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Food is information to your DNA

Often when you hear the word 'diet' you immediately think about the latest diet fad or weight-loss programme. We want to change that! 

When we were teenagers and young adults, we saw food only in terms of calories and not as information to our bodies to make them function optimally. We now know that not all foods are created equal, not all diets are suitable for everyone and that we are all unique in terms of the way we store fat and use energy. 

The core principles of eating healthy in FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Functional Medicine starts with food. Food is energy, medicine, and connection. The basic principle of this is that eating a wide variety of high-quality, whole, and mostly plant-based foods is truly powerful medicine that improves health and hinders the development of disease.

Food is not just calories you take in; it is also a source of information for the body. With every bite taken, food has the ability to turn on or o genes that control disease risk, lifespan, and metabolism. Certain foods can impact blood sugar, or even trigger allergic reactions, inflammation, or autoimmune responses. Food has the potential to provide the body with what it needs to function at its best level. If the body isn’t given the right information, it won’t work well, and an individual’s health may decline. If too much food is taken in—or if the food gives the body the wrong instructions—a person can become simultaneously overweight and undernourished and can increase their risk of developing many different diseases.

Organic Acids Test

Organic Acids Test

This organic acids test is a very comprehensive nutritional test that provides insights into your body's organic acids and cellular metabolic processes.

Key genes involved in METABOLISM

The 'poop' chart

The 'poop' chart

The Bristol Stool Chart is a great tool for you and your family to self-monitor the quality of your diet and the state of your GUT!

Most Functional Medicine practitioners encourage their clients to 'turn around and examine their poop' as it a great way of determining whether you have leaky gut issues with inflammation, or not eating enough fiber daily. 

Ideally, we should all be 'pooping snakes' at least 2-3 times DAILY!


Did you know?

Food allergies, stress, hormone imbalances, inflammation & toxins can lead to weight gain?

Weight loss is no longer about calorie intake and energy burn. We know now that it is a lot more scientific and a lot more personal. 

It's important to note that inflammation, toxicity, stress (raised cortisol) and food allergies may prevent you from losing weight. Also, you may respond better to a diet focused weight loss programme or you may be better suited to an exercise based weight loss programme. 

You may find it useful to visit our integrated INFLAMMATION SHOP, STRESS SHOP, ESTROGEN SHOP and DETOX SHOP to learn more.

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The Mediterranean Diet

Margie's top 5 Mediterranean diet picks

Margie's top 5 Mediterranean diet picks

"My genetic variations revealed that I am best suited to a Mediterranean diet. I was really happy when I got my results because I naturally enjoy all the foods that are recommended such as whole-grain cereals, raw and organic fruit and veggies, nuts and seeds, olives, lean fish and seafood and some red wine"! SHOP NOW

The Low Fat Diet

A low-fat diet is recommended when you have difficulty in losing fat stores and store fat easily. Your DNA test results would show genetic variations for the key genes involved in a greater absorption of dietary fat and that you have a slower metabolism of fat from fat cells. 

This means that you need to focus on your food and supplement choices to ensure that your daily fat intake is between 20 - 30% of your total energy intake.

It is also vital that you 'add in' the good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) and avoid the bad fats such as saturated (full cream, fat on meats) and trans fat (deep-fried, cookies and cakes).

Dr Heid's top 5 low-fat picks

Dr Heid's top 5 low-fat picks

"My genetic variations show that I'm best suited to a low-fat diet (20 -30% of my energy intake daily). This means that I must choose my fats carefully and be mindful how I prepare and cook my food as well as being a label reader to ensure that I'm not eating too many hidden fats. I also know that I shouldn't skip meals, so I am very good at eating 3 meals a day with 2 snacks between meals"! SHOP NOW

Key genes that influence FAT STORAGE

Key genes involved in CARB RESPONSIVENESS

The Vegan Diet

The Gluten Free Diet

Lifestyle choices that support a healthy weight

Some of us respond well to weight loss when we exercise, while others of us respond better to diet.

Testing your DNA will indicate which one of these you are! Good to know. 

However, exercise and movement are important for microcirculation, detox, hormonal balance, strength, balance and overall well being. It also helps improve your skin's firmness and your muscle tone.


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