How does your DNA test affect your dietary choices? Our Holistic Nutritionist explains how to tailor your diet around your DNA results.

by Jen Casey, CNP

This is not your ancestry DNA test, although those are super cool.

This new, diet-focused DNA test is a new tool that our Holistic Nutritionist uses to learn how your body metabolizes macronutrients, naturally. Over 100 of your key genes that are responsible for metabolic processes within your body are tested.

How can a DNA test express this kind of information? Nutrigenomics is the study of the interaction of nutrition and genes. A diet-focused DNA test shows how diet, exercise and environmental factors are related to how your genes are expressed and what outcomes you are predisposed to. Some nutrients can turn your genes on and off! How cool is that?

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The test results give you some insight into scenarios like:

  • why you aren’t metabolizing fats efficiently
  • why you might have an increased need for vitamins D, C, A or B
  • why you prefer and function well on a high protein diet
  • your tolerance for caffeine, lactose, gluten and alcohol
  • why your best friend can eat anything she wants and never gains weight…but your jeans don’t fit the moment you indulge

DNA swab

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does it work?

Here is what the whole process looks like: Book in for a quick 15 minute appointment at the clinic to pick up your DNA test and schedule in your follow-up hour (aprox 3-4 weeks later). A non-invasive saliva sample is taken and sent in to the lab. The 50pg results, showing variances in the genes responsible for over 100 markers, are sent via email to you and our Nutritionist.

For example:

Your report shows that you have a 67% variance in the key genes responsible for calcium (Ca) absorption. This means that you are at an increased risk for developing problems associated with Ca absorption, such as osteoporosis, or blood pressure issues. Why? Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and it is required for muscle function (including your heart. It is a big muscle!), blood pressure regulation, healthy bones and teeth, and even hormone regulation.

Your genes will not change, but you can be proactive with what and how you eat. When your test results are in, your appointment with our Holistic Nutritionist includes specific dietary recommendations to help you optimize your calcium absorption and reduce your risk of future health problems related to the variance in your genes.

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Suggestions such as:

  • weight-bearing exercises to increase bone density
  • increase dietary sources of calcium, such as salmon, spinach, kale, parsley, sunflower and chia seeds, cheese and organic milk
  • foods to avoid that interfere with calcium absorption

What else does the test cover?

Other areas tested are:

    • Diet Management: How your body burns fat, your sensitivity to carbohydrates and insulin, your cholesterol regulation, and your protein requirements to help determine your optimum diet
    • Weight Response: Your body’s ability to control body mass index (BMI)
    • Food Tolerances: Your tolerances to alcohol, caffeine, salt, lactose, gluten and sugar cravings
    • Food Taste and Preferences: Your preference for caffeine, carbohydrates, fats and protein. Your taste ability for bitter, salt, sweet tastes, as well as smoking behaviour
    • Vitamins and Supplements: Your need for vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B9 (folate), vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E as well as your need for supplements such as Calcium, Iodine, Iron, Omega 3 and Omega 6 to stay healthy

What doesn’t the test cover?

This particular diet-focused test does not cover areas such as allergies, ancestry, inherited diseases, or illnesses.

How often do I need to do this test?

This is a one-time test. Your genes won’t change, but you will have the tools to optimize your health and the function of your genes through diet. Book in at Rocky Point Wellness Clinic to pick up your test and schedule your 1 hour test result appointment.

Jen Casey is a Holistic Nutritionist and offers nutrition services and courses at Rocky Point Wellness Clinic. To learn more about Jen, click here.

