What if you could eliminate your health issues just by switching up your diet? Sure, that’s easier said than done and you might be lost as to how to do this, and with all of the information out there on what is healthy, how would you know what is needed specifically for you and your body? It’s a lot of trial and error, and definitely takes a commitment to an open mind and a change of lifestyle. It can easily be overwhelming and we can get so lost in which diet to choose that we might just give up all together. But, I invite you to consider one more diet for better overall health, if you haven’t already.
What Is It?
Dr. Peter D’Adamo, a Naturopathic physician since 1982, has pioneered the holistic view of food as medicine in an easy to follow way. Specifically, he started the Diet based on your Blood Type. There is much research on the internet on this, and in his book Eat Right 4 Your Type he goes into depth classifying health concerns, both physical and mental, based on which blood type we have. In addition, he offers practical suggestions on how to adjust our supplements accordingly, and how to effectively exercise.
D’Adamo recommends starting slow, as these adjustments might be drastic depending on our current diet and way of living. By starting slow, we reduce the risk of being overwhelmed and of non-compliance. If you are struggling with any health issue then this diet is at least worth a shot to see if it produces results you are seeking.
He breaks down into a few categories based on blood type, such as medical risks, type of exercise, our body’s potential strengths and weaknesses, supplements we require, and even how to lose weight. Check these out and see if they resonate. It might be the one missing piece you need to get healthier.
Blood Type O
Those of you with this blood type are equipped with an efficient metabolism and have strong digestive and immune systems; however, your immune system can be so strong that it actually attacks itself. You might be prone to blood clotting, inflammatory diseases, ulcers and allergies. Sound like you? Ok, so now what. The suggestions here include a high protein diet along with many fresh fruits and vegetables while limiting grains such as beans and legumes. You are cautioned to avoid wheat, as well as even some vegetables. You’re encouraged to consume more foods containing Vitamins B and K, and to supplement with calcium and Iodine (possibly due to low thyroid functioning). Intense physical exercise, it’s suggested, is the best for those of you with O Blood, so like running, aerobics, interval training, or fast-paced sports are good options as it seems that your body best responds to these for weight management and overall health.
Blood Type A
Those with Type A blood have weaker immune systems but efficiently metabolize nutrients for the body. This means that you might be more susceptible to illnesses but that your body is good at using the nutrients you provide it. You might experience more digestive disorders though, and are more prone than Type O’s to issues related to diabetes or the liver. A vegetarian diet free of animal meats, wheat, and dairy might be your optimal choice. Supplements that aid the liver such as Turmeric or Milk Thistle are recommended, and the type of exercise that is suggested for you is more of the calming nature, like Yoga or Thai Chi.
Blood Type B
For those of you Type B’s out there, your immune system is generally strong and your nervous system is balanced, however, you are more prone to rare viruses and autoimmune issues. Diabetes, and Autoimmune disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are a few of your medical risks. For Type B’s, the recommended diet includes some meat (excluding chicken), dairy, fresh vegetables and fruits but avoid things like corn, wheat, and lentils. You might benefit from adding extra magnesium or Gingko to supplement your diet. Balance seems to be the key here so performing moderate physical activity such as hiking or swimming could have a great impact on your health.
Blood Type AB
This Blood type is the rarest of the four and like the label implies it combines Type A and Type B characteristics. Your immune system is quite strong but your digestive system is weaker. Heart Disease, Cancer, and Anemia (low Iron) are a few of your medical risk factors. For you, a mixed diet of meat, dairy, legumes, grains, fruits and veggies are recommended. Supplementing with Milk Thislte, Echinacea, and extra Vitamin C seem to be optimal for those with this mixed blood type, and calming exercises combined with a moderate level of activity such as jogging are touted as the best types of movement for you. And, if you’re looking to lose weight, avoid wheat, red meats, and corn.
So now that you’ve been informed, ask yourself if this is something that resonates with you, and if you are willing to try these dietary changes for a few weeks to see if you notice a difference. This is not a substitute for receiving help or guidance from a Medical Doctor, but perhaps is a missing piece to help you reach or maintain a healthier body.
Sameena Khan is a Clinical Psychologist, Writer, Holistic Lifestyle Consultant, and Alchemist. Her intuitive psycho-spiritual work helps others explore and work through their psychological, emotional, physical, and overall energetic blockages in order to live a healthier and more joyful life. You can visit her at HolisticSoulPsychology.
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