Everything you need to know about diet and nutrition

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Understanding micronutrients

The World Health Organisation described micronutrients as the ‘magic wands' that enable the body to perform the chemical processes essential for proper growth and development. 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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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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Best meat free protein sources

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.

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Are meal replacement shakes 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.

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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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Can genes affect your taste?

We all have people who we know: friends, family, acquaintances, and work colleagues who all have distinctly different tastes when it comes to food. Some like it hot, while others…not so much.

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Is a low sodium diet good for everyone?

Sodium is a key component of many foods regularly consumed by people on a daily basis and although health recommendations often advise otherwise, there is still not enough done to stop people from adding excessive amount of salt to their foods.

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Food that can reduce inflammation

Inflammation happens to everyone, it is part of our body's natural response to damaged tissues and also plays a role in the immune system response. With modern day advances we are now able to see just how much inflammation you're likely to feel from a strenuous bout of activity through the analysis of your genes.

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Understanding a histamine intolerance

A histamine intolerance can have different effects depending on your sensitivity. But what is it? And how do you prevent becoming ill from it?

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Is avocado oil healthy for you?

Is avocado oil a fad, or is it really beneficial to you? That's the question we're asking because we keep hearing about avocado oil, but it isn't always clear if it's what we should be including in our diets.

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What is collagen (and what does it do)?

Collagen is the new buzzword around the health and nutrition world in 2018, but do we really know what it is and why it is important to include in our diets? We tell you all about it!

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Traffic light food labels

Understanding what foods you should be eating is only part of the picture when you aren't sure of what the foods on the shelves of stores contains. Enter traffic light food labels, that make it easier to see what certain foods contain and what you should be choosing.

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A review of the healthiest nuts

Nuts are extremely nutrient-dense, no matter which ones you have: Unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E and plant sterols to name a few. We investigate all the nuts individually to help you decide which one is for you!

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Genetics and food preference

What we know about the role that genetics plays in determining our food preferences has continued to grow as more scientific studies are completed. Here are a few things we know right now.

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Dairy alternatives for lactose intolerant people

Being lactose intolerant means that you'll have to find alternative sources of, for instance, butter, cheese, milk and ice cream. So what can you eat instead? We checked out the best dairy alternatives for you.

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A review of the healthiest fish

Fish is a major source of protein and omega-3s, among other nutrients and vitamins, but some are better than others. Which ones should you be eating?

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7 health benefits of vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most popular micronutrients due to it's role as an immune booster and source of energy, activity and happiness. We investigate the 7 main health benefits of vitamin C that have given it such a good reputation.

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Health benefits of omega-3

Omega-3 is an essential nutrient that not only protects us from heart disease but is important for our overall health. Here's why you need sufficient omega-3 in your diet to help your body perform at its best.

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Everything you need to know about vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin that plays a vital role in many functions in your body. Including but not limited to red blood cell production, DNA synthesis and supporting nerve cell function. Discover exactly what it is and how it benefits your body. We also guide you on the best way to optimise your Vitamin B12 intake.

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Gene in Focus: Part 4 - CYP1A2 (Caffeine)

The next gene we'll be looking at is CYP1A2. The enzyme produced by this gene is responsible for about 95% of all caffeine metabolisation in your body. This is why we include CYP1A2 in our caffeine report. It also plays a role in phase-1 detoxification, particularly in how well your body deals with HCAs and PAHs found in charred meats.

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Gene in focus - Part 9: VDR (Vitamin D)

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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Are food allergies genetic?

The reasons behind food allergies are diverse, 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. We investigate the causes of allergies, by looking at genetics, the environment and their relationship.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about alcohol

Got a question about alcohol? We've put together an extensive guide to alcohol and its effects on the body. If you can't find the answer to your question here, pop us a mail at advice.centre@dnafit.com. We'll get one of our wellness team to help you find the information you need.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about caffeine

Got a question about caffeine? We've put together an extensive guide to the world's favourite morning pick-me-up. If you can't find the answer to your question here, pop us a mail at advice.centre@dnafit.com. We'll get one of our wellness team to help you find the information you need.

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DNAFit genetic nutrition report FAQs [Part 2]

We've DNA tested a lot of people at DNAFit over the years (over 36 000 in fact), and we've also received a lot of questions regarding the contents of our reports. Here's a break down of some of our most frequently asked questions. We hope you find some of the answers you're looking for!

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Everything you need to know about a Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is one of the diet types that DNAFit suggests for you according to your genetic results. If you have a low to medium sensitivity towards both carbohydrates as well as saturated fats then this would be the optimal diet type for you. Here's what the Mediterranean diet is, an example of a Mediterranean diet plan and how it keeps you healthy.

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Everything you need to know about a low fat diet

The low fat diet is a fairly common diet type where most of the standard recommendations out there guide the general population towards a low-fat plan. Diet, however, is not a one size fits all approach and at that is why with DNAFit you can find out if a low-fat diet is in fact for you. This article unpacks what a low fat diet is, the various different types of fats as well as an example of a low fat diet plan.

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DNAFit genetic nutrition report FAQs [Part 1]

We've DNA tested a lot of people at DNAFit over the years (over 36 000 in fact), and we've also received a lot of questions regarding the contents of our reports. Here's a break down of some of our most frequently asked questions. We hope you find some of the answers you're looking for!

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Understanding carbohydrates, a low carb diet and the ketogenic diet plan

With the rise in popularity of the ketogenic diet, low carb diet plans are a topic of hot dispute. They're only really desirable if you have a high to very-high sensitivity towards refined carbohydrates. A low carb diet is one of the three diets DNAFit recommends based on your DNA test results. The following article covers everything you need to know about carbohydrates, a genetic predisposition towards carb sensitivity, and a low carb diet vs. the ketogenic diet.

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