Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Blood Type Diet

Do you think knowing your blood type is only important in the event of a transfusion? Think again! Research indicates that your blood type is a key genetic factor that influences many areas of health and well-being. 

Throughout your life, you’ve probably observed that some people tend to lose weight more easily, while for others, their weight is an ongoing battle. Or wondered why some people are plagued by chronic illness while others stay healthy and vital well into their advanced years. Very simply, the answer is in your blood type.

Knowing your blood type is an important tool for understanding how your body reacts to food, your susceptibility to disease, your natural reaction to stress, and so much more. A single drop of blood contains a biochemical makeup as unique to you as your fingerprint.

The blood type diet, also known as the blood group diet, was popularized by a naturopathic physician called Dr. Peter D’Adamo in the year 1996.

His book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, was incredibly successful. It was a New York Times bestseller, sold millions of copies, and is still wildly popular today. In this book, he claims that the optimal diet for any one individual depends on the person’s ABO blood type.

There are many people who swear by this diet, and claim that it has saved their lives.

According to Dr. Peter DÁdamo, a chemical reaction occurs between your blood and the foods you eat. This reaction is part of your genetic inheritance. This reaction is caused by a factor called Lectins. Lectins, abundant and diverse proteins found in foods, have agglutinating properties that affect your blood. So when you eat a food containing protein lectins that are incompatible with your blood type antigen, the lectins target an organ or bodily system and begin to agglutinate blood cells in that area. The blood type diet is designed to target these specific factors.

Fortunately, most lectins found in the diet are not quite so life threatening, although they can cause a variety of other problems, especially if they are specific to a particular blood type. For the most part your immune systems protect you from lectins. Ninety-five percent of the lectins you absorb from your typical diets are sloughed off by the body. But at least five percent of the lectins you eat are filtered into the bloodstream and different reactions in different organs.

Eating for your Blood Type:

"When we discuss 'diet,' we are not talking necessarily about a weight loss plan, that's a side benefit to following this plan. We are actually discussing diet in the more traditional sense, meaning a way to eat," explains, Dr. D'Adamo. 

The Type O blood diet: The hunter. The oldest blood type, and the most common. 

This group has sensitive digestion and high stomach acid, as well as an overactive immune system. 

Eat meat (high protein, low carbohydrate). Cut out wheat and most other grains. O type should limit intake of milk and eggs. 

Engage in intense physical exercise such as aerobics, and running. 

In the 1950’s it was discovered that Type O’s had about twice the instances of ulcers of all kinds than the other blood types. Your risk factors for ulcers and inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis increase if you eat incorrectly for your type. (Read more)

The Type A blood diet: The agrarian. 

People who are A blood type have a different set of characteristics than people who are Type O - they are susceptible to different diseases, they should eat different foods and exercise in a completely different manner. 

This group has sensitive digestion, low stomach acid, and therefore does not digest meat or dairy well, and thrives on a mostly vegetarian diet. They need very little fat to function well.

You should be largely vegetarian (eating a high carbohydrate, low fat diet).  If you are accustomed to eating meat, you will lose weight and have more energy once you eliminate the toxic foods from your diet. Don't skip meals, especially breakfast; and eat smaller, more frequent meals. 

Engage in gentle exercise such as Yoga or Tai Chi and meditate to deal with stress.

Your risk factors for cancer and heart disease increase if you eat incorrectly, according to Dr D'Admao. (Read more)

The Type B blood diet: The nomad. 

They are generally tolerant to different diets and tend to have balanced immune systems. This group is the most flexible group in terms of dietary choices

You  can eat plants and most meats, and can also eat some dairy. 

Engage in moderate physical exercise with a mental component, such as hiking, cycling, tennis, and swimming. 

Your risk for slow-growing viruses that attack the nervous system increases if you eat incorrectly for your type. (Read more)

The Type AB blood diet:  The enigma. 

Type AB is thought to be the most recent blood type, as well as the rarest blood type – it’s found in less than five percent of the population. 

You have most of the benefits and intolerances of types A and B, so most foods which are recommended for either type A or B will also work for you. 

Engage in calming, centering exercises such as yoga combined with moderate exercise like cycling and tennis. 

You have the friendliest immune system. (Read more)

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