The chief statement which needs to be expressed from the outset is this: every human being on the planet is unique and possesses a biochemical individuality which is specific to them. Therefore, no two human beings share an absolutely identical profile of metabolic requirements for the assumption of optimal health and well-being. Accordingly, any dietary approach may have a positive influence on the health of one person, a neutral influence on another, and a negative influence on a third. Thus you can see that any nutritional protocol for losing fat, building muscle, lowering blood pressure, reversing diabetes, etc. is erroneous if applied universally. There are many factors which collectively determine one’s nutritional requirements from day to day but a few of these are listed below:
1. Autonomic nervous system type.
2. Oxidative metabolism type.
3. Catabolic/anabolic processes balance.
4. Electrolyte/fluid balance.
5. Acid/alkaline balance.
6. Prostaglandin balance.
7. Endocrine gland type.
8. Blood type.
9. Psychological state/stressors.
10. Emotional state/stressors.
11. Environmental stressors (geopathic stress, electromagnetic radiation, polluted air and water, etc.).
12. Employed exercise protocol.
13. Impurities, imbalances, or disturbances present within one’s auric field.
14. Various genetic inheritances.
The list above could go on and on but I hope it has sufficed to convince you of how unique and specific one’s nutritional requirements may be for the assumption of optimal health or even a decent state of well-being. If we may move on, the next concept which needs to be discussed is that of nutrient action and responsibility. A colossal amount of information is constantly being distributed regarding the function of different nutrients and why some “expert” believes you should be consuming this nutrient or that nutrient. What is rarely understood is the individualized manner in which most nutrients are metabolized by the human body and their ultimate impact, influence, or function upon any cell, tissue, organ, or organ system. Due to our specific biochemical individuality, our quantitative requirements for various nutrients is specific to us as is the exact manner in which we utilize those nutrients.
Therefore, simply because a research article observes a correlation between a particular nutrient and some effect within the body does not necessarily indicate that the same correlation will be exhibited in you. This is one of the main reasons why much discretion should be employed when clinical nutrition research is consulted, the populations used in these studies are heterogeneous populations because they must be selected randomly.
Unfortunately, with a randomly-selected population you end up with a wide variety of folks all possessing different constitutional or metabolic types with unique requirements, predispositions, and biochemical makeups. Thus whatever results are obtained from such a study may have little applicability to you because you may have very different needs and a very different profile for utilizing the nutrient(s) investigated in the study.
So how can you determine what your individual nutritional requirements are? There are a few different diet-typing systems out there but I would recommend exploring the work of William Wolcott as his system, in my opinion, is the most accurate and complete.
I hope this article has been of some benefit to you in wading through much of the nonsense that currently exists in the field of nutrition. Have a good one.