Breakdown of Metabolism.
What is metabolism? Metabolism is often described in terms of food and nutrient use within the body, primarily because it is simpler to understand; however in technical terms, it is the sum total of all the chemical and biological activities that are necessary to sustain life. Enzymes that are involved in metabolism work on ingested food and release energy, eliminate wastes, and enable the growth and continued functioning. These enzymes break food down into simpler components in a process called catabolism (ex. digestion), then to restructure them back into different complex substances in a process called anabolism (ex. tissue repair and growth).
Comparing Metabolic Types.
A metabolic type is based upon the interactions of one's autonomic nervous system, oxidation system, and endocrine system. It is the inherited patterns of biochemical and neurological strengths and weaknesses that define metabolic individuality and express genetic potential. In the same way that your outward appearance is different than everyone else, and no two people have the same fingerprints, we are all very different internally as well -- on a biochemical or metabolic level. This means that we are not all created the same - we are highly individualized and our dietary needs are largely determined by heredity and genetics. This is not a "one-size-fits-all" subject, and it is wrong to assume that everyone can survive on a low-carb or vegan diet.
A Roman poet and philosopher, Lucretius, coined the phrase "What what is food for one man may be bitter poison to others". We can take this literally and compare it to 2 well documented and studied indigenous groups: Eskimos and Quetchus. Eskimos (Inuit) require nearly 100% fat and protein and almost no carbohydrates. Quetchus (South America's) are nearly vegetarian. They require very high amounts of carbs and low amounts of fats and protein. What both of these cultures share is that they are completely free of all the major degenerative diseases (i.e. Eskimos have no words for cancer) and when a modern diet is introduced, they develop the same chronic diseases now epidemic in modern societies.
Therefore, there is no such thing as a healthful diet! A diet that promotes health and vigor in one culture can cause serious illness in another.
Introduction to Metabolic Typing.
Here's a major caveat - while your ancestral diet is of critical importance in figuring out what foods might be ideal for you, it's not the only factor. Our nutrient requirements are also heavily influenced by our environments and the kinds of lifestyles we lead. But both have shifted dramatically over the course of the last century.
Our physical activity has slowed down from running and walking, planting, hunting and fishing to a very sedentary lifestyle lived in front of TV's, computers, in our cars and other transportation. Not to mention the fact that we are exposed to artificial light, foreign chemicals, radio frequency, soil and air pollution etc. There are just too many factors besides heredity which influence your nutritional needs. So, identifying the diet that will best support your health is considerably more complicated than simply trying to determine your ethnic and cultural heritage. Fortunately there is a breakthrough technology you can use to quickly and easily identify which foods are right for you. It's called metabolic typing.
Extensive scientific studies of past decades clearly show that people differ not only by their external characteristics but in their metabolism as well. These differences in metabolism have led to a division into different metabolic types. Each type requires a diet tailored to its needs, according to metabolic typing. This includes both the choice of foods, as well as the percentage composition of carbohydrates, protein and fat per meal. The demand for vitamins, minerals, etc. also varies with the particular metabolic type.
Who Needs Metabolic Typing?
If you are overweight, suffer from low energy, digestive problems, allergies, low blood sugar, poor concentration, mood swings, hormonal imbalances, high blood pressure, or other chronic ailments. If you have you tried varying diets with limited success or are confused by all the contradictory advice of nutrition experts. Then you are a perfect candidate: the real secret of health and fitness is customized nutrition.
Today's diet books and diet trends are virtually all based on a standardized or mass market approach to health and nutrition. In other words, they offer single, one-size-fits-all dietary solutions. But this approach has proven to be very limited and is the reason diets don't work for most people.
Why Do You Need Metabolic Typing?
When you start to eat correctly, you'll experience lots of positive changes that will greatly improve the quality of your life. Some of these benefits will occur right away, others will take a while longer.
Here are the kinds of improvements you can expect in the short-term:
- your food will be efficiently converted to energy rather than stored as fat
- you'll enjoy plenty of physical and mental energy following meals and snacks
- you'll feel full and hunger-free, 4 to 5 hours after meals
- you'll lose your cravings for sweets and starchy foods
- digestive problems -- indigestion, gas, bloating -- will subside
- you'll have sustained energy and endurance throughout the day
- you'll be capable of improved athletic performance
- your ability to concentrate will be significantly enhanced
- you'll enjoy a renewed sense of well-being and positive mental outlook
- irritability, anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity will fade away
There are plenty of long-term benefits you can expect as well, although they're different for everyone, since people have different kinds of metabolic imbalances and an almost infinite assortment of related health problems.
In general, however, here are the kinds of long-term health benefits you can expect if you stick to a diet that's tailored to your metabolic type:
- natural weight loss, without dieting or restricting calories
- permanent weight loss, without struggle, deprivation or hunger
- achievement of your ideal weight, whether you're overweight or underweight
- prevention of chronic disease
- enhanced immunity
- improved resistance to colds, flu, recurrent infections
- reversal of chronic or degenerative health disorders
- slowing of the aging process
A customized diet will provide you with much more than symptom suppression, a quick fix for common ailments, a temporary energy boost, or a way to help you shed a few pounds in the short term -- only to have your health problems and your weight reappear again soon. It's a process that enables you to optimize your health in a permanent way, by balancing the homeostatic mechanisms that control all aspects of your metabolism.
When you consistently consume the right fuel mixture, you're providing your body with the raw materials it needs to regulate and repair and regenerate itself on an ongoing basis. That's the essence of real health and real healing, and the reason why people are very successful when they use metabolic typing to prevent and reverse chronic illness. You'll be amazed at the kinds of results you can achieve with customized nutrition, especially if you apply a little time and perseverance.
Can Your Diet Change?
Unlike other one-dimensional dietary approaches that attempt to differentiate people on the basis of single, fixed variables such as blood type or body type, metabolic typing is a comprehensive, dynamic system that encompasses a whole range of biochemical or metabolic variables.
In saying that, many different influences act on your metabolic situation and can influence it. Metabolic Typing assumes that a diet that is wrong for your type will deteriorate your metabolism a little more every day, which can permanently change it. But other internal and external influences also play a role. For example, stress on the nervous system and can make one of the branches (either the sympathetic processes or the parasympathetic processes) strong or weak - thereby drastically changing dietary needs. Even direct nerve irritation, e.g. as a result of an accident or by invasive surgery, you can have the same effect. Drugs can change the metabolic situation, as well as vitamins and minerals that are not fit to your diet type. As well as a whole series of other influences -- including stress, illness, physical exertion, aging, dietary habits and environmental influences -- your metabolism is subject to shifts and changes.
Fortunately, metabolic typing is a technology that can be used modify your diet as your metabolic needs change over time.
Everyone is different, and everyone needs to identify the specific foods and food combinations that are best for their own unique body chemistry.
If you're seeking to lose weight or maintain your ideal weight, the essential first step is to eat a metabolically appropriate diet. No other single factor will exert more influence on your ability to manage your weight effectively.
Contact us today, to receive your individualized testing and begin your journey to the healthiest you!