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Health and Wellbeing Test

 

Fitgenes Fast Track to Health

Discover the powerful interaction between your genes, diet and lifestyle choices to meet your personal health goals. Your personalized Health and Wellbeing genetic profile report is an in-depth analysis of the genetic variations that can influence the way the body responds to what we eat, how we exercise and the way we live.

 

The program is based on the science of Nutrigenomics and how our genes are influenced by our nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. Scientific evidence tells us that our genes are not static, but in fact responsive to the choices we make, which impacts on how effectively they ‘express’ themselves. Gene expression is a way of explaining how we feel in terms of our wellbeing and how effectively our bodies function. A simple non-invasive saliva sample is analysed and returned to you as a personalised genetic profile.

 

We are able to take a holistic approach to addressing your genetic profile. We reveal what nutritional supplements will benefit you the most, the best choices of foods to consume and the type of exercise that will have a positive effect. This effectively eliminates any guesswork around what will work for you as the treatment plan is based on your own genetic profile.

 

 

Personalised genetic profiling

 

Personalised genetic profiling offers profound insight into how your body responds to diet, exercise and lifestyle choices. Our accredited Fitgenes Practitioner, pharmacist Liz Dixon,  interprets the results of your profile report and converts the information in to programs for actionable, everyday health and wellbeing. We can offer you the potential to be the best you can be.

Our approach is based on the science of nutrigenomics which looks at the interaction between your genes, nutrition and lifestyle choices, and how these influence the genes’ messages. These messages instruct your body on how it should respond to external influences such as diet and lifestyle choices.

The good news is expression of the genes analysed by Fitgenes is modifiable which means our genes are not our destiny.

Effectively, how your genes are reacting to external factors is analysed and reported on, and a plan to address any negative reactions prepared, based on your unique genetic profile and needs. Learn how to enhance your good genes and turn down the less beneficial genes.

Gene Categories Analysed

Fitgenes analyses a select range of genes that are key influencers of your general health, wellbeing and performance.

Discover your health potential

Unlocking your genetic potential is easy. Learn your results and get started on your health and wellbeing plan. Tests 58 genes in total. 

Learn more

If you want to understand more about Nutrigenomics we have a great little book pitched at a level that most clients can understand.  This gives a good explanation on how we can influence our genes and ultimately our long term health. 

Switched On – Harnessing the Power of Nutrigenomics to Optimize Your Health.

Christine Houghton (Nutritional Biochemist) Click here

 

 

Contact us today about the Health and Wellbeing program.

Ph: 06 8778222  email:gilmourspharmacy@clear.net.nz

Nutrigenomics

 

Genetic Profiling for Personalized Health

Gilmours Havelock North Pharmacy is proud to offer Genetic Profiling for Personalized health through consultation and testing with Fitgenes. Fitgenes is founded on the science of nutrigenomics and an understanding that overall health and wellbeing is determined at a cellular level.

Personalized genetic profiling offers insight in to how our body responds to diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. Knowing how to accurately interpret the results and turn them in to actionable, everyday health and wellbeing is where Fitgenes and our practitioners excel. Fitgenes is founded on the science of nutrigenomics and an understanding that overall health and wellbeing is determined at a cellular level. The DNA contained in our cells send ‘messages’, known as ‘gene expression’, that tells the body how to respond to external influences.

Gene expression

Gene expression is modifiable which means our genes are not our destiny, and DNA damage can be repaired. Through the right profile, interpretation and intervention planning, we can make the right nutritional, exercise and lifestyle choices for long-term health and wellbeing.

A Fitgenes practitioner’s careful interpretation of the genes included in our analysis can provide focused assistance with choosing the right exercise interventions, nutritional interventions and lifestyle choices.

Our reports are comprehensive and provide a lot of information around the impact of gene expression and guidance around choosing better nutritional choices that match your genes. This is a very targeted and personalized approach to healthcare.

It's true you can't change your genes but you can affect their expression and influence with the right nutritional, exercise and lifestyle choices.

Fitgenes Philosophy

Fitgenes focus is on the philosophy that your overall health, wellbeing and performance are primarily determined by the basic building blocks of your body and the messages that your genes within these cells send. This is unique to you, that is why Fitgenes works through degree qualified practitioners to deliver personalized and targeted healthcare programs that can unlock your health potential.

