Definition of Metabolism: The whole range of biochemical processes that occur within us (or any living organism). Metabolic Typing, therefore, is the science of assessing, identifying & applying unique nutritional diets to the person; depending on their individual nature & Metabolism.
We are all made up of the same stuff. Without taking it too far back and saying we are all just stardust; I would like to propose that we are all a combination of identical elements. But how those elements combine, mix & react – create truly unique results. We are such a diverse and varied species; and we look, sound, act and live in such extreme contrast.
We are unified by our common nature, but totally diverse in our genetics and environment. Through the laws of selective breeding and adaptation, we have developed varied Metabolisms and Characteristics. In other worlds, there is a reason why white people are white and black people are black!
With such blatant & countless external signs, I confidently predict that we also differ immensely internally. We require different Nutrients levels to live… so…
One Mans Food is Another Mans Poison:
This Principle is not a new one, from the time of the ancient Greeks and Chinese; man has known that depending on ones individual makeup and nature; you will require totally different nutrition than the next man. The best stereotypical example of this theory is to feed an Eskimo with a high carbohydrate vegetarian diet and see how he fairs.
Chances are, not too well! Our Nutritional Requirements are relative to our environment and our genetic predispositions & adaptations to our habitat and that of our ancestors.
It is little more than common sense that the foods of your culture and ancestors will keep you in optimal health. This phenomenon, which I shall label as Blood Food makes obvious and complete sense. The same food that causes Cardiac Disease in Low-fat, vegetarian Africans, prevents Cardiac Disease in Anglo-Saxon Europeans! The Human remains essentially the same, but the cells require radically different energy sources to function optimally.
But things have changed rapidly; it is extremely common and accepted that people from all over the world are breeding and mixing blood like never before in human history. This has obvious affects… it is becoming increasingly impossible to attain the foods of your ancestors because the food sources have been standardized and you are no longer a pure breed with an easily definable nutritional culture or instinct.
What the Food Industry Does Not Want You To Know:
Ever since the commercialization of food and sustenance, not only has our food become increasingly poor quality and denatured; but the instinctive wisdom of food and racial specific health has been all but lost. People are losing their food culture, their food sources & their health all at the same time!
In an attempt to increase profit and make things far less complicated in a growing, globalized world; influential food industries literally infiltrated government policy on food education and growth. The food pyramid is the most obvious and shameful example of how the Grain Industry created a one size fits all mentality concerning nutrition through government propaganda.
The creation of these modern food paradigms are obviously flawed with little inspection. They are standardized, simplified & uninformed for individual needs. Good for Business & civil government, but detrimental to human life and health.
Unlike conventional medicine, which aims to treat or cure a specific disease or imbalance from the outside in; metabolic typing looks to build health on a general and cellular level, from the inside out.
So in many ways, metabolic typing seems to be the western approach to the ancient eastern medicinal schools that base themselves on natural prevention rather than the symptom curing emergency interventions of traditional western medicine.
Its really simple if you make it. If you are eating right for your unique metabolic type, your health will spiral upward from the cellular level, progressively upward towards the organ system level. The small creates the large, so depending on the health and nourishment of the cells, the whole organism will thrive or degenerate accordingly.
Therefore, full blown diseases are nothing more than unaddressed and chronic cellular imbalances & deficiencies. So fundamentally, we must all go on a personal journey to discover our unique metabolic type; rewarded abundantly with the blessings of vitality, health & longevity!
Paradigm Shift: Understand the Patients Nature; not the Standardized Disease.
A Revolution in Patient Specific Nutrition:
Modern Western Doctors are specialized Experts in certain Diseases. They are masters of curing symptoms. This certainly has its place in emergencies, bacterial and viral infections and extreme pain relief. But it would be foolish to assume that one could cure an underlying cause (cellular imbalance) by concealing or mending one of its symptoms. The Root of the disease is still present; all the doctor is doing is luring you into a numb sense of security by killing off the warning signs. The symptoms are your bodys hazard lights warning your instinct that something is lacking, or attacking.
Simply put, disease is a long term build up of a chronic cellular imbalance. It is fundamentally flawed to assume that heart attack in a protein type was caused by exactly the same reasons as it would for a carb type because of their completely different requirements and reactions to any given nutrient and stimuli. You cannot study a single nutrient and globally label its affects for everyone indiscriminately. You cannot study a single, standardized disease and say that what caused it in one person will cause it in another.
This flawed and dangerously vague paradigm of viewing illness will only result in chemical dependency, side effects and the prolonged suffering and mediocrity of life.
Medicine is evolving… you must understand the requirements of the persons fundamental individual biochemistry – and then treat the problem according to proven and specific nutrient therapy for their unique metabolic needs.
The One and Only You:
Following on from the books previous chapter above, if the current way of treating illnesses has been non-specific and standardized; this must mean that data gathering, analysis and research has suffered the same tragic fate! This is proven by the huge amount of nutrient research contradictions and ambiguity…with 3 studies saying X, and 1 study saying Y. There is no frame of reference because the participants of the studies were never identified and separated into biochemical categories. Virtually nullifying all the conventional clinical studies and experiments due to completely different metabolic reactions to the exact same stimulus! Leading to non definable, conclusive and most importantly relevant facts and findings to help the patient.
How then, can we trust or even slightly believe in the classic frames of reference, now little more than random, scattered and indefinable pieces of information. What is average, medial, excessive or insufficient? By what standard are we measuring our findings? Therefore, we must bravely and knowingly accept the uncomfortable truth that there is no absolute average (something the over analytical and control addicted doctors must feel very insecure about).
We live in a relative universe. Therefore, no absolute discriminations or judgements can ever be made certain or be compared to something else. The same goes for our micro-universe our bodies. Modern medicine blindly tries to base itself in the pursuit and application of absolutism and singularity. Whereas metabolic typing identifies and accepts that the unique specimen of a single body is never the same, so it is as much about grabbing several pieces of a large puzzle and seeing how and what fits together best (With a good deal of harmless trial and error and patience).
Conclusion- Identifying Your Metabolic Type:
Discovering your Metabolic Type in the detail that it deserves requires focused, patient and honest introspection. You can discover your mental, physical and even emotional responses to your food, your cravings and intolerances, reactions and responses. One can uncover very specific and invaluable amounts of self knowledge and power. Enabling you to align your machine (body) with its perfect fuel (food). Which will improve the quality of your life in so many ways!
We should only remind ourselves (and our clients) that this is not a quick fix or for the impatient. By reminding ourselves of the long term benefits and the rewards to come we can successfully harness our metabolic type and claim the natural wellbeing and vitality that is our birthright!
With the various detailed and thorough questionnaires and tips included in the book, we can pretty much discover all that we need to know.
I believe however, that as a Coach, we can only encourage & inspire clients to pursue this journey for themselves, as the journey of metabolic typing gets somewhat tediously specific, highly personal and extremely long term… with all the control and discoveries lying within the individual.
The role of the coach therefore, is to definitely encourage a foc
used and careful analysis and supervision of the general metabolic typing questionnaire; in order to discover their macro nutrient dominance. But any further than that must be initiated and processed by the client themselves. The Coach obviously stays highly interested and involved in their discoveries and experiences – recording all major realizations and breakthroughs thereafter, keeping clinic quality notes for the client portfolio.
Dominik Zaerin is a Dax Moy Health Coach at Islington, London. Where he trains people from all walks of life attain Holistic Fitness & Health. To find out more please visit http://www.mylondonpersonaltrainer.com