Sick of diets not working? Well, there is a bloody solution! The key to what kind of diet is most effective for you is hidden in that red stuff that spurts out of your finger (and ruins dinner) after the knife slips while cutting onions.
Lately, more people are starting to realise that their blood type actually gives clues as to what food types they should consume. Naturopath Peter J. D‘Adamo is one of the leaders of this debate, and his book Eat Right 4 Your Type has been selling off the shelves.
After extensive research into medical history, genetics, and anthropology, D’Adamo began to suspect blood type was much more important than originally thought. This is because each of the four basic blood types – O, A, B, and AB – evolved as early humans developed and the environment around them changed.
By knowing the history of our blood type, we gain understanding as to why our body will respond better to some diets than others.
• Type O: The first known blood type and the most common, it is traceable as far back as the CroMagnons. Type O’s have a strong digestive system, because historically raw meat was the primary food source.
• Type A: This blood type began to appear between 25,000 and 15,000 BC in response to diseases that were striking down many Type O’s. Those with Type A blood had a stronger immune system, and cultivated plants and grains.
• Type B: Appearing between 15,000 and 10,000 BC, Type B blood developed as humans started to travel and explore, eating whatever they could along the way.
• Type AB: Still extremely rare, blood type AB emerged only ten to fifteen centuries ago, and it’s still not completely clear why. It combines many elements of both Type A and Type B.
We can see how blood types developed partly in response to the food available to early humans, and it makes sense to continue applying that logic today. Generally, people with Type O blood should eat only organic meats and avoid eating grains. They also need vigorous exercise. People with Type A blood on the other hand respond best to a vegetarian diet, and only need to do light exercise or meditation.
Those with Type B blood can enjoy a varied diet including lots of meat and dairy products. Moderate exercise throughout the week is needed. And the rare ones out there with Type AB blood should keep their meat portions small, and eat some dairy too. Moderate exercise such as yoga is ideal for you.
If you don’t yet know your blood type, ask your doctor and start researching what foods work best for you. Your blood is an extremely important part of your food consumption – don’t see red, start the blood type diet today without bleeding your life away!