Metabolic Flexibility: What is it, why is it important, and 6 easy ways to boost yours today

As I welcome the new 2023 year, I’ve been reflecting on everything I learned from my hero, Dr. Nasha Winters, from her Terrain Advocate Program. One of the most important takeaways was understanding that our bodies need to be metabolically flexible. “What is metabolic flexibility,” you might ask. Well, here’s how I understand it.

What is Metabolic Flexibility?

Metabolic flexibility occurs when our bodies are able to respond or adapt to change, especially when it comes to using its available energy. The most simplistic way of looking at this is that we have a sugar burning system and a fat burning system. The quicker we are able to switch between the two, the more metabolically flexible we are.

Our Standard American Diet, appropriately abbreviated as SAD, is known for its excessive promotion of carbs and recommendation of eating multiple times a day. Not to mention, having a bunch of snacks on hand just in case we get hungry in between meals. However, our body, originally wired for metabolic flexibility, was not meant to deal with the constant barrage of processed foods, GMO grains, artificial colors, and a ton of very unhealthy carbs, including sugar, pasta, rice, bread, cookies, cakes, pastries, etc.

In essence, we are eating too many carbohydrates. Carbohydrates turn into glucose, which fuels our sugar burning system. Most of us consume so many carbs that even after our body uses the necessary carbs to function, there’s still an excess, which gets stored as fat in our muscles and liver. With all that overabundance of glucose, our body rarely gets a chance to switch over to the fat burning mode.

Why is metabolic flexibility important?

If you are like me, your life is super busy and you rarely “stop to smell the roses,” as my grandma would say. Our bodies, the hard workers that they are, try to communicate with us when help is needed. We might get an ache here and there. If we don’t listen, it sends us a stronger message, like an infection, flu or some other ailment. I am the first to admit that, until my body actually screamed at me, I was NOT being very good at giving it the attention that it deserved. I just addressed the symptoms with quick fixes that Pharma had for me. Easy access, easy fix, right? Not so fast!

Unfortunately, we start paying attention to our bodies when something goes wrong, like a diagnosis of Diabetes, Auto Immune issues or various Cancers. In my case, my wake up call was Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Only after the shock of being told that I have cancer wore off, and all the treatments were completed, did I actually take the time to stop, reevaluate and, most of all, listen. There’s nothing like coming face-to-face with your own mortality to make you realize that you have to do something different. I have learned that metabolic flexibility is one of the most powerful things that I can do to help my body heal itself.

A study published in 2019 by the University of Northern Carolina found that only 12% of Americans, that’s 1 in 8, have optimal metabolic health. That is a sad statistic. We need to do something about this.

When we are metabolically flexible, our body can easily move between the two fuel sources (carbs and fats) and save the energy for working on our immune system and other critical body functions. It also helps our mental clarity increase, and we become more stress resistant. It helps us detox faster and repair our microbiome. These are just some of the benefits of metabolic health.

Six Ways to Boost Your Metabolic Flexibility

So here are the top 6 things I’m doing this year to help my body function better and become more metabolically flexible:

  1. Intermittent Fasting
    Various types of fasting styles are an excellent way of getting your body familiar with moving between sugar and fat burning systems. It also has a ton of additional benefits, like increasing your growth hormone and testosterone levels, regenerating mitochondria and repairing cells, detoxing our gut and so much more.
  2. Eat Fresh Food
    Help your body by eliminating processed carbs and adding in more healthy fats and nutrients that are more easily absorbed. I am doing that by implementing a more ketogenic diet, reaching for unprocessed and real foods (like vegetables and low glycemic fruits, such as berries), grass-fed and finished meats, wild caught fish, etc. Note to self: Stick to the outside aisles of the supermarket, where the fresh food is usually kept.
  3. Focus on sleep
    My goal is to try to get to sleep earlier and focus on getting better quality sleep. Our circadian clock is the main regulator of our metabolism and helps keep our body in homeostasis. There are multiple apps that help you track your sleep, and some even give you a score on how well you slept by taking into account different criteria, including your Heart Rate Variability, oxygenation, etc. You can download an app like Fitbit or use your smartwatch for tracking.
  4. Get out in the sun more
    My morning routine is to spend some time outside, in my backyard, before starting the day. Not only will it help me get Vitamin D, but it also calms my body and mind and resets my circadian rhythm.
  5. Minimize Stress
    Ok, everyone with me, deep breath in through the nose, deep breath out through the mouth, and, repeat. Breathing helps calm your system. Your body will love you for that.
  6. Walk 10,000+ steps a day
    The more we move, the healthier we are. Enough said!

And, of course, if you have not read Dr. Nasha’s book, The Metabolic Approach to Cancer, which, in my humble opinion, should have been named Metabolic Approach to Life, please add it to the top of your reading list! It’s a life changer!

What are you doing to become metabolically flexible? Share your tips in the comments below, and let’s get healthy together!


