It starts with you, it ends with food.
Simply put, nutrigenomics informs us which foods best relate to our genes and how to prepare them to influence health. It’s a field of science that has grown exponentially since the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, providing us with a map of the approximately 20,500 genes that make up human beings—including where they're located and how they function.
Together, our genes are called our genome and they provide an inheritable set of instructions for life. Nutrigenomics allows us to understand how food—specifically nutrients and non-nutrient components in food called bioactives—interact with our genes and influence how they work.
Genes are the pivot that food interacts with to produce proteins which lie at the heart of how our bodies function. These proteins build, regulate and maintain the human body. They are fundamental to life and our health. One gene may make one type of protein, another gene will make another type of protein. Some proteins become muscle while some become hormones, enzymes or bone. Nutrigenomics gives us new insight into how food actually works in the body, influencing health with food at the cellular level.
While we all have basically the same set of genes, variations in our genes called Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, or SNPs, create the difference between individual health blueprints. SNP’s influence how effectively those genes work or don’t work.
Using principles from the science of nutrigenomics and the field of functional medicine, we use nutrigenomics to guide you to the best food choices you can make and explain the “why” behind the “what” that you’ve always been told about your health. Once you learn the basics, you’ll be able to build a beautiful relationship between the food you eat, your kitchen and the healthy life you desire.