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Ryan wants a refund on his DNA results

I’ve been laughing at my husband, Ryan, who’s telling everyone that he wants a refund on his DNA tests.

  • The DNA Health test shows that Ryan is at higher risk of inflammation. It also shows him that he’s at an increased risk of decreased methylation and decreased detoxification ability (putting him at higher risk of DNA damage).

  • The DNA Mind tests shows that, mostly because of the lipid metabolism, inflammation and methylation genes, Ryan is at a high risk of neurodegenerative diseases and mood disorders.

  • The DNA Diet test shows that Ryan needs more exercise than most and should be on a low carbohydrate diet. Strength training is better for him than endurance training and he should be fitting in at least 20 MET hours of moderate to high intensity exercise every week.

The results explain quite a lot of stuff that Ryan was feeling guilty about. Like why he couldn’t have more than one drink with friends on a Friday night, or why he wanted to be in bed by 8pm. The other one was the non-specific fatigue and brain fog. He kept saying that he felt “tired and boring.” His ability to deal with stress was also low.

Here is a very small window into some of Ryan's genes:

Here’s the thing: Once we knew what Ryan was up against, we could work hard to switch the problematic genes off.

We already started a while ago (18 months) and Ryan’s approach includes a personalised diet, exercise, supplementation, and mindfulness programme.

Here are some of the more specific things that he’s doing:

  • Daily exercise for at least 30 minutes

  • No sugar

  • No gluten, eggs or dairy (eggs because he has a specific allergy)

  • Lots of green leaves and salads

  • Limited pasture-raised meat

  • Yoga twice per week

  • Daily meditation

  • Supplementation to support methylation and inflammation, including IV Vitamin Therapy (approximately every eight weeks)

I can see the progress in Ryan’s annual blood results, especially his inflammatory markers.

More important than that Ryan feels better. His brain fog has gone, his joints aren’t achy, he has more energy, and he’s less cranky if he gets less sleep on a particular night. One and a half years ago Ryan wouldn't have been able to do what he's doing in the photo below, and now, he almost doesn't need the tree.

I just want to say that Ryan does have a couple of genes that I’m jealous of. The one that I’ll mention here is that he is a very fast metaboliser of coffee. How did I not come away with that one?

I’ll be using Ryan as my case-study over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more about the DNA analyses that I offer, click here.

Just a reminder that it’s a journey. And, once you have the DNA information, that’s just the beginning. But it’s the best beginning that you could have. As they say: Knowledge is power. And that power allows us to spend more time doing what we love.

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