology company that is dedicated to empowering healthcare professionals and their clients with comprehensive, reliable, genomic information with the ultimate goal of improving health through personalized nutrition. Nutrigenomix currently offers two tests with new panels added as the science develops. Both tests consist of a panel of 45 genetic markers related to several important aspects of your lifestyle including weight management and body composition, nutrient metabolism, eating habits, cardiometabolic health, food intolerances, and physical activity. The Nutrigenomix Health and Wellness test is intended for the general public to optimize health and wellbeing, whereas the Nutrigenomix Sport test is focused on enhancing performance and decreasing injury risk while optimizing health.
Why should I have a Nutrigenomix test? How will the results benefit me?
Armed with information that is specific to your genetic profile, your registered dietitian will be able to develop the best dietary plan to help you meet your nutrition and fitness goals. Adhering to those recommendations will enable you to optimize your nutritional status and prevent nutrition-related chronic diseases. The Nutrigenomix Sport test can help you to enhance your performance while decreasing your risk for injuries.
How is the testing done?
A simple saliva sample is required to test the 45 genetic markers included in our reports. The sample will be taken by your registered dietitian and sent to the Nutrigenomix laboratory for analysis.
Can my test results be bad?
Our Nutrigenomix tests analyze DNA for genetic variants that affect your response to the foods and beverages you consume. The test does not predict or diagnose any disease or health condition. With the information from your test results, your registered dietitian will be able to provide you with dietary advice tailored to your individual genetic profile.
How long do I need to follow the advice for?
Your test results are not intended to form a short-term “diet”. The information provided in your report, combined with the nutritional plan created by your registered dietitian, will empower you with knowledge so that you can continually make the best dietary choices on a daily basis.
Can I get the test done without contacting a healthcare professional?
No. A consult with a registered dietitian is the best way to gain the optimum benefit from your genetic test results and personalized nutrition report. Your healthcare professional will be able to explain the findings and recommendations to you and help you achieve your optimal diet and healthy eating habits, based on your unique genetic profile.
How long will it take to get my results?
Once our laboratory receives your saliva sample from your registered dietitian it should take approximately 2 weeks for the analysis and recommendations to be sent back to your registered dietitian. Our front desk staff will contact you once we receive the results and set up a time for you to come in and discuss them with our registered dietitian.
Who will have access to my genetic test results?
Only your registered dietitian will be able to access your genetic test results through Nutrigenomix. Your DNA kit is marked with a unique barcode, which is what we will use at our facilities to analyze your sample. Only your registered dietitian will be able to link your kit’s barcode to your personal information. All genetic data is sent through a secure 256-bit encryption server.
Will my insurance cover the cost of the test?
Check with your insurance provider. Some providers may cover the cost of a consultation with a registered dietitian, or provide a healthcare spending account that may cover the cost of the test kit as well.