Genetics play a vital role in nearly every part of our lives, including our predispositions to addictions. According to the American Psychological Association, “at least half of a person’s susceptibility to drug addiction can be linked to genetic factors.” However, thanks to new technology, there is now a way to identify variations in your DNA, and help you gain a better understanding of the daily struggles you face mentally. Much like the qEEG brain mapping we do here at Peak Brain Centers, your genetic make-up can also influence your neurofeedback training.
What is genetic testing?
The purpose of genetic testing is to check for any mutations hidden in your genes. Genes are made up of DNA, which is responsible for storing the instructions for all of your body’s functions. Under normal conditions, your genes work properly. But when they don’t, they can cause illness and disease. These mutations can be genetic and can be the main reason you struggle with addiction.
How is DNA genetic testing done?
There are numerous ways to test your DNA, both invasive and non-invasive. Tests are performed on samples of fluid (like amniotic fluid or saliva), blood, skin, or even hair. Generally, the most common DNA test kits use a simple cheek swab.
Is DNA testing safe?
Genetic testing possesses very few physical risks, especially if the test is only a cheek swab. That said, the emotional risks can be a bit greater. Because the information you will get back from a DNA test is in regards to your health, the results could be undesirable.
Keep in mind that the test can only tell you whether you carry the gene mutation for a specific illness. It does not tell you how the illness will progress or whether you will have major symptoms. But this information does allow you to create a prevention plan, or specify how you should be treating the illness.
Why would you have a genetic test?
Most often, you will want to complete a genetic test if you have been battling an illness or disease (like addiction) for an extended amount of time with no resolution. Genetic testing can help you diagnose the disease, the cause, and can help determine how to treat it.
Why just treat your symptoms when you can get down to the root cause of your illness?
While addictions have been linked to genes, other mental health illnesses have as well. DNA researchers are now finding that most illnesses are caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. To combat this, your body needs to produce antioxidants. Unfortunately, depending on your inherited genetic makeup, your body may be making too many oxidants and not enough antioxidants. This results in premature aging, inflammation, cellular damage, and ultimately creates the optimal environment for disease.
There are many diseases related to free radicals and oxidative stress including:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Anxiety & Depression
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Heart Failure
- Learning Disorders
What does DNA analysis tell you?
Through genetic saliva testing, your ability to make and use many critical enzymes is measured. These enzymes are responsible for helping keep your cells healthy. The enzymes tested include:
- Glutathione: Responsible for the detoxification of the body and controlling inflammation
- SOD: Neutralizes the superoxide free radicals
- BH4: Supports neurotransmitters and helps the body detox ammonia
- Neurotransmitters: Aids in emotional health
- Choline: Enhances liver health
- Folate: Stimulates cell and neurotransmitter health
- SAMe: Supports numerous bodily functions
- B12: Makes blood cells and supports a healthy nervous system
The Benefits of DNA Genetic Testing
Genetic testing can be a simple way to change the course of your health. As mentioned, a major benefit is finally having answers to the questions you’ve been asking for a long time. Still, getting your genetic testing done doesn’t have to be the route you go if you prefer another solution. Our brain mapping can help pinpoint how your brain is sharing information by measuring the frequency of brain wave activity. With a qualitative analysis in hand, we can specifically target the brain waves closely associated with your addiction, anxiety, or depression.
So, don’t wait any longer. Give Peak Brain Centers a call to schedule an appointment for your FREE consultation to see how we can help.
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