is a metabolic type?
Your body is
a complex series of many millions of chemical reactions. You could
liken it to a large multi-national company with thousands of employees.
The behaviour of the employees comes from the decisions made by
the handful of executives at the top. The human body is the same,
the millions of reactions that take place daily are determined by
just 11 control systems.
type is the pattern of each of these systems. A metabolic type is
generally classified as the state of the two major systems upon
the body. These are, the state of your Autonomic nervous system
and Oxidation system. The more of the eleven systems analyzed on top
of this, the more accurate your metabolic type recommendations can
your metabolic type
your metabolic type you need to discover how the two major systems
are behaving and how they compare to each other.
Nervous System (ANS)
The ANS controls
all the processes of our body that are below the level of consciousness
e.g. breathing, digestion, heart rate, and perspiration. The ANS
is divided into two parts, the flight or flight response (sympathetic
branch) and the rest and recovery response (parasympathetic branch).
Each part is
associated with stimulating an organ into action. For example, the
sympathetic branch increases heart rate, while the parasympathetic
branch activates digestion. The opposite branch will also slow down
the others processes.
As an example,
if you are eating dinner, your parasympathetic branch activates
the digestive organs; if a lion walked into the room, the sympathetic
branch would stop the digestive processes and activate increased
heart rate, secretion of adrenaline etc. On the lion,s departure
(assuming you had not been eaten), the parasympathetic branch would
slow down the heart rate and stop adrenaline production before reactivating
digestion to absorb your dinner.
push-pull mechanism by the two parts of the ANS shows itself through
the magnitude of effect they have on a host of different physical
and mental characteristics. For example, a high resting heart rate,
low patience, goal oriented attitude shows signs of sympathetic
influence. A low resting heart rate, relaxed and intuitive attitude
shows influences from the parasympathetic branch. We all have varying
degrees of influence on the hundreds of such variable traits. When
viewed together the overall picture of the where the nervous system
lies at rest can be seen and allows you to be classified.
oxidation system is the other major system that defines your metabolic
type. It relates to the processing of your food, especially carbohydrates
and fats. To gain efficient energy production the right amounts
of the chemical products derived from food, must arrive in the cells
at the same time. To do this you must be aware of how the body handles
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oxidative system classifies people as either slow, mixed or fast
oxidizers, a fast oxidizer is said to process carbohydrates too
quickly compared to fats and a slow oxidizers processes carbohydrates
too slowly compared to fats. A mixed oxidizer somewhere in between
these two. These imbalances within the body cause problems by not
getting the right products in the cells at the right time
The oxidation classifications are related to key dietary traits
and psychological characteristics. Through analysis of the many
possible traits an overall picture of your status can be found and
placed along the continuum.
The above two
systems have the largest influence on your bodies chemical reactions.
Out of these one of the two will be more important. This is dependent
upon each individual case. The dominant system and the classification
within this determines which general nutrition scheme you should
be following. There are six major nutrition plans to follow depending
which cross is most important out of the two.
The dominance factor explains why there is such contradiction in nutrition today. Different people need different foods for their body. Therefore you can follow a healthy diet yet not get results because though the diet was healthy in a general sense it was not right for your body.
The dominance factor also explains why supplements and nutrients do not produce consistent results from nutrition studies. This is because different people need different nutrients but also because different metabolic type need different carrier forms of a nutrient. For example, both Parasympathetics and Fast oxidizers are low in Calcium within the cell but one needs an acidic form of calcium while the other alkaline. The dominance factor is what makes nutrition so complicated!
I have, since
first discovering metabolic typing, been a fast oxidizer metabolic
type. This meant I followed nutrition plan 3 which seeked to reduce
the speed I processed carbohydrates and increase my fat processing
recently my body is now a mixed oxidizer and thus I now follow nutrition
plan 2. These changes are common place, read more about changes
in my article on how your body chemistry can change.
Levels of Analysis in your Metabolic Type.
examining some or all of the other 8 systems within the body you
are able to make further refinements with each of the 6 general
nutritional schemes, through elimination or supplementation of certain
foods and nutrients.
discover four of the ten systems within your body and how they affect
your health please consider taking the metabolic
typing test as part of one of my courses.