So you think you know you have a slow metabolism? Or maybe a fast metabolism – and do you think you can’t change your metabolism?


One of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming you can tell if a person has a fast or slow metabolism by looking at their weight and body frame.  If someone is thin we often think they have a fast metabolism and if they are overweight we assume it is due to a slow metabolic rate.

Both of these assumptions are false. I see clients with both fast and slow metabolisms that are overweight as well others who are thin and/or underweight. The only accurate way to determine anyone’s metabolic rate is through a properly performed hair analysis. 

So let’s look at the general criteria for correctly ascertaining the metabolic rate of an individual:

First: A hair analysis has to be properly taken from the nape of the neck and with clean stainless steel scissors.

Secondly: The hair must be analyzed by a lab that does not wash the hair prior to testing as washing the hair in chemicals, (as most labs do), removes many minerals from the hair sample and renders inaccurate results.

Thirdly: A practitioner who understands how to read the analysis must interpret the test correctly. They must know which ratios determine the metabolic rate. Also, few practitioners understand that a hair mineral tissue sample is not done in order to recommend “replacement therapy”. In other words, most practitioners and labs suggest that you simply take more of the minerals you are deficient in and stop taking minerals you have in excessive amounts. While this is another article that I will cover later, please understand that minerals are synergistic so this approach does not work and should be avoided at all costs.

When I receive an analysis from Analytical Research Labs I can tell an individual’s oxidation level, or metabolism, by looking at the CA/K and NA/MG ratios. I determine if the person is a fast, slow, or mixed oxidizer. If they are a mixed oxidizer, I then determine if they are slow or fast mixed. This is a key component of a hair mineral analysis because it allows me to recommend the proper diet and supplements for an individual. So if you want to lose weight and find lots of energy you have to learn how to eat for your body. This is why one-size diet plans never work for all people!

In future articles I will discuss how the supplementation program works, but today I want to briefly touch on the diet. It is important to learn to eat for your oxidation or metabolic type as certain foods will slow down oxidation rates and others will increase the oxidation rate. The purpose of the correct diet is to balance the oxidation rate so it is neither too fast nor too slow.

Everyone starting on a program will enter with an imbalanced oxidation rate. One of the best ways to correct this imbalance is through the proper diet for YOUR oxidation rate. Slow oxidizers tend to need less fat while fast oxidizers need more fat since this slows down the oxidation rate.

No one is advised to eat fish simply because the fish are too toxic to safely consume. This is a sad but true fact that has occurred in our lifetime due to polluted rivers, lakes, seas and oceans. Even wild fish are toxic.

The diet plan for my programs is great because it is simple! However, you can’t begin on your diet plan until you take the first step and have your hair analyzed. This will help you discover what foods you need to begin eating. It also allows me to develop a specialized supplementation programthat will begin to fix your oxidation rate and re-balance your minerals.

For more information on metabolic rates, oxidization levels, and other individualized programs offered at Holistic Wellness from Within contact me at 609-468-4220 or  send me a message through my contact page above.