4 Week Group Fitness & Nutrition Program with Jen Casey

by Jen Casey, CNP

Nutrition and fitness go together like avocado and toast! Round up your bestie and join me for 4 weeks (Tues/Sat) of education and movement! Leave with some new friends, a good base in nutrition education including building balanced meals and meal planning, plus a healthier body and lifestyle. Schedule is:

Week 1:

  • Sat June 16/18, 12-1pm @ Rocky Point Wellness Clinic in Port Moody

Meet and greet, Nutrition 101 class, plus receive a 1 week meal plan to start following

Week 2:

  • Tues June 19/18, 6:30-7:30pm @ Rocky Point Wellness Clinic in Port Moody

Nutrition class: Beauty Foods // Learn about foods to help keep skin clear, foods to avoid, and food you can use as skin care

  • Sat June 23/18, 9-10am @ Rocky Point Park

45min outdoor bootcamp

Week 3:

  • Tues June 26/18, 6:30-7:30pm @ Rocky Point Wellness Clinic in Port Moody

Nutrition class: How to meal plan and receive 1 week meal plan

  • Sat June 30/18, 9-10am @ Rocky Point Park

45min outdoor bootcamp

Week 4:

  • Sat July 7/18, 9-10am @ Rocky Point Park

45min bootcamp

  • Potluck picnic to wrap up our program
Register here or call the clinic for more info. You will be emailed the full schedule and details upon booking.
Jen Casey offers courses and nutritional counselling at Rocky Point Wellness Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here to learn more about Jen.

Building a Healthy Lunchbox

Not sure what foods to pack in your child’s lunchbox to keep their brain and body fueled all day? Join Rocky Point Wellness’ Holistic Nutritionist, Jen Casey, for an hour about how to build your child a healthy lunch for school.

We will cover:

  • Brain food: keep your child’s energy up through nutrition
  • How the macronutrients fuel your child’s body
  • The dangers of added sugar and where it hides
  • School-approved sugar-free + nut-free snack ideas

$20

May 3, 10-11am

Rocky Point Wellness

Tickets available on Eventbrite or on our online booking page

Click here to learn more about Jen.

 

Notice of Rate Increase for Acupuncture Treatment

First and foremost, we want to say we appreciate your business. Rocky Point Wellness Clinic is what it is today because of you, our loyal clients.

Please note that starting June 1, 2018, our rates for Acupuncture treatment will be increasing. The new prices will be as follows:

Initial Appointment – $100

Follow-Up Appointment – $85

6 Treatment Package – $450 ($60 savings)

Direct Billing will continue to be available for Blue Cross clients.

Again, please know we appreciate your loyalty to Rocky Point Wellness Clinic and we are excited to continue to work with you towards achieving your health goals.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Acupressure for Allergies

by Dani Foster, R.TCMP, R.Ac.

For many, allergy season has arrived full force leading to aggravating symptoms such as frequent sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, scratchy throat and painful sinus headaches. Sinus self-care acupressure can help reduce these symptoms and alleviate some of the pain associated with sinus headaches or infections. Following the simple routine below on a daily basis can help to ease pain and relieve some of the symptoms related to seasonal allergies.

Daily Sinus Acupressure Routine:

Apply gentle firm pressure to each of the following locations on both sides of your face with your thumbs or index fingers, making small circles 10 times in each location:

  1. At the inner end of the eyebrows
  2. At the middle of the eyebrows
  3. On the forehead, above the middle of the eyebrows
  4. At the outer end of the eyebrows
  5. At the sides of the nostrils
  6. At the sides of the nose
  7. On the cheekbones, in line with the pupil of the eye

Allergy Acupressure

 

** Follow this by applying pressure to the area between the thumb and LI-4index finger – find the area that gives the most sensation, press 3-5 times, holding for several seconds each time.

 

Looking for more lasting relief?

Acupuncture treatment can not only help relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies but can help to moderate the immune system and reduce sensitivity to some allergens. This can lead to decreased reliance on antihistamines and improved quality of life.

Dani offers acupuncture sessions at Rocky Point Wellness Clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Click here to learn more about Dani.

 

 

 

TCM Interview

Have a listen to part 1 of Dr. Eran Even’s interview for SFU radio where he discusses his start in Chinese medicine, the benefits of Chinese medicine, some history of the medicine and his work as a translator of classical texts.

Click here to listen

 

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