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I’m trained and certified as an Apeiron Epigenetic Coach, meaning I know how to translate your genetic code into
useful and actionable steps to improve your health and harness your natural potential.
No matter where you’re at, I can help you get to where you want to be by helping you discover what’s right for your body. That way you can do more of the things that make you healthier and less of the things that make you weaker.
I offer genetic analysis sessions so you can understand how your genetics impact your:
- Nutrition + Supplementation Needs (macronutrients, micronutrients, sensitivities)
- Detoxification pathways (highly specific liver CYP enzymes, antioxidant function, methylation)
- Endocannabinoid System (response to cannabis, metabolism, negative effect risk)
- Sleep (circadian rhythm, melatonin, sleep disruption, caffeine metabolism)
- Exercise (metabolic capacity, weight loss, muscle type, recovery)
I also offer on-going whole-systems wellness coaching/biohacking and lab-testing options to help you really dial your health in and get the most out of the information in the full 70+ page customized Apeiron Genetic Report.
Your health is a vital catalyst in the process of becoming your truest and most authentic self.
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Want to know more? From having a little extra energy in your day, to shifting a predisposition that runs in the family, to biohacking a specific health issue, let’s chat about how I can help you.
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Want to learn more about what epigenetic coaching entails?
We’ll focus on optimizing each of the layers below. Learn how each of these factors can influence your health through epigenetic modifications.
Food is one of the most potent medicines we have for maintaining optimal health and the way we respond to food is influenced by our genetics. A 2014 study from the European Society of Human Genetics showed 33% greater weight loss in people following a genetically appropriate diet. Through my nutrigenomic and nutrigenetic analysis, you’ll learn how your genetics influence:
- Key hormones such as adiponectin, leptin, and ghrelin control our hunger and satiety response
- Neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin can hijack our the pleasure and reward response of eating
- SNPs in the genes that code for those hormones and neurotransmitters can create underlying predispositions for weight gain, lack of appetite control, emotional eating, and insulin resistance
- If you have SNPs that may create issues in this area, you’ll learn what action items you can do to help support these important hormones
- Learn whether you are more genetically suited for high or low carbohydrate diet
- Learn whether you are more genetically suited for high or low fat diet
- Fat is an essential nutrient and a building block for much of our biochemistry. Neurotransmitters, hormones, and cellular membranes are made from fat and cholesterol. Your genetics can give us a clue as to the proper balance of fat in your diet.
- What type of fat you metabolize best – saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated
- Learn how much protein you really need
- Excessive protein can cause inflammation in some people while others need high protein in order to maintain a healthy weight
- Genetic Origins of Taste Preferences
- Prefer sweet foods? Love salty, fatty foods? Can’t stand bitter foods? There’s a genetic basis for that!
- Identifying the underlying genetic origin of some of our preferences can help us understand our eating habits better
- Prefer sweet foods? Love salty, fatty foods? Can’t stand bitter foods? There’s a genetic basis for that!
- Learn about the genetic factors that influence our base metabolic rate, and how we can positively effect our metabolism based our on our genes
- Lactose Intolerence
- Are you likely to be lactose intolerant based on the genes that code for the lactase enzyme
- Is caffeine good for you or not? So many studies contradict each other, and it turns out thats because older studies didn’t control for genetics. Caffeine is cardioprotective for genetic variants with a fast caffeine metabolism and creates cardiac risk with a slower metabolism. Also learn if you have a SNP that predisposes you to have increase beta brain waves from caffeine, a marker of anxiety and stress. Know how your coffee effects you!
Food is made up of a lot more than just fat, carbs, and protein. We require a vast array of biochemical building blocks, and it can very helpful to know where you might need extra support.
- Learn about how your body is predisposed to break down, absorb, and transport specific micronutrients such as vitamin B12, vitamin B6, choline, selenium, vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, vitamin A, Magnesium, and vitamin E.
- Learn how to optimize your body’s metabolic pathways by using the most suitable form of those nutrients for your biochemistry, precisely targeting the weak links in the chain.
