By Angela Rightout , published Apr 26, 2019
Wouldn’t it be nice if losing weight and preventing disease could be as simple as understanding your genetics? Imagine a personalized plan that would help you determine how YOU can lose weight and the best way for YOU to fight disease. Insert--nutrigenomics. Considered an emerging science, Nutrigenomics has been in the medical community for over a decade. It studies the foods we eat and how it interacts with your specific individual genes. It also studies how these foods increase the risks of common chronic diseases.
Some of these common diseases include Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. Nutrigenomics also strives to understand how common chemicals in the diet affects health by altering your genes. To state it in its simplest form, nutrigenomics studies genetic research and how foods affect our genes. In return, it understands how genetic variations affect the way we react to nutrients. In theory, understanding how our bodies react to foods and certain chemicals may be indicators on how to lose weight and fight disease.
According to research, nutrigenomics may reveal many things about your body. It claims to help you understand why you have certain medical issues, and what you need to fuel your body. Researchers also say it reveals what you should avoid that will damage your body. For example, nutrigenomic strives to inform you what kind of diet you need to manage your weight and what food intolerances you may have. The theory is that by understanding the diet that aligns with your genetic variants, it may become easier for you to manage your weight and fight disease.
For example, if you aren't aware that you’re lactose intolerant you may not realize the bloated feeling, upset stomach and even new skin rash is due to the ice cream you had for dessert. Also, nutrigenomics may help you discover the healthy fats needed in your specific diet and the number of carbohydrates YOU may need or not need. Maybe your body needs more foods rich in vitamin A,--Nutrigenomics will tell you that. Nutrigenomics provides a detailed comprehensive view on what your body desires.
Angela Rightout is an enthusiastic, innovative writer with extensive experience in content writing, journalism, videography and social media. She earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Loyola University Chicago. She is passionate about well-researched content.
Angela enjoys writing on a broad range of topics from health and wellness to food, technology, entertainment and news.