Saturday, 11 July 2015

The Perfect Diet Part IV - Body Types

So, this is it. After 3 "episodes" about energy and hormones know it's time to end up with the perfect diet. I hope that by know everything is clear to you about energy, calories, and hormones, cause it is very important to understand how these work in able to understand the perfect diet which I will discuss in this article. But first, I must tell you about the body types. There are three main body types. Each one is determined by an organ that doesn't work properly. You might also hear about other types, such as Ectomorph (Adrenal), Endomorph (Thyroid), and Mesomorph (Pituitary), but their actually dictated by the same gland problems...


Body Types

Adrenal Glands

One of their main functions is countering stress with the production of several hormones. The adrenals don’t know the difference between physical and mental stress; they treat both with the same stress hormones. Every type of stress influences these glands—injury, infection, divorce, financial stresses, job-related stress, irritable people, drugs and medication, surgery, pain, illness, poison ivy,excessive cold or heat, giving birth, menstrual cycle, staring into a computer monitors, eating junk foods, starvation diets, and babysitting fifteen small children under the age of five for over thirteen hours.
The adrenals have many other functions, from anti-inflammatory actions and immune system protection to balancing fluid and salt levels, and controlling minerals (such as potassium), rapid heart rate and sleep and awake cycles.

Adrenal Type (Ectomorph) Characteristics

  • Pendulous abdomen (sagging and hanging)
  • Midsection weight
  • Buffalo hump (fat pad) at the upper back, lower neck area
  • Thinner legs and arms
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
  • Need for afternoon naps
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety (worry); frequent feelings of stress
  • Can’t tolerate stress
  • Thinning skin
  • Acne or poor skin
  • May have white or discolored patches on skin
  • Reddish purple stretch marks on the stomach, thighs, buttocks, arms, and breasts
  • Red cheeks
  • Round or moon face
  • Puffy face and eyes
  • Dark circles around eyes
  • Double chin
  • Facial hair
  • Full eyebrows
  • Receding hairline
  • Deeper voice
  • Sparse hair on forearms and lower legs
  • Atrophy of breasts
  • Tightness in chest, or chest pains
  • High blood pressure
  • Lax ligaments—weak ankles and knees
  • Weak or brittle bones (due to a loss of calcium and protein)
  • Difficulty absorbing calcium
  • Needs coffee to wake up
  • Salt, cheese, chocolate and sugar cravings, late afternoon and evening
  • Inflammation or pain in joints, back, neck
  • Heel spurs
  • Allergies, chemical sensitivities
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • Increased susceptibility to viruses
  • Dehydrated despite amount of water drunk
  • Fluid retention in between cells
  • Pitting edema (especially in ankles)
  • Gets out of breath when climbing stairs
  • Legs feel heavy, especially when exercising
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Brain fog or dullness
  • Ringing in ears
  • Low sex drive

Thyroid

The thyroid gland regulates the rate at which the body burns food and controls the production of certain body tissues such as nails and hair. The thyroid gland also regulates body temperature, the breakdown of carbohydrates, mental clarity and well-being, energy levels, and even vitamin absorption. Cholesterol levels, hair texture, nail strength, suppleness or dryness of the skin and sex drive are all directly influenced by the thyroid. The thyroid gland releases a combination of several different hormones. Their names aren’t as important as their purpose—to speed up the metabolism of the body.
Metabolism refers to the rate or speed at which, or the degree to which, the body breaks down food and changes it into living tissue and energy. Metabolism also has a sub definition of releasing energy (burning fat) from fat cells. And your metabolism is controlled by hormones.

Thyroid Type (Endomorph) Characteristics

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Sleepiness
  • Need for afternoon naps
  • Generalized weight gain
  • Sagging skin underarms, chin or midsection
  • Low/poor appetite
  • Craving bread, pasta, chocolate, sweets
  • High cholesterol
  • Brittle nails and vertical ridges (could be thick)
  • Hair stiff and dry
  • Hair loss or thinning hair
  • Dry skin
  • Puffiness around eyes
  • Sagging eyelids
  • Outer eyebrows thinning or absent
  • Slight rosiness or reddening of the face
  • Poor short-term memory and focus
  • Depression
  • Apathetic (loss of hope)
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Low body temperature
  • Cold intolerance (need to put on a sweater or more covers while sleeping)
  • Cold feet and/or hands
  • Loss of libido
  • Loss of menstrual cycle
  • Indentations on sides of tongue
  • Thickening of tongue
  • Voice deeper and rougher in sound

Liver

The liver is the body’s filtration system. It is a major organ for detoxification; it works to break down the chemicals taken in from toxins on foods to which you are exposed daily. The liver filters out microbes, drugs and dead cells from the body as an immune function. Every hormone, chemical, bacteria, virus, fungus, and parasite is filtered through the liver. It is similar to an oil filter in your car. In addition, it acts as a digestive organ, breaking down fats, proteins, and even carbohydrates. The liver can also make sugar out of protein. It uses sulfur to break down toxic chemicals into harmless ones. Eggs, green vegetables (e.g., broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale), raw garlic and onions are rich sources of sulfur.
The liver has over five hundred known functions and every fat-burning the hormone works through the liver. When the liver gets damaged over the years, toxins that are normally filtered out can recirculate through the body, re-exposing delicate glands to harmful compounds, triggering a toxic overload. Synthetic estrogen from growth hormones, medications, aspirin, birth control pills and HRT (hormone replacement therapy) also causes huge side effects of damage to the liver.

Liver Type (Pituitary/Mezomorph) Characteristics

  • Potbelly (very little external fat, mostly fluid)
  • Poor joints
  • Yellowness in whites of eyes (severe cases)
  • Bloodshot eyes in the morning
  • Eyelids itchy and swollen
  • Skin problems
  • Brown spots on backs of hands and throughout body
  • Little red dots on skin
  • Bloating after eating
  • Burping or belching after eating
  • Acid reflux
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Decreased tolerance for fatty foods and refined grains
  • Cravings for fried foods and sour foods
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Stiffness in lower back and upper back between the shoulder blades
  • Pain or tightness in right shoulder area
  • Liver roll of fat (just below the rib cage), seen mostly in women
  • Dull pressure and sensation of fullness just under right rib cage
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Hives and itchiness
  • Bad breath
  • Tongue coated with white film
  • Deep split down center of tongue
  • Early morning insomnia (wake up one to two hours before alarm)
  • Irritability and moodiness, especially in the morning
  • Foggy brain in the morning
  • Finger joints stiff, sore and swollen in the morning
  • Fingers clubbed, with whitened nail beds
  • Urine darker in morning, getting clearer during day
  • Light-colored bowel movements
  • Swelling in ankles
  • Overheating of body, especially hot feet at night (not hot flashes)

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