Have You Heard Of XCode?

March 5, 2018 — Leave a comment

The first Epigenetic product I’m testing this year is Xcode. As the field of Epigenetics grows, more companies are developing services for the average consumer to get life changing information regarding personal health and wellness based on DNA. When I first started my hobby of DNA there were only a couple of companies out there – Prometheus and Nutrahacker, both of which I tried. Because they were pioneers in this field some of the information received wasn’t as clear cut as it is now. New companies like Xcode have been able to expand on the information provided and package it for consumers in ready to use formats. Xcode is empowering individuals globally with knowledge about their genes and providing the tools to make the knowledge easily applicable. It’s a curated service, using state of the art tools in Genetics and Bioinformatics and I’m excited to share with you my experience with this company.


To take the Xcode test it’s really easy. Check out the following video to see a step-by-step guide on what to expect.


And voila, it’s that easy. This process is similar to any other DNA analysis process out there that I’ve used like Ancestry and  23andMe. In fact, I was able to use my results from Ancestry and upload them to XCode for an even faster process. The hardest part of this entire process was simply deciding which reports I wanted to try. Xcode offers the following reports –

  • Ancestry
  • Medicine (Precision Wellness)
  • Family (Fertility)
  • Fitness
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Skin
  • Allergy

Since I have some personal goals for myself post-pregnancy I decided to start with with Fitness and Nutrition reports. However, if you are having a hard time deciding they also offer a bundle deal for $50. The reports I received were easy to read and included some interesting additional information. For instance, this was shared in my Nutrition report.

Some interesting facts about genes and nutrition:

  • Craig Maclean, the famous track cyclist and Olympics Gold medalist, and Novak Djokovic, the famous tennis player, were both diagnosed with Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and owe their success to a gluten-free diet.
    A study on weight management conducted by Stanford University found that people who eat and exercise according to their genetic predisposition tend to lose two-and-a-half times as much weight as compared to those who do not.
  • Approximately 74% of Native American, 90% of Asian Americans, 70% of African Americans and 53% of Mexican Americans are lactose intolerant. Research studies have also showed that there is a considerable reduction in lactase activity among people whose ancestry is from Greek, Italian, Arab, Asian, African, Hispanic or Jewish origin.
    According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 43% of children and 38% of pregnant women suffer from iron deficiency, 1 in 6 women suffer from Vitamin A deficiency and 17.3% of the global population has Zinc deficiency.
  • Fast metabolizers of caffeine, who drank up to 3 cups of coffee per day, have almost 52% lower risk of heart attack as compared to slow metabolizers.

So, given all of this information you may be wondering what my results were or what it could look like for you. Here are the key takeaways from my Fitness and Nutrition reports, both of which I plan to incorporate into my personal health and wellness plan.

Xcode Nutrition Report


Nutrition Key Takeaways

Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten insensitive: Unlikely to be gluten sensitive

Lactose Intolerance

Intolerant: Likely to be lactose intolerant

Alcohol Flush

Low: Less likely to experience alcohol flush

Increase Intake of

Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Iron


Xcode Fitness Report

My Xcode Exercise Plan






Cardiovascular exercise

3-4 days/week

20-40 minutes

5 on Borg’s scale 70% of HR MAX. Talk test- Can talk with heavy breathing but not out of breath to stop exercising.

Medium Intensity with Cardio Training Method – Ex Brisk Walking, jogging, cycling, trekking, swimming

Strength Training

2-3 days/week

45-60 minutes

70-80% of IRM 8-12 reps x 2-3 sets

Interval Training- alternate explosive strength exercise with less intense strength exercise. Ex – burpees (8×1) and push ups with 30secs rest in between, likewise 10 – 15 exercises.


2-3 days/week

2-3 minutes

Full range of motion of the joints

Static stretches & active stretches during the warm down phase


Cool, right? If you would like to learn more about Xcode, be sure to check out their Youtube Channel. If you are ready to learn more about your own personalized health and wellness, and would like to consider having your own Xcode reports, check out their website for more info.



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