HAVE YOU NOTICED?

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WHAT WORKS FOR ONE DOES NOT NECESSARILY WORK FOR ALL

Have you noticed how people appear to be one of four basic shapes? At any shopping mall in the Midwest, for example, it is not unusual to observe many shoppers who carry most of their weight in their tummy or upper torso, but not their buttocks. A cowboy who has trouble holding up his jeans because his hips are smaller than his tummy falls into this category. You will also see women with large breasts and shoulders but have small flat buttocks (great legs but no ass at all). On the West Coast, health- conscious men and women tend to carry their weight evenly all over their bodies. They would rather have fatigue problems than suffer from weight problems. In the East, many people, especially women, have large hips wider than the shoulders and oversized thighs.

You will also find people whose body shapes mature later than others everywhere. These types have boyish or childlike shapes. This does not mean that these shapes are peculiar to specific geographic locations. However, when a particular nationality is concentrated in one state, this often accounts for a preponderance of one of the body types in that locality. We inherit our body shapes, with their strengths and weaknesses, from our ancestors.

What does this have to do with you, or this blog? Everything, because different body shapes come with different needs and different digestive needs. The key word is “different.” This difference makes it impossible to have one perfect food or diet that works for everyone.

Now as you think about these varied body shapes, consider the distinct cravings that go along with each of them. One person may be drawn to very sweet foods, while another strongly dislikes desserts. Another may prefer a good steak rather than a slice of chocolate fudge cake. Doctors ask their patients about their own health and that of their families. These doctors are very aware that certain weaknesses and disorders are inherited and various medications and foods affect people very differently.

Dating back to the ancient Egyptians, over forty-four books have been written on the subject of body typing. For example, Ayurvedic medicine, originating in India 5,000 years ago, is completely based on doshas or the way we are driven to different tastes whether salty, sour, or sweet. Another problem has been that not everyone fits the three medical types known as “ectomorph, endomorph, or mesomorph”. Nor do you fit in the ancient Ayurvedic types known by their dosha tastes as Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Because of this they have altered their three types, which now includes a mixed type. Last is our American Apple, Pear, or Banana and/ or triangle, inverted triangle, or rectangle. This does not mean you do not fit anywhere since there are countries you are very prevalent.

As you may see, the study or biochemical science of body typing is not new. Health professionals have always been very aware of the differences, and similarities, in body types and muscle tones. I believe that one of the major reasons why any body type suffers weaknesses and gets out of balance is due to digestive enzyme deficiencies. These are inherited and compounded through poor eating habits and stress on the system.

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Do you see yourself or someone you know?  More tomorrow!

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