What is Nutrigenomics?
Nutrigenomics is a new scientific discipline that uses modern genomics technology to study the relationship between genes, nutrition and health. It has long been apparent that some people respond differently from others to certain foods. For example, individuals with lactose intolerance experience gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming certain dairy products, while other individuals can consume dairy with no problems. Nutrigenomics allows us to understand how our genes affect the way we respond to the foods, beverages and supplements we consume.
What Nutrition by Joey can do for you
The Dietitians at Nutrition by Joey provide personalized dietary consultations by incorporating the science of nutrigenomics and using key genetic information to define how you respond to your diet and understand what changes you could make to improve your overall long-term health.
How We Do It
Using a saliva sample, the Nutrigenomix Test helps us optimize your diet to your genes in order to reduce your risk of certain health conditions and diseases. Each gene tested is significantly involved in the way your body processes or metabolizes a certain nutrient or dietary component. With that information, we know which foods and nutrients your body needs more or lessof to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
The Nutrigenomix™ Tests
Is a gluten-free diet right for you?
Gluten is a protein found in many common grains like wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, bulgur and couscous, as well as, products made from these grains. Whole grains can be part of a healthy diet but for some, gluten can cause severe digestive issues leading to damage of the intestinal tract, nutrient malabsorption, anemia, bone disease, eczema, psoriasis and several autoimmune diseases as a consequence of gluten intolerance.
Celiac disease is the most serious form of gluten intolerance which affects about 1 in every 100 to 133 people, or 1% of the population. It’s estimated that 83% of those with celiac disease are undiagnosed; they have no idea that they have gluten intolerance and their health is suffering.
Another 5% of the population have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) which results in various gastrointestinal and digestive problems not unlike symptoms of IBS [gas, bloating, diarrhea], or they may not have any digestive related issues at all. NCGS can present with symptoms such as headaches, foggy mind, joint pain, skin rashes and more.
Other food sensitivity tests attempt to measure immune markers such as IgA and IgG antibodies, however not everyone with gluten intolerance will produce antibodies. Worse, by the time IgA and/or IgG antibodies appear in the blood, damage to the intestinal tract has occurred.
NGx Gluten™ gets to the heart of the matter; your DNA, to assess your risk for gluten intolerance.
Research has shown that the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene is the most important genetic predictor of gluten intolerance and the Nutrigenomix™ Genetic Test for Gluten Intolerance examines six variations of the HLA gene [DQ2 & DQ8 markers] to determine whether or not you have a low, medium or high risk of gluten intolerance.