Our founder, Kate, has just won the Practitioner Award for Nutrition at the 2018 Janey Loves Platinum Awards! There are some incredible judges involved in the awards including Zoe Ball, Jo Wood, Carrie Grant, Dr Marilyn Glenville and Dale Pinnock.
The DNA Diet will revolutionise the way we choose to manage our health, exercise and diet. Low Carb, Low Fat or Mediterranean Diet. Which is genetically appropriate for you to lose weight? Kate Llewellyn-Waters, expert in nutrigenomics, explains the power of personalised diet plans based on an individuals DNA. She includes the latest scientific research and how our genes determine our risk of obesity and future health and what we can do when we spot that our health is in danger. Lots included, such as meal plans and recipes and what makes for a healthy daily/weekly diet and how to maintain or lose weight. Genetic results can also help determine the level and type of exercise and its duration and intensity that give us the best results. There is a programme of daily exercises. The DNA Diet is a plan for life.
The DNA Diet's founder, award-winning genetic nutritionist Kate Llewellyn Waters, gained her Masters in Personalised Nutrition and was awarded a Merit for her thesis titled ‘The Role of Adiponectin in Insulin Sensitivity and Intermittent Fasting‘ which focused specifically on Intermittent Fasting. Kate herself has practised IF for over 12 years and credits it for her own good health and wellbeing.
"Kate, you are amazing and such a blessing I can't begin to tell you. Thank you so much and so glad I have you in my life!"
Carlin Isles - "The Fastest Man in World Rugby", Rugby player and US Team sprinter
"I have to say my initial scepticism has been proved wrong. I don't like "diets" but this is more a lifestyle plan (works out your DNA and genetic food intolerances) which I have to say has had some great results, not only have I lost a dress size of my baby bulge. but my hormones and mood swings have calmed down, and my overall mental, emotional and physical health feels on an even keel. I wanted to sort out my sluggishness and bad diet and this seemed worth a crack. I can tell you - it is!"
Anna Williamson, TV Presenter
"My main reason for going on the plan was that I’ve suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) since I was a teenager so I wanted to find a way of eating that helped reduce the symptoms, as well as make me feel more confident and energised. I don’t own a set of scales but I definitely felt my stomach getting flatter after the first two days, and general bloat around the mid-section and thighs disappearing. Also, my IBS symptoms (bloating, sluggishness etc.) have pretty much gone, which is great!"
N Stylianou, 34, Journalist, London
"Kate is incredibly informative and detailed. For me, the plan has been fantastic both physically and mentally. It's enabled me to make the right food choices, with the result that I'm much less bloated and my waist is smaller. More importantly though, the difference to my emotional wellbeing has been fantastic. I'm less anxious, more balanced and more positive. It literally feels like a cloud has been lifted."
Sophie Barton, 40, Journalist/Former Closer Magazine Executive Editor, Bath
The microbiome consists of approximately 100 trillion bacterial cells – ten times more than the human cells in the body.
The highest concentration of bacteria is found in the gut. There is an increasing amount of research looking at gut health and the gut microbiome now, but in 2005 when you searched on “gut microbiome” in PubMed (research papers database) there were only 55 studies, in 2010 there were 389 papers and just between Jan-July in 2015 this number had increased to 1,389. Today (March 2018) if you do the same search on “gut microbiome” there are 9437 papers and if we break it down to human studies and eliminate the animal studies there are still 5164.
Gut health affects so many aspects of health, and a healthy microbiome has been linked with a healthy immune system. Approximately 70% of immune cells are in gut.
In a 2014 review paper it was determined that: “The composition of the microbiome and its activities are involved in most, if not all, of the biological processes that constitute human health and disease, as we proceed through our own life cycle.”
The biggest impact you can have on the health of your gut lining and microbiome, is your diet.
Fortunately, there are some powerful nutrients and foods out there for improving gut health, including:
Recognised gut health improvements include: weight loss, less bloating, improved mental health, improved immune system, less anxiety/mood swings, improvement in asthma and hay-fever, elimination of heartburn, improved sleep, reduction in menopausal symptoms and improvement in acne.
Most bacteria and microbes in the gut can produce molecules that benefit, harm or have a neutral impact on health. However, the only genomic test which can determine which molecules they are actually producing is metatranscriptomic analysis.
Every living organism produces RNA molecules from their DNA. By sequencing ALL of the RNA in an individual’s stools, the living microrganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts, parasites etc.) in one’s gut can be identified at species and also the strain level.
Identifying the microorganisms in an individual’s gut is significant, but we get even more insight when we understand their function. This is because the microbes in the gut produce chemicals, known as metabolites – these influence your wellness. Some of these metabolites (e.g. vitamin B) can have a positive impact on our health and others such as Trimethylamine N-Oxide (TMAO) can cause life-threatening conditions such as coronary artery disease (CAD).
However, by analysing the genes that your microbes express, the metabolites they produce can be identified. Thus, their role on the body’s ecosystem can be determined, resulting in the fine-tuning of your gut microbiome‘s function, which then limits harmful metabolites being produced, whilst optimising the production of the good and beneficial metabolites.
I completely believe that in 3-5 years medical practitioners will be providing personalised gut health advice and that will be routine medical practice. Also, personalised probiotics and not a one-strain-fits-all approach is undoubtedly the way forward.
The microbiome consists of approximately 100 trillion bacterial cells – ten times more than the human cells in the body. The highest concentration of bacteria is found in the gut.
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