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3485 Posted 257 Days Ago in: Nutrition

What is a ketogenic diet?

The Ketogenic Diet takes the science of the low carb diet even further where the majority of the food that you’ll eat will be fats, and only a small amount will be carbs When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source. Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body. Eating less carbs means that your body has to look for other fuel sources to burn, and feeds itself off fats and protein

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3481 Posted 267 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Diet Report: FAQ

We asked our Head of Sport Science, Craig Pickering to give us a run through all the frequently asked questions about our diet report. So if you want to find out more about nutrition information you can get from a DNAFit report, read on.

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3476 Posted 286 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Cheat Meals - Are They Ever A Good Idea?

Sticking to diets is difficult, especially in the beginning, and your goal of losing weight and replacing your pudge and chub for a toned physique doesn’t seem that enticing anymore once you have to look at cheeseburgers and pizzas and look the other way, selecting to munch on your salad instead.

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3474 Posted 301 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Foods That Fill You For Longer

We all love eating, but occasionally you may feel that even after chowing down on your meal, whether it’s at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, that you still feel hungry and are more inclined to rummage through the pantry or sneak into to the kitchen and stare into the humming light of the fridge until you’re coerced to snack on dessert or microwave.

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3459 Posted 333 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Why do we get food allergies?

Making up 90% of all food allergies are these foods: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy, according to ACAAI. In most cases, an allergic reaction to one type of food may mean that a person is also sensitive to another similar type of food as allergies and the properties in the food causing an allergy are linked. The reasons behind food allergies are widely diverse and due to this are unclear, and currently there exists a situation where the only available prevention for food allergies is to avoid the foods that you are allergic to altogether.

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3444 Posted 341 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Cooked veg vs raw veg - which is better for you?

We all know that vegetables hold the key to a healthy lifestyle and are beneficial due to their high content of vitamins and nutrients, but is there a difference between raw and cooked vegetables? The question pertains to popular thinking that suggests one may be better than the other, or one nullifies the nutrients while another boosts their value. There is much debate but we took it upon ourselves to investigate a variety of sources in order to ascertain what you should be doing to get the most out of your veggies.

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3439 Posted 356 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Why should you care about your plate composition?

What is plate composition, you ask? Well, all macronutrients: fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, are important to your overall health and although you may find yourself on a “low carb” diet, that doesn't mean that you should be completely cutting out carbs for good – unless of course you have a food allergy or disease, of course. And this is often overlooked.

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3431 Posted 391 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Healthy Eating Misconceptions

The world has begun to move towards a personalized view of nutrition whereby the role of the individual is better understood. And from this we can cater specific plans to individuals through methods like genetic testing for food sensitivities. The only issue that remains is that there is a lot of information available and it’s safe to say that not all of it is true, or based on hard evidence. We’ve already pinpointed a few of these and debunked myths but with so much out there we’ve been compelled to bring you a refreshed list of misconceptions about healthy eating you need to re-educate yourself about.

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3427 Posted 405 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Best sources of Omega 3

The consumption of omega-3s has reached an all-time high in the health world, and the importance of including fresh fish and nuts and seeds in your diet has seen many people changing their habits for the benefits. On reason this may be is because historically, we’ve seen that populations that consume the most omega-3 foods, like people in Okinawa, Japan, live longer and healthier lives than people who eat a standard diet low in omega-3s.

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3414 Posted 438 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Does It Matter When You're Eating Your Biggest Meal?

There is a lot of he said, she said, and myths floating around the world of nutrition and eating habits, and a lot of it has to do with when you should be eating your meals. Breakfast was always considered to be the most important meal of the day, but as you can see, that may not be the case.

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3409 Posted 446 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Nutrion Trends 2017

The food industry is a giant in the world today, but it still needs to innovate according to people’s tastes, likes, and dislikes, not to mention contending with damaging relationships via social media where you could wake up in the morning and find your brand plastered all over Facebook. So, in 2017, we think that everyone’s got a little better at being savvy, finding new ways to attract customers and ensure that the hive mind of healthy living and healthy eating is satiated throughout the year. We investigated trends that have been growing for a while now, and bring you a few ideas about what 2017 is going to mean for people and big business, but, in short, it’s all about value and quality.

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3408 Posted 449 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

How to build healthy habits?