The Fitgenes Advantage

Fitgenes incorporates published scientific literature that has identified different nutrigenomic outcomes based on genetics, into concise reports. These reports support practitioners in their practice to develop personalized programs to improve a patient’s health.

Latest Information:
Fitgenes allows practitioners to focus on their patients while keeping up to date with the nutrigenomic discoveries that can support patients achieving their desired health goals.

Prevention:
We use genetics to help you understand your body’s responses and identify the best pathways to maintain and improve your health – prevention is better than cure.

Targeted Genetics:
We analyse genetic markers that may be modified by the changes you make. While science can map a person’s entire genome this does not currently provide useful information as the genetic science has not identified how every SNP impacts on your response. We focus on the SNPs that can make a difference to supporting a health lifestyle.

 

Learn more-

If you want to understand more about Nutrigenomics we have a great little book pitched at a level that most clients can understand.  This gives a good explanation on how we can influence our genes and ultimately our long term health. 

Switched On – Harnessing the Power of Nutrigenomics to Optimize Your Health.

Christine Houghton (Nutritional Biochemist) Click here

We offer two Genetic Profile Tests 

Health and Wellbeing - More Info click here

Carb Choice - More Info click here 

 

Carb Choice/AMY1 Testing

Fitgenes Australia is a world leader in offering the latest information on the role the AMY 1 gene plays in starch carbohydrate metabolism.

 

 

Fitgenes has developed Carb Choice, a personalised genetic profile report of the AMY1 gene, which determines how effectively you metabolise starch from carbohydrates. This genetic test and consultation is now available at Gilmours Havelock North Pharmacy.

 

Why should you care about your AMY1 gene?

Scientific studies have shown that variations in the human salivary amylase gene (AMY1) differ based on populations, which have traditionally eaten high starch diets, compared to those who have traditionally eaten low starch diets. Variations within the AMY1 gene influence how well your body can breakdown and process starch, meaning that some people can tolerate these carbohydrates better than others. Starch is the most common carbohydrate included in human diets - however, there is a considerable range of variation between cultures of dietary starch intake. Traditionally, "high starch" populations tended to be agricultural societies and arid region hunter-gathers, while "low starch" populations included rainforest and arctic hunter-gatherers and some pastoralists.

 

What is your AMY 1 Gene?

AMY1 is a gene that produces the enzyme amylase.

 

What is Amylase?

Amylase is found in our saliva and plays a major role in the digestion of starch, which is a carbohydrate found in grains, legumes, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Amylase begins the process of carbohydrate metabolism in the mouth.
50% of bread starch and 25% of pasta starch is broken down during the short chewing time of 19 to 27 secs.

 

What will knowing my AMY1 gene variation tell me?

Lower AMY1 copy number indicates:

  • Reduced amount of enzyme in your saliva needed to break down starch
  • A reduced tolerance of high-starch diets
  • A greater risk or predisposition to obesity
  • Reduced glycaemic control (reduced glucose or blood sugar control)
  • Increased risk for metabolic abnormalities

 

Higher AMY1 copy numbers mean individuals are better adapted to a high-starch diet, lower copy numbers means less tolerance.

 

Test your AMY 1 gene to help you understand:

  • How effectively do you metabolise and tolerate carbohydrates
  • How effectively do you metabolise and tolerate gluten
  • Do carbohydrates put you at an increased risk of being overweight
  • Do carbohydrates put you at an increased risk of having diabetes
  • How many grams of carbohydrates can you eat per day
  • What type of carbohydrates should you avoid
  • How effectively do you use your carbohydrates for energy

 

Who should test their AMY 1 Gene?

Anyone who wants to understand how their body metabolises and tolerates carbohydrates and make the best dietary choices for themselves.

  • Gluten intolerant or Celiacs
  • Food sensitivities
  • Struggling to lose weight or maintain weight loss
  • Diabetic or insulin resistant
  • Gut dysbiosis under or over growth
  • Autoimmune issues
  • Persistent infections such as thrush or urinary tract infections
  • Have periodontal (gum) disease

 

Contact us to test your AMY1 gene and learn about the CarbChoice program.

Ph: 06 8778222  email:gilmourspharmacy@clear.net.nz