Irina Netchaev is a Certified Metabolic Terrain Advocate and has a BSM and is a Graduate of Pepperdine University in Southern California. Irina is currently working on her Diploma of Energetic Aromatherapy; Diploma in Psychosomatics, Naturopathy and Kinesiology (School of Natural Health Sciences); and Diploma of Natural Healing.

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Scan Empowerment! Removing the anxiety.

Written by Deb Lee, Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health Co-Founder

There’s a very real emotion tied to an MRI scan, particularly if you’ve ever received an unexpected diagnosis because of one, as my husband did in 2015.  From the day we first saw the lime sized GBM, every subsequent scan became a scary situation, where we were forced to come face to face with a monster. In the days leading up to it, and especially in the wait between the scan and the report, we would experience a hypersensitivity to any perceived changes in functionality or feeling. As positive and practical people, we were consistent in hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

It took us more than a year to start seeing things differently and using the scans as an informative rest stop on his journey rather than a direction or a detour. Years have gone by where I continue to learn every day and now must apply this to my own personal choices and decisions. I stand firmly in the Knowledge is Power camp and want to know everything about this vessel I am using while on earth and how to maintain it to the best of my ability. So, whether in treatment or prevention mode, my goal is to share information to help you and your loved ones turn any scan anxiety into empowerment!

There’s a new option that can help. It is an MRI with a company called Prenuvo. What I love about this option is that it captures 10X more images than a standard MRI, giving you better resolution without the use of contrast AND it’s full body!

Recently, the need for an MRI and the opportunity to have a full body scan done at Prenuvo converged. I had been dealing with sharp pains in my neck and shoulder for about 7 months, which was having a negative impact on my day to day functioning. At times, even getting dressed had its challenges. My chiropractor did not want to continue treatment without an MRI to rule out a rotator cuff tear, but, my primary care doctor and insurance company required a series of PT sessions before an MRI would be considered. So through those hoops I began to jump. The wasted time while remaining in pain was a high price to pay. Two months and 10 PT visits later, I was not feeling any better and just wanted to go back to my chiropractor!

I realized that a Prenuvo scan would not only give me the info I needed about my neck and shoulder but it would provide a baseline scan of my entire body where any other anomalies would be detected – including very early detection of cancer (something that has been on my list of things to do for about 10 years).

So let me empower you by taking any mystery out of the Prenuvo process.

To schedule my scan, I simply linked to Prenuvo through the Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health to schedule my appointment. I did not need a prescription from a doctor or a pre-authorization. With my date and time confirmed, I made my travel arrangements.

On the day of my scan, I fasted since the night before. I arrived at the brand new Prenuvo office in Irving, TX where I was welcomed by a wonderfully friendly staff who showed me around, talked me through the timing of the reports and answered my questions. I want to note that this is already a huge difference from the hospital basement imaging department! I was shown to a large and well-appointed dressing room assigned only to me, where I was given a comfortable set of scrubs to change into and a cozy chair for reading or relaxing while I await my technician. The technician came to get me and escorted me to the room with the machine where I laid on the cot. She explained to me how the scans would run, while positioning my body for comfort and stillness for the duration of the scans. I was given options of headphones and something visual to watch via a mirror above my head, or headphones for music. The cot I lay on moved my body relative to the MRI tube (which was shorter than others I’ve seen and open on both ends) to be scanned. Each run seemed to last for a minute or two, and occasionally, I was informed that the next scan would include a breath hold. The whole process took about an hour, and when it was done, the technician came in and unpacked me from the cot. She walked me back to a refreshment area just outside my dressing room and I waited for a report to be shared with me. 

Prenuvo offers a phone call with a nurse practitioner to review the report and answer questions and I chose that option. I was able to ask questions and put more context around the mild and moderate findings highlighted in my report. Ultimately, it would be up to me to share it with members of my care team. 

I now know as a baseline where there’s anything that doesn’t necessarily belong in my body. I am not threatened by what I saw but I am empowered to know that there are specific things I can monitor. I am motivated to do something to change my lifestyle specifically to address their existence and eliminate them. I find it empowering to visualize the anomalies found in my scans dissolving. I meditate on the message they may have for me. 

I also look forward to my next Prenuvo scan so that I may marvel at my own progress in addressing what I saw on my baseline and continuing to take control of my health.

Are you ready to book your full body scan? Book your whole body Prenuvo scan now for $400 off.

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The Future of Health Care with Dr. Nasha Winters

“Dr Nasha Winters is a global healthcare authority and best-selling author in integrative cancer care and research consulting with physicians around the world. She has educated hundreds of professionals in the clinical use of mistletoe and has created robust educational programs for both healthcare institutions and the public on incorporating vetted integrative therapies in cancer care to enhance outcomes. Dr Winters is currently focused on opening a comprehensive metabolic oncology hospital and research institute in the US where the best that standard of care has to offer and the most advanced integrative therapies will be offered. This facility will be in a residential setting on a gorgeous campus against a backdrop of regenerative farming, EMF mitigation and retreat, as well as state of the art medical technology and data collection and evaluation to improve patient outcomes.”

