I got it from my momma

The lat­est health­care trend can tell you all of your skin­care, nu­tri­tion and even per­son­al­ity needs. All you need is a lit­tle bit of spit.

CLEO (Singapore) - - ADULTING -

When it comes to ge­net­ics, most of us don’t re­ally go be­yond the few things we know we prob­a­bly got from our par­ents. For some, it’s their height, maybe for oth­ers, their tem­per. But with tech­nol­ogy these days, it’s be­come so much eas­ier to read more deeply into what your genes have in store for you.

When An­gelina Jolie de­cided to have a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy, it was be­cause she ran a high risk of de­vel­op­ing breast can­cer. Both her ma­ter­nal mother and grand­mother had died of the dis­ease and sci­ence pre­dicted it would likely hap­pen to her as well. While her re­ac­tion might seem ex­treme, and not nec­es­sar­ily for ev­ery­one, the process she went through to re­search this is called nutrige­nomics.

Nutrige­nomics in­volves the study of your genes to de­ter­mine your health. While it usu­ally is fo­cused on dis­ease and pos­si­ble pre­ven­tion, Ima­gene Labs, a Sin­ga­pore-based start-up, is us­ing the tech­nol­ogy for more life­style-fo­cused ben­e­fits. “[Some of our cus­tomers] have not at­tained de­sired re­sults from their diet, fit­ness and skin­care rou­tines, so we help them pin­point the regimes and in­gre­di­ents that ac­tu­ally work for them.” says Har Jia Yi, vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of the com­pany. “Oth­ers use our tests to get a gen­eral overview of their well-be­ing be­fore em­bark­ing on more spe­cific health screen­ings pre­scribed by doc­tors. Many oth­ers are well­ness afi­ciona­dos who are ac­tively seek­ing smarter and ef­fec­tive ways to stay healthy, and they’re drawn to the pre­emp­tive ap­proach our type of ge­netic tests of­fer.”

Know­ing your ge­netic pre­dis­po­si­tion for, say, skin dry­ness, or sen­si­tiv­ity to

sun ex­po­sure, can help to im­prove your skin­care regime. Ima­gene Labs also uses your re­sults to cre­ate a cus­tomised sup­ple­ment and serum that specif­i­cally tar­gets your skin and health is­sues.

As such a test can tell you so much more than a sim­ple fit­ness or skin con­sul­ta­tion, the CLEO team put the test to, well, the test to see if we’d learn any­thing new about our­selves. Edi­torin-Chief Claire, Se­nior Dig­i­tal Writer Hi­dayah and As­so­ciate Editor Karen spat into test tubes (a lot of spit was needed for this test, just FYI) and sent them in. Here are their some­times sur­pris­ing re­sults:

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