Naturally being the geek I am, I jumped at the chance and said a resounding YES to Sophie's offer. Getting a glimpse of my biological road map was far too interesting to me to pass up! In return, I said I'd write a review for the product. So here we are - lets get to it!
What are genetics about?
DNA is found in chromosomes which are in the nucleus of the cells that make up our bodies. Each chromosome (we get one from each of our parents, making up the pair that forms our DNA) keeps the DNA wrapped up tightly in our cells. Each section of DNA is known as a gene. This is where all of the basic info is kept.
DNA is a bit like a (really complicated) recipe for making a human, with the genes being the ingredients and the chromosome is the book it's in.
There are an estimated 24,000 genes in our genome, made up of 23 base pairs of chromosomes. Gentically we're all pretty much identical, but the ways in which the genes work in individuals, such as having recessive and dominant allelles (the gene bits you get from each parent) these are the phenotypes you see, for example having blue, brown or green eyes. In some cases there is also an interaction with the external environment - such as the way we believe intelligence works.
Who are DNAfit and what is their fitness test?
"Making a difference in society and to the people around us is imperative to success in business today. DNAFit is a UK based company, founded to make this difference through the commercialisation of niche medical technologies and developing a consumer understanding by removing the scientific jargon. The founders of the company have been involved in the DNA and Biochemical testing industries for over 15 years decade and have capitalised on this experience, to bring DNAFit to everyone – from absolute beginners to professional athletes."
DNAfit test for certain genes related to how you process nutrients and how well your body responds to exercise (you can read more about it here: http://dnafit.com/)
How did it work?
How did it work?
The thing to note is WHEN to do it: DNAfit advise that it should be done an hour after tooth brushing and you shouldn't eat or drink in that hour.
You then place it in the pre-paid envelope and pop it in the post!
What did the results look like?
In the reports they test for fitness and diet markers in your DNA. I've included a couple of screenshots below, the first one shows a section of my fitness testing and the second is a portion of my diet testing.
As you can see below, the results are shown clearly and throughout the diet section there are "action points" which allow you to start planning from their recommendations.
My diet testing came out (as I suspected it would) as a high sensitivity to carbohydrates and recommended a low 8% of my daily intake to come from refined carbohydrates (ouch!). It also confirmed things I'd already known - such as an intolerance to lactose, and identified possible health risks - for example a disposition to Coeliac.
Were they easy to read? Were they easy to use?
In terms of being able to use the results - the results in themselves are easy to use for someone with a knowledge of diet and fitness. So long as you know your macro and micro nutrients, their roles and what a body needs you should be able to interpret this into a format which could be useful for you (or a client).
How have I used them?
For the past few days I've fallen off plan a little and the changes are outstanding - you can really see the impact diet has on your body, especially when you're eating a diet designed based on your very genetic information!
I've also taken note of the fitness results, taking more care of my injured body and increasing the amounts of micronutrients that can be beneficial to help my body do it's thing!
So, would I recommend it?
I think it's important to note here (as DNAfit themselves say) that genetics is only ONE PART of health and fitness, so as a tool this is very useful. It's not a bible or a complete solution, but it's more information about how to do well for your body - can't knock it!
If you have the money to spare and want a detailed look inside your cells I think it's worth it however it's not a simple solution and won't replace any detailed research you have done on health and fitness (rather it will guide you in using it!).