Genetic Testing for Better Nutrition

Do you ever wonder why no matter how much you work out or diet, you can’t seem to lose weight?  Are you unhappy with your body composition?  Do you struggle with food craving or food intolerances?  Are you prone to injury during physical activity or exercise?  Your genes might be the thing to blame!

Nutrigenomics is the study of how nutrients affect our genes and genes affect our use of nutrients. East West Integrative Medicine is excited to offer personalized nutritional testing that gives insight about 45 different genes that affect metabolism, weight management, body composition, eating habits, food cravings, food intolerances, physical activity, and fitness.

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Are Your Vitamins and Supplements More Harmful than Helpful?

In my day-to-day practice, I see many patients who are extremely ill. It’s not uncommon for at least one patient a week to come into my office with shopping bags full of different products purchased from infomercials, Amazon, Costco, or a local drug store. Seeing this happen over-and-over again is concerning, since many products really aren’t what they claim to be. Because vitamins, herbs, and natural supplements aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many products that are available over-the-counter (OTC) are poor quality and in some cases, can even be more harmful than helpful. In addition, many labels have ambiguous instructions concerning administration. It’s not uncommon to see something like, “take 1-2 capsules, 2-3 times per day, or as instructed by your health care provider.” Huh? What does that mean?

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