- Learn whether or not high sodium intake might contribute to high blood pressure
- Learn about your caffeine metabolism and whether its beneficial or presents a health risk to you
- Learn the best methods for balancing these predispositions through supplementation, herbs, and lifestyle choices
Sleep is quite possibly the number one factor in creating health. This article does a nice job outlining how sleep epigenetically modifies our immune system, stress response, and decreases cancer risk. As your epigenetic coach, I’ll take a look at your circadian genes responsible for sleep to get a look at:
- How much sleep do you really need?
- Most people think they can get by on just a few hours of sleep. But, the average person really needs around 8 hours of sleep to function optimally. Some people genetically are wired to need less or more, and I’ll be able to tell you that.
- Are you genetically wired to have an early morning preference?
- People who match their schedule up with their genetic predisposition tend to have better outcomes and more abundant energy.
- Are you genetically predisposed to sleep disturbances or delayed sleep phase syndrome?
- Understanding why you might not be sleeping can help mitigate the issue.
- How can you get the best sleep possible?
- We’ll work together to develop deep restful sleep. Hacking your sleep by optimizing your environment, learning the latest sleep hygiene techniques, and designing a nighttime routine can make a huge impact. Great sleep is the platform that optimal gets built upon.
The word “detox” has become a commercial fad lately, often designed to sell you products. The truth is our bodies have an incredibly robust built-in detoxification system designed to breakdown and excrete toxic substances. Its extremely efficient, and does not require fancy “detox” drinks to make it work well for most people. However; it is possible to enhance our internal detoxification system using targeted nutrients and herbs. Through genetic analysis, we can determine which genes responsible for detoxification enzymes are functioning well and which ones need support. Then we can add in specific herbs and nutrients that upregulate or balance the function of that particular gene, strengthening the body’s ability to handle and remove toxic substances in a precise and personalized way. This pathway specific method is safer and more effective than a “throw it to the wall and see what sticks” approach. Bolstering the detoxification systems of the body can have very positive effects on inflammation, leading to increased energy, weight loss, and longevity.
Healthy movement and exercise is one of the most powerful epigenetic modifiers for optimal genetic expression. This article outlines some of how this happens. We all know that different people prefer different exercise routines and have different body types. You’ll learn how your genetics effect your:
- Muscle Composition
- Learn how your genes influence the balance between fast or slow twitch muscle fibers in your body
- VO2 Max Trainability
- VO2 Max is the measure of how much oxygen you can deliver to your muscles during heavy exercise and is a measure of cardiorespiratory fitness. Genetics help determine how much you can improve your VO2 max with training.
- Recovery Genomics
- How long does it take for you to recover and build muscle after exercise? Overtraining can do more harm than good, and understanding the genetic basis for muscle recovery is powerful knowledge. Exercising with the right amount of recovery between workouts is critical to getting the greatest benefit out of your routine.
- Power vs Endurance
- Are you genetically predisposed to perform short bursts of exercise or go long distances naturally? Learning the genetic basis for this can help you capitalize on your strengths.
- Soft Tissue SNPs
- Are you genetically predisposed to tendon, ligament, or muscle tears? SNPs in collagen related genes can give us a big clue in what system may fail under duress, giving you the knowledge to mitigate your risks for injury by intelligently selecting your exercise strategy.
- Exercise and Weight Loss
- Want to lose weight? Knowing what type of exercise to do is critical. It may seem counter-intuitive, but not all people respond to exercise in the same way. Some people simply don’t respond to endurance exercise to lose weight well, and others can actually gain weight doing resistance or weight training. Understanding how you are genetically predisposed is a powerful hack to get the most out of your time and effort.
Our environment is more than just the place we live. Its the way our biology interfaces with ALL of the signals it gets. The air we breathe, food we eat, light we see, sound we hear, and products we put on our skin all contribute to the way that our bodies sense what is going on around us. Our biology is evolutionarily designed to adapt moment to moment based on those environmental signals, and so providing ourselves with the most optimal and least stressful stimuli on a daily basis is fundamental to our health. This is the crux of epigenetics. The expression of our genes is meant to be matched to the environment around us. All of the input our bodies get from the surrounding world provides contextual clues to how our bodies can function at their best. We’ll work together to optimize how the following environmental factors work together to effect your biology.
