Alex J. Swanson is the founder of Nutrition Genome and creator of the software Genetrition. Alex is the son of our own “Ask Cheri” guest, Cheri Swanson. Influenced by his mom, he has taken nutrition to the next level. Alex explains how the Nutrition Genome works through a saliva sample from a cheek swab which holds your very own DNA. This is then shipped to a lab where they sequence and genotype it, which provides information that relates to your brain and heart health, hormones, digestion and different parts of the body. Nutrigenomics is how your body responds to diet and how your genes respond to food. All of this relates back to our ancestors…how they ate and where they lived accumulates to who you are now.
The Nutrition Genome removes the fear around genetic testing…showing how your genes are not necessarily your destiny, but rather your blueprint. Once you understand the blueprint, you know how to make modifications and changes to help reduce the risk of disease. You can take steps to facilitate and help your own biochemistry to be its healthiest. You get a software report with genes for each section which shows gene variance (what makes you different from other people). All of this traces back to our migration roots.
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- We focus on Brain Awareness and Mental Health month so we talk about Alzheimer’s prevention.
- When people have certain variances in the APOE gene (a gene that has to do with cholesterol as well as protects the brain neurons), they have reduced protection against Alzheimer’s. This genotype increases the risk of Alzheimer’s and has both pros and cons (Pros: higher bone density, less risk of infertility, better calcium and Vitamin D absorption, less miscarriages).
- 2/3 of all Alzheimer’s patients are women.
- Avoid inflammation by eating foods that are anti-inflammatory, such as foods that are high in choline and folate (egg yolks, chicken thighs vs. breast, liver, organ meats, nuts, broccoli, romaine lettuce, oranges, fenol, berries, freshly ground flax seeds, hops tea).
- Sleep is super important — you should be getting 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 hours per night.
- Why it’s important to fast 12-14 hours after your last meal (intermittent fasting).
- Why you need to focus on exercise and movement.
- How women can boost estrogen with foods and phytoestrogen (phytoestrogens foods: flax seeds, hops IPA beers and hops tea)
- How exotic mushrooms help the body adapt to stress (Chaga, Lions Mane, Reiche, Shiitake, Nayataki)
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