Understanding Your Metabolism
Your metabolism goes far beyond the calories you burn. Metabolism is essentially your very own personal chemistry. Your metabolism is the comprehensive functions of your liver, thyroid, gastrointestinal tract, adrenal glands, pancreas, the water you drink, food you eat, oxygen you breathe, genetics you’ve been given and the environment you live in!
Fast Metabolism: Type 1 Characteristics
Manifestations of the emotional and physical characteristics of both fast and slow metabolizers depend on a number of factors including degree or severity of mineral (aka trace element) imbalances – including vitamins and amino acids, endocrine (hormone) activity and the length of time imbalances have been present.
- Sympathetic Dominant nervous system – the energy-conserving autonomic nervous system with high energy utilizing, highly reactive autonomic nervous system.
- Thyroid gland activity = increased
- Parathyroid gland activity = increased
- Adrenal gland activity = increased
- Stomach acid = high
- Pancreatic activity = enzyme increased, insulin decreased
- Body shape consideration = lean muscular to apple body type
- Energy profile = very high with with mood swings to very low at times
- Mineral and elemental toxicity retention = variable, but trends toward high with stress index increased.
- Stress index = usually fairly constant with some period high or low periods.
The above listed information is not intended to be a diagnosis. The characteristics described above are general characteristics and may or may not be present. You may notice the presence of these characteristics in varying degrees. Medical prescriptions, endocrine therapies such as insulin, previous gland removal, continual steroid or anti-inflammatory drug use, may all effect the above characteristics.
General Dietary Suggestions for Fast Metabolism Type 1
A balanced 33% of daily macro consumption of protein, carbohydrate, and fat diet in addition to decreased consumption of refined sugars and increase in dairy product will balance your metabolism and energy production. To optimize your metabolism, consider implementing:
- Eat a high purine protein food at each meal. Purine protein is recommended and which should constitute at least 33% of the total caloric value of each meal. Recommended sources are liver, kidney, heart, lobster, oysters, sadines, tuna, clams, and crab.
- Eat a moderate amount of unrefined carbohydrates. Carbs aren’t evil or bad when consumed in healthy unrefined forms. This vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Try to maintain less than 33% of daily calories from healthy, unrefined carbohydrates.
- Avoid all sugars and refined carbohydrates. Sugars cause insulin spikes throughout the day and inefficient pancreatic activity. Minimize white and brown sugar, honey, candy, soda, cake, pastries, alcohol and white bread.
- Maintain healthy fat consumption. Examples include nuts, nut butters and creams.
- Increase consumption of milk and milk products. This includes milk, cheese, creams and yogurts.