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Nutrigenomic diet: personalising food according to your genes

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"We are what we eat". This is what we hear and read all the time. And there is no more absolute truth than this.

In fact, what we eat is strongly influenced by our genes. That is the principle behind nutrigenomics, a field of study that looks at how our genetic make-up can influence the way our bodies absorb and metabolise micronutrients.

Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, many scientists have been studying the link between an individual's unique genotype and nutrition.

For example, experts have looked at so-called hyper-optimised foods and how they might affect people's health. The idea is to design a diet based on our genetics, which guarantees longevity and good health.

Our genetic information contains valuable data about our predisposition to develop certain diseases such as Alzheimer's and diabetes. Recent studies have found that our ability to absorb micronutrients and vitamins varies at the molecular level from person to person. For example, one group of researchers discovered four gene variants that may terminate vitamin D deficiency, a deficiency that increases the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.

Experts consider nutrigenomics to be the next frontier in the post-genomic era. Current research aims to explain how individuals develop different responses to the same diets, and how micronutrients in food are able to turn specific genes on and off. 

Findings on these factors will reinforce the role of food and nutrition in disease prevention. This is precisely one of the founding principles of SHA, inspired by the teachings of Hippocrates, the father of medicine: let food be thy medicine.

As basic research progresses, SHA's nutrition experts design personalised diets, based on each guest's family and clinical history. The three menus offered at the wellness clinic, all healthy, natural, naturally sourced and locally sourced, are personalised to the extreme in an attempt to achieve the healing effect of nutrition.

There is no mystery in the proven fact that you enter SHA with some values in your blood tests and, two weeks later, you leave with much better ones, thanks to the integral approach to health, which is framed by a highly healthy and hyper-personalised nutrition.