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Have you heard of the Blood Type diet? Since 1996 this belief of having a specific diet that fits our blood type has been hidden in the shadows – now there are people that are living in their healthiest forms to living longer and losing weight. I am going to debunk the idea of this meal plan by breaking down the importance it can have on life longevity and quality. If you have ever suffered from anxiety, depression, auto-immune disease, chronic disease or food allergy then these recommendations will be suitable to you and your lifestyle.
From celebrities to social influences there is no question that there is a great deal of interest in social appearance and weight loss. We are tackled with the idea that being healthy and beautiful means to lose weight, fit into a size 3, have a small waist, and to have the most ravishing hair with glowing skin. We are coached in thinking that the same healthy look can be achieved by following a true and magical “one-size-fits-all,” diet. For some, dieting means keto, paleo, low carb, high carb, vegan, vegetarian, raw food, fasting, and all the rest; and for the rest of us it is found somewhere in between all the fad diets that do nothing at all and may even damage our health that much more.
I believe that there is not one, but many varying factors that contribute to how well a diet works among many others. There is research that shows the importance of bio-individuality, one person’s food may be another person’s poison. That means that there is not a perfect fit for all the 7.8 billion humans that are living on this planet. It would make sense that one of the most sensible ways to coach others on finding a meal plan that provides the most emphasis on what being your healthiest version of you could look like.
Several people have no idea what the diverse types of diets are and what they do. If you fall into this sector then you are probably asking yourself, “what is the importance of the blood type diet and how will it benefit me?”. Do not worry, I’ve got you covered – I asked myself the same thing, many times over and over again.
What is the Blood Type Diet?
A naturopathic physician by the name of Peter D’Adamo published a book in 1996 called, “Eat Right 4 Your Type,” and the content describes how people can develop traits to live healthier, live longer, and achieve an ideal weight just be eating according to blood type. This sounds so far-fetched and it makes a lot of sense. Each blood type represents certain genetic traits of our ancestors through DNA. The way that food interacts in our body is dependent on the types of proteins and how well they are broken down in our body – also known to interact with cells in the blood depending on food allergies or sensitivities.
If you do not know your blood type, you can test yourself from the comfort of your own home with this safe and easy to use at home testing kit from D'Adamo's website. I purchased one for my partner and it was great since he does not like needles or the sight of blood.
Choosing condiments, spices, and the way we exercise typically has to do with blood type, but what if that meant the same for our anti-aging, quality sleep, accommodate, stress levels, and the simplicity of our digestive system?
Here are some recommendations that promote compromise to living an energetic, balanced, and healthy life according to the “Eat Right for your Type,” diet:
There are four blood types according to the ABO blood groups all with a wide assortment of
pathologic conditions associated with each type, especially gastrointestinal and cardiovascular symptoms that may contribute to susceptibility of disease.
Dr. D’Adamo advises that all people eat mostly fresh and natural foods, and that any processed foods are cut out entirely. Specifically, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol should not be consumed in excess. He also gives details on exercising right for your blood type.
Here are the eating plans for your blood type:
Type O: If you have blood type O then choosing high-protein foods and a lot of meat, certain vegetables, fish, fruit, poultry, limited grains, beans, and legumes may be of preference. To lose weight seafood, kelp, red meat, spinach, and olive oil are best; while wheat, cereal grains/bread/pasta/rice, beans, corn, and dairy are to be avoided as possible.
Vigorous exercise like running, jogging, hiking uphill, cycling, swimming, dancing, and jump roping are all great for blood type O’s. These types of strenuous workouts will help you to feel more energized and refreshing afterwards.
Type A: If you have blood type A then choosing fruits, vegetables, tofu, seafood, turkey, and whole grains while avoiding meats will be beneficial to sustaining a healthy lifestyle. For weight loss, seafood, vegetables, pineapple, olive oil, and soy, are best. Avoiding dairy, wheat, corn, eggs, and kidney beans may be of digestive help.
Taking on regular calming exercises for 30 minutes or 10,000 steps a day for two to three days a week will bring some remarkable results to the mind, body, metabolism, and heart. It will work in reducing fatigue, improving alertness, and enhance cognitive function. Try exercises like golfing, yoga, canoeing, or brisk walking to achieve these benefits.
