Local nutritionist offers metabolic testing

Denise Gunterman - Photo by Jesse Beals
Denise Gunterman
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals


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Everyone is born with a set metabolic type, but most people are unaware if they are a protein, carbohydrate or mixed type.

Denise Gunterman, certified nutritional therapist and owner of Health Rise Natural Therapies in Silverdale, now offers metabolic testing to determine people’s metabolic types and creates a list of foods they should eat to ensure good health.

“There’s no way to know what type you are until you get tested,” Gunterman said. “It’s not something we can change ... you are what you are.”

Metabolic testing reveals how a person’s body uses and reacts to food. Gunterman then determines if a person is a protein, carbohydrate or mixed type and creates a customized diet plan that will help him or her efficiently digest and convert food to energy rather than store as fat; increase mental and physical energy; be hunger-free for hours after meals and lose cravings for sweets and starchy foods.

“Once you find out what your type is it’s easier to design a weight loss plan for you,” Gunterman said.

Gunterman has been doing metabolic testing for five years. Past tests involved urinalysis and chemical tests, but the new test only requires two 30-minute appointments. Clients complete a written survey and a one-on-one interview with Gunterman. The process costs $35-$40.

“I’ve been doing metabolic testing in one form or another for about five years,” Gunterman said. “The form I use now is every bit as effective and accurate as the original method and far less trouble for the client.”

During the interview, clients are asked to pick between various plates of food and discuss how they feel after eating a certain kind of food. Gunterman said the color of a person’s ears compared to his or her face also can determine what metabolic type is present. A protein type’s ears are darker than his or her face.

“All these odd questions go together to put together a picture of how their body metabolizes food,” Gunterman said.

Gunterman herself is a protein type. She needs to eat more red meat than other metabolic types to stay healthy. She said if a carbohydrate type ate as much red meat as she eats he or she would get sick.

“The same types and proportions of food are not the same for everyone,” she said. “Not everybody’s balanced diet is the same.”

Gunterman said mixed types enjoy the best of the food world because they “get to eat a mix of everything.” She said eating the same foods everyday could be greatly impacting a person’s life.

“Eating the same thing for breakfast every morning is literally shortening your life,” Gunterman said. “If you’re eating the right breakfast it should last until lunch.”

Once she determines a person’s metabolic type, Gunterman creates a specialized food list for him or her.

“The foods are going to be basic but then there are some specialized dishes,” she said. “It’s not the food groups you would recognize from the food pyramid.”

Health Rise Natural Therapies began offering metabolic testing in December and it has been successful so far, according to Gunterman.

“(Metabolic testing) has been very successful, people tend to carry their lists around with them to the grocery store,” she said. “All kinds of information like this is nice to have. That’s the ticket to do better, you have to know better.”

Gunterman said metabolic testing is important for a person because it will help people choose appropriate foods and restaurants, improve digestion, loss weight and reduce chronic health problems.

“This one just simply helps them figure out what they need to eat,” she said. “That last thing anyone wants to do is add more supplements to our pill cup in the morning.”

To learn more about metabolic testing or set up an appointment, call Health Rise Natural Therapies at (360) 692-3704.

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