Metabolic Typing - Which Foods are BEST for You?

February, 2010
Woman making wise food choices with the help of Metabolic TypingYou KNOW that nutrition is important for health. In fact, you might have already tried different diets in your quest to obtain better health. If you haven't achieved the results that you have desired, you should start asking yourself questions, such as;

 ~ Why does Jenny Craig work for Jenny, but not for you? 

 ~ Why does the South Beach or Atkins Diet help your friends look stunning, but not you?
 ~ Why do you still feel bad despite taking touted “miracle” supplements?
  ~ Why can't you fight your Candida problem, even when staying on an anti-Candida diet? 
 ~ Why, despite taking the "best" calcium supplements, are you still developing osteoporosis?
 ~ Why do you actually feel BETTER after eating deserts?
  ~ Why is it that you eat only organic foods, take the best supplements on the market, exercise till you’re "blue-in-the-face", haven't had a glass of wine in two decades and STILL don't feel right?


If you have asked yourself questions like these, and still don't have the answers that you are looking for, maybe it's time to find out EXACTLY which nutrition plan is BEST for you. Metabolic Typing can help you find these answers.
When It Comes To Nutrition, One Size Does Not Fit All.
Metabolic Typing is a term used for a nutritional tool, which is used create customized diets. It is based on the concept that each individual has a unique metabolism.
Metabolism is the process by which your body turns food into energy, muscles, bones, and other tissues. All dietary nutrients are best absorbed and utilized by the cells of the body at the optimal level of the blood pH of 7.46. Dietary nutrients per se can change the optimal level of blood pH, making the blood more acidic or more alkaline and therefore, affecting the production of energy from food. Thus, different foods can produce inhibiting or stimulating effects on your metabolism, depending on yourindividual metabolic type.
The theory of the individual metabolic type is based upon the concept of “native dietary divergence”. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, Dr. Weston Price started researching native diets of many different cultures. Dr. Price traveled to the Arctic regions, to the areas around the Amazon River , to the Scandinavian countries, to the Pacific islands and etc. He discovered that there was a link between native diets and good health, and a link between modern foods and chronic degenerative diseases. Dr. Price also discovered that there was no one universal diet that would be right for all people. Native diets were variable because they depended upon many factors including climate, local produce, environmental conditions, heredity, genetics, and culture. Today, with the world growing smaller, it is hard to know what your native diet is.  This is where Metabolic Typing can be so useful.
A person’s metabolism is controlled by one of two primary systems, which are largely determined by heredity. These systems are the autonomic nervous system and the system of cellular oxidation (or oxidative system). The oxidative system governs the conversion of nutrients into energy within the cells. The autonomic nervous system controls the use and distribution of this energy. Both the oxidative and the autonomic nervous systems, are always at work, but one will be more dominant.
The autonomic nervous system contains two branches, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. If you have autonomic nervous system dominance, it means that you inherit dominance of one of these branches, which mainly controls your metabolism. You might have a sympathetic metabolic type or parasympathetic metabolic type.
The oxidative system also represents two major groups, which reflect the rate at which cells convert nutrients into energy.  If you inherited dominance of the oxidative system over the autonomic system, you might be a fast oxidizer and your cells will transform nutrients into energy rapidly. In contrast, if you are slow oxidizer, your cells will transform nutrients into energy slowly.
The same food, eaten by individuals of different metabolic types, will have different effects on metabolism, on blood pH, and, consequently, on general health. 
Discover your individual metabolic type in order to: 
~ Look fantastic
 ~ Boost your energy
~ Feel great
~ Lower blood sugar & cholesterol
~ Achieve optimal weight
~ Reduce your risk of chronic diseases
Some websites promise to determine your metabolic type by answering their questionnaires. This is not a good approach, as Metabolic Typing cannot be accurately determined in this manner.
Metabolic Typing is an in-office diagnostic test, which involves measuring various parameters such as your urine, saliva, blood pressure, etc., performed over several hours.  After completing your test, Dr. Sokolova will calculate your metabolic type and determine which foods and which nutritional supplements are best for you. You will receive your personalized results as well as instructions which will include:  
  • Metabolic Typing Assessment
  • Customized Food Chart List
  • An Example of a Customized Menu Plan
  • And a list of Recommended Nutritional supplements
A follow-up test in 6 weeks is recommended to monitor your progress. Ideally, because of changes in our lives, work and environment, we all should undergo Metabolic Typing annually.
To Schedule Your Appointment For Metabolic Typing, Please Call Whole-Body Medicine at 203.371.8258.