Autonomic Nervous System Balance (Negative)

You have a moderately negative (Parasympathetic Dominant) Autonomic Nervous System. This will be reflected in your Metabolic Dietary Type and nutrient recommendations.

The autonomic nervous system controls most of the involuntary activities of your body. It regulates your metabolism and keeps you alive without conscious thought. It has two opposing branches; the parasympathetic and sympathetic. The parasympathetic branch (“rest and digest”) causes pupil contraction, lowering of heart rate, lowering of blood sugar, increasing of digestive secretions, and relaxing of the bladder among other things. The sympathetic branch (“fight or flight”) does the opposite. Some nutrients strengthen one branch over the other. When an imbalance exists, these nutrients can make the imbalance better or worse. Different people have different dietary requirements.

The best source of information about Metabolic Typing is The Metabolic Typing Diet by William L. Wolcott and Trish Fahey, published in 2000.

There are supplements formulated to balance the autonomic nervous system. An example of one can be found atinterclinical.com.


Signs, symptoms & indicators of Autonomic Nervous System Balance (Negative)

Lab Values - Common  

High systolic blood pressure



 

High diastolic blood pressure



Minor Symptoms  

Thin musculature



Counter Indicators
Minor Symptoms  

Thick musculature



Symptoms - Bowel Movements  

(Very) frequent stools or normal stool frequency



Counter Indicators
Symptoms - Bowel Movements  

(Tendency to/very) infrequent stools



Symptoms - Cardiovascular  

Arrhythmia



Symptoms - Food - General  

Weak appetite



 

Infrequent eating



Counter Indicators
Symptoms - Food - General  

Frequent eating



 

Strong appetite



Symptoms - Gas-Int - General  

(Confirmed) delayed gastric emptying



 

(History of) heartburn



Counter Indicators
Symptoms - Gas-Int - General  

Absence of delayed gastric emptying



Symptoms - Head - Mouth/Oral  

Cold sores



Symptoms - Immune System  

History of infections



Symptoms - Metabolic  

Low stamina



Symptoms - Mind - Emotional  

Patient/calm disposition



 

Being anxious/nervous



Symptoms - Mind - General  

Being highly motivated



 

A hard-driving personality



 

High spontaneity



 

Being easily excitable



 

Being an antisocial person



Counter Indicators
Symptoms - Mind - General  

Being a sociable person



 

Being not easily excited



 

Low spontaneity



 

Being unmotivated



Symptoms - Skin - Conditions  

Rashes



Symptoms - Skin - General  

Dry skin



Counter Indicators
Symptoms - Skin - General  

Oily/moist skin



Symptoms - Sleep  

Unsound sleep



 

(Frequent) difficulty falling asleep




Conditions that suggest Autonomic Nervous System Balance (Negative)

Circulation  


Metabolic  



Risk factors for Autonomic Nervous System Balance (Negative)

Minor Symptoms  

Angular face



Counter Indicators
Minor Symptoms  

Round face



Symptoms - Allergy  

History of adult allergies



Symptoms - Glandular  

History of hypoglycemia



Symptoms - Skin - Conditions  

History of adolescent acne



Key

Strong or generally accepted link
Weakly counter-indicative
Strongly counter-indicative

Glossary

Parasympathetic

Usually Parasympathetic nervous system: Portion of the autonomic nervous system that is generally associated with increasing digestion and intestinal muscle activity; decreasing blood circulation and respiration.

Nervous System

A system in the body that is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, ganglia and parts of the receptor organs that receive and interpret stimuli and transmit impulses to effector organs.

Metabolism

The chemical processes of living cells in which energy is produced in order to replace and repair tissues and maintain a healthy body. Responsible for the production of energy, biosynthesis of important substances, and degradation of various compounds.

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