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Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health Livestream Event

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Merger Announcement

Announcement – August 30th, 2021. Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health, Inc. joins forces with My Health Journey, Inc., to form an Arizona-based 501c3 organization with a vision to change the standard to cancer care and prevention. The renaming of My Health Journey, Inc. and subsequent relocation to Arizona brings together founders Dr. Nasha Winters, Cindy Kennedy, Deb Lee, and Steve Ottersberg in the state that is the future home of an innovative and integrative non-profit oncology hospital and research institute.

The mission of the Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health is to implement the metabolic approach to cancer by treating the root cause and symptoms of each person’s unique cancer process.  The organization provides funding to cancer patients, education to the community and is building a nonprofit integrative research hospital.

The focus of cancer treatment has been based on the genetic theories of cancer. Yet genetic cancers are less than ten percent of all cancers.  Ninety percent of cancers are caused by metabolic and mitochondrial dysfunction.  As the rates of cancer continue to increase an approach that focuses on the root cause of the cancering process is required.  By focusing on the patient and their metabolic health, we are putting the patient at the center of their cancer journey, not the tumor.

Dr. Nasha Winters, ND has been envisioning a hospital where practitioners from all schools of medicine come together to provide individualized metabolic cancer care.  Her quest to save her own life from a terminal diagnosis of ovarian cancer thirty years ago has transformed into a mission to support others on a similar journey. “Patients are seeking an integrative approach that brings together the best practitioners from Naturopathic, Western and Functional medicine.  Focusing on the patient and not the tumor.  The formation of our organization will truly change the standard of care.” says Dr. Nasha Winters.  Cindy Kennedy, Founder of My Health Journey and now a co-founder of MTI said “Cancer has affected all of us and it’s time for a change.  If we don’t change the approach, we will never change the outcomes and this approach is the change this world needs.”  

The Institute of Health will bring together the rigors of a research-based oncology hospital with the wisdom of ancient practices and therapies offered more commonly outside of the USA. “We’ve all had a wake-up call regarding the influence of our environment, treatment, and lifestyle choices on health and healing.” says co-founder Deb Lee. “The nourishing environment and comprehensive amenities designed for the campus will set a new standard for demonstrating a way of living that leads to healing and prevention of disease.”

About MTI Group

Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health is part of a group of Metabolic Terrain Companies including Metabolic Terrain Omics, and Dr. Nasha Inc. The group of companies shares a vision to change the standard to cancer care and prevention with community building, education, technology, research, and an integrative non-profit cancer research hospital.  

For further information contact:

Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health

Email: [email protected]

(1) American Cancer Society “Lifetime Probability of Developing or Dying from Cancer,” Rev. Jan 13, 2020

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Dr. Nasha Winters Announces New Practitioner Graduates

August 3rd, 2021. Dr. Nasha is proud to announce the graduation of ten practitioners from the Metabolic Approach to Cancer Physician Mastermind, a Terrain based oncology course.  The additional ten practitioners bring the total of Terrain Based Treatment™ Certified Practitioners to twenty-three with another thirty graduating soon.

The Metabolic Approach to Cancer Physician Mastermind program is a response to the rapidly growing demand of patients seeking individualized medicine based on testing, assessing, addressing, and never guessing on the next step towards healing.  Terrain Based Treatment™ Certified Practitioners have acquired a unique ability to leverage deep individual insight to guide patients on their journey considering every tool in the toolbox to address the physical effects (or side effects), as well as emotional, mental, social, environmental, and spiritual needs.

“I am honored to work with so many talented and inspiring practitioners and oncologists who truly care about changing their patients’ cancer journey” said Dr. Nasha Winters, CEO of Dr. Nasha Inc.

In early 2020 at the beginning of COVID, Dr. Nasha Winters turned her focus from oncology consults with a doctor on behalf of a patient, to certifying other practitioners on the metabolic approach and methodology known as: Test, Assess, Address™ to guide treatment decisions based on a patient’s terrain. This practitioner course was the first training program launched and has since been complemented by the July 2021 launch of the Terrain Advocate Program, moving the companies forward to achieving their mission. Select graduates of both programs are invited to the Metabolic Terrain Network enabling further collaboration with alumni and access to programs, research, and technology.

Additional Details
Check out the Current listing of Terrain Based Treatment™ Certified Practitioners. For More information about the Metabolic Approach to Cancer Physician Mastermind Program and how to register for the next cohort click here. To learn about the new Terrain Advocate Program and join the wait list for the 2022 program, click here.

About Dr. Nasha Inc & Metabolic Terrain Group
Dr. Nasha Winters’ book The Metabolic Approach to Cancer  has sold over 62,000 copies, published in six languages worldwide and continues to be a best-seller and the ultimate cancer guide to many patients looking for a different approach.

Dr. Nasha Inc. is part of the Metabolic Terrain Group (MT Group) of companies.  MT Group includes Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health, Metabolic Terrain Omics,  and Dr. Nasha Inc. The MT Group of companies are on a mission to change the standard TO cancer care and prevention with technology, research and an integrative non-profit cancer research hospital.

For further information contact:

Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health
Email: [email protected]

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