Metabolic Typing

Metabolic typing is the science of optimizing dietary practice for an individual’s unique biochemistry. Metabolic monitoring can pinpoint the right macronutrient ratio and supplement protocols for your personal nutritional needs.

Customized Nutrition Through Metabolic Monitoring

This concept is sometimes confused with nutritional genomics because it does relate to your biochemical individuality, but is more narrowly focused on how you metabolize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates (glycolysis), as well as vitamins and minerals.

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It is also different from metabolic monitoring which attempts to use various biomarkers to determine the overall status of patients undergoing intensive medical treatments.

This method was first developed by William Walcott, and it successfully integrated the function of the autonomic nervous system and speed of carbohydrate oxidation into a system measures the dominance of either one of those factors in each person’s body.

Your specific type is determined with both written and laboratory tests depending upon the level of screening you want. It ranges from a simple test that is written up in the book by William Walcott, to a full comprehensive analysis done with a certified typing adviser.

The diet is the result of all of the factors, which are taken into consideration and reflect your individual patterns. This dietary system also recognizes the influence of blood type in choosing appropriate foods for each person.

As such, the eating for your blood type principles espoused by Dr. Peter D’Adamo can and should be incorporated into this approach. You can find more information about blood type at the link at the bottom of this page.

Metabolic Types

There are three recognized types in this system, protein types, carb types, and mixed types. Some have pointed out that there is likely much more variation among the population and the three types are somewhat general in nature.

Protein types require more meat and fat in the diet for health. Carb types require more grains and vegetables with much less protein. Mixed types are a combination of both requiring some protein and also some grains and vegetables for good health.

The key to understanding this system is something called the body’s fundamental homeostatic control mechanism. Homeostasis is simply the body in balance, and the homeostatic control mechanisms are those bodily systems that keep the body in balance.

A diet that is incorrect for your metabolic type will place great stress on these homeostatic control mechanisms leading to illness. Conversely a diet that is correct for your type will enable the body to maintain this essential balance and avoid illness.

Importance to Antiaging

The imbalances and subsequent problems they cause are one of the key factors in accelerated aging. Failure of these homeostatic controls can lead to chronic stress which in turn will break down lean body mass, causing problems with both the immune and nervous systems.

Knowing your type is essential to integrating the diet into your antiaging strategy. Just eating the correct foods will enable the body to remain in balance, and maintain its anabolic homeostasis well into advanced age!

You can get further information on this concept by reading William Walcott and Trish Fahey’s book “The Metabolic Typing Diet.” This book will explain the theory behind the diet, and how to apply principles of metabolic monitoring to your antiaging program.

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