You may have already heard for yourself that you can use a DNA testing kit to find out about your ancestors but what would you think if I told you that you might be able to find out how your DNA affects your response to fitness and nutrition changes? Would you feel excited? Intrigued? Mind-Blown? We experienced those emotions too! Helix is making this happen. From search and discovery to sequencing and storing your DNA, Helix is here to guide you throughout your DNA discovery.
So, what is Helix? Helix is a state-of-the-art lab that can sequence your DNA and safely store the data for you. Helix is also a store for DNA products and offers many different apps and services powered by your DNA (like family planning and hereditary cancer screening). We were most excited about Fitness Diet Pro, a product made by a company called DNAFit and offered on the Helix Store. The insights can help you personalize your exercise and nutrition choices. For example, you can learn how your body responds to power or endurance training, your resilience to sports injury, and recovery speed. This will help you make the right exercise choices for you. You will also learn about your genetic response to carbohydrates, saturated fats, lactose, alcohol, and caffeine. Plus, learn whether your genetics indicate an increased need for antioxidants and certain vitamins. Helix was kind enough to send both Scott and I a couple DNAFit Fitness Diet Pro kits so that we could share our experience.
The process was very simple. It took less than 10 minutes from opening the kit all the way to placing it into the mailbox! Once we received the kits in the mail, we both provided asaliva sample, and simply placed the saliva sample in the box for mailing that was included and walked them down to the mailbox. That was it. The hardest thing for us was remembering not to eat or drink 30 minutes before providing the sample. A few mornings we forgot, ate breakfast, and couldn’t send in our sample!
We loved the packaging for the kit and we also have loved the communication so far. We received an email when our kits were shipped, we received an email when they received them back with the saliva sample, and we received an email when our DNA started being sequenced. We are so excited to get our next email with the results! It’s going to be very interesting to see what changes, even if they are small, we can make to improve our health and fitness routines! As soon as we get the results we will share them with you too!