Thanks to Dr. David L. Watts (Founder and Director of Research, Trace Elements Inc.) our Trace Elements Inc. hair analyses not only reveal your current metabolism but equally important, they also reveal your metabolic synchronization.
To explain, your nervous systems must be synchronized with their corresponding endocrine glands. For example, your parasympathetic nervous system (slow) may be dominant but you may have sympathetic endocrine glands (fast) that are dominant at the same time. This reveals that your metabolism is not synchronized and that you do not have a “true” fast or slow metabolism.
This is important information to determine whether you are truly a slow metabolism, fast metabolism, or a metabolism that is out of sync. Remember, each system produces different hormones that have opposing effects throughout the mind and body. As such, each metabolism must be addressed differently.
Dr. Watts established eight metabolic sub-types for the Trace Elements Inc. hair analyses that help determine your metabolism and more importantly, your metabolic synchronization. Keep in mind; individual mineral levels, significant mineral ratios, and toxic elements help derive these sub-types.
The following sub-types are very helpful in determining neurological and endocrine imbalances – metabolic synchronization.
Sub-types for a slow metabolism (para-sympathetic neuroendocrine system dominance) include:
- Slow 1 – indicates a slow metabolism with low thyroid and adrenal production (synchronized)
- Slow 2 – indicates a slow metabolism with adrenal dominance (out of sync)
- Slow 3 – indicates a slow metabolism with thyroid dominance (out of sync)
- Slow 4 – indicates a slow metabolism with thyroid and adrenal dominance (out of sync)
Sub-types for a fast metabolism (sympathetic neuroendocrine system dominance) include:
- Fast 1 – indicates a fast metabolism with thyroid and adrenal dominance (synchronized)
- Fast 2 – indicates a fast metabolism with adrenal dominance and low thyroid (out of sync)
- Fast 3 – indicates a fast metabolism with thyroid dominance and low adrenal (out of sync)
- Fast 4 – indicates a fast metabolism with low thyroid and adrenal activity (out of sync)
For more information: Utilization of HTMA for Metabolic Typing. Trace Elements Inc., TEI Newsletter, Volume 3 Sept/October 1989, Number 4
Which metabolic sub-type is best?
A typical question during a consultation is which metabolic type or sub-type is best. The Slow 1 or Fast 1 sub-type is actually best. Best is a bit misleading but in this context, it simply means your dominant neuroendocrine system (nervous system and corresponding endocrine glands) is metabolically synchronized. In essence, this provides a much truer picture of your current metabolism. However, as revealed by the complete nutritional/toxic element pattern, a Slow 1 may be too slow and a Fast 1 may be too fast.
In every instance, it is a matter of increasing or decreasing specific nutrients to achieve a synchronized and more dynamically balanced metabolism. This is accomplished primarily through specific foods and secondarily through a specific dietary supplement program that augments the foods.
Understanding your true metabolism is important and confirms the need too accurately test your metabolism. As you can see, each sub-type would require a slightly different nutritional approach to either shift your metabolism or synchronize your metabolism.
Note: Over 80% of our analyses results reveal most people are a slow metabolic type and includes the 1-4 sub-types.
Jeana Anderson, C.N.H.P., MMT, CLT, CEIM, CBS
Natural Helping Hands, LLC