Change Your Diet, Change Your Genetic Destiny

by Sarah Wergin

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by Sarah Wergin

Every year a new crop of “amazing” superfoods becomes known to the mainstream population. We do our best to integrate these into our diet with the never-ending hope of gaining a superior body and increased well-being. However, each new study seems to be the complete opposite of what we were told last year about our favorite food and beverages. This leaves us feeling overwhelmed and confused at best. You end up wondering: What is the truth? Can someone just tell me what is right for me? Is that popular new supplement good for my body?

There is a way to get those long unanswered questions answered ─ the Genotype Nutritional Analysis. It is not a diet but an individualized way of looking at each individual’s nutritional intake, exercise, lifestyle factors and personal and ancestral history. Our cellular imprint — our genes — determine what foods, beverages, supplements, herbs, forms of exercise and even what pharmaceutical drugs work best for us.

Why does a vegetarian diet cause your best friend to lose extra pounds and feel fantastic, yet when you tried it you became sick, weak and gained 20 pounds? The mystery lies in your genes. A lifestyle that creates a healthy body and mind for one individual may create disease in another.

.Completed in 2003, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health, and was contributed to by other nations as well. The purpose of the project was to identify all of the approximately 20,000 to 25,000 genes in human DNA.

The results of this research gave us a whole new perspective on who we are. Scientists discovered that the “food” gene and “mood, or personality gene” actually sit on top of each other. This means that when you are trying to add a certain food into your diet and you experience mood swings and depression, it is the wrong food for your body even though it was considered “health” food!

With this new information about our genes comes the knowledge that we can stop guessing about what we should eat. Genetic information can identify what is good, neutral and bad for you. It can tell you what forms of exercise are actually helping you and which ones are creating more stress on your body. It can tell you what diseases you are more prone to getting as you age if you continue to choose those foods. It can also tell you which foods will actually “turn off” those genes so you may never get the arthritis, diabetes or cancer that runs in your family.

Diet and lifestyle actually determine how our genes function and express themselves and how they will adapt to different environments. According to Dr. Peter D’Adamo in his book, Change Your Genetic Destiny, “We have the capacity to turn up the volume on some genes and silence others, vastly improving our capacity for health and happiness.”

The fact is there is no one diet that fits everyone, there are no rules that will keep every person in perfect health, and if every body is unique, why should it be a surprise that we all need different foods to thrive?

Our ancestors are from different parts of the world; different foods were available to them; different climates produced foods that would help people thrive in that environment; different diseases have been passed down from generation to generation and your development in the womb was different as well. Epigenetics shows us that our fetal development will determine a lot about our health as we age. This means that the specific environment our genes were exposed to in the womb will have an influence on our health.

New tools such as The SWAMI Genotype Nutritional Analysis help identify the best diet for you. The SWAMI Genotype Nutritional Analysis utilizes sophisticated software that takes into account your blood type, secretor status, gene group, as well as your individual health history, blood work and your family history. A diet is then tailored that is one of a kind, designed for a specific individual.

Utilizing all the wisdom and knowledge available to us can help us make the choices of how to take the best care of our bodies and minds.

Sarah Wergin, R.N, L.Ac. is an Acupuncturist & Herbalist that offers SWAMI Genotyping at her holistic health clinic in downtown Fort Collins. For more information call 970-472-5846.