DNA DIET RE­TREATS

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Escape -

Fit­ness re­treats used to have a one-size-fits-all ap­proach—ev­ery­one rises at dawn, does tai chi, and “en­joys” a bowl of muesli be­fore yoga. But now, thanks to an emerg­ing era of sci­en­tific study called nu­trige­nomics, which looks at how our DNA af­fects our nu­tri­tion, health re­treats are tai­lor­ing pro­grammes to suit each guest’s ge­netic make-up. At the BodyHol­i­day re­sort in St. Lu­cia, the BodyS­cience Pro­grammes do just this—and gets re­sults. In the weeks be­fore ar­riv­ing, guests com­plete a se­ries of ath­ome med­i­cal tests that in­clude DNA anal­y­sis (don’t worry, it only in­volves a saliva test). Your fit­ness sched­ule, sports plan, and holis­tic ther­a­pies are then tweaked, tak­ing into ac­count fac­tors such as blood type and whether you’re ge­net­i­cally prone to in­jury. A sim­i­lar pack­age is avail­able at the Epic Sana ho­tels in Por­tu­gal and 38 De­grees North in Ibiza (in case your DNA shows you were born to party!). A study by the Euro­pean So­ci­ety of Hu­man Ge­net­ics found that peo­ple who fol­lowed a diet based on their ge­net­ics lost 33 per­cent more weight than a con­trol group who just ate cleanly. www.the­body­hol­i­day.com; www.al­garve.epic.sana­ho­tels.com; www.thir­tyeight­de­greesnorth.com

The mys­te­ri­ous is­land of Es Ve­dra, Ibiza

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