Frequently Asked Questions
Nutritional genomics, nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics are words that often mean the same thing. From a clinical perspective, it involves looking at particular genes that may affect your diet, nutrient requirements and your health.
Another way to think about nutritional genomics is that it can help you identify inherited genetic strengths and weaknesses. This information might help you understand why you are experiencing certain symptoms, target interventions and improve overall health and wellbeing.
From a scientific perspective nutritional genomics or nutrigenomics are related to the interaction between foods or nutrients and the genome (the genome refers to all our genes). While nutrigenetics is specifically related to the interaction between foods, nutrients or environmental factors with a single gene or genetic variation. However, you do not need to get caught up in the terminology, what matters is your health.
Preconception care and improving your health before you try to get pregnant not only increases your chances of falling pregnant, it will also support your baby’s growth and development as well as help you better deal with the lack of sleep and demands of a new born (I speak from experience, prepare!). Genetic profiling can help guide dietary recommendations, prenatal supplements, and lifestyle recommendations. But you still have to do the work, meaning preparing healthy food and focusing on selfcare. Genetics does not provide a magic bullet and is one part of the holistic approach to improve health and fertility.