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Eat Right For Your Blood Type

Eat Right For Your Blood Type

Here's another theory, eat right for your 'blood type'. Though this theory has not been supported by scientific evidence, right foods for your blood type can really be a great option if you think logically. Like all diseases cannot be treated with paracetamol, everyone cannot stay fit and healthy by following the same diet. Isn't it? Read on...
Suprita Biswas
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Dr. Peter D'Adamo, a naturopathic doctor, in his book "Eat Right 4 Your Type" has explained, that lectins (sugar containing proteins) cause clotting of blood cells in an individual, generally of the wrong blood type. This may lead to serious kidney and liver problems and also weight gain. He further explains that increased urine indican levels can also be an aspect of specific blood types which can affect the interaction of foods with the bacteria in the intestine. This may result in diseases ranging from inflammatory bowel diseases, pancreatic insufficiency, diverticulitis, celiac disease, etc. The theory adds that the different blood levels affect the secretion of digestive juices. Therefore, following your blood type diet is one of the easiest ways of keeping healthy.
The right diet for your blood type can only be determined when you are certain of your blood type. Easily available in the market are inexpensive home blood typing kits which can help you with the problem. Unless you have been hospitalized or have undergone some surgery, a blood test for blood identification is not generally practiced. So, you may ask your doctor to arrange a special test for you in case you are unaware of your blood type. You may also go to a nearby laboratory for getting your blood tested. A person can belong to one of these blood types: O+ -, A+ -, B+ - and AB+ -.
O Blood Type Diet
By the way, this is supposed to be the oldest bloodline of humanity and that's the reason probably, it has the longest line of descendants. The O Positive blood type diet is the same as the diet for people with O Negative blood. Though there are more things to be avoided as compared to other blood types, the good news is that the O Positive people can relish non-vegetarian foods. However, these people are vulnerable to hypothyroidism and thinning blood. The O Positive blood type foods include all meats, fruits and vegetables, though intake of carbs must be restricted.

Diet: High Protein

Foods Allowed
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables 
Foods to Avoid
  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Legumes 
Weight Loss Key
  • Corn
  • Kidney Beans
  • Navy Beans
  • Lentils
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Wheat
  • Cauliflower
  • Mustard Greens 
Weight Gain Key
  • Kelp
  • Seafood
  • Salt
  • Liver
  • Red Meat
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli 
Physical Strengths
  • Strong digestive and immune system
  • Naturally defended against infections
  • High metabolic rate 
Medical Risks
  • Blood clotting issues (thinner blood)
  • Problems with thyroid production
  • Prone to ulcers and inflammatory diseases
  • Hypothyroidism
Tip: People belonging to this group need to go for vigorous exercises like aerobics, dancing and martial arts to maintain health and fitness.
A Blood Type Diet
The diet is meant for both A Positive as well as Negative blood types. The type A people do well with a vegetarian diet. Though it is difficult to completely avoid meat and potatoes and divert your interest towards soy proteins, grains and vegetables, you can just try to eat right to see the difference. It is important that the Type A people eat natural foods in a natural way - foods should be fresh and purely organic.

Diet: Vegetarian

Foods Allowed
  • Vegetables
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Fruits
  • Tofu
  • Beans
  • Seafood
Foods to Avoid
  • None
Weight Loss Key
  • Meat
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Dairy
  • Wheat
Weight Gain Key
  • Pineapple
  • Vegetables
  • Soy Foods
  • Vegetable Oil
Physical Strengths
  • Adapts easily to changes, dietary and environmental
  • Immune system preserves nutrition
Medical Risks
  • Diabetic and prone to cancer
  • Diseases of the heart and liver
  • Cardiovascular disease
Tip: Calming exercises like Yoga must be followed by people of this blood group. Meditation also helps a lot.
B Blood Type Diet
The B blood type people have the best balances and this is the reason why they are entitled to the middle path. They have comparatively, a tolerant digestive system and moderate exercise is just what is needed to achieve perfect health. The food list included in B Positive blood type diet is the same as that in B Negative blood type diet. Even though the B blood type people are the blessed lot, they still need to avoid certain food items like wheat, corn and lentils to stay healthy.

Diet: Balanced Omnivore

Foods Allowed
  • Meat (no chicken)
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Beans
  • Vegetables
Foods to Avoid
  • None
Weight Loss Key
  • Corn
  • Peanuts
  • Sesame
  • Lentils
  • Buckwheat
  • Wheat
Weight Gain Key
  • Greens
  • Liver
  • Venison
  • Eggs
  • Licorice
  • Tea
Physical Strengths
  • Strong digestive and immune system
  • Well adapted to environmental changes
  • Good nervous system
Medical Risks
  • Diabetes (Type I)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Better at managing everyday diseases including cancer and heart problems
Tip: Moderate exercises like swimming and cycling, along with a little yoga will do wonders for people belonging to this blood group.
AB Blood Type Diet
The AB blood type is considered as the 'modern' blood group which is quite sensitive. The AB blood type diet includes vegetarian food mainly, however, people of this group can indulge in seafood and dairy products at times. The multiple antigens in this blood type sometimes makes it A-like with weak stomach acids and B-like with meat-eating capabilities. They must always consider the serving size as the digestive system gets affected easily. And therefore, to eat right for your blood type is extremely important if you belong to the AB type.

Diet: Mixed Diet in Moderation

Foods Allowed
  • Meat
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Beans
  • Vegetables
  • Tofu
  • Seafood
Foods to Avoid
  • None
Weight Loss Key
  • Corn
  • Red Meat
  • Lima Beans
  • Seeds
  • Buckwheat
  • Kidney Beans
Weight Gain Key
  • Greens
  • Kelp
  • Dairy
  • Tofu
  • Seafood
  • Pineapple
Physical Strengths
  • Modern physical structure
  • Tolerant immune system
  • Combination of A and B
Medical Risks
  • Diseases of the heart
  • Prone to cancer and anemia
Tip: Always a combination of A and B. Follow moderate exercises like tennis, swimming and cycling and also give equal time to meditation and yoga.
Though the diet has not been very successful, it is without doubt, a unique approach. One can easily follow the diet to have a healthier alternative to the greasy, non-healthy foods. Eating right will also ensure weight loss and other health improvements, regardless of what blood type you belong to. The diet encourages one to avoid processed and refined food, which is a great advice for one and all. Therefore, I believe, in eating right according to your blood type is synonymous to healthy living. Enjoy your cabbage the donut-way and relish a stress free life.