What can athletes do to improve their performance by using nutritional genomics?

This informative session will explore the fascinating science of nutrition genomics, and how it can impact athletic performance and recovery. In my role as a dietician/nutritionist, I'll share scientifically-based insights to help you make informed decisions that can potentially transform your athletic journey.

Nutritional Genomics and Athletic Performance and Recovery

Nutrigenomics is an emerging field of nutritional genomics that studies the link between genes and our diet. This field offers great potential to develop personalized nutrition strategies that optimize athletic performance and health, as well as minimize injury risks and facilitate faster recovery.

Genetic variations have been shown to influence the way individuals react to nutrients. This can in turn affect performance and recovery. A study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition revealed that certain athletes might have a genetic tendency to respond more to high protein diets for muscle growth and recovery, while other athletes could benefit from higher carbohydrate consumption for energy.

What you need to know about Nutritional Genomics

It's important to speak with an expert in the field before embarking on your journey into nutritional genomics. The genetic testing that is the basis of nutritional genomics should be done under the supervision of a certified genetic counsellor or healthcare professional.

While nutritional genomics may provide useful information, they do not replace conventional nutrition or training advice. A balanced diet, regular physical activity, and sufficient rest are essential to any successful athletic programme.

Example Nutritional Genomic Strategies for Athletes

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Nutritional genomics is a powerful tool to help you customize your nutrition. However, it doesn't work like a miracle. For optimal performance and recovery, a well-rounded strategy that incorporates regular medical checks, a balanced diet, enough rest and mental health will be necessary.


Nutritional genomics has the potential to improve athletic performance by personalizing diet recommendations according to our genetic make-up. The field of nutritional genomics is in its early stages, but the preliminary findings suggest that in the future nutrition advice may be as individual as fingerprints. This is an exciting time for sports nutrition and I am thrilled to be a part of it!