Balancing the Metabolism

Food metabolism
Metabolism is a collective term for all the chemical processes that occur in the body. Food metabolism concerns the processes of digestion, absorption and utilization, or the biochemical changes that take place from the moment we eat a food until we use it and get rid of its metabolites. But millions of years of eating certain foods and consistent dietary habits for long periods of time, have shaped our genetic code and metabolic functions. The recent changes in our foods and food habits, have obliged many of us to eat against the instructions of our genes. The result are metabolic disorders like hypoglycemia, nutritionally unjustifiable weight gain, and a rapid rise in a host of food related diseases, the most notable of which may be diabetes mellitus (Type II).

Prevention and cure
Yet there is little doubt that most of these diseases including diabetes are preventable. What is more, they can also be cured by the right diet. Thus Australian Aborigines who through exposure to western dietary habits have become diabetic, are promptly cured of this disease by returning for seven weeks to their traditional bush foods. Significantly, work with other persons suffering from a disturbed metabolism, shows they can balance their metabolic functions within an average period of 2-3 months.

The glycemic index of foods
The process of balancing your metabolism involves eating foods with low glycemic index. This is a number from 1 to 100+ determined experimentally. It tells us how quickly a food releases its sugars and raises the glucose in our blood, and at the same time the corresponding insulin, by comparison to pure glucose (100). Different groups of foods have different glycemic indices and most of our new foods have high indices. Eating foods with a low glycemic index helps keep the blood sugar and insulin steady and low, which is the first step towards stabilizing your metabolism.

Food combination
The problem is that eating foods of low glycemic index is not enough. We know that meals which may contain the same amounts of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, may release double the sugar in the blood and nearly double the insulin of other meals with the same number of calories. This effect is linked to primeval metabolic processes, when occasional mixed meals were understood by the body as times of plenty. The high insulin helped store the excess energy as fat for the lean times that were to follow. In excess, insulin is a hormone for future times of need, not continuous and increasing abundance. The appropriate food combinations will help your nutrient absorption, and further enhance the effect of eating foods with low glycemic indices.

Stabilizing the metabolism
These two procedures are combined in a comprehensive nutrition plan that allows you to stabilize your metabolism. Once there, you will find that your weight does not change with every meal you eat. Occasional big or mixed meals do not affect your girth. Your energy levels remain high and steady. Your immune system works more efficiently. But perhaps most important of all, you need no longer live in fear of food related disorders like diabetes, even if you come from a family where these appear to be endemic. You can fight any inherited tendencies to develop chronic degenerative diseases, by using your nutrition program and modest exercise as preventive measures.

Our program

Briefly, our nutrition program provides the following services:

  1. Comprehensive measures. Identify the probable source(s) of your health problem, such as erratic blood sugar behavior or other, and set out treatment goals.
  2. Diet. What to eat, how to eat it, and what to cut down or eliminate at least for a while in order to help balance your metabolism easier and faster.
  3. Nutritional supplements. What vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, soluble and insoluble fiber you need, and the dosages and times to take them so as to avoid nutrient interactions.
  4. Botanical support. What standardized herbal preparations can be of assistance for your condition, the required dosages, their contraindications, etc.
  5. Lifestyle changes. Small but significant changes in lifestyle that may help you achieve your health goals easier and faster.