As I write this, it’s coming to the beginning of February. This means that, for most people reading this, their New Years Resolutions will already be broken. It’s estimated that fewer than 10% of people are able to stick to their resolutions each year. If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in fitness and health, which means that your resolutions are likely fitness or health orientated. Failing to meet these new resolutions, which happens to most people, can have serious consequences, especially given that close to a third of people in the UK are classed as obese, and many don’t get sufficient exercise.

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3406 Posted 454 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal Of The Day?

It’s an age-old-adage that’s stood the test of time, but recent research indicates that it could be that the notion of breakfast being the most important meal of the day doesn't really stand up to any solid academic or scientific testing. Of course, getting your day off to a start with a meal is important but it’s not necessarily the most important meal of the day. Like with most things about nutrition, we are gaining more and more insight into what our bodies really need. Because we’re in the business of genetics, fitness, and nutrition, we also know that everyone is different and there are no all-encompassing truths that fit everyone perfectly – simply due to the fact that we’re all individuals and react differently to certain foods and diet types.

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3405 Posted 456 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News, Nutrition

Sport Science Review 2016 Part 2

As part of my job role at DNAFit, I read a lot of different scientific papers from a wide range of disciplines within sports science. At the end of 2015, I reviewed the best bits of research I had come across in 2015 (click for Part One and Part Two), and in this two-part article I will share with you the papers that had the biggest impact on me in 2016.

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3403 Posted 460 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Healthy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth

Fitness and nutrition have become important aspects of our daily lives today, but with it comes a lot of restriction that forces us to review our eating habits and be more proactive about what we put inside of our bodies. This isn’t a bad thing, by any stretch of the imagination, but it does mean that a lot of the things that most of us, when we were younger, were obsessed with are now given the big no-no. But there are a lot of us out there who have an insatiable sweet tooth that we simply cannot escape from. Good news is there are still healthy ways to satiate the sweet tooth while remaining true to your health and the quest for the perfect physique.

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3400 Posted 470 Days Ago in: Nutrition

How does it feel to go vegetarian for a month?

Our content writer Daniel volunteered to go meat-free for a month. Here's how he managed to cope and how it affected his everyday life and training.

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3399 Posted 479 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Your New Year's Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s resolution list yet? Love’em, or hate’em, they have been around for a while. History tells us that the origin of New Year’s resolutions is attributed to Babylonians in Mesopotamia some 4000 years ago. But it wasn't any New Year’s celebration. Resolutions were made over 12 days in March/April during the festival of Akitu. It is indicated that promises were made to the gods in the hope that these people would earn good favour in the coming year. This was even in the time before New Year’s was on January 1st, which was only established by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. and then cemented by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.

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3397 Posted 484 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Why Eating Too Much Makes Us Sleepy?

Ever felt exhausted after eating? Like you could just fall into a deep sleep right where you’re sitting? Well, it’s a natural response that can be explained due to a myriad of factors. And now that it’s holiday season, you’ll more than likely be eating a little more than usual over Christmas, loading up on plate after plate of food. All your relatives have brought their own dish and you have to try everything so that no one gets offended. After eating such a big meal, you may find yourself ready for bed – and here’s why.

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3396 Posted 489 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Should You Stick To Your Diet During Christmas?

Christmas is around the corner and we all know what it means – food, drink and some quality time with friends and family. We’d be lying to ourselves if we said that we don’t eat and drink way too much over Christmas – pretty sure everybody does it. And it’s a very ok thing to do (in moderation of course). There’s nothing wrong with treating holidays like they’re one big cheat day – you deserve it. There’s so much temptation around you that resitting it is very likely to just stress you out. So here’s few tips on how to actually enjoy Christmas without feeling guilty (and also without completely ruining your workout)

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3395 Posted 491 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 32 - HLA DQ2 & DQ8

It is now known that there are two genes, called HLA DQ2 and HLA DQ8, which are found in about 99% of people with coeliac disease. However, these genes are also present in about 35% of people with coeliac disease. So whilst the majority of people with coeliac disease have the HLA DQ2/DQ8 gene variants, the majority of people with these genes don’t have coeliac disease. This is because coeliac disease only affects about 1% of people. So, if we have 100 people, about 35 of these people will have the HLA DQ2 or DQ8 genes, but only one of them will have coeliac disease.

