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DNAFit is the Next Step in Fitness and Nutrition

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Fitness and Nutrition are very important to Ashley and I.  We both love CrossFit and are always looking for an edge whether it is in the way that we train, or our nutrition.  I heard about this company, DNAFit, that analyzes your DNA and then provides personalized information, and recommendations based on your genetic profile.  This idea was so interesting to me, that I reached out to them in order to work together and share it with you all. 

DNAFit provided Ashley and I each their Fitness Diet Pro package so we can dive into their product and see how it could help us understand how we can improve our fitness and nutrition.

To get started, DNAFit sent each of us a packet that contained a DNA collection kit.  It contained easy to understand instructions as well as a q-tip type swab and vile.  We swabbed the q-tips in our mouths according to the directions and placed them in their individual vials that were then mailed back to DNAFit.  In a couple of weeks we were notified by email that the results were complete.  We each logged into their site and downloaded our reports in the form of pdf documents.  Since we are viewing the Fitness Diet Pro package, there is a pdf document for Fitness and a separate one that deals with Nutrition.  The Fitness report is 15 pages long, while the nutrition report is 25 pages in length.  While it may seem daunting to review all this information, it really wasn't.  There are summaries included for each report which clearly goes through the main points.  There is also a great amount of detail if the science of it is interesting to you.

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As I mentioned, each report has clear summaries of the results.  Here are the summaries of the Fitness report for me and Ashley:

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Fitness Overview - Ashley

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Fitness Overview - Pete

 

Here are the summaries for the Diet Reports:

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Diet Overview - Ashley

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Diet overview - Pete

There is a lot of information to sift through, but here are some immediate action steps I am going to take based on my DNA profile:

-The report noted that I have a genetic variation that results in slower free radical clearance from my body.  For this reason, it is recommended that I consume higher than average quantities of antioxidants.  This means that I am planning to consume more foods that are higher in antioxidants to compensate.  Foods such as cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, beans, artichokes, pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts are all known to be great antioxidants.

-My genetic results indicate a raised requirement for Omega 3 fatty acids.  My plan here is to increase supplementation of Omega 3.  Now I take it every once in awhile, but now I realize the importance of taking this everyday in higher quantities.  Since I'm vegetarian, I take a seaweed based Omega 3 that I order online

-My genetic results indicate that I am sensitive to salt.  I will now pay attention to this and try to limit my sodium intake to 2200/mg day or less.

-The results indicated that I am very sensitive to refined carbs/sugar.  I have always felt that I am sensitive to this, but it is great to have the genetic proof that I should not be overdoing it on these foods.  I cut out all deserts about a year ago, but I really need to take it a step further and read the food labels more and not consume foods with added sugars.  Along these same lines, my genetic profile indicates that the best plan for weight management for me is low carbohydrate/lower carbohydrates.  I already felt this was the case as well as limiting carbohydrates has always helped me slim down whenever  I need to.

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I have to say that I am very impressed with the information that was provided as a result of this genetic testing.  We have so many more tools available to us these days than the generations before us.  Genetic testing in the fitness and nutrition worlds is really the next step to improving health and performance.  I feel a sense of empowerment now that I can use this information to devise a concrete plan to take my fitness and overall health to the next level.

To learn more and order your own DNAFit test, visit their site here:

Pete Reese
Pete is a semi-retired Real Estate Broker, Crossfit and Travel Enthusiast who brings the adventure to our lives and is always pushing us to take risks and be the best we can be! He loves sharing tips to help other earn an income online so that they too can travel and spend more time with their families.

48 Comments

  1. This is a really interesting approach to fitness and nutrition. Every body is different, so why shouldn’t everyone’s diet and exercise plan be different too?

  2. Makes sense to me that they are using genetic info this way. We are all made differently after all.

  3. This sounds really cool. Would love to check this out myself. I think it would be neat to do and maybe do whats right for my body!

  4. This sounds like a great idea. I have been trying to eat better and exercise. I think this will really help me take it to the next level.

  5. What an interesting way to learn how to workout. I would be afraid my DNA would tell me to just sit home and eat cake! Hey, on can dream! Thankfully Netflix has kept me on the treadmill for the last 6 months!

  6. Wow! I’m starting a new diet & exercise regime. Your daughter is amazing! you inspire me to keep going.

  7. I’m so intrigued by what they can do with our DNA. This sounds like a great program to help you figure out what you are doing right and what you need to improve.

  8. This sounds like an awesome gadget if you want to track how far you’ve gone when you’re training or when you’re simply going to the gym on a regular basis. I love that it has a lot of features and it sounds really reliable!

  9. I found myself nodding the whole way through because I am sensitive to certain foods and being able to prove my stomachs sensitivity would be ideal for me so I know which foods to avoid.

  10. Never knew this existed until now. I will be looking to try this as knowledge is power, in any field. The more we know about ourselves then better we can become

  11. This is very cool! It would be so helpful in building a program that is ACTUALLY right for you! I may have to look into this some more.

  12. I think this is such a great idea. I didn’t even know they had this. This is the first time I’ve heard about this. I think fitness is very important, so this sounds like something I need to check out.

  13. I’ve been working hard lately to get back into shape since I gained about 20 pounds over the holidays/winter. I’ll have to check out DNAfit to get myself tested and learn how to maximize my fitness and nutrition.

  14. I never heard of DNA fit, but it sounds like a great product. I am also working hard in making my body fit and stay healthy at the same time.

  15. Wow, nice gadget. I’ve been thinking a lot of going to gym and I think DNA fit will be a suitable partner.

  16. I didn’t go in the gym but this product will be a hit. Nice to know that the DNA fit is a helpful tool especially to those body conscious.

  17. I love this product, I think DNA fit is perfect for me. I am having a hard time tracking myself but thanks to this!

  18. This is quite new to me but very interesting nonetheless. Love how they are taking fitness to the next level.

  19. I believe that personalizing the exercise and diet plan for each individual person is crucial to success. We are all made differently and respond differently to nutrition and physical activity. Great information.

  20. Ok, this HAS to be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! I can’t believe how much it tells you! I’d be super interested in the lactose thing– I used to be deathly allergic to milk but have since grown out of it– Now my allergist says I have a lactose intolerance but I have to wonder if it’s that or an allergy coming back! I’ll have to look more into this!

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