Type B: If you have blood type B then going for a diverse balanced diet including meat, fruit, dairy, some legumes and moderate beans, seafood, and grains is favored. To lose weight, type B individuals should select green vegetables like salads, eggs, liver, licorice tea, and avoiding food like poultry (chicken), corn, certain vegetables, legumes, nuts/seeds, and wheat.
Exercise should contain moderate intensity for 180 minutes per week or 90 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. Some exercises include running, cycling, swimming, strength building (weight training, yoga), or dance, bowling, tai chi for up to three times per week. The body should respond well to creativity or brain storming exercises that help to reduce stressful situations.
Type AB: If you have blood type AB then eating dairy, tofu, lamb, fish, grains, fruit, and vegetables is needed to feel optimal and healthy. To achieve any weight loss, it is preferred that this blood type goes for tofu, seafood, green vegetables, and kelp seem to be the best. It is suggested that avoiding chicken, corn, buckwheat, and kidney beans be avoided.
Finding a beneficial vegan meal plan is a great alternative to fighting disease and preventing illness.
You may find yourself favoring both calming and moderate intensity types of exercises. Some choose light jogging/sprinting, tennis, yoga, bike riding, mountain climbing, and maybe try kayaking.
According to Harvard University Health some recommendations of the blood type diets extend well beyond food choices – example, someone with type O blood are advised to choose high-intensity exercises and take probiotic supplements for sensitivities in the gut, while blood type A’s should choose low-intensity workout activities such as meditation to keep their stress levels down.
Does eating for blood type work?
There are questions to whether this type of dieting works and the simple answer is we do not know. Not one specific study shows research pertaining to this diet. In 2013 & 2014 published studies are worth noting, while people were following the blood type diet some of the cardiometabolic risk factors (such as cholesterol, or blood pressure), had some improvements. The other half worth favoring is the importance of preventing further health concerns.
The theory behind this diet is intricately connected to the way we digest food, improve digestion, and maintain an ideal body weight depending on how food reacts with our microbiome – a combination of viruses and gut bacteria that reside inside our guts to promote positive or negative immunity to disease – by disease prevention including cancer and heart disease.
The Upside to Downside?
Eating a diet strictly to your blood type requires knowledge of your blood type and how to eat with the right nutrient while keeping a balance between preference and taste. When it comes to personal preference there might be some problems, a vegetarian who is a type O may find they are deficient in certain minerals and vitamins including iron, which can usually be found in meat – but finding an alternative path might be frustrating.
The food that we eat fuels our every move including the health conditions we subdue ourselves to. One can have the most perfect diet of fruits and vegetables, yet still suffer with irritable bower syndrome, high cholesterol, anxiety, gerd, acid reflux, depression, thyroid issues, acne, fatigue, unexpected weight gain/weight loss, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and all the rest.
The upside – finding a diet that gives results and answers is what we are all searching for, is it not?
Following the blood type diet can bring some positive changes to not only your diet, but your overall health and quality of living. With the little evidence of proven results that we have it is important to acknowledge that trying the suggested foods may support your lifestyle in a positive way. Keeping in mind that there will still be some health foods, like fruits and vegetables that your body does not like.
For example: whenever I eat radishes, I get an upset belly and feel cramps, and when I beets, in moderation, I feel ok. Indulging in lightly salted brown rice cakes brings be comfort, while enjoying salted wild rice cakes brings be acne. I can enjoy weekly servings of plums yet cannot get through eating a handful of blackberries.
The above example is a direct reflection of how the blood type diet has worked in helping me find the foods that are suited perfectly for me. Of course, there is still no “one-size-fits-all”, but there certainly is a direction that I steer towards. You may find that a vegan diet works wonders for you, but you still do not feel complete at the end of the day when you are lying in bed, wondering if you will ever be able to live a discomfort-free, perfectly normal life where you can go enjoy the finer things in life and have a nice dinner out with your significant other.
While some of the foods we eat and expect benefits from are fruits and vegetables, they may also contain a level of allergy or sensitivity in your body. Not everything that we believe is “healthy” is good for us. Everything is good in moderation and moderation means something completely different to each of us, could it be once a day, once a week, once a month, once every couple of months?
You know yourself better than anyone. After all, you – no one else – have been living inside your body since before you were born.
Go out there and discover what works for you!
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