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By Joe Cohen 
CEO of SelfDecode | Genetics Expert

When you take your DNA test from websites like 23andMe, Ancestry.com, Myheritage, and others, a portion of your data is used to determine your genealogy.

But did you know that only a small percentage of your collected data is used, and the rest is left untouched?

Luckily, you can actually use that information for something even more important - your health.

It's time to get rid of the cookie-cutter health regimens and supposed cure-alls that don’t apply to your unique biology.

Instead, I’ll help you learn how to take your health into your own hands and start using the information contained within your own genes to find what works best for 
you.

At the end of this post, I've added a 7-step process that will help you easily get started on solving your health problem
 using the knowledge contained within this post, and within your DNA!

4 Times Genetics Were Used To Fix A Health Issue

People often ask, “how can genetics help me?”

There’s actually quite a few popular use cases when you are working with powerful genetics tools like SelfDecode.

Here are 4 examples of 
different ways genetics have been used to tackle a health issue.

1) FINDING THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR HEALTH PROBLEMS

Genetics can tell you which organs or biochemical systems may be problematic. This can be important whether you are diagnosed with a condition or not.

I had dozens of symptoms that didn’t rise to the level of a diagnosable disease, so I didn’t know what was wrong with me. Looking at my genetics helped me figure out which preconditions I had, as well as understand how to tackle them better.

So, what do I mean by “finding the root cause”?

Many times, doctors will diagnose you and prescribe you medication that helps fix the 
symptoms, but this medication isn’t really fixing the cause of these symptoms.

With genetics, you’ll be able to get a better understanding of how your body works, and adjust accordingly. Through this, you can get to the bottom of your health problem once and for all.

This is exactly what Darren did to deal with his psoriasis:

2) TAILORING DIET, LIFESTYLE & SUPPLEMENTS FOR A SPECIFIC AREA THAT YOU WANT TO IMPROVE

You can use your genes to tailor a lifestyle completely based on your unique DNA blueprint.

If you are aware of an issue that you have, you can look at genetic reports or gene-based blog posts that are specific to your issue.

These blogs and reports give you tailored advice that not only are helpful for the issue in question, but also the genes that are contributing to these issues.

People with known brain fog, sleep or mood issues, for example, can use genetic reports to help them overcome these issues.

These don’t have to be conditions per se, but may be an area that you feel you need some help in.

Genetics helps you tackle
any aspect of your life. Dave, one of our fantastic customers, describes the power of genetics perfectly.

3) PREVENTION OF A CONDITION YOU KNOW YOU ARE AT RISK FOR OR ARE CONCERNED ABOUT

Sometimes, you might be at a higher risk for a condition because it runs in your family. In other cases, there could be other reasons you are concerned about a condition. Maybe you got a few concussions, which can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s and you are concerned about that condition.

By using your genetics, you can take proactive measures earlier on to prevent or delay getting these conditions.

Here’s an example of how Alysson used SelfDecode to take proactive measures to tackle cardiovascular health.

4) OPTIMIZING AN AREA EVEN IF YOU’RE ALREADY HEALTHY

Some people may not have any health problems, but may be interested in optimizing a specific area.

For example, they may be interested in improving their cognitive function or living longer. With genetics, you’ll be able to decode your DNA, which allows you to see the full picture of your health and come up with a regimen that can optimize these areas.

Nick Powell never had fatigue problems, in fact he thought his energy levels were perfectly normal! By understanding his genes, he realized he wasn’t even close to optimal. You have to hear him talk about what this discovery led to. It’s a great story!

Using Genetics As A Motivating Factor

Genetics can be used to promote and reinforce behaviors that you already know you should be doing, but don’t always have the motivation to implement.

When you understand your genes, it’ll make the healthy behaviors more
tangible. You’ll now know that this specific behavior is affecting a certain gene, and that knowledge alone gives you so much power to take control of your health.

And if you're a practitioner or health coach trying to help others become healthier, genetics can serve as the supportive proof that your clients need to see in order to start implementing your suggestions.

Looking To Your Genes For Answers

The interesting thing that scientists have figured out about genes is that there is generally not one key, smoking gun gene for any complex disease or trait.

There is no ‘intelligence’ gene or ‘cancer’ gene, generally speaking (there are exceptions).

Sure, there are genes like APOE and BRCA that can dramatically increase the risk of Alzheimer’s and breast cancer, respectively.

However, even in these cases, it’s important to realize that the majority of people with Alzheimer’s and breast cancer don’t carry the most dangerous variants.

So what’s the point of taking a gene-based approach to your health?

While a single gene may not be the sole cause of any complex disease, it can contribute in a small way to a wide ranging number of conditions or traits. So collectively, a single gene can have a large impact.

In addition, when there is a collection of genes that affect a given area of the body or belong to a biochemical pathway, they can also help direct you to know where the underlying issue is coming from.

For example, when I found that I had a lot of gut-related inflammatory genes that caused th1 dominance, it became clear that the source of my inflammation came from the gut, and decreasing th1 was an important goal for me.

Finding that out and implementing changes to reduce inflammation resulted in a snowball effect. What started as fixing one issue turned into a complete life overhaul.

Building a Data-Driven Health Regimen

If you want to try taking a data-driven approach to your own health, just follow this process:

1. Determine the health issues that you want to fix.

2. Exclude any serious, diagnosable conditions.

3. Audit your environment and diet to eliminate any potential stressors for your symptoms.

4. Examine your symptoms, genes and labs to find the root causes.

5. Implement your gene and lab- based recommendations.

6. Test each change one-by-one to determine their effectiveness in improving your health.

7. Retest labs that are suboptimal to see if they are improving.

So, how can you go through all these steps in an extremely easy and effective way?

SelfDecode does all that for you. 

Our DNA Reports look at all the genes related to a certain health topic, and provide you with prioritized diet, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations based on your genes

You can directly get your DNA file by ordering a SelfDecode DNA Kit. We keep your data 
private, safe, and secure. We NEVER sell your data

SelfDecode Labs analyzes your lab markers and gives you suggestions to get your lab levels to the optimal range. You’ll also be able to track your lab results over time to see how you’re improving!

All the tools you need, in one membership. 


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