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What Your DNA Test Can Tell You About Your Health

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Published on April 26th, 2019

An inexpensive DNA test that you can take at home by spitting in a tube, like the ones from Ancestry or 23 and Me, can tell you a lot about your health.

Knowing that you prefer sweet snacks over salty can help you when it comes time to make better diet choices.

Take a look at a few things you can learn from the results of a DNA test about what diet supplements or workout strategies will help you compensate for your predispositions.

 

Whether Your Body Can Process Lactose

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Lactose is found in products made from cow’s milk, like yogurt. People who can indulge in ice cream, cheese, and other dairy products may have an easier time reaching their calcium goals than others.

Knowing that you’re lactose intolerant can save you from years of gastric distress. More importantly, though, it can alert you to take calcium as a nutritional supplement if you aren’t getting enough from your diet.

 

If You’re Sensitive To Bitter Tastes

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Not everyone tastes identical flavors when eating the same things. There are genetic markers that determine how certain foods taste.

People sensitive to bitter tastes may avoid foods like broccoli and brussels sprouts that are rich in nutrients that you might otherwise get from your diet.

Some people think that cilantro tastes like soap because of a genetic variation that detects a specific compound that most people can’t taste.

If you have a strong reaction to bitter tastes or cilantro that makes you avoid healthy vegetables, make sure you take a supplement to replace the iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6, and C you might be missing.

 

What Time Your Internal Body Clock Wakes

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Your genetic makeup determines what time of day you feel most energetic. The internal clock in your DNA sets natural rhythms for waking and sleeping.

You can certainly set the alarm clock to wake up and work out at 5 a.m., but training at that time of day might not be the best for night owls.

For example, it might be hard for someone programmed to stay up later to maintain an early workout routine for the long term. Knowing when you’re performing at your peak can help you train more effectively.

 

If You’re Prone To A Preference For Salt

Some people are predisposed to a preference for salty tastes. Over time, research shows that people who eat salty foods grow a tolerance for even more salty foods.

A strong preference for salty foods or tendency to over-salt foods can cause high blood pressure and contribute to more serious vascular issues like strokes or heart attacks.

If you find out that your DNA makes you like more salt than is healthy, attend health talks that teach you to season with other herbs and spices so you can reduce the sodium in your diet.

 

Conclusion

Based on the health challenges you inherited through your genes, you can compensate by changing your nutrition and workout routines.

Spending less than $100 on a home DNA kit is a good investment that makes you more effective at making healthy choices. Find the nutritional support targeted to your unique genetic and health profile.