Modern science has made DNA testing available not only for the purpose of establishing ancestry – many companies today have taken scientific achievements to the next level, offering them as a tool to transform our lifestyle with the help of the DNA nutrition test.
DNA tests use samples taken from an individual’s saliva, hair, skin or blood to map the person’s genetic configuration. The analysis has been widely used to establish kinship as well as for determining the illnesses that the tested individual is likely to develop and now it is used for determining the foods and the ingredients that can positively or negatively impact the person’s metabolism and with it, their body weight and overall health.
How the Testing is Done
Like any DNA test, the tests made in order to come up with the right diet also need a DNA sample. To make the process easier and more comfortable, DNA testing companies offer their clients home DNA kits with which the sample can be collected in an easy and comfortable manner, by the client, in their home. The sample is then sent to the company where it is tested for dozens of biological markers. The test results are then used for creating the nutrition plan tailored to the client’s unique genetic configuration.
What the Test Will Reveal
The DNA test performed for determining the perfect diet will reveal information related to the client’s metabolism, to the ingredients that are likely to boost or to slow down their metabolism as well as to the rate at which certain essential nutrients are absorbed. Your test will provide accurate information about your metabolic rate, the rate at which your body absorbs certain important vitamins, such as vitamin B12, C and D, data related to the metabolism of iron and Omega fatty acids, the way your body is affected by the most common stimulants, such as caffeine and alcohol, your body’s way to process dietary fat, your body’s fat-to-muscle composition as well as information pertaining to the fat gene.
Some Practical Details
The first step in the process is to order the home DNA testing kit from the company of choice. The kit that you receive will include the instruction manual with simple and easy to understand guidance, the swab that you will have to run inside your cheek to collect the sample and usually a prepaid post bag in which you have to send the swab back for testing. The analysis usually takes a few weeks and it is done with sophisticated laboratory methods. The results are evaluated by experts in genetics, nutrition, fitness and health and you will receive the results in the form of recommendations.
Some companies provide not only testing and evaluation, but further consultation with nutrition experts, personalized meal plans and home-delivered meals as well, but the price that you pay for the kit, for the testing and for the evaluation usually does not include the consultation and the prepared meals.
The diet elaborated for you with the help of the DNA nutrition test usually costs a couple of hundred dollars – not a very substantial investment, but definitely one that is worth it.