How Your Own Body Type Affects Your Family
All four of the basic body types have certain biochemical weaknesses common to all of them. You, but not necessarily the other members of your family may carry the greater part of your weight in your upper torso and tummy. Your buttocks may be flat and your legs are strong. Quite probably, you are a family member that enjoys meat as the main part of your meals. You and those like you in your family could very well suffer from lower back problems, acidic stomach, pain in the left shoulder, constipation, stress, reflex, and high blood pressure.
For those in a family whose weight tends to be evenly distributed all over, you will find hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, eczema, allergies, colon problems, anxiety, and fatigue to be common ailments among them. You gravitate toward sweets, breads, pasta, and chocolate. If you gain weight, it will invariably be carried in your face and throughout your body including the size of your feet. Lastly it will be in your buttocks and abdominal area. You work harder than others to maintain muscle mass. However, remember not everyone in the family may be exactly alike.
Those members who enjoy tasty, strong flavored foods like ethnic foods, wine, ice cream, heavily spiced food, or lots of salt and pepper have their own set of disorders. One or all of you may suffer from kidney problems, hormone imbalance, enlarged prostate, skin irritations, sinus and mucous trouble, cysts, gallbladder distress, or indigestion that might include constipation to diarrhea. Your muscle mass is mostly below the waist.
The other, and one of the most interesting body types, is the type for one in which the family has serious difficulties with lactose intolerance. The cause of this is enzyme deficiencies of lactase, yet they have serious cravings for all dairy products. Some of the common maladies of this type are milk allergies, other allergies that range from foods to airborne microorganisms, spastic colon, aching joints—especially the knees—and a continuous feeling of exhaustion for no reason. If you have this body type, you carry the least amount of muscle mass on your body. The benefit of this particular type is that you are one of the youngest looking members of your family.
What Body Type Are You?
In these descriptions, do you recognize yourself or someone you know? Are any of these families yours? Do you feel you belong in each one of these categories? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, and you will, it is because we inherit our body types from our parents. If your parents married outside of their own nationality, you will probably have a combined or overlapping body type. For instance, an Irish man and an Italian woman get married and have a family. We know that the Irish are evenly shaped and love sugar, potatoes, and alcohol. Italians, on the other hand, are known for their curves and indulging in rich, strong-flavored, and highly seasoned starchy foods. The child will always have some of the strengths and weaknesses of both parents. The Italian mother will cook foods she likes and see to it that her husband has an ample supply of breads and desserts. This may all sound delicious to you— it certainly does to me! However, as an adult, a child from this marriage has developed a weak immune system due to the stressful job he has. And he will seek the help of a nutritionist.
What are his best food choices? Should he be a vegetarian? These are the exact questions I had to answer when I became a health care professional. I realized very early that what works for one does not necessarily work for another. There is a very good reason for this. We are not all the same biochemical body type nor do we have the same needs and strengths.
Tomorrow the Body Type Quiz