(Original article written by Lewis Balentine for our free report entitled “The Ten Factors Critical to a Truly Individualized Program”)
At our studio we educate our clients about how the fuel they put in their body is a major factor in achieving their goal, be it fat reductions, sports performance, or overall health. We also educate our clients about how important it is to realize that what they need to eat depends on who they are as it is becoming increasingly apparent that people respond differently to the same foods—that is, one person’s nourishment may be another person’s poison. It is our intention with this post to advocate the absolute necessity of customizing nutritional and dietary recommendations to each person’s unique needs in any approach to achieving ideal health.
Health is far more than the absence of disease; it is a state of optimum energy and vibrant well-being in a body that is functioning in biochemical balance and maximum metabolic efficiency. Most importantly, good health is a natural sate of life. True health can only be realized by meeting each person’s unique and highly individualized physical and nutritional needs.
“Without health, life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering—an image of death”
We live in a time of great prosperity and medical advancement. However, in the last seventy-five years rates of cancer, COPD, diabetes, and arthritis in industrialized nations have skyrocketed. The World Health Organization estimates that the rate of cancer worldwide will increase by 50 percent by the year 2020. As impressive as the arsenal of modern medicine is, as amazing as the efforts of crisis medical research continue to be, modern medicine is only successful in resolving less than 20 percent of the ailments that afflict mankind. Answers for disease of degeneration continue to elude many of the brightest among us.
Living with optimal health means your body is in a state of regeneration and renewal on a continuing basis. The developments of disease are the results of the life-sustaining processes of regeneration falling into life-debilitating processes of degeneration. They are a symptom of the body’s floundering metabolic activities and its inability to foster regeneration.
To begin to understand how to live a life of health, we must first be clear on the definitions of health and disease. Disease is the result of biochemical and metabolic inefficiency and imbalance. Health is therefore a state of biochemical and metabolic efficiency and balance on all levels: cellular, organ/glandular, and systemic. According to the methodology of metabolic typing, an important factor for determining the presence of health or disease involves the body’s capacity for creation, maintenance, and control of energy as well as its capacity for adaptation through it Fundamental Homeostatic Control Systems.
Much of what determines one’s health occurs inside your cells. It is estimated that we are made up of more than one hundred trillion cells. The logistical challenges of maintaining and accommodating the needs of the one hundred trillion cells that make up your body can seem daunting. However, the fact is that in order to be truly healthy your cellular metabolism must function normally. One of the keys to this challenge is a cell’s ability to efficiently produce energy. When optimal energy production is present, the cells have the capacity to fulfill their many functions like regeneration, detoxification, and their unique genetically programmed roles.
This means there is a domino effect: The cells are able to fulfill their functions, which means the organs they comprise are able to efficiently fulfill their functions. If the organs are able to fulfill their functions, then the systems they comprise are able to efficiently fulfill their functions. So the strength of any system (say, the immune system) is dependent upon the strength and efficiency of the organs that comprise it. The organs of the immune system depend on the strength and efficiency of the cells that make up each organ. The strength and efficiency of the cells are largely dependent on the quantity and quality of energy they can produce, which depends on their cellular nutritional status.
Every aspect of our lives, whether it is speaking, thinking, walking, smiling, digestion, or immune function, requires energy. When we are able to create, maintain, and control energy efficiently, good health is the natural result. It is normal and natural to be healthy. It is built into our genes. Our cells know what to do and how to go about doing it in order to be healthy. Our job is to make sure that they have the nutrients to function with optimal efficiency. Without the proper nutritional balance, our bodies are not able to manufacture the energy that is needed for the life-sustaining processes of metabolism. Understanding this, it is easy to see the vital role nutrition plays in not only weight loss but in total health.
So the question becomes, “What constitutes a proper nutritional balance?” Unfortunately with billions of dollars spent on “health research,” the belief that we should eat regularly and eat well balanced meals is the prevailing recommendation. We must ask the question “What is a well-balanced meal?” It is here that things become most confusing. Modern medicine has little to offer in answer to this question. Considering that medical research and education is centered on treating disease rather than building and supporting health, it should come as no surprise that we are left to find the answers ourselves. We ask our friends, read countless books, watch infomercials, and subscribe to health and fitness magazines, only to put the information into practice and usually be disappointed. It becomes amazingly clear that what works for one person many have little or no effect on another and may make yet another feel worse.
According to Dr. Roger Williams, the discoverer of the B vitamin pantothenic acid and one of the most influential nutritional researchers of the last hundred years, the reason for this is due to biochemical individuality. On a biochemical level, we are as unique from one another as we are with our fingerprints. Dr. Williams’ concept of biochemical individuality has become part of many clinical and experimental medical nutritional researches. Advances in understanding the interactions of the Autonomic Nervous System, endocrine system, and oxidative systems further underscore the need for individual nutritional guidelines.
The current system of Metabolic Typing draws on the works of past researchers and pieces together the separate parts into a cohesive whole. With more than thirty years of work, the evolutionary process of weeding out and synthesizing information on nutrition and biochemical individuality has evolved into a framework for understanding what each person needs to obtain and maintain true lasting health. It demonstrates that the researchers were all correct but only when they were viewed as a piece of a larger puzzle. The search for the one thing that will make a difference in a persona’s situation is the biggest mistake. Rather, we should be searching for the correct combination of elements, based upon sound scientific research, that will balance and support the body’s natural ability to create and maintain energy from the cellular level up in order to maximize health.
In the next post I will share a small sample of the questions you can ask on your own to help you start to determine how your own body works.