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Dopamine Receptor SNPs: Addiction, Mood, ADHD, and Schizophrenia

Dopamine is a powerful player in our cognitive function – impacting mood, movement, and motivation. Genetic variants in the dopamine receptors influence addiction, ADHD, neurological diseases, depression, psychosis, and aggression.

Use your genetic data for biohacking

One more tool to add to that biohacking toolbox is utilizing your genetic data. You can easily use your genes to determine which biohacks are more likely to be effective for you.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thanks for signing up for the Genetic Lifehacks Newsletter! You should receive an  email every week (or so) with updates, interesting articles, and the latest health research news. Be sure to add to your whitelist. Meanwhile, get started on learning more about your genes. Here are a few places to start: See if you are at a higher risk for heart attacks Check your MTHFR gene variants Are you immune to the norovirus? Top 10 Genes to Check in Your Raw Data

Factor V Leiden Gene: Increased risk of blood clots

The factor V Leiden genetic mutation significantly increases the lifetime risk of blood clots. Check your genetic data to see if you carry this mutation – and then learn to recognize the symptoms of blood clots.

Twins: Genetic SNPs that Increase the Odds of Having Twins

Twins tend to ‘run in families’, which is a colloquial way of saying that there is a hereditary component that increases the likelihood of having twins. Check your genetic data (women only :-) to see if you are more likely to have twins.

MTR and MTRR Genes: Methylation cycle and the need for Vitamin B12

This article explains where the MTR and MTRR genes fit within the methylation cycle. I’ll show you how to check your 23andMe or AncestryDNA raw data for the MTR and MTRR SNPs, and then explain how to optimize your diet for these variants.

Resources for Practitioners Wanting to Incorporate Genetics into their Practice

Your patients are coming in with their 23andMe data and wanting you to tell them what to eat, what supplements to take, and when they are going to get disease XYZ. Sound familiar?  Doctors and health practitioners today are under enormous pressure to keep up with the rapidly changing science and medical information. And patients today are expecting (rightly so!) that you know as much or more than they do about the health topics they read about on the internet. Let me cut to the chase and give you some resources for getting started with helping patients understand their 23 and Me results. This website has over 175 free articles that specifically address genetics and how to actually apply the information. First priority that I would want my doctor to know about and look for in my genetic data: HFE genes that can lead to iron overload (hemochromatosis). Prevention is key here, and being able to counsel patients who carry the genetic variants for hemochromatosis can make a long-term impact on their health. LP(a) genetic variants. For mood disorders (bipolar, depression, anxiety), … Read more

Methylation Cycle Topic Summary

Utilize our Methylation Cycle Topic Summary Reports with your 23andMe or AncestryDNA genetic data to see which articles may be most relevant to you. These summaries are attempting to distill the complex information down into just a few words. Please see the linked articles for details and complete references. (Member’s article)

Videos: Quick Overviews of Using Your Genetic Data

Tutorial on how to download your raw DNA file from AncestryDNA: Check out the Genetic Lifehack’s YouTube channel and subscribe for updates.   A quick tutorial on how to locate your genotypes when reading our articles. By following a few easy steps, you will quickly discover how to relate the articles and topics for your specific genes. Genetic Lifehacks Academy video from the nutrigenomics course: Checking your genetic data from 23andMe (or AncestryDNA) for the hemochromatosis mutation.  Everyone should do this — including YOU! A quick overview of MTHFR: What can you learn about your health from your genetic data? The genetics of lactose intolerance: Will Modafinil work for your genes? Checking your genetic data for histamine intolerance:   YouTube Shorts:

Nutrigenomics: Use your 23 and Me data

A list of focused articles on nutrigenomics looking into background science, research studies, and related genetic variants.

DHEA and weight

DHEA and Your Weight

DHEA is a hormone that does a lot in the body – including influencing muscle mass and weight. This quick article examines just one aspect of DHEA: how it affects our weight. But the genetic variants included here also impact other impacts of DHEA in the body.

Low Histamine Salsa Recipe

On a low histamine diet and craving salsa and tortilla chips? Here is a quick recipe for a low histamine salsa using roasted red peppers instead of tomatoes.