I just got introduced to a great app that monitors numerous aspects of your daily life, and for a small fee will give you major insight into your genetic strengths and weaknesses through the raw data from your 23andMe or Ancestry DNA reports! This app is called Rthm The Life App and it's really cool, if you have an iPhone that is... unfortunately the Android version does not have all the cool features just yet (but stay tuned, they're working on it).
Check out my video below where I do a live reading of my genetic results - surprising, funny, and slightly worrisome things like sensitivity to stress, cardiac risk, sweet tooth, body odor sensitivity and dairy tolerance!! I also walk you through some of the other features, but I'll go into these here on the blog as well.
Even if you haven't done your DNA testing yet (what rock are you living under haha!!), the app still offers tons of helpful features. Here are a few examples:
Now, if you have done your 23andMe or Ancestry DNA testing, you can pay $10 to download the raw data into the app for the riDNA function to analyze 41 genetic traits related to skin, metabolism, nutrition, and more. It'll give you your specific genetic variant for each trait, what it means for your health or life, and ways in which you can improve yourself based on your variant. The app will then start sending you daily tips based on your genetics and trends for activity level, sleep, etc.
Many of the traits it analyzed were way beyond me, like seriously, what the heck is Catecholamine and Choline!? It gives explanations, but some were so far over my head that they weren't really of interest to me. Others were pretty obvious, like sun sensitivity. Come on, I'm 35 and have had countless sunburns, and thanks to 23andMe (see my and my husband's 23andMe unboxing and results here) I now know I'm 95% Northwestern European, so yeah, I know I'm sensitive to sunlight haha! Some were kind of crazy, like how could they possibly gleam this info from my DNA!??! For example, sweet tooth, stress reactivity, reward response, and hostility! And some gave me really fascinating insight into my genetics, like microbial immunity, cognitive benefit of caffeine, and circadian rhythm. Overall, really fun reading through them all and learning more about myself!
I'm totally bummed that they don't have the Android version fully functioning yet, as I couldn't give the app a good test and review since I only have an Android!! I was able to borrow my husband's iPhone for a few hours to upload my 23andMe raw data to his phone and read through my results live from his phone, and was able to play around a bit with the app, but I wasn't able to use it over a few days to see how it really does with tracking my activity and sleep, sending tips, etc. So, while I can't give you my personal experience there, it does look like it would be really helpful and fun! I'm looking forward to them unleashing the full version for Android, for sure!!
If Rthm sounds cool to you, get more info and download the app from their website! The app itself is free, it costs $10 to upload your 23andMe or Ancestry DNA report raw data, and they also have a premium subscription plan called Rthm Blue, that tracks your circadian rhythm to generate a unique Body Clock Score (optimal meal times, exercise times, work times, etc.), and your overall heart and nervous system health.
So, what do you think? Cool? Helpful? Overrated? Dangerous? Leave your thoughts in a comment below!!
Related: Discovering our DNA Ancestry with 23andMe
This review was sponsored by Rthm, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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