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…  Knowing your ancestry is just the beginning!

What a lot of people don’t realize that those companies give you access your raw genetic data file. It is the same raw data file whether you buy the more expensive versions, like the Ancestry+Health version, or the least expensive offering.

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?

You can use your genetic raw data file to:

  • understand which chronic disease you are susceptible to
  • learn which solutions may work better for you, based on your genes
  • optimize your diet and overall healthy lifestyle in a targeted and personal way

Where do I start?

The first step is to download your genetic data file and save it in a safe location. You may also want to back up the data to a secure backup drive.

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  your 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 nutrients topics section to learn about:

Find out cool things about yourself using your genetic raw data

Not everything in your genes is doom and gloom.

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

Cutting out generic bad 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!

Why is Genetic Lifehacks different?

Our goal is to curate and explain the highest quality research studies that pertain to your genetic variants.

A lot of genetic reports use flawed studies with barely significant results — and they blow the results out of proportion just to be able to sell you a bunch of reports on different topics.

You won’t find the hype — nor the affiliate sales-driven products — here on this website. Genetic Lifehacks is member supported, driven to produce high quality content without financial bias.

Privacy and your genetic data:

A hidden secret of many genetic report companies is that they make their profit from your genetic data, not from you buying their reports. The combination of your genetic data along with which health topics you are reading about and your browsing habits — that is worth a lot of money! Add in your lab tests that they will ever so kindly store on their server for you…  whew!

Genetic Lifehacks does things differently. There is no Google ad tracking or analytics installed.  No links that give the social media companies your browsing history on Genetic Lifehacks.

And best of all…  the membership is designed so that your genetic data stays safely on your own computer. You can view all the member reports and your data in the articles without your data being transferred or stored online.

Learning more about genetics:

Need a quick, basic overview of how your genes work? Sign up for the free 4-day email course that explains in background information abut what is in your genetic raw data file, what genes actually do, and some of the terminology you’ll come across.