Shattering Nutritional MYTHs With Metabolic Typing
many years, so-called nutritional experts advocated a low protein, low
fat, high carbohydrate diet as the perfect diet for all of us. They
promised that we’d lose weight and lower our cholesterol while simultaneously
improving our health and fitness.
Well, they turned
out to be wrong, dead wrong for some and seriously wrong for millions
of others. Instead of fulfilling its promise, this latest “right diet
for all people” to come down the pike produced a rise in obesity like
this country has never seen, along with the "bonus" side-effect of an
ever-growing epidemic in diabetes.
Today we find ourselves
on the cusp of the pendulum poised to swing the other way.
studies have “discovered” that just maybe the high carb, low protein/fat
diet is not so good after all, and that what really is the best “right
diet for all people” is a high protein, low carb diet. Unfortunately,
the truth of the matter is that REALITY once again will prove
to be different than expected. In a few years, there will be a fallout
of just as many people suffering in the wake of this “new” pendulum
swing as from the last one.
The problems will
be different, but the “casualty rate” will be about the same. Metabolic
Typing, the science of individualized nutrition, reveals why this will
be the case.
Typing, it has been learned that the answer to the question of the right
diet lies with your genes -- not whim, fancy or philosophical belief,
or even in scientific research, at least not in the way it is being
have shown benefit to the low protein/fat, high carb diet as well as
the opposite diet of high protein/fat, low carb diet.
But basic premises
of Metabolic Typing such as the idea of biochemical individuality, or
that the same nutrient can have different effects in different Metabolic
Types, or that the same disease can arise in different Metabolic Types
for totally opposite biochemical reasons, have far-reaching effects
and shatter many current en vogue MYTHs of nutrition.
Here are some examples
that not only offer some valuable, practical information, but also reveal
greater insight into the exciting new world of Metabolic Typing:
A vegetarian diet or a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in
protein and fat is good for you.
REALITY : If it's wrong for your Metabolic Type, meaning, if
it is not in line with your ancestral diet, your genetically-based nutritional
requirements, this diet can make you sicker or create new health problems
for you. There are no "good" foods and there are no "bad" foods, except
in terms of the requirements of your unique Metabolic Type.
The Healthy Diet
REALITY : There's no such thing as a diet that is universally
healthy for everyone. This applies to any diet that is purportedly right
for all people – whether it’s the Atkins Diet, MacDougall Diet, Ornish
Diet, (or pick any diet you can think of!). The only diet that is healthy
for you is the diet that is right for your Metabolic Type. Only that
diet meets your inherited needs for nutrients.
To lose weight you need to reduce calories and limit fat (or limit protein
or limit carbs).
REALITY : Fat doesn't make you fat. Protein doesn't make you
fat. Carbohydrates don't make you fat. And even calories per se don't
make you fat. But what does make you fat is the inability to properly
metabolize, or convert to energy, carbs, proteins, fats and calories.
If you're overweight,
you're actually starving -- starving for the right balance of nutrients
that will increase your metabolic rate and convert to energy the food
you're eating instead of storing it as fat.
Eat the right foods
for your Metabolic Type and eat the right ratios of macronutrients (proteins,
fats, carbs) and you’ll be giving your body the right kind of fuel for
your engines of metabolism. Science is beginning to awaken to the idea
that much of what our bodies do with food is in our genes.
To lose weight all you need to do is reduce calories and exercise more.
REALITY : Millions of people have done just that, but in most
cases have not only failed to lose weight, but gained weight instead.
Worse, for most people, reducing calories has led to food cravings,
binge or yo-yo dieting, mood swings and energy fluctuations.
Only by giving
your body food that it can efficiently convert to energy will you lose
weight permanently. Only then can watching calories and exercising regularly
make a real and lasting difference.
Best of all, when
you eat right for your Metabolic Type, when your body fully converts
to energy the food you eat, gone forever will be the gnawing hunger,
food cravings, binges, mood swings and energy fluctuations that normally
are associated with “dieting.”
If you take lots of supplements and "cover all your bases," your body
will take what it needs and discard the rest.
REALITY : This is like saying that if you hold a flame under
your outstretched hand, your body will take whatever heat it needs and
throw off the rest. Such ideas ignore the REALITY of cause
and effect. If you apply a flame to skin, the skin will burn. Fire has
specific physical properties that apply wherever fire is present.
have very precise effects on the body -- either stimulating or sedating,
acidifying or alkalinizing. Every supplement you consume will either
stimulate or sedate specific organs, systems and fundamental control
Take the wrong
nutrients or the wrong formulations for your Metabolic Type and you
will worsen your existing imbalances or create new imbalances and all
of the problems that go with them. Nutrients indeed have the power to
heal, but they also have the power to make you ill if they are wrong
for your Metabolic Type.