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3394 Posted 494 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

7 Ways Sleep Affects Your Training And Nutrition

How exactly do you stay in shape? There’s so much information going around but the key ingredients seem to be a healthy diet, coupled with aerobic exercise and strength training. Simple, right? Well, not so much… What’s the other key ingredient for losing weight, staying fit, and building muscle? The short answer – sleep. Think about when you’ve had a poor night’s sleep, for whatever reason, and then think about having to go to gym the next morning and stick to your low carb, low fat, or Mediterranean diet. More than likely, none of those things are going to be on your wishlist. And that’s because sleep massively contributes to our overall wellbeing and brain activity. Below we’ll take you through the ways in which sleep deprivation affects diet and exercise, and explain why getting enough sleep is crucial.

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3393 Posted 496 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Energy-Packed Foods For Long Winter Days

The days are getting longer and many of us probably feel like we need a little extra boost to help us get through the day, especially during the busy and slightly stressful pre-Christmas period. Good news is you don’t need copious amounts of caffeine to get that energy boost – sometimes simply adjusting your diet a little bit might be just what you need. Below we’ll take you through a few of the top foods that can help you get you the much needed energy boost.

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3387 Posted 512 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Gene in Focus - Part 30: ADRB3

This week we are investigating ADRB3, a gene which appears in our fat sensitivity panel. This gene encodes for beta-3-adrenergic receptors, which are located mainly is fat tissue. They play a role in breaking down fat for use as energy, and a small change in this gene, known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), is thought to determine how well we can tolerate saturated fats.

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3385 Posted 517 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Intermittent Fasting: An Eating Pattern, Not An Eating Plan

Intermittent fasting means eating your calories during a specific window of the day, and choosing not to eat food during the rest. It is an “eating pattern”, and can be implemented in a variety of ways, while maintaining the need to ‘fast’. Once you get past the idea of not eating for up to 24 hours, and then consuming all of your calories, it differs from fad diets because it’s actually easier to follow than you think.

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3381 Posted 529 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Should you eat before or after your workout?

Exercise, in reality, is only optimally beneficial when coupled with a perfectly balanced diet. So while we all spend the day eating and staying active, it makes sense that what we actually need to be eating for the best results, should be a priority. But what do should you eat before your workout, and after, to ensure that you’re giving yourself the best chance of reaching your goals?

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3380 Posted 531 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Everything You Need To Know About The Paleo Diet

You might have heard about some of your more health-conscious friends going “Paleo” and starting to follow the Paleo diet. Popularised by media and celebrities in the past few years, Paleo diet is currently one of the most on “trend” ones. So is it just another fad or is Paleo diet here to stay? And should you try it?

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3372 Posted 552 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Meal replacement shakes - are they healthy?

By now, even if you haven’t tried one, you should be well aware that there are shakes out there that are packed with all the nutrients of the whole foods you eat daily. It means that instead of actually making a meal or weighing up calories before engorging yourself you can just as easily get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need in one foul slurp. But are these meal replacement shakes healthy?

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3368 Posted 566 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Best protein sources that are meat-free

Switching to a vegetarian diet isn’t easy and you might find yourself needing to do a lot of research into new foods you never considered before. One of the first things to think about is definitely protein. Because you’re stopping consumption of products high in protein such as meats and fish, your body will need them from other sources, especially if you exercise a lot. But fear not, we’re here to help. We prepared a short list of foods high in protein which aren’t meats or fish.

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3365 Posted 572 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Should you cut sugar out of your diet?

Sweet, tasty, and energy dense, we are biologically wired to enjoy eating sugar. While this desire served a vital purpose in the prehistoric age where every calorie was essential, in the modern world sugar is everywhere, and takes almost no effort to acquire. As quickly as saturated fats rose to their new standing – regarded as an essential nutrient after the lipid hypothesis of cardiovascular disease has come under serious scientific scrutiny - sugar has been placed firmly in thee cruel spotlight as the product responsible for many of the modern world’s health problems such as obesity.

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3357 Posted 594 Days Ago in: Genetics

10 nutrition myths debunked

In the digital age there is a wealth of information available to us, allowing the discovery of new things about ourselves, our fitness and our nutrition. But sometimes, it’s hard to sift out the useable information from the fog of fad diets and unproven speculation. The same goes for what you hear through the grapevine. Your friends may have heard something from another friend, who heard it from someone else, and so on and so on…and before you know it you find yourself a situation where no one has any idea what the source material was. And that’s where the problem comes in. It’s not always possible to do the research of so-called ‘facts’ that you’ve taken-for-granted for years now, but as we’re in the business of optimising your nutrition and diet habits we’ve taken it upon ourselves to debunk the main myths floating around the industry.

