Metabolic Balance Nutritional Programmes
There is no doubt that having a “balanced varied diet” is necessary for good health, but what does this mean? We all have unique metabolisms, so what is balanced and varied for one may not be for another.
Gerry Gajadharsingh lectures extensively in Europe, in Osteopathic Medicine, and was told about Metabolic Balance by some of his German colleagues in 2008.
Metabolic Balance is an innovative nutritional programme set up by Dr Wolf Funfack, a German internal medicine doctor. His company has performed over 700,000 programmes world-wide, and are now looking to expand into the UK healthcare market. It is based on sound science, and it fits in with Gerry’s philosophy of treating the patient as an individual.
Dr Funfack hypothesises that for many people, the issue affecting many of our metabolic disturbances lies in our excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates. The science shows that the eating of simple carbohydrates causes a short spike in blood sugar, but elevation of insulin in the blood for several hours.
This has several detrimental effects, including:
- increase in fat deposition
- hormonal changes
- elevation in cholesterol and triglycerides
- increase in blood coagulation
Choosing carbohydrates with a low gylcaemic load, and increasing the proportion of protein and good fats, has significant health benefits, including reaching an optimum body weight.
The Metabolic Balance Programme is geared towards motivated people who really want to improve their health.
A side effect of the plan is that it often helps people lose weight, by improving their metabolism; interestingly it helps increase weight in underweight people.
Increasingly, the nutritional needs of patients have become a very important factor in resolving their health needs. Clinical nutrition was part of Gerry’s undergraduate training at The British School of Osteopathy, which has been complemented by taking Nutrition and Advanced Pathophysiology Masters Modules as part of an MSc programme at The European School of Osteopathy. He has also attended numerous nutritional educational seminars provided by Solgar and Genova Diagnostics, and more recently has formally become a Certified Metabolic Balance Coach. He is also one of two official Metabolic Balance Lecturers to UK based clinicians.
So how does it work?
During an initial Consultation (New Patients need a full Diagnostic Consultation charged at our normal rates) Gerry will gather the data necessary and arrange a blood test, a 1MBR which measures Haematological/biochemical and certain hormonal markers for Thyroid and Pancreatic Function, we also now include HbA1C (a 3 month glucose marker) and VitD25OH to assess Vitamin D levels. This data is then entered into a sophisticated software programme based in Germany and an Individual Nutritional Programme generated. You are then invited back for a 60 minute follow up consultation to discuss the blood results and the programme and how you will implement it. All patients also receive a Comprehensive Functional Blood Analysis report to help explain the blood test results. Abnormal results are discussed and medical referral arranged if appropriate and necessary. You are then supported through a 3-month programme with another 5 follow up consultations to help your metabolism change. All patients are offered a follow up blood test between 3-6 months after the programme is completed. We have also now included 6 additional 30-minute follow up consultations lasting 6 months after starting your programme to keep you on track and to discuss the results of the follow up 1 MBR blood test.
Please note that MB UK require us to offer Metabolic Balance programmes as a package, we cannot offer individual parts of the programme. The majority of the costs associated with it are front loaded. Once you have paid for the programme in advance and had the initial blood test, the cost of the programme is non refundable. So please make sure you are able to make the commitment before you proceed. Once the initial blood test is completed you have 3 months to start the programme. Once the programme is started you have 6 months to complete the programme.
The integrated approach means that just looking at nutrition, even though he believes metabolic balance to be the best nutritional programme he has come across in 30 years of clinical practice, may not be enough. Behaviour is often the key.
Anxiety patterns can have a profound impact on physiology/metabolism, especially through altered breathing behaviour. Some patients may need a proper breathing evaluation, which can be offered via a capnotrainer.
For more ingrained behavioural issues/addiction, patients can be referred to expert hypnotherapists/psychotherapists.
Interestingly, too much exercise can be counterproductive! The programme suggests that for the first 2 weeks of the programme you do very little exercise, until your metabolism begins to change. After that period, it may be that a good structured exercise programme may be helpful. For those patients who are unsure about an appropriate exercise strategy, it may be helpful for you to see our exercise specialist affiliated to The Health Equation.
Sam Bearfoot- The Digestive Detective has released a 45 minute interview with Gerry Gajadharsingh focusing on the benefits of Metabolic Balance. If you wish to find out more details of this innovative nutritional programme to help balance your metabolism you can access the following: