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Metabolic Type Diet is a subject I recently revisited in my continuing research to find new tools to help you achieve Peak Health.
The best Metabolic Type Diet for you is the one that will balance the rate at which your body metabolizes food and turns it into energy. Your metabolic rate is determined by how your autonomic nervous system is tuned - more parasympathetic (rest and digest part) or more sympathetic (fight or flight).
You may also find it interesting that how fast or slow your metabolic rate is determines how fast your body can process and get rid of toxins! Slow Metabolizers (80% of Americans and those in most European countries) have a harder time getting rid of toxins than Fast Metabolizers.
Next question is, 'What factors determine the tuning of your autonomic nervous system?'
The answer is complex. There are many things that influence whether you are more parasympathetically tuned (Slow Metabolizer) or sympathetically tuned (Fast Metabolizer).
Ideally, we want to be close to the center - not too fast or too slow a metabolic rate. Metabolic rate is influenced by many things, among them - basic constitutional make-up, stress level, pollution of any kind (chemical, auditory, electromagnetic, even visual), emotional health and last but not least, nutrition.
Interest in Metabolic Type Diet is well-founded, but most are flawed because they are static. That is, they are founded on the notion that if you just determine what category you fall into, you will know what foods to eat on a Metabolic Type Diet for the rest of your life.
There is a confusing variety of metabolic type diet systems, each claiming to hold the key to your 'perfect diet.'
For example, the 'Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type Diet.' This system has been around for a long time. The premise is that, depending on what your blood type is, there is a specific list of foods that are supposed to be good or bad for you. Since your blood type doesn't change, neither does your diet!
The 'Metabolic Typing Diet' relies on a questionnaire to determine whether you are a Carbo Type, a Protein Type or a Mixed Type.
The problem with the above systems is that they are static, not flexible. They establish that you are a particular 'type,' with genetics, ethnic background and other immutable characteristics being the determining factors.
The main flaw in static programs like this is that they don't take into account that your body is constantly changing. Your mineral balance, hormonal picture and other factors are NOT static but rather always in flux.
In reality, your metabolic type is subject to change. Age, stress level, climate changes, environmental toxins, detox programs - ALL influence your metabolic rate. Even your energy level in the morning is usually different as opposed to evening. For breakfast, you may only want fruit and yogurt, but at night relish steak and salad, for example.
AND what you eat influences your sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system balance from meal to meal, day to day! You may notice feeling tired a few hours after eating certain foods, and feeling more energized after others.
I take issue with any metabolic diet typing system that says you are predetermined to do well only on one particular, permanent dietary regimen, based on blood type for example.
To determine the correct Metabolic Type Diet for you at any point in time, you must have a very accurate way of measuring a highly reliable indicator of Autonomic Nervous System balance.
Did you know that measuring the mineral levels in a hair sample gives a clear picture of your Metabolic Type?
Here's a simple example of the relationship of mineral balance to metabolism:
Question: Why is Kentucky home to some of the greatest racehorses in the world? Because high phosphorus and low calcium content in the soil gives us the typical 'Type A' racehorse character. This is an animal that explodes out of the starting gate and wins races!
Conversely, why is Wisconsin known for its dairy farms and cheese products?
Answer: High calcium soils! Calcium has a calming effect on the cows which makes for better milk productivity and cheese quality.
If you take a winning Thoroughbred racehorse to live in Wisconsin...
...it would only be a matter of time that he would lose his 'edge' in competition because larger amounts of calcium in the grass would lower the metabolic rate.
You may also be interested to know that too much calcium can cause depression because of its dampening effect on thyroid function!
This is just one simple example of the influence of minerals on metabolic functioning.
Mineral status in the body is a very accurate way of determining Metabolic Type. Knowing the amounts of nutrient and toxic minerals in your body is essential in order to give you the guidelines you need for your ideal Metabolic Type Diet.
Very simple: a blood test takes a snapshot of one moment in time. If you ate a banana for breakfast, the results could indicate too much potassium even if you tend to be deficient!
You may find it interesting to contemplate that before the hair grows beyond the surface of the skin, the hair follicle is bathed and nourished by your bloodstream!
…a Hair Analysis is an accurate reading of 2 - 3 months worth of your blood mineral status, preserved in the hair shaft!
Since your Hair Analysis report shows a wider view rather than a snapshot, the results are more accurate and the resulting recommendations more reliable for obtaining real help.
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