The body provides us with clues it's not happy, signs that something isn't right. These symptoms would not be present if we functioned optimally, if we are living as the best possible version of ourselves we would have no symptoms, signs or clues anything was wrong.
The body sets off an alarm or symptom that there are deeper imbalances and we use a combination of questions and lab tests to figure what the body is trying to tell us and take that information to plot the most efficient road ahead to resolve your symptoms and accompanying health challenges. We don't want to suppress symptoms with drugs unless there are medical conditions or over compensate with excessive exercise and a deficient, low calorie, nutrient poor diet. A deep level of body awareness is a skill, we don't all have or the time to practice and perfect. Even experienced practitioners need help and that's why we test and don't guess. We use the body's clues and specific lab tests to help peace together what we know about biology and how that relates to your current function in the key areas and systems of the body.
Each person has a unique style of functioning. Every one of us is different and these differences require different nutrients to help us work properly. There is no one size fits all diet and nutrition plan. No one right diet and no one right supplement that will work for all people in all situations. This is why we use Metabolic Typing to identify your personal nutrition requirements based on your nutritional imbalances and symptoms and what foods best rectify these imbalances. Some people need more protein but as fattier cuts of meat such as steak and others need leaner proteins such as chicken breast. In addition some of us need these protein and fats balanced with carbohydrates such as spinach and mushrooms or more of a balance towards lettuce and tomatoes. Once you know your Metabolic Type you will have identified your personal nutrient requirements to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
The autonomic nervous system or ANS is the automatic nervous system that covers all the functions of your body that work automatically, such as breathing, digestion and even your heart beat. There are two branches the parasympathetic and sympathetic. The parasympathetic branch covers functions for rest and digestion whereas the sympathetic branch covers the fight or flight functions. They are active to a greater or lesser degree at different times of the day and we function with a mix of the two systems. The nervous system is the bodies major communication system and certain foods stimulate different branches of the ANS. Coffee, which comes from a plant is a great example and most people know it can affect the sympathetic nervous system with increased heart rate and sometimes also increased anxiety or irritability. So the ANS is responsible for the regulation and maintenance of energy in the body.
The Oxidative System is involved in the rate at which nutrients are converted to energy. This energy comes directly from the breakdown of carbohydrates and from fats. Some people are poor at metabolising fats and are overly reliant on the combustion of carbohydrates for energy production. Whilst others are overly reliant on fat metabolism, as they are poor at carbohydrate combustion. Therefore one type of person requires more carbohydrates and the other to produce energy more efficiently need fats.
The adrenal glands are little pea sized glands that sit on top of the kidneys and in response to stressful situations are sent a message from the brain to release round the body stress hormones. The best known one of these hormones is cortisol. It has many roles in the body that result from it being present at higher levels in the morning to aid the bodies functions in dealing with life's daily stresses. It is lower in the evening to allow for sleep and recovery, allowing the digestive, immune and detoxification systems to become more active. When stress becomes unrelenting, or extreme the body can fail to adapt to the type and nature of this stress and the hormonal response becomes imbalanced, too high or too low.
The digestive system ultimately processes everything that comes in your body from food and fluids, the air you breathe and through the skin. The three key sections stomach, small intestine and large intestine all perform different roles. They have different pH's and use different digestive juices; acids, enzymes and bacteria to do the job. In the process food is broken down to be passed from the digestive system to the blood and round the body. The digestive system also houses the majority of the bodies immune system. There are many challenges the digestive and immune systems have to face from the wrong foods, to not enough or too little food, lack of water, poor bacterial balance, and digestive infections. If things go wrong food can go rancid, putrid and ferment causing stress that impacts the body as a whole.
Environmental toxins in the from air pollution, skin care and personal care products, chemicals at work and in the home, chemicals in our water and food all have to be dealt with by our detoxification organs. These organs; skin, lungs, liver, kidneys and colon are active 24-7 using the nutrition in our diets to break down and then package these toxins up to make them less safe and either remove them from our bodies or store them for the time being to remove them later, safely, when the body has the correct resources at its disposal. This process of detoxification needs the help of the right food, adequate water, exercise, sleep and a healthy mind as well as avoiding or at least restrict the intoxication, or those toxins coming in to the body. If these toxins come in to the body faster than they can be cleared they can impact normal function of the body.
Understanding how the body works and understanding how to go about identifying why it isn't working as it should requires asking the right questions, using specific lab tests then designing personalised programs for exercise, nutrition and lifestyle modification.
Stephen Duncan MSc CMTA2 FDN
Owner, Executive Health Coach
• A BSc Hons degree in Developmental Biology, during which time he studied physiology, anatomy and human development, so he has a thorough understanding of how you function.
• An MSc in Coaching Studies – he honed his skills understanding how to develop long-term training programs and implementing support services such as massage and physiotherapy to maximise each sessions’ value.
• Several specialised courses run by Paul Chek Seminars covering subjects such as scientific core conditioning and lower-back training to help further personalise the advice he offers.
• A certified Advanced Metabolic Typing™ Advisor – the only level 2 advisor in Scotland. Stephen will work with you to individualise your diet, encouraging you to eat the foods your body currently needs.
• A certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Advisor – the only trainer in Scotland qualified to use a specific series of scientific assessments (simple non-invasive testing of the saliva and hair, for example) to understand your health complaints and identify your hidden internal stressors.