"Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions that happen in the cells of living organisms to sustain life. These processes allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. The word metabolism can also refer to all chemical reactions that occur in living organisms, including digestion and the transport of substances into and between different cells."
"The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways, in which one chemical is transformed through a series of steps into another chemical, by a sequence of enzymes. Enzymes are crucial to metabolism because they allow organisms to drive desirable reactions that require energy and will not occur by themselves, by coupling them to spontaneous reactions that release energy. As enzymes act as catalysts they allow these reactions to proceed quickly and efficiently. Enzymes also allow the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to changes in the cell's environment or signals from other cells."
The key theme of this blog so far through all my writing has been the metabolic rate and body temperature, both of which play an integral part in health in wellness. Lets take a trip down memory lane, to when we were kids. For me at least, I had no problems waking up in the morning, had abundant energy, hardly ever sick,never had a weight problem, Not a single cavity even to this day, and thick full hair. Yes I am young but I have seen plenty of people my age and younger ( 22 years young) who suffer from chronic disease that usually only effect people in their late 50's and 60's. With that in mind we all tend to think that our metabolism is suppose to drop like a brick when we hit our 30's and we are suppose to go "over the hill" so to speak. What if this were not true? Heart burn is not just because of old age, arthritis doesn't have to affect you and your loved ones...because it doesn't effect those who eat a non industrial diet.
Not too many people see the food we eat as pathway to a "cure" or lessening of certain chronic disease and ailments but this concept is starting to inch it's way into the social media. One of the earlier pioneers of this food as medicine concept to keep the metabolism up to speed through normal human development and aging was Henry Bieler.
"Bieler believed that the human body has an inherent capacity for health, and that disease can be cured through proper nutrition. He did not believe that germs are the primary cause of disease, but rather that germs accompany disease as a result of disturbed function. Bieler believed that disturbed function was the result of poor lifestyle, especially consuming improper food, and that disease could be cured through therapeutic diet."
Although most if not all the medical industry views diet as simply something we eat and not a vital tool that can be used for healing and wellness, Bieler was an entrepreneur during his time in this field and had his share of controversy. His view on certain type of person he called the adrenal type was of particular interest to me. Here is his definition of those with proper metabolic rate:
“The physical energy of the adrenal type is seemingly inexhaustible, as is the nervous response of the sympathetic system, a result of perfect oxidation of phosphorous in the nerve tissue. Oxidation of carbon in the muscular system gives the adrenal type his great warmth. Thus, the temperature of his body is scarcely ever below 98.8, with hands and feet always pleasantly warm. As digestion and detoxication of food poisons depend greatly upon oxidation in the liver and intestines, it follows that the typical adrenal type, with his perfect oxidation, has thorough digestion. In fact, he may and often does boast that he can eat any and all kinds of food without discomfort. The exogenous uric acid products as well as the indoxyl compounds are completely detoxified in the liver, do not accumulate in the blood, nor are they found in the urine.”
“The skeletal muscles are well developed and have splendid tone. Fatigue is practically unknown to the adrenal type. His muscular endurance is spectacular. And the perfect tone of the involuntary muscles is evidenced by complete and rapid peristalsis, resulting in several bowel evacuations daily. He can dine on the most impossible food combination imaginable with no evil results…”
“A member of the adrenal-type group has a phlegmatic disposition – easygoing, jolly, slow to anger, never bothered with insomnia, fear or “cold feet.” He will often go out of his way to avoid a quarrel. Customarily, he has a wide circle of friends because he is warm-hearted and surrounded by an ‘aura’ of kindly sympathy.”
“He never worries…His digestion is good and he is seldom constipated. It is possible for him to stand more treatments, operations and even more lung hemorrhages than any other type of patient. He is the patient most often discharged as arrested or cured. All the treatment necessary for his recovery is supplied by bed rest and fresh air.”
Pretty much describes my childhood, no digestive problems, constantly warm, always wanting to go outside and blow things up... I mean play with the neighborhood kids. This is a pattern that I have come across from several authors and wrote another article on hypothyroid and the role of food in reversing it. See the below audio from Matt Stone on the Basal Metabolism
The Metabolic warmth is also an emotional warmth and physical warmth that can sometimes be achieved by several methods.
Body Temperature = Metabolic Heat - Heat Losses
Sources of Metabolic Heat
Insulin -- hypoglycemia
Serotonin / Melatonin [ Refs, Sleep ]
Muscular Tension / Theta - Alpha - Beta brain waves
Gross motor activity
Fuel -- Food
* Carbohydrates vs slower burning fuels (oils)
* Fructose, not well regulated by Insulin (Fast but short energy. Worst sugar for cardiovascular systems.)
* Breathing -- rate and depth
* Circulation (+serotonin +niacin +nitroglycerine)
* Carbon Monoxide leaks -- furnace, water heater, etc.
Effects of Low Core Body Temperature/ Metabolic Rate
* Some suggest efficiency/rate losses are 10 to 20% per degree F in enzymatic processes, including liver based detoxification pathways. Cytochrome P-450
* Comments have been regarding cognitive and mood changes, sometimes marked, as temperature changes cross thresholds as narrow as 0.2 degrees.
* Not all enzymatic processes have the same optimal temperature...
* Raising body temperature has reduced allergy / MCS problems, often cutting major symptom intensity in half, and eliminating minor allergy problems. Ref:
* Dr. Cathcart. Porphyria, in that it can reduce heme production, may reduce body temperature in some cases. Since Cytochrome P-450 is involved in heme synthesis and may be redirected to handle detoxification, there may be some feedback interaction involving body temperature.
* Reduced immune function, risk for parasites and microfilliary worms.
When there is a break down in metabolic rate ( i.e the famine response) will bring down the functions of the body, loss of enzyme production, low stomach acid, the list goes on and on. The point is we want to have these systems firing on all cylinders to prevent chronic disease and improve the quality of life. So lets try and keep our metabolic rate up with good wholesome non processed food to improve the lives everyone and bring about a substantial metabolic change in yourself as well.
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