To find out your genetic predisposition in these areas is half of the service. After determining your unique genetic imprint, we compare that to your symptoms and goals and develop a custom lifestyle and nutrition (including supplementation if needed) protocol to give you the best chances of avoiding disease, seeing improvements in current symptoms and empowering you with the knowledge you need to stay motivated and adherent to your new lifestyle.
Learn about your body’s innate ability to produce sex hormones, specifically androgens and estrogens. Imbalances of these hormones, either too high or too low, may result in bothersome symptoms.
See Understanding your Hormones to see what symptoms are associated with hormone imbalances.
Consequences of high estrogen levels accumulate over a lifetime. Research shows that breast health is affected by the cumulative exposure to estrogen. Typically, a woman’s exposure to the body’s natural estrogen is influenced by: onset of menarche, number of pregnancies, length of breastfeeding, and age of menopause. However, changes in how estrogen is metabolized may further influence estrogen exposure.
Specific gene variants within the hormone panel are shown to influence time of menarche, estrogen metabolism and overall estrogen exposure.
A woman’s overall exposure to estrogen may be modified by the use of commonly prescribed hormone-based medications. Hormone, or more specifically, estrogen-based medications as oral contraceptives (OCP), hormone replacement therapy (HRT), bio-identical supplementation, and fertility medications further increase a woman’s exposure to estrogen.
The cumulative effect of genetic variants in estrogen metabolism pathway can alter how these hormones are broken down, modifying their effect. Knowing your capacity to handle these drugs helps you to make safe and informed decisions about their use.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals mimic natural estrogens and can interfere with overall hormone. These are ubiquitously found in cosmetics, cleaning supplies, plastics and flame-retardants that encompass our furniture. Some women are more genetically sensitive to endocrine disruptors found in these products. Find out if you need to take extra care to avoid these chemicals and ensure your hormone balance is left unscathed.
Many of the same enzymes that are used in the body for estrogen metabolism are also used to detoxify toxins, food, chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs. Understanding these pathways give you insights into your body’s innate detoxification pathways and how to optimize these pathways to avoid toxic burden.
With this information, I can compare your genetic predisposition to your current symptoms and devise a tailored and concrete protocol for you to gain the best results.
Cardio-Younique tests evaluate genetic variations in genes that modulate blood pressure, lipid balance, nutrient metabolism, and importantly, inflammation, and oxidative stress. These insights can be as informative as more obvious risk factors such as smoking or high blood cholesterol. By appreciating these pertinent aspects of your genetic legacy, I will be better equipped to making optimized and individualized health and lifestyle recommendations to you and your family.
It is perhaps a travesty of our modern approach to food that we often view what we eat purely through the lenses of calorie counting. However, scientific studies have demonstrated, and indeed traditional societies have long since known, that our food intake is not just about providing a caloric source of energy for our bodies. Your diet has a very real and direct impact on many metabolic pathways and functional processes within your body. Appropriate diet and nutrition – what you eat, how you eat, how much you eat, when you eat – are important considerations in the pursuit of your optimal well being. Yet due to your individual genetic makeup, your body will digest and metabolize the food that you eat in a manner that can be quite different from someone else, even if that person appears to be similar to you. It is naïve to assume people will respond identically to diet and nutrition.
Detoxi-Younique tests evaluate genetic variations that contribute to your detox capacity. Genetically determined compromises in your detoxification system can lead to an increased risk of several chronic illnesses, including: cancer development, chronic fatigue and heart disease. Moreover, many medications are processed by the body through the same detox process used in the elimination of toxins. This susceptibility to abnormal drug reactions can also be identified with this test, hence allowing me to identify and determine your optimal health and lifestyle recommendations.
Everyone’s bodies are equipped with a highly specialized detoxification system to metabolize environmental and nutritional toxins. Genes can cause this system to vary depending on lifestyle choices. When testing this pathway, we can get a glimpse into what your body needs to best support detoxification via nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices.
Changes in the health of blood vessels, the flow of blood through those vessels, and blood pressure regulation can all be evaluated through our genetic legacy. By testing this panel, we can get information to devise a plan that will best support your body’s individual capability to assist the body’s system and functions.
Your AMY1 gene takes away the mystery over your ability to metabolize carbohydrates. The AMY1 gene produces the amylase enzyme in saliva, which breaks down starch in complex carbohydrates. You will have a number of copies of this gene ranging from 4 to about 18. The more copies of the AMY1 gene you have, the more amylase enzyme you produce, meaning you are better able to digest starch carbohydrates, strongly indicating that your ancestors ate starch carbohydrates.
Why is this important? People with less than 9 copies of the AMY1 gene are 8x more likely to be overweight and have a significant risk for diabetes. We also know that a person who is overweight is more prone to a number of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer. Therefore, a person with low number of the AMY1 gene must eat less complex carbohydrates in order to avoid obesity and associated diseases.
Why genetic testing? Well, we can now identify your unique genetic characteristics that have been passed from your ancestors, to your parents, to you. We can also identify your ability to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, how well your liver detoxifies, how well you recover from endurance or short bursts of powerful exercise, how susceptible you are to addictions, depression, and so on.
This is an amazing way to uncover information about you, so we don’t have to guess while developing your lifestyle, nutrition and workout program. Guessing can lead to wasted time, money and efforts and I would rather spend your energy B-lining it to achieving those goals.
Genetic testing panels will be chosen after consulting with Cassandra.
* The testing is simple. A saliva kit is sent you via mail and once you supply your sample you then mail it back to our labs. Within 3 weeks I will receive your results and from that be able to devise a specific plan in the areas of nutrition, exercise and supplementation that will best support your body, health and goals based on your unique genetic make up. All testing and research is done through Younique Genomics in Toronto.