07 May Eating & Working Out for your Blood Type
Your blood type can provide an analysis on how your body reacts to foods and stress, explain your gut bacteria, and potentially predict your susceptibility for certain diseases!
How does it work?
The first step to starting this diet is knowing your blood type (O, A, B, or AB). Once your blood type has been determined, you simply make the necessary adjustments to your diet by following a nutritional plan catered to your blood type.
Type O blood: A high-protein diet heavy on lean meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables, and light on grains, beans, and dairy. Because Type Os tend to display the “flight or fight” stress response, causing chemical imbalances, caffeine (which raises adrenaline and noradrenaline levels that are already high) and alcohol should be eliminated. Kelp, seafood, red meats, kale, and spinach are all beneficial to those with Type O blood. High intensity exercise like running is also advised. People with O blood type may be predisposed to certain illnesses like ulcers and thyroid disorders, and tend to have higher levels of stomach acid. Type Os are able to easily digest proteins and fats.
Type A blood: Less meat with a diet focused more on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains — ideally, organic and fresh, because people with type A blood have a sensitive immune system. People with Type A blood handle carbs very well. They have lower levels of hydrochloric acids in the stomach and an ability to efficiently digest carbohydrates. It can be harder to digest and metabolize animal protein and fat. Type As tend to have naturally high levels of stress and flourish on a vegetarian diet, due to toxin elimination causing higher energy levels as a result. Consuming foods that are fresh and organic paired with calming exercises such as yoga or tai chi are great for those who have Type A blood.
Type B blood: Avoid corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Chicken is also problematic. Eating green vegetables, eggs, certain meats, and low-fat dairy is recommended. Those with blood Type B will thrive as a “balanced omnivore,” eating meat, low-fat dairy, grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. With a lot of food flexibility, it is advised to avoid chicken, replacing it with meats like lamb and venison. Moderate exercise with a mental component like hiking or cycling are also recommended. Those with Type B blood tend to producer higher than normal cortisol levels when it comes to stress, have a sensitivity to B-specific lectins in certain foods that can lead to inflammation, and are susceptible to “slow growing lingering viruses” and autoimmune diseases. Corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds can cause weight gain for those with Type B blood. These foods affect the metabolic process which can lead to fluid retention, fatigue, and hypoglycemia.
Type AB blood: People with type AB blood tend to have low stomach acid, so small, frequent meals help with digestive problems. Avoid smoked or cured meats, caffeine and alcohol, especially when under stress. Having type AB blood is so rare, it’s found in less than 5 percent of the population. Type AB are codominant and face both the benefits and challenges of Types A and Types B. A mixed diet works best for those who are Type AB. Foods to focus on include tofu, seafood, dairy, and green vegetables, lamb, dairy, grains, vegetables, and fruits. A combination of calming and moderate exercise is great for those who are Type AB.
In the Fitin5 Challenge I will be taking into account your blood type and factoring this in when creating your diet plan.