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3355 Posted 597 Days Ago

5 hacks to help you master your weekly meal prep

Trying to eat well isn’t extremely difficult but it does require a certain level of discipline, dedication and initially, a bit of extra effort to change your usual habits. It’s a big change and the best way to stick to it is to make it as easy as possible, without waking up in the morning and being unsure of what you’re going to eat today. Below we’re going to offer some solutions on how to hack your weekly eating habits and balance your diet out so that you’re going to be getting the most out of it!

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3354 Posted 601 Days Ago in: Genetics

Is this the end of calorie counting?

When we think of calorie counting we think of reducing the amount of food you eat every single meal, carefully measuring it on a mental scale and extending lunch breaks spent analysing how many calories every single item of food you aim to consume. When you look at it this way, it’s a very stressful experience. But it doesn’t have to be. There’s always more than one way to skin a cat, or, in this case, trim the fat.

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3352 Posted 606 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Alcohol and Diet - why there's more to it than just empty calories

The rise of clubs, bars serving craft everything, festivals and sports events have given rise to the modern drinking culture, with plenty of opportunities to binge. But if you put a premium on health, want to build muscle, lose weight or reduce the risk of diseases associated with regular alcohol consumption then reducing your intake can be beneficial. With social pressures, and the enjoyment factor, it’s unrealistic to expect to cut out alcohol all together, but these tips and tricks can give you some pointers to keep your consumption in check.

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3350 Posted 610 Days Ago in: Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 16: GSTM1 & GSTT1

This week, we turn our attention not to a single gene, but two that play a role in determining our requirements of cruciferous vegetables, which include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and everyone’s favorite, Brussels sprouts. These foods contain plenty of compounds that are beneficial for our health, but one that we are most interested in for these genes are glucosinolates, which have been researched for their effects on cancers.

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3349 Posted 613 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

8 biggest mistakes you can make if you want bigger muscles

Whatever your fitness goal is, we all get discouraged when a heavy training regime brings us no or very little effect, especially if we can’t figure out why. Well, fear no more because DNAFit are here to bring you some mistakes that you may be making in the gym that are the reasons why your muscle building exercises aren’t working at their optimum level.

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3344 Posted 615 Days Ago in: Genetics

Food intolerance series: What is coeliac disease?

The food intolerance series continues! And this time we’re focusing on the widespread autoimmune disease coeliac. When you suffer from coeliac diseases, your body has an adverse reaction to food containing gluten. Have a look at our infographic to find out more.

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3342 Posted 620 Days Ago in: Training

Juice cleanse and detoxing – why it’s all a big fat lie

Juice cleanses – we’ve all heard about them, and most of us attempted one at least once in our lives. They’re heavily promoted by celebrities who claim they help to lose weight, detoxify their bodies (whatever that means, but more on that later) and maintain this unearthly “healthy glow”. The best example is probably Gwyneth Paltrow, who claims that juicing is the way to be healthy, feel better and be happier. So is juice cleanse really such a great way to help you feel better and lose weight?

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3337 Posted 629 Days Ago in: Genetics

Food intolerance series: Lactose Intolerance

In this series, we’ll be providing insight into the limitations some of us have concerning food and what this means in terms of our genes. This will hopefully provide more clarity, aiding you to understand why, for instance, some people are predisposed to coeliac disease or are lactose intolerant, while giving you solutions to overcoming these issues and leading a healthy lifestyle. This week we’re investigating the history, prevalence, reasons and solutions to dealing with lactase non-persistence, popularly known as lactose intolerance, which affects about 65% of the population. The infographic concisely explains how it all started and the role it plays in the daily lives of people today; offering deep insight into a concept that at first seems simple but is dense with information and presents a compelling view of our history and evolution.

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3336 Posted 631 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 13 - ADRB2

This week we turn our attention to a gene called ADRB2, which plays a role in response to exercise, VO2max trainability, and sensitivity to both fats and carbohydrates. When talking about ADRB2, we are actually interested in two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) found in the gene, given the imaginative and catchy names of Arg16Gly and Gln27Glu. This gene codes for something called the beta-2 adrenergic receptor, whose job it is to bind to adrenaline.

