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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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Posted 1034 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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Posted 1037 Days Ago

The DNAFit Blog Guide to Diet Types- Part 2: Mediterranean 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.

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Posted 1039 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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Posted 1040 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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Posted 1044 Days Ago in: Genetics

Stress busting - How to decrease and manage stress

We all have to face life’s stresses and strains. How we cope with these is affected by our genes, our experiences and our upbringing. The good news is that you can learn to deal with stress and stay healthy and happy no matter what your genetic make up.

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Posted 1046 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Cortisol, stress and exercise

Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is released into the bloodstream by the adrenal glands in a natural rhythm with our body’s sleep cycle. It peaks in the early morning helping us bounce out of bed and gradually falls, reaching a trough at 3 or 4 am when we should be soundly asleep.

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Posted 1048 Days Ago in: Genetics

Genetics and stress response

We all get stressed out once in a while but not everyone responds to pressure in the same way. Our lives, upbringing and experiences can all have an impact but research has shown that certain genes can make us more sensitive to life’s stresses and strains.

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Posted 1104 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Use your warm up wisely

For most of us, the need to warm up is two-fold: to enhance performance and prevent injury. Yet it’s often deemed a necessary evil. We all know it makes sense to raise your body temperature, increase your heart rate and circulation, loosen your joints and stretch your muscles before you play sport or exercise, but how often do we really take it seriously? Are we getting the most out of our warm ups? Are they making us better?

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Posted 1138 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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