The Eat Right For Your Blood Type Diet

All human beings have one of four blood types. The different blood types are A, B, AB, and O. The most common is O, and the least common is AB with only about 5% having this blood type.

Peter J. D’Adamo, a naturopathic doctor, stated that there are certain foods that people should eat according to their blood type. This information was gathered by him and his father, who was also a naturopathic doctor, over several years of work and research. They realised that people who suffered the same conditions and complaints had the same blood group. This resulted in more research which showed that it was dependent on substances called lectins in the food people ate that caused the negative effects on each blood type.

He wrote his books entitled Eat Right 4 Your Type and Live Right 4 Your Type, to educate people about certain foods types they should not eat for their blood group. Likewise, he also claimed that are certain exercises that should be performed or avoided. His blood type diets help people to know what specific nutrition is relevant to their blood chemistry. There are numerous benefits achieved from following this diet, such as a healthier immune system, an increased level of energy, body weight balancing, and an effective coping mechanism against stress.

The blood type diet proved that these lectins (a type of protein) have an effect on the body’s red blood cells. Lectins attach to red blood cells which causes the blood to clump together (agglutinate). If a person continues to consume these foods over his lifetime the thickened blood can eventually lead to strokes and unhealthy heart symptoms and all sorts of other health dilemmas. This way of eating is therefore an effective way to promote and preserve a healthy body.

The diet is split into the different blood groups, and then all foods are coded either beneficial, neutral or avoid.

Below is a short guide to foods and exercise best suited to a particular blood type:

• Type O individuals – should have a high protein diet with a low carbohydrate intake. Trout, sole and cod are three beneficial types of fish for this blood group. Fruits like apricots, dates, and papaya are neutral. Vegetables such as cauliflower, cucumber and potato are to be avoided. In these three groups of foods, type O’s have a vast selection. Most grains are foods to avoid in their diet, and engaging in aerobic exercising is highly recommended three times a week.

• Type A individuals – should consume a mainly vegetarian diet, high in vegetables, legumes, tofu, and grains. Carbohydrates are efficiently digested because A types have high enzyme levels and low hydrochloric stomach acid levels naturally in their body. Their system has the right combination for the proper digestion of carbohydrates. Dairy products, red meat, and wheat are to be avoided. Gentle exercises such as meditation and yoga are suggested as being beneficial.

• Type B individuals – benefit by eating meat, vegetables, fruits, and dairy products. However, they should avoid lentils, chicken, some legumes, seeds, soya, coconut, olives, tomatoes, rye and corn. Walking and cycling are highly recommended exercise regimens, and also meditating and visualisation helps to calm and control stress levels which can have a particularly strong effect on this blood group.

• Type AB individuals – are at their best if their diet mainly consists of dairy products, legumes, seafood, seaweed, fruits, and vegetables. The best fish to eat is tuna, sardines and salmon. However, they should avoid red meat, buckwheat, and seeds as these foods cause stress. AB’s have low stomach acid, and if they consume meat it will result in fat from this food being stored in the body. Type ABs may enjoy both relaxing and rigorous exercises.

Knowing one’s blood type is the first step to achieving a healthier body. I can personally recommend that you follow this diet, because my husband and I have both followed it for the last 10 years, and has been the best way of healthy eating that we have found. It is specially customised for your blood chemistry, and there are no exceptions to the rule. According to Dr. D’Adamo’s blood type diet, individuals should begin noticing its benefits in just two weeks, so you can see that it’s working for you and begin feeling better in a very short time.