Heavy types have difficulties that relate to the fluidity and movement of their body fluids, and this tends to make them feel heavy and achy, rather than being a simple weight issue! Most adults are about 50% water (the amount falls either side of a normal BMI), and the movement, quality, quantity and function of fluids in the body is really important for health generally, and crucial for fertility as they moisten the ovaries, the fallopian tubes and womb, and form most of the fertile mucus and semen.
The body fluids of ‘heavy’ types are thicker or more excessive than the norm, and this makes tissues swell, and can also slow fluid movement down. This creates the feeling of heaviness and distension, and is often accompanied with a weariness that tends to improve with a bit of activity, as it helps move fluids.
The brain is 75% water, and when there are problems with fluids in the brain it makes people feel woolly-headed, dizzy or a bit ‘cut off’ that’s a bit similar to having a ‘head-cold’. The root cause of the thicker fluids is often a weak digestion, and cravings for sweet or ‘carb’-rich food are a classic sign of this, but unfortunately these foods encourage thicker fluids themselves! If thicker fluids build up in the abdomen it can encourage nausea or distention, or women can get a range of fluid retention across the day, or the cycle.
Body fluids are essential for the health of every tissue in the body, and this can be seen on the skin, hair and nails; which are often more oily for ‘heavy’ types, and because ‘heavy’ types tend to retain fluids it does mean they’re more likely to put weight on easily, and once they do it can be difficult to shift.
These thicker fluids can alter the hormone balance (especially leptin and insulin) and the nature of fluids released by glands, which can directly affect fertility; an example is thickened fluids released by peg cells in the fallopian tubes (they ‘feed’ an embryo as it travels to the womb) can physically block the tubes, preventing sperm and eggs meeting or moving along them.
The thickened body fluids can also slow the body down in other ways which can alter sperm production or the rhythms of the menstrual cycle, and ‘heavy’ type women tend to have longer follicular phases. They also get achy period pain ache that’s worse with pressure, and the blood can be a bit thick and contain mucus. Because their fluids accumulate ‘heavy’ women are more likely to get swollen, achy or lumpy breasts around the period, and the thicker fluids can affect the cervical mucus in a couple of ways: the cervical glands can get blocked so there’s less fertile mucus at ovulation, or there can be a creamy discharge (possibly with Candida) across the cycle.
For men, ‘heaviness’ tends to alter the hormone balance (with a rise in estrogens and reduction of testosterone) and this can cause both a reduction in his sperm quality and sex drive.
Lifestyle, diet, tests and treatments for ‘heavy’ types
A ‘heavy’ type imbalance can develop in five ways: