Lifestyle Genomics – the Ultimate in Biohacking

It feels like every time you turn around there is a new dietary trend or supplement-of-the-month that promises to improve performance, slow aging, and generally make us healthier. Sometimes it’s true, other times not so much. But there is one thing that can actually help us improve performance, age better, and help us get healthier. It’s lifestyle genomics.

What is that?

Lifestyle genomics explores the interaction between an individual’s genes and their lifestyle choices.

By analyzing your genetic information, you can uncover genetic predispositions and susceptibilities and identify lifestyle interventions that could help mitigate any risks. The information help you make informed decisions about diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors to enhance your overall well-being. There are a number of ways Lifestyle genomics can be used.

  1. Nutrigenomics and Personalized Dietary Recommendations: This aspect of lifestyle genomics focuses on the interaction between genes and nutrition. It investigates how an individual’s genetic variations influence their metabolism, nutrient absorption, and response to specific dietary components. Some people may have genetic variations that affect their ability to metabolize or utilize certain nutrients effectively. Nutrigenomics can identify these genetic variations and provide insights into personalized nutrient requirements, such as the need for specific vitamins, minerals or other dietary components. Nutrients can also influence gene expression, meaning they can turn genes “on” or “off” and regulate their activity. Nutrigenomics investigates how different nutrients and dietary components can modulate gene expression, leading to changes in physiological processes and health outcomes. With this information we can develop truly personalized dietary recommendations to optimize health and help prevent or manage existing health conditions. These recommendations may include specific food choices, macronutrient ratios, nutrient supplementation, or dietary modifications to meet individual needs.
  2. Fitness and Exercise Optimization: Lifestyle genomics can give us insights into an individual’s genetic predispositions related to physical fitness and athletic performance. By analyzing genes involved in muscle strength, endurance, and recovery, this information can be incorporated into training programs to maximize performance and minimize the risk of injuries.
  3. Behaviour Modification: Lifestyle genomics also examines the genetic factors influencing behaviour traits such as stress response, sleep patterns, and cognition. Understanding the genetic influence on these traits can help an individual adopt strategies to promote healthier behaviours and manage their overall well-being mor effectively.
  4. Weight Management: Genetic variations can influence an individual’s susceptibility to obesity, response to different diets, and metabolism of macronutrients. With this information we can develop personalized recommendations for weight management, dietary interventions, exercise guidance and behavioural strategies tailored to your own individual genetic profile.

Jill Hillhouse

Jill uses Nutrigenomics to uncover genetic predispositions and susceptibilities as the foundation for a personalized nutrition and lifestyle plan to optimize health and aging. Working as a nutritional practitioner since 2003, she has an extensive clinical background in treating metabolic and nutritional imbalances.