How a DNA-Based Diet Will Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals
How A DNA-Based Diet Will Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals
Many of us strive to make positive food choices in order to reach new levels of fitness, yet generalised dietary recommendations don't seem to work for everyone. Ever wondered why this is? The answer lies in your DNA.
Research now shows that there is huge variation in the way that each of us metabolises nutrients, and that one size does not fit all in relation to dietary advice. Thanks to progressions in nutrigenetics (nutrition + genetics) science, each of us now have the opportunity to benefit from truly tailored nutrition.
So let's dive into some of the benefits of a DNA-based diet for achieving your fitness goals.
A personalised diet for life
Nutrigenetic data will hold true for your entire lifetime and takes out the second guessing of exactly what your body requires. It is so specifically tailored to you that you can be certain the foods you are consuming are instrumental in your path to achieving your fitness goals, whether they be strength or endurance related.
Backed by science
There has been a plethora of research looking into the outcomes of personalised dietary advice (using nutrigenetic testing) compared to generic dietary advice in recent years.
Research (1) has shown that those following personalised nutrition advice leads to an increase of energy and intake of protein. A combination of which will take you on a sure path to smashing those fitness goals.
Know your carb and fat sensitivity
Ever wondered why some people thrive off a low-carb diet, yet others just can't seem to stick to this way of eating. A DNA nutrition test will reveal how your body really responds to carbs and fats, at a cellular level, and how it uses either macro as a source of energy.
This information provides unparalleled insight and knowledge to help you make the correct nutrition and diet choices in the long-run, to ensure you are fuelling your workouts in the best way possible.
Experience a new lease of energy
Feeling drained and unable to complete those scheduled in gym sessions? The answer may lie in your genetics.
Specifically, the MTHFR, RFC1 and TCN2 genes show your genetic ability to uptake vitamin B9 and B12 - the energy powerhouse vitamins which convert the foods we eat into energy our bodies can use during exercise.
For example, a common variant in the MTHFR gene can impact the ability to use vitamin B9 by up to 70% (2).
Needless to say, a short-fall in any of these can have a dramatic impact on energy energy levels (3). Not only that, but it may impair the ability to perform exercise at high intensities (4).
Your DNA test results include the result of these genes and determine your ability to process and utilise B9 and B12 so you know exactly how much you need on a daily basis.
Vitamin D has a direct effect on skeletal muscle growth through the Vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene (5).
Depending on your genetics, your requirements for Vitamin D to increase muscle strength and recovery will differ.
If you have a reduction in this VDR gene, it may be that you require a Vitamin D intake above the 'average' in order to benefit from this incredibly multitasking and 'muscle-boosting' nutrient.
Everyone can now have an owner’s manual for their body when it comes to nutrition and fitness - and nutrigenetics testing now means we can receive very specific information even down to the cellular level.
A DNA nutrition report from NGX, combined with our uniquely designed NGX BodyFuel, can offer you just that - and you can be certain that the recommendations you are given are fully personalised to help you succeed in your fitness journey.