All across the country, more and more people are turning to inexpensive genetic testing to help find answers to their health issues. And they’re looking for knowledgeable practitioners who can help them make informed decisions.
Thanks to new advances in technology, a simple saliva test today can measure 602,000 pieces of your DNA. This is an important development because everyone has some level of genetic variation in their DNA, even though it was once thought to be a rare occurrence. Genetic variants can impact your ability to make and use different nutrients critical for circulatory, immune and even emotional health, everyone is susceptible, in their own unique way, to potential health implications. At the Natural Medicine Institute we use a cutting edge computerized analysis that can help to determine if your genetic variabilities are having a major impact on your health.
Why do these variations occur? Genes are passed from parent to child—one copy from the mother and one copy from the father—with each and every cell containing a set of genetic instructions. When an existing cell divides to make a new cell, it copies its set of genetic instructions. However, sometimes these instructions are copied incorrectly, like a typo, which leads to variations in the DNA sequence. This is called a single nucleotide polymorphism or SNP (pronounced “snip”). Most SNPs do not cause any observable differences. But the location and total number of SNPs a person has may influence their susceptibility to disease or impact how they react to certain drugs or even specific foods.
The practice of functional medicine is on the rise. You no longer have to treat symptom after symptom— now you can get to the root cause of illness through genetic saliva testing. Understanding how DNA impacts human health is revolutionizing the future of nutrition. This practical, forward-looking approach of supporting genetic variants is based on scientific evidence. And this approach is helping people find answers to their health challenges like never before.
Now through genetic saliva testing, we can measure your ability to make and use enzymes that are critical components of your health. Some of the more significant enzymes include:
GLUTATHIONE – detoxifies the body and controls inflammation
SOD – neutralizes the superoxide free radical
BH4 – supports the neurotransmitters and helps the body detox ammonia
NEUROTRANSMITTERS – aids emotional health
CHOLINE – enhances liver health
FOLATE – stimulates cell and neurotransmitter health
SAMe – supports many bodily functions
B12 – makes blood cells and supports a healthy nervous system
When in balance, these enzymes can control free radicals, keep your cells healthy, and rebuild new cells effectively. As a result, you may look and feel younger and remain healthy and vibrant as you age. You’re never too young or old to optimize your nutritional and antioxidant status.
Harnessing Your DNA for Optimal Health can be a major step forward. If you’ve been searching for answers to your health issues without resolution, testing your DNA should be the next step. Doing so can allow you to identify your SNPs as well as the related nutritional weaknesses occurring in your body. People who understand health recognize genetic testing as the most advanced and effective method of determining exactly how you need to supplement. Using the results of your genetic saliva test, Dr. Podlaski can identify your nutritional weaknesses and then create your custom nutritional, diet and lifestyle protocol. This protocol will supplement your missing nutrients and antioxidants, or use nutrients and herbs to aid in the production of needed enzymes to ultimately reduce the damaging oxidants and support healthy cells. This forward-looking approach is gaining momentum within the health care industry. In fact, supporting BH4 and glutathione production with a nutrient called NADH has been hailed by Harvard Medical as the first “anti-aging nutrient.” Click here for more information on Functional Genomic testing.
Please contact Dr. John Podlaski at the Natural Medicine Institute in The Villages today about doing a simple saliva test to see if your DNA is hindering your health. For more information on genetic variations testing and how they impact your health, call (352) 801-0021 today.