Written by Charlene Hartung

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19 Jan, 2024

I recently did a DNA test, the Optiphi Helix one. 

I have a friend who did the test; the information she learned about herself was life-altering. What is great is they can look at a few aspects. I did the Skin, Health, Diet, and Hormone test; they can be done all at once or separately. 

I won’t go too much into what my test revealed, however, what I tell you is that it was eye-opening and showed so much of what I never understood. I would recommend this for anyone to do if they are looking for answers. 

The biggest revelation I got was that I am lactose intolerant and that my body deals well with carbs. It digests carbs well, amongst other things. It revealed what exercise I benefit from the most, also how much exercise I need. Oh then there’s my intolerance for salt. After making minor changes like lessening my salt intake and changing mye difference in my body, and if I drink regular milk or eat regular cheese milk and cheese to lactose-free variants, I can already feel th or food that is too salty, I feel so nauseous. I am reminded when I do, that I shouldn’t almost immediately. It explains why I always felt a certain way after eating certain foods. 

More information on DNA testing

DNA testing can provide valuable insights into your body’s genetic makeup and potential health risks. By analysing your DNA, you can gain information about your genetic predispositions to certain diseases, your body’s response to certain medications, and your genetic traits related to nutrition and fitness.

Here are some common uses of DNA testing to understand your body:

  1. Disease risk assessment: DNA testing can identify genetic markers associated with increased risk for certain diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, or Alzheimer’s. This information can help individuals take proactive steps to mitigate their risk and make more informed healthcare decisions.
  2. Personalised nutrition and fitness plans: Understanding your genetic traits related to metabolism, nutrient absorption, and exercise response can help tailor a diet and fitness plan better suited to your genetic makeup.
  3. Pharmacogenomics: DNA testing can reveal how your body metabolises certain medications, which can help healthcare providers prescribe the most effective and safe medications for you based on your genetic profile.
  4. Ancestry and family history: DNA testing can provide insights into your genetic ancestry and identify relatives through genetic matching.

It’s important to note that DNA testing can elicit sensitive personal information, so individuals should carefully consider the potential benefits and risks before undergoing genetic testing. Also, you should consult with a healthcare professional or a genetic counsellor to understand the results and implications of genetic testing.

For more info, you are welcome to contact me and I will put you in touch with the right people.



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