Ever wondered how your genetics are affecting your health?

Well, you may already have a wealth of genetic information about yourself on hand and not even know it!

If you have done either “23andme.com” or “ancestry.com” genetic testing, there’s a simple way to extract very useful and practical information about any polymorphisms in your genes that may affect your health.

This information can then be used to fine-tune the food you eat and the supplements you take.

Let me explain what a polymorphism is.

It’s a genetic variation in the DNA sequence and is commonly found in the population. The most common type of polymorphisms are SNPs (pronounced “snips”) or single nucleotide polymorphisms. Each SNP represents a difference in a single DNA building block, called a nucleotide. These are not mutations but variations.

Mutations affect less than 1% of the population whereas polymorphisms can affect up to 50% of us. So don’t get freaked out by the SNPs.

Think of SNPs as tools to correct how a gene might be expressed, giving you concrete ways to improve your future health.

Most SNPs have no effect on health or development but some may help predict your response to certain drugs, susceptibility to environmental factors such as toxins, and risk of developing particular diseases because of faulty detox mechanisms, which can be corrected. That’s the exciting part!

Knowing about your SNPs can guide you to alter your diet and supplement program and thereby reduce your risk of developing health conditions by improving specific ways your body detoxifies.

Now, back to the genetic testing.

Once you have your ancestry report, you simply transfer your raw data from it to the website www.nutrahacker.com. (If you don’t yet have a report, buy the basic version of the “23andme.com” or ancestry.com profile.) There are simple instructions on the Nutrahacker website to guide you through this process. In literally three minutes they provide you with a free report on the polymorphisms in your genes that affect your detoxification and methylation pathways. It’s super cool!

I have done other, expensive genetic testing before this one, and found prior results confirmed by this free report. It has been very useful information, some of which was quite unexpected!

Of the 600 genes that were evaluated I had polymorphisms in 15. So, I now have 15 ways to improve not only my current health but more importantly my future health.

For example, I discovered:

  • For me, the tocopherol from of vitamin E, which is most commonly available, is pro-inflammatory (not true of the tocotrienol form