It’s In The Blood

Group of people holding large blood group letters (education or medicine concept)

In terms of diets and eating right, it’s hard, next to impossible, to have a one size fits all plan. However, when I got to thinking about things on a molecular level, shouldn’t it make sense that we eat according to what we are inside to see results on the outside? Blood makes up roughly seven percent of human body weight, so perhaps we should listen to the letter(s) coursing through our veins.

During my research I came across the 1996 book Eat Right 4 Your Type by naturopathic physician Peter D’Adamo. Admittedly, I was completely unaware of its publication. In short, and relative to this column, the book suggests blood types influences bodily reactions to foods and stressors. But it seemed to have a lot of push-back from the scientific community, questioning the validation long term. Upon reading the foods and exercises suggested by D’Adamo in comparison to habits of my own and what worked best for me thus far, I found myself nodding in agreement. Down to the “B!”

Here are the four basic blood types and the suggested corresponding nourishment:

A’s: Eat organic, fresh foods such as whole grains, beans; follow a vegetarian diet
B’s: Avoid chicken, corn, wheat, lentils; eat eggs, green vegetables, goat, lamb, low-fat dairy
O’s: Eat high-protein, lean meats, poultry, fish; avoid simple carbs and grains
AB’s: Avoid caffeine and alcohol, smoked and cured meats; eat tofu, dairy, seafood

Here are some recommended exercises:

A’s: Calming exercises such as Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and deep breathing
B’s: Physical activities such as tennis, martial arts, cycling, hiking, and golf
O’s: Brisk cardiovascular and muscular exercises a mere 30 to 40 minutes per day, four days a week
AB’s: Combine calming and physical activities listed in types A and B

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