Many people think that hair analysis is only useful to measure minerals and toxic metals. But the main reason I use the hair analysis test in my practice is to determine a person’s metabolic type.
What is Metabolic Typing?
Metabolic typing is a modern way to classify people based on biochemical differences. Your metabolic type tells you how your body is functioning as a system. This is the key to understanding the cause and correction of many health problems.
There are two main metabolic types: Slow Oxidizers and Fast Oxidizers.
The term oxidation is similar to metabolism and refers to the rate that your body is burning carbohydrates, proteins, and fats into energy. It has a lot to do with adrenal and thyroid gland activity.
Each metabolic type has unique characteristics and symptoms, and each requires its own set of nutrients to restore balance.
Symptoms of the Oxidation Types
Knowing your metabolic type can help you understand why you feel the way you do. Many physical and mental symptoms are due to an imbalanced oxidation rate.
Four Low Electrolytes—A Separate Metabolic Type
On a hair mineral analysis, a pattern called Four Low Electrolytes or “Four Lows” is considered an additional metabolic type—separate from fast or slow oxidation.
In this pattern, the four main electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium) are all below their ideal level. This is a special type of metabolic dysregulation and a deviation from the body’s normal response to go into slow or fast oxidation.
The four lows metabolic type is associated with exhaustion and a “give-up attitude.” Those with this pattern often feel “stuck” and can be cynical and negative.
How to Determine Your Metabolic Type
Symptoms alone can be a good guide for assessing your metabolic type. However, they are often misleading.
Some practitioners use questionnaires or other methods to determine a person’s metabolic type. But, like symptoms, these methods are less accurate. Also, some practitioners have a different idea of what the term “metabolic type” means.
The best way to determine your metabolic type is to do a hair analysis. A properly performed and interpreted hair mineral analysis can measure your metabolic type and rate with mathematical precision. This is done by assessing the balance between calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. The balance of these minerals in hair tissue is controlled largely by the adrenal and thyroid glands, which also control the body’s metabolism.
Balancing Your Oxidation Rate Can Improve Many Symptoms At Once
Once you know your metabolic or oxidation rate, you can take steps to bring it into better balance. Thanks to the work of George Watson, PhD, and Dr. Paul Eck, many foods and nutrients have been found to influence the body’s oxidation rate.
For example, slow oxidizers need more of certain B-Complex vitamins and also vitamins C and E. They also need zinc, calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients. Other vitamins and minerals may be detrimental for the slow oxidizer, including copper, which is present in most multi-vitamin products.
By speeding up or slowing down your oxidation rate, you can improve many symptoms and health problems at the same time. Dr. Lawrence Wilson explains this phenomenon below:
“In the body, an optimum oxidation rate may provide an optimum physical and chemical environment in which millions of enzymes function best. If we can provide this, the body simply functions better with less stress. As a result, many symptoms improve easily without the need for remedies of any kind.”Dr. Lawrence Wilson
If you are interested in doing a hair analysis to learn your metabolic type and gain additional insight into your body chemistry, please visit the New Clients Page.