Written By Mikkie Mills / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
While all people have blood, not all people have the same type. There are four main blood types, A, B, O and AB. These matter significantly during transplants, but could they also influence how you feel regularly? Could understanding your blood type dictate how you should eat and live your life?
In the past, many physicians may have said, "no." However, times are changing, and holistic studies seem to show that understanding what is coursing through your veins could very well impact your health.
With this in mind, it's essential to truly understand the effect blood type has on your body's systems, including your physical and mental health. Learn more about keeping yourself feeling good by creating a diet and wellness plan to fit your blood.
1. Gather Information
Start by speaking with a doctor willing to look at functional medicine blood tests. Unlike traditional annual panels, these studies reveal hormones, inflammation and endocrine issues that doctors could miss in the conventional general review.
Holistic medical professionals look to see if your body reacts poorly to stress and diet, learning where the body receives the most impact. They can then see if these correlate with blood type studies, indicating that your lifestyle isn't working for your circulatory system.
2. Notice the Symptoms
Is your blood reaction to your diet? Are you constantly sluggish, experiencing brain fog or struggling to reduce inflammation? Are you cutting out certain foods but still finding it hard to lose excess pounds?
A naturopath named Peter J. D'Adamo speculated years ago that blood types needed specific diets. When people eat the wrong things, the body develops health concerns. However, eating the right choices meant feeling better, losing weight, and experiencing better energy.
3. Tailor Food Plans
Match your medical information and blood type to your appropriate diet plan. Each blood type has specific requirements, so you'll want to start designing your shopping list and weekly menus around particular items. Type 0 people tend to have a robust immune system and gut, capable of consuming more than others.
You may do well by focusing on meals with protein because your system handles meats well. However, wheat, corn, and dairy may prove troublesome, so consider skipping out on the cheese and pancakes.
Dark greens are friends, so fill up on some healthy broccoli and kale to get in your daily vitamins. Also, get moving with some running or intense cardio throughout the day.
Do you have type A blood? If so, people may identify you as someone with creative and sensitive tendencies. In addition, you are likely to have a very logical center. Your body requires certain elements to keep it at peak performance, stabilizing your emotions and allowing your ideas to shine.
Initial studies indicate that you may struggle to consume meat, so try to stick to a diet high in vegetables and lean proteins such as seafood and turkey. Skip the heavy fats, corn, beans and dairy. These foods are likely to cause further reactions. Get in some exercise daily, focusing on activities that help you destress and focus on balancing mental and physical strain.
Type B blood type is considered omnivorous, consuming a range of foods that others cannot handle. Enjoy meats, vegetables, beans and dairy.
Research shows that the body does exceptionally well with eggs, greens and venison. Skip out, however, on chicken, wheat, corn, sesame and peanuts as these seem to aggravate. Don't work out too hard. Consistent light physical activities are great for your system.
Type AB blood seems to give people a sensitive digestive system, so people in this category should focus on foods gentle on the stomach. Pair fish, dairy or lamb with some veggies and fruit. Avoid poultry and corn.
Getting on track could be as simple as tailoring your life to your blood type. Find out what you are, and then work with a physician to set a plan just right for you.
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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks and DIY. When she's not writing, she's chasing the little ones around, walking her dog, or can be found rock climbing at the local climbing gym.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash