Nutrigenomics and Functional Testing It is important to run test panels, as appropriate, to ensure that we are identifying any areas of dysfunction or imbalance that may impede your progress. Testing helps to fine-tune your health improvement programme or monitor your progress. Tests I may recommend: Genetic Testing Nutrigenomics (also known as nutritional genomics) is broadly defined as the relationship between nutrients, diet, and gene expression. Genetic testing involves examining your DNA, the chemical database that carries instructions for your body's functions. Genetic testing can be extremely helpful in identifying inherited traits and reveal changes (mutations) in your genes that may be contributing to illness or disease. Your overall health is determined by the interaction of your genes with the environment you find yourself in. The food you eat, toxins you are exposed to, whether you exercise, smoke, drink, all influence your health by up- or down-regulating your genes or even switching them on and off. Sometimes these genetic changes, or SNiPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms), change to support our survival but then our environment changes (toxic exposure, fast food, stress) and the gene expression is no longer suitable for that environment. This is when ill health starts to prevail and this aberrant genetic code can then be passed down to the next generation. Genetic testing alongside a full functional medicine and nutritional assessment allows the possibility of a unique programme just for you. There isn’t a one-size fits all when it comes to health, so specific personal nutritional and lifestyle plans are matched to your needs to encourage the appropriate expression of those gene variants. Based on the level of impact of any specific gene variants found in DNA tests, our well-
being and overall health can be optimised by establishing the optimal nutrition necessary
along with using personal lifestyle and nutritional diet plans.
Most Frequently Run Tests that I use: Comprehensive Stool Analysis Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth tests (SIBO) Hormone tests - Thyroid, Adrenal, Dutch Test Optimal Nutritional Evaluation Organic Acids Tests
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Cath Finegan  ND, mFNTP, HIr Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist