Your “ANS Type” is Part of Your Unique Healing Equation

Why your unique body type plays an essential role in your healing from breast cancer

Over the years I’ve read a lot about how the human body functions in all its intricacies. While I am a Biology/Chemistry major and learned all about how alike we are in form and function, what I have learned since my college education is that we are more like snowflakes. While we have the same basic building materials those materials are put together in different ways making us each unique.

Yes we all have a liver, skin, and eyeballs but what have you seen with your eyeballs? What traumas have you experienced? What lessons did your parents teach you? What have you witnessed since your birth? What have you been feeding your body with? All of these intricate factors changes how energy flows through our bodies. This shift in energy flow makes us very unique. A room full of people can look at a painting and when interviewed about what they liked about it or what they saw, every answer will be unique.

This uniqueness must be honored. In today’s society we are all squeezed into a box. We are forced to be the same as everyone else. This is causing a myriad of health imbalances because we are NOT all alike. When we are freed from this “same as everyone else” prison we can allow our wings to expand and fly free.

Your ANS Type, in combination with several more factors we will cover in other blogs, makes you unique.

You can dial in and better understand how to create healing in your body by learning if you are an Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) type. While knowing whether you have a sympathetic or parasympathetic dominance is very helpful, it still is only one part of the puzzle to your healing equation. I have found the ANS type to be another key but not a single solution to healing. While there is some useful information on this topic, we still need to take into account the other factors, you will discover as you read my blogs, to get a true picture of how one should design their lifestyle supporting their unique healing equation in a way that no single focused program can.

Do any of these sound like you? Do you have more characteristic from the Sympathetic or Parasympathetic side of the list below?

Sympathetic Type

  • Tends to be more acidic
  • Taller and thinner
  • When out of balance tend to get
    • Acidosis
    • Dry skin
    • Constipation
    • Dry eyes
    • Indigestion
    • Heartburn
    • Insomnia
    • Hypertension
    • Irritability
    • Sweet cravings
    • Emotional instability
    • Tachycardia
    • Tendency to infection
    • Decreased appetite

Parasympathetic Type

  • Tends to produce a more alkaline environment
  • Have broad shoulders and narrow hips
  • When out of balance
    • May get too alkaline
    • With oily hair
    • Diarrhea
    • Excessive appetite
    • Lethargy
    • Apathy
    • Low motivation
    • Decreased sex drive
    • Allergies
    • Hay fever
    • Low blood sugar
    • Heart irregularities
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Poor concentration
    • Depression

Here are some of the characteristics of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems

Sympathetic System

Parasympathetic System


To defend the body against attack

Healing, regeneratio­­­­­­­n and nourishing the body

Overall Effect

Catabolic (breaks down the body)

Anabolic (builds up the body)

Organs and Glands It Activates

The brain, muscles, the insulin pancreas, and the thyroid and adrenal glands

The liver, kidneys, enzyme pancreas, spleen, stomach, small intestines and colon

Hormones and Substances It Increases

Insulin, cortisol and the thyroid hormones

Parathyroid hormone, pancreatic enzymes, bile and other digestive enzymes

Body Functions It Activates

Raises blood pressure and blood sugar, and increases heat production and circulation

Activates digestion, elimination and the immune system

Psychological Qualities

Fear, guilt, sadness, anger, willfulness, and aggressiveness.

Calmness, love, contentment and relaxation

Factors That Activate This System

Stress, fears, anger, worry, other negative emotions and thoughts, excessive thinking and too much exercise

Rest, sleep, meditation, relaxation therapies and feelings of being loved and appreciated

These seemingly unrelated qualities can help us understand how to care for our bodies better.

Your ANS Type is an Important Key to Your Healing Equation

Sorting out the most appropriate diet so that you can heal from breast cancer can be complex and requires looking at all the factors. The most important point to remember is that we are unique individuals and, as such, we best serve ourselves by developing a diet pattern that is unique to our physiology. Understanding your ANS type and how to apply it to your lifestyle is a major key in healing breast cancer.

There is no one diet for everyone nor one nutrient that will work miracles for everyone. Conscious living means to remain conscious. It implies being your own scientist and entering into a process of trial and error as you finetune your diet. Rediscovering how to eat in a way that best enhances our health, well-being, and joy is a noble endeavor. When we change our diet so that it si optimal for us, it positively influences all our biological systems and every aspect of our health and well-being.

There are three essential questions to remember:

• Am I emotionally stable after eating?

• Do I have increased physical energy after eating?

• Am I craving any foods?

The answers to these questions cannot be obtained from any book. They must come from our own experience. This is a most important key to conscious living.

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To Your Health!