Blood Type Nutrition
What is a blood type diet?
Learn how your blood type can determine your nutritional needs and exercise requirements.
One of the hallmarks of alternative medicine is the recognition of the biochemical uniqueness of each individual and the need to tailor treatments and prescriptions to match that individual variability.
While a person's genetic code, ultimately, is the basis of this individuality, basing treatments on genetic factors is too broad an approach and not consistent with alternative medicine.
According to naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo, N.D., in his book "Eat Right 4 Your Type", the missing link might be the four basic blood types: O, A, B, and AB.
"There had to be a reason why there were so many paradoxes in dietary studies and disease survival, why some people lose weight and others do not on the same diet or why some people keep their vitality as they age, and others do not,” says Dr. D'Adamo.
Blood type, with its digestive and immune specificity, is a window on a person's probable susceptibility to or power over disease, according to Dr. D'Adamo.
For example, Type Os are the most likely to suffer from asthma, hay fever, and other allergies, while Type Bs have a high allergy threshold, and will react allergically only if they eat the wrong foods. Type Bs are also especially susceptible to autoimmune disorders, such as chronic fatigue, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Type ABs tend to have the fewest problems with allergies, while heart disease, cancer, and anemia are medical risks for them.
With arthritis, Type Os, again, are the predominant sufferers because their immune systems are "environmentally intolerant," especially to foods such as grains and potatoes which can produce inflammatory reactions in their joints. Types A and B are the most susceptible to diabetes, while types A and AB have an overall higher rate of cancer and poorer survival odds than the other types.
There are four blood type groups: O, A, B, and AB.
The majority of people are Blood Type O. Next comes Blood Type A, then Blood Type B; and, Blood Type AB is very rare and has only been around for about 1000 years. Less than 5% of the world's population has Blood Type AB.
Have you ever noticed that some people can eat a variety of foods with no problems, while others suffer from gas, bloating, indigestion and heartburn?
The reason for this is that people with different blood types cannot eat or digest the same foods equally. The following is a brief overview of the peculiarities of each blood type group:
Blood Type O is the oldest blood type in the world.
- Hardiest digestive systems
- Meat-eaters, need animal protein for good health
- Cannot digest wheat products containing gluten very well
- Digestive systems contain a lot of stomach acid
- Low thyroid and sluggish metabolisms
- Feel good after vigorous workouts
Less than 5% of the world's population has Blood Type AB
Very rare, and the gentle offspring of Type A and Type B blood. This blood type has only been around for about 1000 years. Less than 5% of the world's population has Blood Type AB. You combine the best and the worst of Blood Types A and B. Most foods that are bad for the Type A and Type B persons, are also bad for the Type AB person, with the exception of tomatoes.