How Genetics and Diet Play a Role in Your Everyday Living/h2>

By Executive Chef Oscar Sanchez and Nutritionist Jane Villela

Nutrigenomics research, the study of the effects of how genetic variations affect one’s nutrition, takes a general look at how many nutrients or calories an average person should consume and how certain supplements can affect them. This explains why certain people are comfortable eating a high-fat diet and have no issues with cholesterol levels. In some, it is different because they must watch what they eat; if they don’t, their health might take a hit.

It is recommended that people find the nutrients that can work for them most effectively. This will help determine the nutrients required specifically by their bodies to determine what works for each genetic type. If researched thoroughly, it has the potential to help treat and prevent diseases through nutrition, if the research determines that genetics affect nutrition.

Nutrigenomics has the potential not only to cure diseases, but also prevent them through nutrition. When this is discovered as a solution, there will no longer be diet recommendations where people of different shapes and sizes are given a one-size-fits-all solution. It is a work in progress, and many things are being put into perspective about the study of genes and nutrition.

Nutrigenetics looks at the relationship between diet and genetics, and how the health of an individual is affected. It is the foundation of personalized nutrition that is made to fit the person’s vitamin and calorie intake. People respond differently to specific diets, and patients with chronic diseases are genotyped and given ways and strategies on how to reduce their risks and become healthier based on their genes and diet.
It is known through research that our genetic composition influences the outcome of our health in response to the environment and our lifestyle. Personalized nutrition is a new way to keep our health in check.

Nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics are exploring the interaction between individual genes and the nutrients they need to sustain the body functions. If an individual wants to eat healthily, work out and be fit, the person should know about the nutrients and how they help their body achieve optimal health.

There is genetic analysis being done to find out what foods affect you differently and why some flavors cause you to become allergic or taste differently. If a person wishes to live a healthy lifestyle, then genetic information will help them on their journey of a disease-free life. This is because their genetic information highlights how they gain weight and what foods heighten their desire to eat more. It gives an overview of the foods not to be eaten and what will help them lose weight.

What is right for one person does not necessarily mean that it is good for another. Genetics on its own does not determine your health and well-being, but it helps determine your diet and nutrient intake. A nutrition specialist can help with dietary needs by educating you on whether certain diets will work for you or not. They test your genes and draw up a conclusion on your food intake and how it has affected your daily routine. They also give you advice based on your diet chart and how you should take better care of yourself to escape chronic diseases.

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