DNA and Nutrigenomics Explained
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You are made of cells. And the cells in your body have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Your chromosomes are made of DNA. And breakthroughs in science have now made it possible to learn far more about ourselves than ever before. You can now discover the genetics traits that set you apart. After all, everyone is unique, even twins!
Your genetic material, called DNA, looks like a long twisted and finely coiled ladder. Each rung of the ladder is composed of molecules called nucleotides. These nucleotides are: adrenine (A), thymine (T), cystosine (C), and guanine (G). These nucleotides are arranged in “codes” that form the blueprint of you. Your entire genetic code contains around 3 billion nucleotide pairs. These 3 billion base DNA pairs in each cell fit into a space just 6 microns across which means it is only possible to see them under a powerful electron microscopes. Interestingly, if you uncoiled and stretched the DNA in one cell all the way out into one thin thread, it would be about 2m long and all the DNA in all our cells put together would stretch to the moon and back many times over!
While all humans are genetically very similar, we all have slight differences in our genetic profile which set us apart from other people. It is the combination of these tiny differences that defines our individuality and make us unique!
There are the differences that we all see, such as eye and hair colour, but there are also the differences we don’t see, such as how we metabolise nutrients, our response to certain drugs or our susceptibility to certain diseases.
Nutrigenomics is the study of nutrition and genomics which helps us discover the different ways that individuals respond to food based on their genetic make-up.
DNA Sequencing Technology
Your saliva contains DNA from cells in your mouth. Today, with just a saliva test (no blood, no spit, no needles, no mess), DNA can be extracted from the cells in the saliva. The sample of your genetic material is then analysed and compared to known genetic sequences. Our partner DNAFit will analyse a number of specific genetic markers related to how your body responds to food and nutrients.
A DNA test can:
- Provide clues about your body – Find out more about your makeup and how your genes interact. Find out how you metabolise food and why your body reacts the way it does. Discover which foods work best for you, what to avoid, and what might make you feel better. Find out what diet is right for you.
- Help you make better choices – the real value comes from understanding your genetic profile in conjunction with your goals, lifestyle and environment – the whole picture. So you can make lifestyle changes around your health and wellness – based on your very own DNA.
What are we testing?
Carbohydrate and Saturated Fat sensitivity
Salt, Alcohol and Caffeine Sensitivity
Individual Vitamin and Mineral needs
Diet type recommendation
How does it work? – A simple saliva test taken at home
It’s as simple as 1-2-3-4-5
If you have any other questions, click here for answers by DNAFit to a raft of frequently asked questions. DNAFit is available to answer any questions about your DNA test.
Additionally, if you like, you can then share your results with us at Active8me via Active8me’s in-app ‘Chat with a coach” function and our team can help with some further actionable recommendations, to further enhance your Active8me program and transformation.
Here’s what you get from us
A DNA test kit will be sent directly to you in the mail by our partner DNAFit so you can do your swab and send it to get analysed.
The team in the lab will then start working on decoding your sample to generate your DNA test results. Once your results are available, DNAFit will be in contact and your results will become available in their portal.
Within your personal portal, you’ll be able to see your interactive results anytime and be able to download your comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand 20+ page PDF report.. It will unlock a new world of personalised Nutritgenomic information.
The next step is to turn your lab data into action.
If you have any specific questions on your DNA test you can contact our partner DNAFit anytime (contact them here).
Important things to note
Your privacy is our priority
The data itself is stored by our partner DNAFit under a Serial ID, not a name, so the results are anonymous until you see them yourself. Your results are encrypted before they are sent back to you in order to keep your data safe. Your results are confidential and are not shared with anybody outside the laboratory and Active8me without your prior permission. Additionally, your DNA sample is securely destroyed after analysis.
To prevent prohibited access or disclosure, to maintain information accuracy, and to ensure using the information appropriately, DNAFit uses various physical, technical, and administrative measures to keep your information private. All connections to their website and mobile applications are encrypted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. DNAFit operates with regard to the ISO 27001/02 framework, which is the international standard for data security and management. They are registered and adhered to the UK Data Protection office and comply with forthcoming for GDPR regulations. Data is stored securely and anonymously on UK servers and the DNA sample is destroyed after analysis.
Samples never leave the lab
Once your sample has been analysed and your results generated, your DNA is securely destroyed as per DNAFit’s lab quality manual and process. If you would like to have your raw data deleted, please contact DNAFit’s Support Team on email@example.com.
This is serious science
Breakthroughs in science have made it possible for you to discover the genetics traits that set you apart. After all, everyone is unique, even twins!
‑ Your DNA test is a non-diagnostic test. It should not replace health screenings and cannot be used to predict if one has or will develop certain health conditions.
‑ Genetic information cannot provide you with conclusive information about the interaction between certain genes and environmental factors, which can significantly change a particular outcome.
‑ You should not change your health and lifestyle behaviours solely based on information from your DNA report. Genes are only a small part of an individual’s health. There may be unknown genes, environmental factors, or lifestyle choices that are far more important factors. We always recommend that you seek the advice of your physician, doctor or other healthcare provider before making changes to your diet and lifestyle, and with any questions you may have regarding diagnosis, cure, treatment, mitigation, or prevention of any disease or other medical condition or impairment or the status of your health.
‑ The genetic information provided by DNAFit for Active8me customers is for informational and educational use only. Many of the genetic discoveries that we report have not been clinically validated, and the technology we use, which is the same technology used by the research community, to date has not been widely used for clinical testing.