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3334 Posted 637 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 12 - FTO

Continuing our focus on specific genes, this week we place FTO under the microscope. This gene plays a role in determining how well we deal with fats, especially saturated fats, but it is also implicated in obesity risk – as such, FTO is called the fat mass and obesity-associated gene.

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3333 Posted 638 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Best tips to help speed up your injury recovery

It is possible to be proactive and do certain things to make you less likely to pick up injuries but they’re an ever present aspect of an athletic lifestyle. For this reason, we had a chat with our resident sports scientist who gave us few tips that can help you to get back on track faster than ever before. If you continuously struggle with injury and find that it takes forever for you to recover, then read on.

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3332 Posted 643 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Eating too much VS Eating too little

Food, we all love it, from limp, steamed green beans to thick, medium rare steaks with a pulse, there may be nothing more diverse but collectively loved than food in this world. We all know how great the perfect soft serve ice cream tastes, sprinkled with Oreos or a large popcorn from the movies covered in salt and butter, accompanied by an extra-large multi-flavoured slush is. It also goes without saying that if you want to keep trim, healthy and feeling great then you can’t indulge too much in all of this.

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3328 Posted 657 Days Ago in: Industry News

The Truth About Superfoods

Whenever an industry becomes increasingly popular it would be prudent to be a little bit sceptical about everything coming your way. The growing influx of information and availability of it makes it even harder to distinguish the fact from the fiction. Health and fitness is one such industry that has exploded over the last few years as people gravitate towards their personal wellness. We’ve already seen the potentially damaging effects that diet fads can have and how the people who champion them backtrack, Tim Noakes we’re looking at you, and now we’re confronted with the most epic division in food since OCD-induced separation of peas, meat and mash: ‘superfoods’.

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3326 Posted 664 Days Ago in: Genetics

Dieting - There Is More Than One Way

At the end of last year a study was conducted on people by Eran Segal and Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute of Science that confirmed what we at DNAFit already know; there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dieting and weight loss.

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3325 Posted 665 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 9: VDR

The next gene in our series is VDR; the vitamin D receptor gene. This gene plays a role in how well our bodies can utilise vitamin D, which in turn can affect various different processes. Currently, VDR appears in three different sections of our report – power/endurance, vitamin D needs, and caffeine sensitivity.

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3324 Posted 671 Days Ago in: Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 8: TCF7L2

The gene that we are going to be taking a closer look at this week is TCF7L2. This gene creates a protein called transcription factor 7-like 2, which in turn binds to other genes to alter their expression. It has been shown through research to have an impact on how well you tolerate carbohydrates, and how well you tolerate saturated fat, which is how we report on it in the DNAFit reports.

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3323 Posted 677 Days Ago in: Training

10 foods that can help you get a better workout

You’re working out, eating well and are on the way to getting the results that you want but what if you knew what foods could take your results to the next level. It’s no use working out and not complementing that with a diet of the best foods for you so we’ve compiled a list of nature’s ‘superfoods’ that will not only assist you in having a better workout but also improve your pre and post-workout. We’re beginning to shift our focus past diet regimens and onwards to setting a benchmark for the healthiest diet out there. Some of these foods may be a little outlandish to you but we guarantee that they’re packed with vitamins and minerals and are essential for everyone’s health and vitality.

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3321 Posted 679 Days Ago in: Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 7: LCT

This week we are going to be looking at a gene that affects how well we can tolerate lactose. Roughly 65% of the world’s population lose the ability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk, after weaning. From an evolutionary perspective, this makes sense – humans typically need to digest milk when they are babies because their main source of nutrition is breast milk; however, once the child has stopped breast feeding, historically there was no need for them to continue to digest lactose, because milk wasn’t readily available. However, as humans migrated out of Africa into Asia, and eventually into Europe, a small polymorphism occurred which enabled some of them to continue to digest lactose into adulthood.

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3320 Posted 684 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

6 Health Myths vs Reality

Do you ever occasionally feel as though everything that you’re told is an intricate system of lies and truths that whirl around in a spiral of fact and fiction, accepted and rejected? If your answer is no then surely you’re in on the cosmic joke. More often than not we find fads and what exactly is socially acceptable at the time moving in and out of popularity in the public sphere and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

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3318 Posted 690 Days Ago in: Training

10 habits to help you avoid overeating

Overeating is one of the main causes of depression and feelings of lethargy in humans today, which is never a good thing as it seems as though the rest of the world is geared towards staying fit and healthy. But when food is so tasty and excites the senses as your chewing and digesting it, how is it possible to stop from going from enjoying it to essentially becoming a glutton? Well, we’ve got a few tips for you that are actually very easy to follow. None of these crash courses that you feel overwhelmed by and are daunting to read. No, simply a few alterations to make during meal times to put the power back into your eating habits. See, you’re feeling better already!

