Written by Maggie Ward, MS, RD, LDN
Four Nutrition Services at The UltraWellness Center

Four Nutrition Services at The UltraWellness Center

Nutrigenomics is an exciting and rapidly growing field of study that looks at the relationship between the food we eat and our genetics in the prevention and reversal of disease. 

Dietary advice has been developed based on large groups of people studied over time, not on genetics or personalization. There will always be conflicting diets and nutrition advice because each diet will help a subset of people, and possibly hinder another group. This is due, in large part, to genetics. Every time we choose what to eat, we are either supporting our genes and strengthening our immune systems, or putting stress on the body and increasing our chances of developing chronic illness. 

Thanks to nutrigenomic testing, we are closer than ever to answering the question “What diet is best for me?”

We use these tests at The UltraWellness Center to put together practical and tailored nutrition advice. Through a simple saliva test, we are able to look at how your body responds to food, exercise, and toxins. We then prioritize recommendations based on the level of impact the gene, or grouping of genes, is likely to have on your health and disease. 

Here are the main areas that are explored in the testing we use:

  • Cellular function. By looking at how well your body is able to detoxify, methylate, and protect against cellular damage, we can identify specific foods and food compounds that provide targeted protection against disease and support optimal immune function.
  • Your body’s response to certain dietary and exercise interventions. What balance of macronutrients is most likely to help you maintain an optimal weight and body composition? How much and what type of exercise will support the cardiovascular system, weight management, the immune system, and prevent disease? This depends on your ability to extract, absorb, burn, distribute, and store energy as well as remove waste.
  • Reaction to specific compounds and nutrients. The way you respond to salt and caffeine has a strong genetic link. These are key for supporting proper blood pressure, protecting bone health, and more.


At The UltraWellness Center, we are now offering Nutrition Packages that provide the latest and best in nutrigenomic testing as well as consults with one of our functionally trained nutritionists to help customize food and lifestyle recommendations specific to you.

Here are the four Nutrition Services we offer:

1. Functional Nutrition Consult

  • 50-minutes
  • Take a detailed health history
  • Review your current dietary intake
  • Develop a detailed dietary plan
  • Recommend appropriate supplements 
  • Recommend laboratory testing to assess nutrient status, food sensitivities, nutrigenomics, etc., if needed
  • Discuss other lifestyle factors to support health
  • Explore barriers to making changes and possible solutions if needed


2. Nutrigenomics Package with 2 Consults and DNA Testing

  • In the first 50-minute consult, your nutritionist will take a brief health history and recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to get you started towards better health.
  • You will be sent a saliva DNA test kit to complete at home and mail in.
  • In the second 50-minute consult, your nutritionist will review the DNA results and further personalize the top dietary and lifestyle changes that will work best for your DNA.


3. Optimizing Nutritional Status Package with 2 Consults and Organic Acids Testing

  • In the first 50-minute consult, your nutritionist will take a brief health history and recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to get you started towards better health.
  • You will be sent a urinary organic acids test kit to complete at home and mail in. This test looks at functional markers in the urine that can best determine deficiencies in some micronutrients like B vitamins, magnesium, chromium, and CoQ10. It can also tell us if your body needs more detoxification support and/or antioxidants.
  • In the second 50-minute consult, your nutritionist will review the organic acids results and further personalize the top dietary, supplemental, and lifestyle changes that will best optimize your health.


4. Supplement Consult

  • 25-minute consult
  • Take a brief health history including a review past and current medications and supplements.
  • Give you a personalized supplement plan that will allow you to order the highest quality supplements from The UltraWellness Center Formulary.


*There is always the option to add on additional testing if desired at an extra cost*

Call us today (413) 637-9991 to get pricing information and more details. Alternatively, you can fill out our new patient form and one of our staff members will reach out to you!

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