Nutrigenomics is an integral part of epigenetics, or how our genes can change the way they express themselves over our lifetime to create a state of health or a state of disease based on various inputs, such as food choices, air quality, level of stress, and countless other factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Nutrigenomics sees the communication with our genes as a two way street: our genes need certain macro and micro nutrients for a base level of function, and our food choices tell our genes the various enzymes, amino acids, and other signaling molecules to produce as a reaction to those food inputs.
Nutrigenomics is an emerging scientific field that opens up new worlds of personalized nutrition and individually targeted eating plans for optimal health. What exactly is nutrigenomics? It’s the study of how the various nutrients in our foods interact with our genes. It’s not just about eating the foods that are most compatible with the way each of us is built individually, but also about eating the foods that allow our gene expression to shift over time so that we grow healthier.