Can Your DNA Determine What Diet Is Best For You?

The foods we eat, more importantly the way we metabolize these foods, play a big role in our weight management. Many times people start a diet in hopes of being able to control their weight, however more times than not, they are unsuccessful in their efforts. So why is this? Although, there are many “healthy” ways to eat, a good diet isn’t always the right one. This is because everyone is different and what might work for one, may not work for another. People are unique and the traditional “one-size-fits-all” approach simply doesn’t work. That’s where DNA testing comes in to help navigate your way down the right path.

Alcohol Flush: A Healthy Glow or Health Concern

Drinking alcoholic beverages is a way to relax, let loose and have fun! However, for some it is exceedingly unpleasant due to their body’s adverse reaction to alcohol. One such reaction is called alcohol flush; in which drinking even small amounts causes a person’s face or skin to flush and in some cases feel warm and itchy.

Skin Aging: What’s Causing Those Wrinkles?

Wrinkles are a tell-tale sign of aging, and something that we all must face (no pun intended). As we age our skin loses moisture and elasticity, making it prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles. We also lose our ability to produce collagen and elastin, causing the skin to become less firm and lose its flexibility. While developing wrinkles is an unavoidable part of the aging process, it can be slowed down or prevented to some degree. However, to fully understand how to protect and preserve our skin, we first must learn about the two primary culprits of skin aging- extrinsic aging and intrinsic aging.

Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, so it’s the perfect time to make sure the man in your life is staying on top of his health needs and taking care of himself. That’s not limited to his physical well-being, though—it’s important for men to take care of their mental health, too.

VO2 Max: Genetics Or Training?

The Tour de France, known to be one of the most rigorous displays of physical endurance on earth is currently well into its final stages of competition. As I sat watching the cyclists trek up the hills of Mont Ventoux with what looks like little to no effort, I sat in amazement at how these athletes can withstand these conditions for so long. This got me thinking; what makes these athletes perform the way that they do? One factor that may help determine an athlete’s capacity to perform sustained exercise is known as VO2 Max.

The Genetics Behind Your Caffeine Consumption

Caffeine is undoubtedly one of the world’s most widely used stimulant due to its stimulating effects on the central nervous system. According to the US Department of Agriculture, world coffee production for 2018/19 is forecast 11.4 million bags higher than the previous year at a record 171.2 million (1). Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in the leaves and seeds of many plants, including coffee beans, tea leaves, and cocoa nuts. It is also produced artificially and added to some food and beverages for flavor.

May Mental Health Month

You do all you can to take care of your health. You go to the doctor for your checkups, eat nutritious meals and exercise regularly. But are you taking care of your mental health? That’s just as important as your physical well-being when it comes to living a life of optimal wellness. May is Mental Health Month, and this year there is a special focus on how any definition of fitness should include the mind as well as the body.

Take Action Against Your Food Allergies

For most people, going out to dinner at a nice restaurant is a chance to relax and enjoy a good meal. But for people with food allergies, it can be a process fraught with tension. Can you get the complete list of ingredients for menu items? Does the restaurant serve dishes that include your particular food allergy triggers, and if so, is there the possibility of cross-contamination in the kitchen during the food prep and cooking process? These aren’t questions to be taken lightly, because food allergies can pose life-threatening risks.

What You Should Know about How Genetic Health Testing Works

Home DNA tests are an incredible advancement in medical technology. What was once limited to a physician’s office can now be done in the comfort of your home with a Pathway Genomics test—simply collect a sample, send it in for analysis and receive a highly detailed report on your genetic makeup and how it can impact your diet, fitness and other aspects of health and wellness. But how exactly does genetic health testing work and how is your DNA analyzed to give you a new perspective on your health?

The Accuracy of Genetic Testing

The argument could be made that nothing has revolutionized health and wellness in recent years like genetic testing. In the past, you wouldn’t know what diet worked best for you, your predisposition to conditions such as obesity or high blood pressure or if you were a carrier of genetic mutations that could indicate an increased risk for diseases such as cancer. Finding the answers to those questions would take time, money and guesswork, and in certain cases you’d never find the answers you were looking for.