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3306 Posted 718 Days Ago in: Genetics

Diets- Are they fads or the future?

The New Atkins, Paleo, the 5:2 or Alkaline diets; every week a new, miraculous diet plan is launched on the public with the promise to turn us from flabby to fabulous. Most of these diets are simply inventive ways of restricting our food intake so that we eat fewer calories than we consume. But our individual genetic make-up and metabolism may mean that all calories are not created equal.

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3305 Posted 720 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

The DNAFit Blog Guide to Diet Types- Part 3: Low Fat Diet

For many years a diet that was low in fat was recommended as the perfect way to stay slim and maintain a healthy heart. Recently there has been a cultural move towards increasing healthy fats and cutting carbs but for many people their DNA may be better suited to keeping dietary fat low.

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3303 Posted 725 Days Ago in: Genetics

Micronutrients - Getting the vitamins and minerals you need

Eating a healthy balanced diet should ensure that the body gets all the vitamins and minerals it needs to function well. But our genetic make-up can affect our ability to absorb and use specific micronutrients. By adapting our diets and supplementing when necessary we can boost levels of the vitamins and minerals we need and optimize our health, fitness and sporting performance.

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3302 Posted 727 Days Ago in: Genetics

Micronutrients -What do they do?

We all need vital vitamins and minerals. But for some people, differences in their DNA means they are less able to absorb or use specific micronutrients. If that’s you, the good news is that by changing your diet, you can boost your levels, stay healthy and protect yourself from deficiency and disease.

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3301 Posted 729 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 1: ACE

As part of a new series on the DNAFit blog, we are going to look at a specific gene in detail, see what the science says about it, and how it can affect you with regards to fitness and diet. The first gene to be put under the microscope in our series is ACE, or the angiotensin-converting enzyme gene. Did you know that knowing your ACE genotype can empower you to make better decisions regarding your training and also your diet?

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3298 Posted 734 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

The DNAFit Blog Guide to Diet Types - Part 1: Low Carb Diet

Examining your DNA can help you discover the diet plan that is perfect for your individual genetic structure. In studies, this personalized approach to nutrition was shown to be more effective than traditional diet methods. By eating for our unique dietary needs it’s easier to make long-term sustainable changes to improve our health and wellbeing. This week we're giving you an overview on different types on most-common recommended diets.

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3297 Posted 735 Days Ago in: Genetics

The beginner's guide to Nutrigenetics

The new and developing science of Nutrigenetics aims to identify genetic susceptibility to diseases and the ways in which very small difference in our genes can alter the effects that nutrient intake has on the body. By understanding and analysing these variations, specific dietary and disease prevention advice can be given based on personal genetic makeup.

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3292 Posted 833 Days Ago in: Genetics, Industry News

Is There A Gene For Obesity?

It's not uncommon for people to search for external reasons as to why they have gained fat, or why they struggle to lose fat. Some of the reasons given for this include “I just have a weak spot for chocolate”, or “I’m big boned”. When I’m delivering the DNAFit education programme to personal trainers and nutritionists, I ask if people believe there is a gene, or genes, which cause obesity. A fair percentage of people on these courses say that there is. But is this true?

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3288 Posted 845 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News

Craig Pickering's Sports Science Review 2015 - Part 2

Welcome back to my Sports Science Review of 2015, yesterday we looked at some of my favourite findings in sports science from this year. If you missed it, take a look here. Today we're rounding up, looking at the latest findings in these areas: The ACTN3 Gene, Ice Baths, Stretching and Can You Outrun a Bad Diet?

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3284 Posted 754 Days Ago in: Training

Can sleep be essential for your workout?

Our brain is very dependent on sleep. For many years, scientists have been wondering why sleep is necessary, and why it is essential for us to function. During the day our brains work hard, sending a lot of impulses through the nervous system and between our synapses. These impulses are essential even for basic activities like walking and breathing. But can sleep also have more impact on our bodies and our training?

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