18 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Understanding how you metabolize foods

The Mercola and some questionnaire tests in determining your metabolism are accurate about 60% of the time, but keep in mind that you can be a protein/fat type (a fast metabolizer requiring higher fats/moderate protein) but have a sympathetic-dominant autonomic nervous system where that style of eating would not be healthy for you in the long run.

If your autonomic nervous system rules (if it’s strong enough), it can change how you metabolize foods, so a protein/fat type as determined by the Mercola test could very well require eating more carbs, including breads, lighter proteins (eg, white meat chicken vs. dark, poultry vs. lamb, etc.) and fewer fats. To find out your metabolism requires urine, saliva and respiratory testing over a 3-1/2 hour period.

Or you can try both and see what works. I don’t need any tests to tell me that a piece of white bread is like poison to me. I can guarantee that in about 12 hours, I will be exhibiting bi-polar symptoms, the worst of which is dwelling on suicide. I am drug free now, and it is through staying in ketosis. The ketogenic diet actually works better for me than the drug (lamotrigine) ever did. Even on the drug, I experienced anxiety frequently.

With the diet, the anxiety is gone so long as I stay at 15. My psychiatrist and I have written a paper that has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. The paper deals with my case and one other. My experience has been very positive. The latest Wise Traditions magazine (Weston A. Price Foundation) has an article about using low carb high fat diet for control of bi-polar disorder as well as autism and other mental disturbances.

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