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Nutritionist’s Corner

Written by Ashley Beseker, RDN

We live in a culture oversaturated with nutrition information, health blogs, diet books and exercise programs—all flexing their muscles, claiming to be the best. As a health-conscious consumer, how do you navigate this flood of information? I am a registered dietitian nutritionist trained in the art of detecting deception and untruths within science, advertisements, and diet books, and it can be difficult even for me at times!

      You and I both know intuitively that everyone is different. The biochemistry of my body works slightly differently than the biochemistry of your body. It’s why some of us have success with certain training programs and diet styles, while others won’t have success even if they follow the exact same plan. It is my opinion that any program or professional pushing one style of eating, or one style of training, is getting it all wrong. The magic key to health and wellness is individuality.

      Although very similar, humans have bio-individuality of around 1 percent in our genetic code. That 1 percent allows for differences in height, weight, skin and eye color, of course, but it also allows for differences in the way we process nutrients, respond to medications, and even increase or decrease our risk of disease. After the completion of the human genome project in 2003, technology was able to quickly advance, making the process of sequencing a human genome jump from 13 years and $3 billion down to several weeks and a few hundred dollars. The scientific advancement has truly been astonishing.

      Health-care providers can now look deeper into the genetics and biochemistry of each individual, allowing us to anticipate where risk areas may lie, to work on preventive interventions, and to capitalize on genetic advantages. We have shifted from educated guessing to precision intervention.

      Which leads me to the launch of Precision Health, the Bellevue Club’s new Wellness Program. This cutting-edge program was designed by dietitians, trainers and staff, based on the concept of precision medicine—an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle for each person.       Alongside health giants such as the Stanford Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Duke University Health System, The Bellevue Club has rolled out a 12-week precision health and wellness program that incorporates genetics, individual biochemistry, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle to design and execute a unique program for each individual’s health and longevity.

      Come learn more and meet our panel of nutrition and fitness experts at our free information seminar on Monday, May 21, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. I am excited to introduce you to our new program and fill you in on all the details!

Please email for more information.

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