Using your genetic raw data file to optimize your health

So you decided to find out about your ancestry and your DNA relatives by doing a genetic test through 23andMe or AncestryDNA.

What a lot of people don’t realize that those companies give you access your raw genetic data file!

Combine that genetic data with all of the latest research on genetics and you have a gold mine of priceless information.  Genetic Lifehacks explains the genetic research and shows you how to apply it to your life.

What can I do with my genetic raw data?

Your genetic raw data can explain which diseases you are susceptible to. It can point you in the right direction for reversing chronic diseases. Or you can use it to optimize your diet and overall healthy lifestyle.

First, download your data:

Whether from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, or another provider, the first thing to do is to go and download your data.  Here’s how to download your data from 23andMe; and here is how to download your data from AncestryDNA and import it into Excel for searching it.

Learn about disease risk from your genetic raw data

Your genetic raw data can help you prevent a chronic condition, such as diabetes, or find the right solutions for something that is already affecting you.  Most chronic modern diseases such as heart disease and diabetes have multiple causes – both genetic risk and lifestyle factors. Knowing those genetic risk factors can help you figure out which solutions are likely to work.

Optimize your nutrition

One-size-fits-all dietary advice may not be right for you.  Learn about the changes you can make to dial in nutrients that you may need more of. Head to the diet and nutrients topics section to learn about vitamin A, lactose, vitamin B12, or folate.

Find out cool things about yourself using your genetic raw data

Everyone has their genetic superpower! Perhaps you are something of a supertaster?  Or you could carry genes linked to living longer.

Cutting out genetic advice.

There is a lot of misinformation about health out there. And there is a lot of generic, standard boring advice that you will see on every website that Google likes to feed you.

But you can cut through the junk and get the research-backed information that is actually applicable to you.

Check out the Getting Started Guide or jump right into the topic that most interests you. 

Learn how your body works, understand your genetic susceptibility, and celebrate your genetic superpowers!