Your circadian rhythm controls a lot more than just sleep. Every single function in your body is influenced by the timing of circadian genes, and developing routines and schedules that work with, rather than against, the natural flow of time can accelerate your journey to optimal. The timing of neurotransmitters, hormones, and many other biochemical signals all wax and wane throughout the day, and the synchronized timing of these cycles is critical for good health. Imagine sitting down at a restaurant to eat a salad for lunch, and instead of having all the ingredients at once, the waiter brings out a plateful of lettuce. Then 20 minutes later, you get some tomatoes, then 30 minutes later the onions show up, and then an hour later you get a little cup of dressing as a chaser. Not so ideal, right? That’s analogous to what happens in your body when your circadian clocks are not synchronized with each other. Different biological electrochemical processes in your body are designed to function together, and when they are out of phase with each other, chaos can ensue.
Together we’ll create strategies that take advantage of natural rhythms to support optimal heath and productivity.
How do you relate to others? Up-leveling the body’s energy levels, boosting cognitive function, and getting your biochemistry firing on all cylinders can have profound impact on the way you relate to others. If you’re tired all the time, or in a bad mood because you’re hungry, maintaining healthy relationships can be a challenge. By creating a metabolic base for good communication, relationships become easier, and it becomes easier to mean what you say. I’m not a therapist, but having a non-judgemental friend to listen can be extremely helpful to sorting out your thoughts and feelings. If improving your relationships is a goal, having the mental clearance and capacity to self-reflect and empathize with others is critical.
Maintaining supportive and healthy relationships is a key factor in healthy epigenetic expression, and we’ll work together as partners to help bring out your best. For an in depth discussion of how social factors effect genetics, check out this paper by Steven Cole. It’s a bit dense, but a great primer on the genetic factors of relationships.
“Studies of human social genomics are now clarifying which specific types of human genes are subject to social regulation and mapping the social signal transduction pathways that mediate these effects. The results of these analyses are shedding new light on the molecular basis for social influences on individual heath, the genomic basis for human thriving, and the metagenomic capabilities that emerge from networked communities of socially sensitive genomes and underpin human group selection and the evolution of our hypersocial life history strategy.”
Mindset and Perception
How do you reach your goals? Are you in control of your mindset? Do you find yourself knowing what you need to do, but have trouble acting upon it? We’re often driven by our subconscious tendencies and patterns without even realizing it. Trying to paddle a boat towards as our subconscious sweeps us out to see is a very difficult task. Instead of paddling against the current, lets just change the direction the water is flowing in. We’ll work together to identify and dismantle the limiting beliefs that might be holding you back from achieving your goals. We’ll also implement habit formation techniques and other mind hacks that get you where you want to be in the most efficient manner possible. Establishing a robust connection between the mind and body through mindfulness practice has been shown to radically alter genomic expression for the better and meditation has been shown to alter over 2000 pro-health genes. We’ll work together to find the best practices for bridging the mental and emotional gap between you and your goals.
All roads lead back to the brain, and as such, all the other layers of coaching are designed around optimizing brain function. As a creative individual myself, I value peak brain function tremendously, and love working with people who are seeking to optimize their brains too. We’ll work together to provide your brain with the critical nutrients it needs for ideal cognitive function, the sleep it needs to refresh, repair, and consolidate memory, the exercise it needs to stimulate BDNF and other neuro growth factors, the nootropics to boost creative power when you need it, the environmental factors and practices that decrease inflammation for clarity of though, and meditative techniques, functional neuromusic and mindset hacks to shift perception to move past mental blocks.
I’m trained as an Epigenetic Coach by Dr. Dan Stickler, Co-Founder of Apeiron Center for Human Potential, one of the leading Physicians in clinically applied nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics. I use his method of genomic analysis, and you can be assured that any recommendations I make are under the guidance of an experienced clinician. I am not a medical professional and this is not a medical service, but rather a lifestyle coaching service. In the future, precision genomic nutrition will be the standard practice, and I’m proud to offer these next-generation services to you today.