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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

Is There "One" Healthy Diet?

Contributing Author: Riendeau, Claire N.M.D.

Claire RiendeauDr. Claire Riendeau is a naturopathic doctor specializing in nutrition and functional medicine, with many complex cases involving long-term chronic infections and environmental toxicity. Claire has earned two doctorate degrees, Doctor of Naturopathy and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, is certified in Metabolic Nutrition and holds a Diploma of Homeopathic Medicine. She is a member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association and the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health. She is a widely sought out lecturer and provider for environmental illnesses such as Lyme disease.

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Healthy eating can be very confusing. You hear one thing about healthy diet from a huge university study on Monday while another, equally prestigious university study, contradicts it days later. Drink red wine. Don’t drink red wine. Vitamin C is good for you. Vitamin C is not that good for you. A best-selling book suggests a diet with lots of fats while another says no fats. The list goes on and on.

One thing is for sure, however. Each person is unique and responds differently to diet and supplementation guidelines. This is why your sister follows a nutritional plan that helps restore her health and vitality, but offers you no beneficial effects. This is why some people respond favorably to a particular supplement while you get an upset stomach.

Metabolic Typing resolves some of these contradictions. Metabolic Typing is a revolutionary system for optimizing whole body health. Diet and nutritional supplements aid the individual at a fundamental metabolic level, the fundamental method that your body produces and processes energy.

For many years, a generic approach to health and nutrition was the basis of nutritional science. That is why there are so many diet “gurus” espousing a single, “one size fits all” diet solution believed to be applicable to everyone. There is no such thing as “one” healthy diet. The Roman philosopher, Lucretius, spoke about this when he stated, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

Metabolic typing is not a new concept. A more recent discovery is a scientific understanding of how the body can become unbalanced. This knowledge is at the heart of a testing system designed to determine your nutritional fingerprint.

Some people, “fast oxidizers,” process foods quickly. Conversely, people slow to process foods are “slow oxidizers.” These people are then divided into several categories: acid, alkaline, or balanced blood types and fast, slow, or balanced oxidizers. A diet is then created based on this information.

“Fast oxidizers” require foods that take longer to metabolize. These individuals thrive on a diet of predominantly meats and fats. They also need supplements that balance the pH. These include vitamin E, B-3, B-12, B-5, fish oils, zinc, iodine, and calcium. High doses of vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid should be avoided because “fast oxidizers” usually have high acidity levels in their blood.

“Slow oxidizers” need foods more quickly metabolized by the body. These foods include more fruit and vegetables and less protein. “Slow metabolizers” are an “alkaline blood type.” These people can take vitamin C with all its benefits.

How our bodies process food and utilize nutrients differently is not accounted for in standardized dietary approaches. We have highly individualized nutritional requirements. Also, it is important to understand that although you were born with a genetically determined set of dietary requirements, your body’s chemistry can change as a result of aging, stress, hormonal effects, medication and illness.