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Metabolic Bio Typing - Necessary for Everyone
By: Pauline Robinson

The benefits of finding out your Metabolic Bio Type include:

- More robust health and energy

- Weight control

- Freedom from hunger and cravings between meals

- Long term benefits which may include the prevention and/or reversing of disease

- Moving your weight towards your ideal weight - (lose weight if you are overweight and put on weight if you are underweight)

- Experiencing an increase in strength and stamina

- Knowing what Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs work best for your Metabolic Bio Type

Metabolic Bio Typing is based on the fact that we are all unique, and that each of our body's require a unique and individualised 'fuel mixture'. You can find out your Metabolic Bio Type by taking an assessment consisting of simple and easy to answer questions. Read on to find out how to take a Metabolic Bio Typing Assessment and find out your Metabolic Bio Type.

Note: You can take your Metabolic Bio Typing Assessment over the internet ( and your consultation (to explain the results) can be carried out by e-mail - so your geographical location is not an issue.

With the advent of the book on blood types, Eat Right 4 Your Type by Peter D'Adamo, N.D., the question is often asked if blood typing is the same as Metabolic Bio Typing. In short, no. Actually, one's blood type is just 1 of many different components used in the process of metabolic bio typing to determine individual nutritional requirements.

Here are the components that have been discovered to be necessary to consider in evaluating your metabolic bio type:

Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) – the “master regulator” of metabolismOxidative System – rate at which nutrients are converted to energy within the cells
Catabolic/Anabolic – aerobic / anaerobic metabolism, tissue pH, selective membrane permeability
Acid / Alkaline Balance – 6 different kinds of pH imbalancesEndocrine Type – determines body type, shape, weight gain, etc.
Constitutional Type – from AyurVeda and Chinese medicine, concerned constitutional qualities of foods relative to constitutional qualities of individual.
Blood Type – food lectins specific to ABO blood typesThe blood type has more to do with what few foods should be left out of your diet due to their lectin content specific to your blood type.

But blood type has little to do with what foods and nutrients should be eaten. For that, we need to consider the body's primary mechanisms that specifically regulate how energy is created, maintained and controlled, such as the ANS, Oxidative System and Catabolic/Anabolic processes. And whereas the blood type is static, non-changing, the different balances, strengths and weaknesses in the other fundamental control mechanisms can and do change.

What is most important to know is that every food and every nutrient has very specific stimulatory or inhibitory effects on these fundamental homeostatic control systems that regulate every process in your body at every level of activity.

This is why getting the right nutrition is so critical. Moreover, through metabolic bio typing we have learned that any food or nutrient can have different effects on different metabolic types. As it turns out, the old adage that “one man's food is another's poison” is literally true.

Fact is, you can eat the best organic foods, take the best supplements money can buy, get plenty of rest, exercise regularly and still not feel well.

Why? Because you did not eat those foods for which your body has a specific, genetically-based requirement. Only through Metabolic Bio Typing can you be assured that your food will be the medicine God intended it to be.

About the Author

Pauline Robinson is a Nutritional and Metabolic Bio Typing Consultant for HealthSmart Nutrition

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The Power of Stretching    - Dave Snape


Your muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.

A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.

The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist that
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching. But,
it can't hurt, right?

So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen the
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.

Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often work
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for superior
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic

Why are stretching and flexibility considered important
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy to
know there are plenty of other benefits.

Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This mishap
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from it's
normal position.

Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
for days.

Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically

Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over

Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:

Dave Snape

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