Figure and metabolic type
The shape of our body is determined in the genetic code inherited from parents. There are many ways to describe human appearance. One definition providing order to a variable human species has been sought for a long time.
Mediterranean ancient culture gave origins to the Hippocrates theory, which describes four types of temperament: choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic, and sanguine.
However, among representatives of one species there are significant physiological and anatomical differences. They are determined with various environmental factors. This is a proof that each organism is a biochemical individual with individual dietary needs.
The answer can be found owing to metabolic types.
A human body is a biochemical factory with no stoppages. In each cell, catabolic processes are running (burning of sugars and fats), which give energy necessary to maintain all physiological functions of the body. The supply of energy and proteins results in the reconstruction of cells in our body during anabolic processes.
Metabolism is a balance between catabolism and anabolism and it involves transformation of the matter.
The oldest metabolic types
Those are types based on bioelements which are most frequent in the human body, i.e. calcium, phosphorus, and sulphur.
Stocky and plump people; in the embryonic development, domination of the internal germ layer (endoderm), out of which the digestive system is developed. People of this type have tendencies for obesity, gastric diseases, and joint diseases. Their metabolism is dominated with calcium transformations.
Thin and tall people with the prevalence of the bone system over the muscular system; in the embryonic development, the domination of the external germ layer (ectoderm), out of which the nervous system is developed. People of this type have well-developed sense organs; their characteristics include high intellectual development and tendencies for bone system diseases. Their metabolism is dominated with phosphorus transformations.
slim people; in the embryonic development, the domination of the middle germ layer (mesoderm), out of which the muscular system, bone system, connective tissue, blood, and genital organs are developed. People of this type have tendencies for spine diseases. Frequently, reddening can be observed around their body openings. They are susceptible to irritability and energetic; they have high metabolic rate.
Current metabolic types
These can depend on:
Rate of activity of individual endocrine glands (thyroid and adrenal glands)
Vegetative balance (prevalence of the sympathetic or parasympathetic system in the autonomic nervous system)
Energy production rate, rate of energy transport, and manner of energy consumption
Ad 1. Metabolic types according to endocrine glands activity:
Adrenaline type - equivalent of calcic constitution
Stocky people with athletic body, cheerful, patient, and understanding
In order to stay healthy, these people need physical effort, which results in better oxygenation of the body
They like to dominate in their environments
Diet rich in protein and three meals a day would be best
If they put on weight, it ends with abdominal obesity, which can have a great influence on their lipid profiles
Thyroid type - equivalent of phosphorous constitution
These people are quick, full of energy, and impatient. They like intensive work and often end up overly exhausted and discouraged but then regain their strength and start working hard again
Owing to quick burning of calories, they can eat a lot and stay slim
They function well when eating even once a day
Highly intensive life often leads to thyroid function disorders
If they become overweight, they have problems with becoming slim again
Hypophysis type - equivalent of sulphuric constitution
Slim people with slender figure, indifferent to the needs of their bodies
Intellectual types, following mainly logic in their lives
Professional activity alternates with aversion to work and depression
Such people feel well when on a vegetarian diet and eating a few, i.e. 5-6, small meals a day
They are susceptible to addictions to all types of substances
Ad 2. Metabolic types according to vegetative balance
Domination of the sympathetic system – causes relaxation of the digestive system muscles, what inhibits the secretion in endocrine glands and reduces the assimilation of nutrients; such people prefer light, often vegetarian, diets.
domination of the parasympathetic system – high tension of the digestive system muscles, intensive activity of endocrine glands; such people prefer mixed diet, often based on animal proteins.
Ad 3. Metabolic types according to the production rate, transport and consumption of energy
Calcium (Ca) takes part in intra- and extracellular communication (in the transport of nutrients through biological membranes). Its incorrect movement through cellular membranes may directly influence the rate of producing energy in the basic process which generates high-energy compounds.
Phosphorus (P) is essential in all cycles of energy production in cells.
The proportion of calcium to phosphorus (Ca/P) shows the accumulation of phosphorus or calcium in cells. It also determines what type of energetic processes dominates in the body.
Ca/P proportions in the Elemental Hair Analysis
Below 2.6 Above 2.6
Indicates high rate of energy production. Catabolic processes prevail.
high glycolytic activity
high glucose levels in blood
slow secretion of pancreatic enzymes
poor tolerance of carbohydrates with high glycaemic index
Indicates low rate of energy production. Anabolic processes prevail.
low glycolytic activity
slow secretion of hydrochloric acid
poor tolerance of proteins
As can be seen, metabolic types can be defined based on various parameters.
From the biochemical viewpoint, the most important elements of metabolic assessment include: body energetics, balance between catabolic and anabolic processes, neuro-endocrine balance, antioxidative potential, and acid-base balance of intracellular environment.
Determining metabolic types using diagnostic methods
No diagnostic methods exist which would clearly determine the metabolic type influencing the shape of your body. However, you can try to determine its individual elements using selected diagnostic techniques.
Based on Elemental Hair Analysis, we examine the rate of energy processes. This enables our patients to learn their bodies and associate facts which have not been seen as a whole so far.
Living in a constant hustle and bustle, you fail to notice risks your body informs you about in many ways. Unfortunately, people are too tolerant to themselves and always seek simple and quick solutions to ailments and problems with their body.
The same applies to obesity. It occurs gradually and you accept it. The pleasure of eating is a very important factor which influences your physical and mental condition. However, you often forget that this pleasure should be related to the taste rather than to the quantity of food.
However, if the natural constitution of your body predisposes you to being plump but not obese, you should not fight your own metabolism. It is better to accept and start to like yourself.