Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type
Peter J. D’Adamo is a naturopathic doctor and author of the book,
“Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type”. The subtitle of this book is The
Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer
& Achieving Your Ideal Weight”. I have been interested in this
theory about nutrition and health for over 15 years and recently
reviewed this topic.
As Dr, D’Adamo
says in his book, “ What would you say if I told you that the
secret to healthy, vigorous, and disease-free living might be as
simple as knowing your blood type?”. And in his book, he shows us
the simple answers.
blood type is one of 4 types: Type O, A, B, or AB. Your blood type
is a genetic fingerprint that identifies you as surely as your DNA.
Your blood type can guide you how to live most healthfully. The
significance of blood type can be found in human evolution: Type O
is the oldest, hunter-gatherers, Type A is next,
cultivator-agrarians, Type B evolved as people became more nomadic,
nomad-balancers, and most recent a modern intermingling of a
variety of groups from types A and B, arrival of Type AB.
blood type has certain characteristics, thrives on different
nutrition, needs their own individualized exercise regimens and
ways to deal with stress. With each blood type: Food
recommendations are divided into 3 categories. The first category
are beneficial foods, which act like medicine for the body, the
second are neutral foods and the third category are food to avoid.
These foods to avoid can cause inflammation in the body and lead to
chronic disease and stress on the system.
type O, the oldest blood type thrives on animal protein as they
produce more hydrochloric acid to digest red meat. Type O people
tend to be more physically strong, leaders, self reliant and goal
oriented. Intense physical exercise such as running, aerobics,
contact sports and martial arts are helpful to de-stress the type O
person. Foods to avoid are: wheat, dairy products, corn, navy
beans, lentils, and cabbage. Most other vegetables and fruits are
beneficial, especially kelp, kale, spinach and broccoli. More
complete lists of all foods can be found in several of Dr.
type A is the blood type that evolved when people started settling
down in communities from 25,000 to 15,000 BC. Type A’s tend to be
cooperative, sensitive, orderly and settled. They have little need
for animal food and emphasizing vegetables is very beneficial. To
reduce stress, yoga or gentle exercises and taking naps or frequent
breaks help to stay relaxed and focused. Type A’s can do well with
soy foods, compared to other types and need vegetables, with the
exception of the night shade family which includes tomatoes,
potatoes, peppers and eggplant. To lose weight and foods to avoid
include: red meat, dairy, wheat, kidney beans and lima beans.
Type B developed sometime between 10,000 and 15,000 BC in response
to climate changes as people began to be nomads. Type B is the most
balanced blood type and the personality is flexible, creative and
engineering. Type B has a strong immune system and is versatile.
Beneficial foods are lamb, salmon, milk, grains, fruits and
vegetables. Moderate physical exercise with a mental component such
as hiking, cycling, tennis and swimming are ideal for this blood
type. To achieve weight loss, type B’s need to avoid chicken,
lobster, wheat, corn, lentils, peanuts, sesame seeds and buckwheat.
Type AB is the rarest blood type and was first found in 2500 BC and
became more common 1,000 years ago. AB is for modern and emerged
from the intermingling of Type A and Type B persons. The AB blood
type has a personality of mysterious, highly sensitive and can be
an enigma. Exercise varies from calming, centering exercises such
as yoga or Tai chi combined with moderate physical exercise.
Beneficial foods include: turkey, seafood, soy, greens and kelp. To
lose weight, foods to avoid for this blood type are: red meat,
kidney beans, lima beans, seeds, corn and buckwheat.
J. D’Adamo, N.D. states in his book, “Live Right 4 Your Blood Type”
that “Each blood-type life prescription shows how, according to
blood type, you should adapt your lifestyle, deal with stress, and
put into practice the right strategies for aging, to achieve
emotional balance, maximize your health, and overcome disease.” I
recommend that you consider reading more about this nutritional and
life advice. Give it a try for a month or two and see how your