About a month ago I decided to take a DNA power test. I had read some reviews and had noticed on social media some fellow CrossFit athletes had taken it and have been pretty vocal about the information and how it has helped them. I decided I wanted to try it before I would recommend it to my clients and friends. I am a huge believer in trying things out for myself. I have tried every diet and “fad” because I want to see what it’s all about. Recently I thought I may be a bit insulin resistant and went keto for a few weeks and was very happy to have carbs back. After taking my hormone specialist course and reading a bunch of symptoms and issues I replaced my cosmetics, plastics, and toxins. Four years ago I also did some hormonal testing and have been sticking to my supplements religiously to ensure that I would fix the damage I had done to my body. So here is why I took this test and if you should.
Number one reason. I was curious. Through extensive research, for myself and my clients, I was able to pinpoint a lot of these “ideas” but I wanted to see it on paper so I didn’t feel like a crazy person. One recently was caffeine. My caffeine consumption was very high, I wasn’t sleeping well and my high functioning anxiety was out of control. I cut caffeine for the month of August and most of September (Cold turkey) and my sleep got better and my HF anxiety is much better. I have introduced a small amount back in. What did my tests indicate? I digest caffeine perfectly fine, so well that the effects are minimal therefore I could have a tendency to increase the volume to “feel” the effect. It was suggested that I keep consumption low and the same daily. Cool hey.
Another great one was my reaction to bitter tasting foods, I don’t really react meaning if I’m going to consume dark chocolate or salty foods it will take higher volumes to satisfy the craving when I consume them. This is totally true! It’s funny because I never realized it until Matt and I were chatting about that result.
Energy, I suffer big time from feeling tired all the time. It’s one of the main reasons I have made some big decisions this year about stepping back from the gym. It was interesting to see that I would need more Vitamins B’s then I am currently taking. So low in fact, it was suggested I go for more testing.
It confirmed that it is very easy for me to become stronger and muscular easier. I have always known this. I am able to break down all major macros properly however starchy carbs can contribute to weight gain on the midsection. Remember my 800g veggies challenge this was why I started it, I had been feeling sluggish and not as lean and when I looked in my food logs I realized I wasn’t doing a great job of eating veggies and fruit.
The list goes on. For me, I have goals and I am willing to work hard for them but I want to make sure I’m going in the direction to reach those goals. I have no major takeaways from this test because like mentioned through working with Mike and my own certifications and research I have been on the right path but it does feel good to know I am not guessing anymore and I have the evidence in front of me. If you are someone who has tried everything and things aren’t working you may want to take the test too. If your trying to do it on your own without a certified nutrition coach this could be a great way for you to start or if you’re like me and want to see what’s uptake it.
As much as it briefly touches on hormones this would not replace the Dutch test or blood panels you would get from your Doctors and labs. It also does not provide a food list of food sensitives so if your dealing with those issues your still going to need to go and get a food sensitivity test or go through a round of the elimination diet and see what you can sort out.
This test is just another tool to have in the toolbox, don’t forget you still have to use it and the information provided needs to be implemented and NONE of the information will be a quick fix. It can be a very important step in bridging the gap.