Paleo, gluten-free, vegan? With so many diets to choose from, how do you know what to eat? Many of us listen to our friends and family for dietary advice. Just because your best friend lost 10 pounds on the “Bulletproof diet” doesn’t mean it will work for you, too. When it comes to nutrition, there is no “one size fits all.”
Although humans are 99.9 percent identical (Human Genome Project, completed 2003), it is the mysterious 0.1 percent of our DNA that determines why some people need more liver support or less caffeine to optimize health.
To reveal how your body responds to different foods and nutrients based on your individual genetic profile, Eating with Integrity will analyze your 23andMe results.
“Are you drinking too much coffee?
Having more than 1 cup per day if you have the “slow metabolizer” gene variation increases your risk of heart disease. Whereas, if you have the “fast metabolizer” gene, drinking several cups of coffee may actually be protective!”
— Adair Anderson, MS, RDN, LDN, CLT
In addition to our genome, the human microbiome also plays a role in health. Recent research has shown that healthy, active, lean individuals have greater gut bacteria diversity. On the other hand, a lack of variation in the microbiota is associated with health problems like diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal diseases.
“This is only the beginning.
We have learned that the bacteria living in and on us are not invaders but are beneficial colonizers. The hope is that, as research progresses, we will learn how to care for our microscopic colonizers so that they, in turn, can care for our health.”
— Joy Yang, as an NIH IRTA Fellow
Instead addition to assessing your body’s composition and lifecycle needs, an integrative dietitian nutritionist will also consider the state of your microbiome. An integrative dietitian nutritionist trained in functional medicine will always offer a personalized eating plan, full of delicious pre- and pro-biotic-rich foods, to improve gut flora and your health.
Adair Anderson, the Integrative Dietitian Nutritionist at Eating with Integrity, offers the most personalized nutrition counseling available in the Washington, DC metro area. Work with Adair to figure out which foods are best for your body. Optimize your health by eating with integrity.