Dr. George Watson, a researcher at UCLA discovered two major metabolic types through odor and blood tests:
Fast & Slow Oxidizers. He found many differences in the two oxidizers including CO2 levels, PH balance and more. Through proper nutrition and supplementation, Dr. Watson was able to improve people’s mental and physical condition.
So how can you tell if you’re a slow or fast oxidizer? What should you eat?
- Metabolism: Slow and experiences low energy levels
- Bowel movements are slow and infrequent. Constipation.
- Hair, Skin & Nails: tend to be more dry due to less production of sebaceous and oil glands. Dry skin can make muscle definition look more visible.
- Blood Circulation: slow flow leading to cold hands and feet.
- Food cravings: because of low blood sugar, low activity and the inability for the body to properly retain sodium and potassium, the body craves sweets and sometimes salt.
- Blood pressure: prone to low blood volume and pressure.
- Sweating: very little or none at all
- Mood: slow metabolism can cause lethargy, sluggishness, depression and confusion.
- Protein preference: lean, low fat protein that help normalize metabolic rate
- Body shape: Pear shape due to sluggish gland and more fat deposits in hips and thighs
- Protein: low fat, high quality lean proteins and legumes preferably with every meal to help stabilize blood sugar. Avoid processed meats like sausage, bacon and pork products.
- Eat your veggies.
- For your oils and fats, try palm-oil, olive-oil, butter, cream, cheese, yogurt, and almond butters. Avoid processed oils/fats like peanut, sunflower, corn or sesame.
- Carbs. Avoid simple sugars and fruit to one a day. Avoid wheat and spelt. Try brown rice, corn and quinoa instead.Drink 8 glasses of water and enjoy your coffee and tea.
- SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTS: B-complex and vitamins C and E, Zinc, magnesium and calcium
- Metabolism: Fast and experiences high energy levels
- Bowel movements are more frequent.
- Hair, Skin & Nails: tend to be more oily due to increased production of sebaceous and oil glands. Dewy skin can make muscle definition look less visible.
- Blood Circulation: faster better flow leading to warm hands and feet
- Food cravings: fats, butter, sugar, red meat, and other food that cause slowing of metabolic rate.
- Blood pressure: prone to higher blood flow and pressure.
- Sweating: increased activity leads to generating more sweat.
- Mood: tend to be more anxious, nervous, irritable and jittery
- Protein preference: high fat protein like red meats.
- Body Shape: Apple shape. Legs and arms are thin, but due to high levels of cortisol, fat may deposit in the belly area.
- Protein: higher fat cuts of meet are better. Try beef, lamb sardines and eggs. Legumes like black and pinto beans are accepted. Avoid processed meats.
- Eat your veggies.
- For your oils and fats: eat 1 tbsp of high quality fat with every meal. Great examples are flax, hemp and olive oil.
- Carbs. Avoid simple sugars and honey. You may have an apple and berries once a day. Avoid wheat and spelt also. Try brown rice, corn and quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat instead.
- Drink 8 glasses of water and enjoy your coffee and tea.
- SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTS: copper, zinc, choline, inositol, calcium and magnesium. They also do well on more of vitamins A and D.
- I am pear shaped and hold most of my weight in my hips, butt and thighs. I have extremely low blood pressure and tend to get sleepy and lethargic quite often. I also crave salty foods or fruit when I feel my blood sugar dropping. I do find that my body responds better to leaner forms of protein like eggs, turkey and chicken. I have also cut down my fruit intake and noticed a difference in my body.
- Some may fall in between a slow and fast oxidizer, so a diet mixing a little bit of both is advised. I’m sure your body will tell you how it feels after eating certain foods.
- Even though there are many factors that contribute to weight loss and weight gain, I think Dr. Watson has done a great job in presenting his study and how to tackle the metabolic types. His suggestions of foods and supplements have been found to balance the body to improve a person’s overall physical and mental health.
- I’m a new fan! Go Dr. Watson!