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Genetic Nutritional Counseling: What’s Really Behind It

The Naked Truth Behind Genetic Nutritional Counseling | Naturopathic Dr

133 million Americans making up over 40% of the total population, suffer from chronic disease.

If you are among those suffering from one or more chronic conditions, you probably want to know why your body is the way it is. What causes you to have a particular condition and your neighbor to have another?

Chances are you’ve tried medication and possibly even a specialized diet. However, unless you’ve attempted genetic, nutritional counseling, you haven’t given your body the right kind of fuel for your DNA.

Keep reading to learn more about genetic, nutritional counseling, and how it can change your life, especially if you suffer from an incurable chronic condition. 

What is Genetic Nutritional Counseling?

The Naked Truth Behind Genetic Nutritional Counseling | Naturopathic Dr

Genetic, nutritional counseling is a way to understand and take control of your health.

The basic premise of genetic, nutritional counseling is that your genes affect your health. By studying your individual genetic variants, we can positively impact the outcome of your health. Specifically, you and your doctor can create a guide for your health by optimizing your diet and nutrition for your genetic makeup.

In theory, all humans have the same chemical makeup and physiology, but in practicality, we are all so different. There must be a reason that our bodies each face unique challenges that set us apart from our fellow humans.

They say we are what we eat — the food we consume acts as fuel to our bodies. Since we aren’t all the same genetically, we won’t all have the same diet for optimal health.

The genes we are born with act as a blueprint for our life and health. While we can’t change our genetic makeup, we can better understand what we are working with and use that knowledge to our advantage. 

How Does it Work?

The Naked Truth Behind Genetic Nutritional Counseling | Naturopathic Dr

All you have to do is get a simple DNA test done. This test will help you understand your genetic destiny.

Then, your doctor will help you create a nutrition plan to make the most of your genetic blueprint. DNA tests are easy and affordable. They will help you interpret your genes and explain their functions. 

After the test results come back, you can expect to have a 1.5-hour consultation with your doctor in which they will explain your personal genetic makeup. You also get a 50-65 page color report with your results for you to keep and share with your family.

Your doctor will also use this time to create a plan of action for you. This will be a nutrition plan that can help reduce the effects of your genes and lead to better health. If you follow your special nutritional plan, you can expect to see improvements in your health.

What Sort of Questions Can a DNA Test Answer

The Naked Truth Behind Genetic Nutritional Counseling | Naturopathic Dr

The DNA test can help you answer a variety of questions about your health.

It can help identify health concerns such as gluten sensitivity, production of energy, lactose intolerance, detox capabilities, and cell protection. With these findings, you’re able to understand potential problems and take action to prevent issues from arising in the future. It can examine how well your immune system functions and how you process environmental toxins.

You can find answers to questions like why your body reacts negatively to certain foods.

Things can get a little complicated for the average person when it comes to explaining the processes of your body. Things like whether you get frequent colds because your body isn’t converting carotene into vitamin A correctly. Or whether your methylation cycle doesn’t work quite right. This is why you need your doctor to help interpret your test results.

I will then help you create a nutrition plan to change the roadmap your DNA has created for you. 

How Can Genetic Nutritional Counseling Change Your Life?

The Naked Truth Behind Genetic Nutritional Counseling | Naturopathic Dr

Let’s face it. Most of us aren’t in perfect health.

We all suffer from something that disrupts our lives to some extent. For those of us who suffer from chronic conditions, genetic, nutritional counseling can be especially life-changing.

What if all you had to do to improve your chronic condition was change what you eat? Most of us would be willing to do this.

We have to know the details of the hand we are dealt. And when we do, we will know how to treat our bodies right. 

We are often told to find our triggers, but without guidance from an experienced professional, it can be nearly impossible to narrow down all of the foods we eat. Genetic, nutritional counseling does the work for you and gives you a simple plan to improve your health.

These are some chronic conditions that can benefit the most from genetic, nutritional counseling:

  • Chronic diseases like Lyme Disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Mood disorders
  • Aging
  • Migraines
  • Heart Disease
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Autoimmune disorders

If you suffer from one of these conditions, the chances are good that you haven’t found the help you need through conventional medicine. You may have been prescribed medications that cause more side effects than they’re worth. The only way to know what will truly work for you is to understand what your genes are telling you. 

Schedule Your Appointment Today

The Naked Truth Behind Genetic Nutritional Counseling | Naturopathic Dr

Now that you know a little more about genetic, nutritional counseling, it’s time to take the next step and book an appointment.

You don’t have to spend the rest of your life, wondering why your body is the way it is and why medications aren’t helping. Taking a snapshot of the DNA that makes you who you are gives your doctor an insight like no other.

This allows them to create a plan to give your body the fuel it can work with. If you’re told your chronic condition is incurable, don’t give up! 

Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

About The Author:

Dr. Karen Threlkel

Dr. Karen Threlkel

Dr. Threlkel received her degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from The National College for Naturopathic Medicine (now called The National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from The University of Maryland. She is licensed in Naturopathic Medicine by the Government of the District of Columbia Department of Health. Dr. Threlkel is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, past president & current member of the Washington DC Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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