In the previous article you learned about the multiple influences affecting health and how you can zero in on signals your body is giving you to help you feel better.
These signals from your body are invaluable clues for unraveling the causes of illness and more importantly greatly improving your health and quality of life. If you’d like to review this list, you’ll find it here: Beyond Genetics: Natural Ways for Improving Health You Can Use Right Now – Part 1.
But just knowing the clues is only one piece of the puzzle. Having the ability to take action on them is the crucial next step.
What To Do When You Notice Signals Your Body Gives You
Telling You Something’s Out of Balance
The key to using these body signals is understanding what to adjust when you find something is out of whack.
I’ve always liked Metabolic Typing® authority Bill Wolcott’s analogy comparing the body to how a car works. Of course our bodies aren’t machines, nor are they as simple as a car. But since we’re all familiar with the basic operations of a car, it’s a useful illustration.
As we know, often from hard experience, there are many things that can go wrong with a car. But fixing problems always involves understanding where the problem came from in the first place.
For example, if you keep putting diesel fuel in your gasoline car, no amount of tune-ups, oil changes, wheel alignments, or major engine repairs is going too make it run right. Without the right fuel, nothing else matters!
In our bodies, the fuel is the food we eat. Until you understand the right ‘fuel mix’ for your body, anything else you do to improve your health will automatically be less effective, or even not effective at all.
This means that vitamins, herbs, exercise, yoga, stress management, chiropractic, acupuncture or any other approach to health can’t be nearly as effective as they might be if the foods you’re eating are the wrong foods for your body. Food is the first ‘medicine’ when it comes to feeling better.
The hard part about this is that each person needs a different mix of foods to be at their best. One dietary approach is not right for everyone, which means you can’t just follow a diet out of a book and feel better.
Figuring Out the Right Mix
There are a couple of ways you can determine your optimal foods.
The first way requires spending a year or two paying very close attention to your responses to each food you eat. If you go this route I recommend using a daily food journal where you enter, without fail, all of the noticeable responses you have from each meal. Over time patterns will emerge and you’ll start zeroing in on the best foods for you.
This approach requires both patience and persistence. However if done keeping the end result in mind you can make it work. I’d guess you could zero in on an optimal diet pretty well in about 2 years using this approach.
The second, much quicker and easier (not to mention more effective) way to determine the right foods for you is through the process of Metabolic Typing® (MT).
MT starts with answering a set of questions about your physical and mental characteristics, including some of your responses to various foods. The results indicate the state of your autonomic nervous system, your cellular oxidation rate and your endocrine dominance. Those are three of the top 6 factors determining your state of health.
From this information, based on over 80 years of research, you get a list of how specific foods affect your Metabolic Type® as well as suggested ratios of fats, proteins and carbohydrates in your diet. This is powerful information that cuts years off of your learning curve for optimal health.
Eating the specific foods your body needs in the right ratios goes a long way towards improving your state of health. Approached this way, you will typically see huge improvement in energy level, mental focus and emotional resilience.
What About the Other Aspects of Optimal Health?
As good as it is, Metabolic Typing® is only the first step if you’re determined to increase your health.
For example, the quality of your energy, your ability to focus and think clearly as well as your ability to adapt to situations easily depends on the health and strength of your adrenals and other endocrine glands. And because living in modern times puts a huge burden on our adrenals (commonly called stress), if you have health issues you can count on the fact that your adrenals are less than optimal.
In addition, even if you’re eating ideally for your Metabolic Type®, some of those foods might still be causing negative health consequences. These are called adverse food reactions or food sensitivities. And if you’re not digesting and absorbing your foods effectively, you won’t be getting the best nutrition from them, so digestive health is crucial.
On top of that, your mood, clarity of thinking and memory depend on having optimal balance in the biological substances that affect brain function. These substances, called neurotransmitters, have powerful effects on sleeping patterns, quality of thinking and overall enjoyment of life.
In the next article, we’ll be looking at how you can improve these factors and give yourself the edge when it comes to your health.
Wolcott, William (founder of Healthexcel Metabolic Typing®), from notes posted on the Metabolic Typing® Advisor’s forum.
The Healthexcel.com, online information library of Metabolic Typing®.
Hyperhealth Pro Database, In-Tele-Health, Hansville, WA, 2008.