Everyone should take calcium (or vitamin C, or anti-oxidants, etc.).
REALITY : Nothing could be further from the truth. Through
Metabolic Typing, we know that any nutrient can have opposite effects
in different Metabolic Types. This is why a nutrient can help correct
a condition in one person, have little or no effect on another person,
or worsen the same condition in a different Metabolic Type.
Thus the old adage,
"one man’s food is another’s poison." This is why you should only take
those supplements that are right for your Metabolic Type. Every nutrient
raises or lowers up to 9 other nutrients in your body. So taking therapeutic
doses of vitamin C can actually, for example, cause cancer (vitamin
C lowers copper, so if you are already deficient in copper and take
high therapeutic doses of vitamin C, you can seriously compromise your
Taking too much
calcium can actually cause osteoporosis (in order for calcium to be
utilized, it needs certain synergistic nutrients and if you are already
low in those synergistic nutrients, taking more calcium will only further
deplete the existing deficient levels, worsening any problems relating
to calcium metabolism).
Eating a low-fat
diet can actually raise cholesterol (if it further disturbs the body's
cholesterol metabolism, e.g., certain metabolic types paradoxically
need to eat a high-fat diet to promote efficient cholesterol metabolism).
Of course, everyone needs all the nutrients in order to be healthy .
. . but not in therapeutic doses. So before you start supplementing
your diet, it’s best to know your Metabolic Type.
Nutrients are nutrients. It doesn't matter what form they are in.
REALITY : The carriers of nutrients are just as powerful --
in some cases even more powerful -- in their effects on metabolism as
the nutrients themselves. Depending on your Metabolic Type, any nutrient
can be acidifying or alkalinizing.
For example, in
a Parasympathetic (alkaline) Metabolic Type, calcium is acidifying,
but in a Fast Oxidizer, calcium is alkalinizing. So, it is important
that an acid form of calcium (e.g., calcium chloride) be used if you’re
an alkaline Parasympathetic type metabolizer, but that an alkaline form
of calcium (calcium citrate) be used if you’re an acidic Fast Oxidizer.
nutritional supplement will at best have a neutral effect, and at worst,
actually worsen your existing imbalances. You can take the best supplements
money can buy, but if they are not right for your Metabolic Type --
the right nutrients and the right forms of the nutrients – they won’t
produce the result you’re looking for and can end up making you worse
Drink lots of orange juice to help get rid of a cold
REALITY : Colds and flus are viruses and viruses thrive in
an alkaline biochemical environment. Citrus juice, because it is such
a highly alkalinizing food, is one of the worst things you can ingest
to prevent and fight off a cold or flu virus. Interestingly, cold weather
produces an alkaline shift in the body.
In addition, the
most powerful alkalinizing substances in your diet are sugar, alcohol,
caffeine, salt (and nicotine), the very substances that tend to increase
in our diets during cold weather and the holidays. Beginning with Halloween,
and going on through Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year's celebrations,
the amounts of these highly alkalinizing substances dramatically increase
in our diets.
When you consider
the elevation of those alkaline foods in our diets in combination with
the alkaline effect of the cold weather, is it any wonder that time
of year has come to be known as “the cold & flu season?” At the first
sign of a cold or flu, try to acidify your system by increasing protein
and decreasing carbohydrates, particularly fruits (especially citrus)
and the alkaline substances listed above.
When you buy a
new car, one of the first things you learn is the kind of fuel it uses.
You wouldn’t want to use the wrong kind of fuel for fear of damaging
the engine, not to mention the fact that its performance would suffer
You would do well
to adopt the same attitude towards your own body. Remember that your
body is designed to be healthy, but in order to run efficiently, it
must be given the right fuel, the kind of fuel it is genetically programmed
You can eat the
best organic foods, take the finest supplements money can buy, drink
plenty of pure water, get sufficient rest and exercise regularly, but
if you do not meet the needs of your Metabolic Type, you’ll only be
wasting your time and money.
your body what it needs and you’ll enjoy a lifetime of good health,
energy and well-being.
and Suzi Wolcott, © Healthexcel, Inc., 1987, 1997, 2003
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