Why Metabolic Typing?
- Have you ever wondered why some people seem to thrive on a vegetarian diet while others’ health will start to decline?
- Have you ever felt confused by all of the conflicting information out there about nutrition and the “best” way to eat?
- Should we eat low fat or low carbohydrate?
- It seems everyone has convincing evidence for his or her point of view. How could this be?
The reason is simple. Different people need different kinds of foods; one person’s nourishment is another’s poison. Many diets claim to promote energy and weight loss, but they only work effectively in the long term if they are compatible with your Metabolic Type. This explains why one person can lose weight on a particular diet, while another person might gain weight on exactly the same diet. Not all foods and supplements are equally good for all people. In fact any given nutrient can have virtually opposite effects in individuals of different Metabolic Types. The trick is to discover what kinds of foods your individual metabolism thrives on.
That’s where Metabolic Typing comes in.
The benefits of eating according to your Metabolic Type are not just weight loss. Metabolic Typing is used by healthcare practitioners to help many conditions, including the following: weight problems, chronic fatigue, allergies, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, and rheumatologic disease, just to name a few. By conducting a series of simple tests I am able determine each individual’s Metabolic Type. This is the fundamental way in which the body produces and processes energy. With this knowledge the individual can knowingly select the foods and nutritional supplements that are tailored to his or her specific metabolism.
What is Metabolic Typing?
Metabolic Typing is a revolutionary system for optimizing whole body health, by addressing the individual at a fundamental metabolic level. It is the science of discovering the primary way in which your body produces energy from your food. Diet and nutritional supplements are used to address the individual at a fundamental metabolic level, allowing for increased energy, weight loss and greater resistance to disease.
One of the basic principles of Metabolic Typing is that protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, which are transported by the blood, are best absorbed and utilized by the cells in your body at the ideal blood pH level of 7.46. Below this figure the blood is too acidic, above this figure the blood is too alkaline. The more your pH deviates from the ideal; the less efficient will be the conversion of food to energy.
The second principle of Metabolic Typing is that any nutrient can be acidifying or alkalizing, therefore stimulating or inhibiting, depending on your metabolic type.
Metabolic Typing brings together different streams of scientific research conducted over several decades. Its fundamental assertion is that the metabolism of each individual is controlled by one of two primary dominance systems: the Oxidative System, which is responsible for the conversion of nutrients into energy; and the Autonomic System, which governs the use and distribution of this energy. All people have both systems operating in them at all times, but one system will tend to be dominant in any given individual’s metabolism.
Each of these two systems is divided into two sub-types. Thus, the Oxidative System consists of Fast and Slow Oxidizers, determined by the speed at which the individual converts nutrients into energy. The Autonomic System consists of Sympathetics and Parasympathetics, depending on which branch of the autonomic (or involuntary) nervous system is predominant: The more pro-active, hyper, sympathetic branch (characterized by the phrase “fight or flight”) or the more relaxed, hypo, parasympathetic branch (characterized by the phrase “rest and digest”).
It is important to know both the systems because foods have opposite pH effects depending on which group you are in (Group I or Group II) of the two dominance systems. Foods that acidify the two Oxidizers (Fast or Slow Oxidizers) will alkalize the two Autonomics (Sympathetic or Parasympathetic) and vice versa. Acidifying the Oxidizers is desirable for the overly alkaline Slow Oxidizer, but contraindicated for the overly acid Fast Oxidizer Alkalizing the Autonomics is desirable for the overly acid Sympathetic, but undesirable for the overly alkaline Parasympathetic. Because each one of these pairs is from opposite dominance systems, the same foods affect them oppositely, thereby helping each one to recover metabolic balance: the overly alkaline person is acidified, and the overly acidic person is alkalized. Identifying your Metabolic Type, allows us to choose the foods that work best for your particular metabolism. It permanently ends the guessing game confusion over conflicting dietary recommendations.
The Group I types (Slow Oxidizers and Sympathetic) do best on a diet that is lower in protein and fat, and higher in complex carbohydrates. The Group II types (Fast Oxidizers and Parasympathetics) do best on a diet that is higher in protein and fat, and lower in complex carbohydrates.
By determining you Metabolic Type through the Metabolic Typing protocol, I am able to point you at the foods and supplements that I feel will work best to optimize the production and processing of energy for your particular metabolism.
What is Involved?
Metabolic Typing involves a series of simple tests that take approximately two and a half hours to perform. The testing occurs in four timed cycles, and is performed on an empty stomach (you need to fast a minimum of six hours before your visit). After I have taken an initial series of baseline readings, you will be given a modified glucose challenge drink. I then compare all subsequent tests results to your baseline readings, as well as factor in your answers to specific questions that I ask you at the beginning of each testing cycle. I also note the results of a written questionnaire that you fill out before your visit.
During your initial appointment I will test the following:
- Blood pressure and pulse
- Blood glucose levels
- Urine and saliva pH
- Urine chemistry
- Urine specific gravity
- Breath holding capacity
- Respiration rate
- Weight and body fat percentage if desired
Metabolic Typing Rates
2-1/2 hour comprehesive session $199
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