Foods and nutrients affect different people differently. I am sure we all know someone who can drink 5 cups of coffee and not go haywire and then there is someone else who the minute they touch caffeine is bouncing off the walls. Lucretius, a Roman healer and philosopher, said, “One man’s food is another man’s poison.” Each of us has highly individualized nutritional requirements. Not only is that true but nutritional science is very complex and continues to reveal just how complex our bodies really are.
Metabolism is the sum total of all the chemical and biological activities that are necessary to maintain life. These chemical and biological activities such as nutrition, transport, respiration, growth, synthesis, regulation and reproduction all require energy. We obtain energy from air, water, sunlight and food. Metabolic Typing uses technology to analyze an individual’s nutritional requirements in order to balance a person’s overall body chemistry.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, categorized patients according to type. He said, “It’s more important to know what kind of patient has a disease than what kind of disease a patient has.”
Unbalanced and inadequate nutrition at the cellular level is a major cause of human disease. You must acquire all the nutrients your cells need or the ability of cells to perform their functions is impaired. Healthy cells can fight off infections and free radical damage. Every individual is unique in the nutritional requirements that will keep their cells healthy. There are five factors that influence our nutritional needs: heredity, environment, nutrient deficiencies, stress and physical activity level.
No single diet works for everyone. Some may have success on a high protein diet, some on a no protein high carbohydrate diet. Everyone is looking for a diet that will keep them slim, feeling healthy and energetic. The Metabolic Typing Diet looks at your unique make up and helps you identify the foods that speak to you specifically. Not a one approach fits all. To further complicate things nutritional needs are not static. Dietary needs change with age, new environments, and even seasonally throughout the year. The Metabolic Typing Diet teaches you the foods that are best for you (through experimentation and journaling you will learn to identify foods that increase your energy and eliminate cravings). If you start feeling not as healthy, you make adjustments to what you are eating rebalancing your nutritional requirements.
Once you have determined your metabolic type and are managing what you eat to what is compatible with your genetically determined metabolic needs you can:
Prevent and reverse degenerative disease.
Strengthen your immune system
Achieve and maintain your ideal weight.
Optimize physical energy and mental clarity.
Increase athletic performance and endurance.
Metabolic Typing Diet very simply divides people into Protein Types, Carbo Types, or Mixed Types. If a Protein Type eliminates all protein and goes on a high carbohydrate diet (often recommended for athletes) their energy will tank and they will feel terrible. In the same respect, a Carbo Type that goes on a high protein diet will not lose weight or feel well at all. Picture a line graph with Protein on one end and Carbo on the other there are unlimited points between the two ends. All of us are somewhere on this line. If you want to understand and explore this further I recommend The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey. You can find in bookstores, online or at your library. Take the quiz, discover what foods best feed your body type and let’s get healthy together.