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Back to Reality

FINALLY! The time we have all been waiting for has come. For many, life is starting to feel more back to “normal” rather than the “new normal” we got used to for many months. Restrictions are starting to be lifted now that more and more people are getting their COVID-19 vaccinations. Doctors are finally seeing more patients in person, gyms are reopening along with salons, restaurants and stores, social gatherings are taking place again and the list goes on and on.

Unfortunately, the “new normal” also brought an increase in mental health issues in individuals from all ages: from young children to adults. However, despite that most places are starting to go back to normal, unfortunately these mental health issues are not disappearing just yet. After being locked up for nearly 2 years, many individuals are still experiencing a rise in anxiety as well as a new heightened sense of social anxiety that has come with social gatherings after such an extensive amount of time in isolation. While this may sound ironic as we have all been long awaiting this day, it is unfortunately the harsh reality we now live in today. Luckily, there are many ways we can manage both our own mental health, the mental health of our loved ones, and the mental health of our friends, colleagues, and patients whether it is through medication or lifestyle style changes.

Our MatchMyMeds™ Drug Compatibility Test is a simple, non-invasive cheek swab, used to determine whether certain, commonly prescribed drugs will work, and at what dose. This information enables doctors to make the best prescribing choices for you thereby minimizing the likelihood of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) and maximizing the likelihood of a successful outcome. The MatchMyMeds™ report covers 78 drug compounds found in 100s of different products, including some of the most prescribed drugs, and covers various therapeutic categories, including anxiety among others.

In addition, this “new normal” brought an increase in eating disorders from anorexia to binge eating disorder, to just an increase in weight gain. However, now that restaurants and patios are reopening along with gyms and social gatherings, individuals may eat in a way they did not before. We nonetheless must remind ourselves that there is no “all or nothing” approach when it comes to taking care of our health and well-being. We can still enjoy the patios and restaurants we missed out on while still staying on track with our health and wellness goals. As with nutrition, exercise goes the same way and is not a one-size-fits-all. Thankfully, there are lots of different activities you can do to stay in shape, build muscle, or just feel good. Nevertheless, we do not need to overexercise to make up for the months lost at our favourite exercise class because let’s not forget that some of us may have an increased risk of exercise-induced injury due to our genetics. You must ensure to get the adequate rest following exercise that suits you best.

Our LoveMyHealth™ Lifestyle Genetic Test is a comprehensive lifestyle test that empowers you with personalized and actionable recommendations tailored to your unique genetic makeup. Love My Health offers test categories including mental health, nutrition, physical exercise, and more.

There’s no better time to start optimizing your health and well-being then today! Whether you, a loved one, a friend, colleague, a patient, or someone you know is still struggling, know that it is ok and there are ways to optimize your health and well-being! Tailor your lifestyle according to your genetic make-up for optimal health and disease prevention. Check out our genetic testing solutions to take that next step in taking control of your health! “There’s no greater investment than investing in yourself” because after all, health is wealth!

Elana Lustig,
Director of Marketing

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