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Living right for you blood type

We’ve heard of them all–Aitken’s, lemonade, Hollywood–diets that offer a way to battle the bulge.  But the latest up-and-coming diet offers a long-term answer to one of life’s biggest mysteries:  Why did the diet work for that person, but not for me?!

Well, the answer may be running through our veins–our blood type.

According to Dr. Peter D’Adamo, author of “Eat Right 4 Your Type“, everyone is biochemically different and this has huge implications on your lifestyle choices.

Recent archeological research has determined that the evolution of the human race greatly defines how an individual should live for optimal health–including things such diet and exercise.

Blood types take generations to change and it is this very fact that makes scientist believe that the birth of a new blood type, implies dietary adaptation.  Through the centuries, humans have had to face a variety of challenges.  Climate, predators, and change in vegetation are all factors that create a new blood type.

The history of blood types has been closely investigated.  The theory begins with the idea that first humans were blood type O, the hunters.  This indicates that their diet mainly consisted of meats.  But as humans began migrating and adapting to new habitats, farming became a big part of their lifestyle.  This not only affects their digestive systems, but also their immune systems.  Thus, a blood type that ate primarily vegetables–type A, was born.

But diet is not the only thing that some believe is affected by blood type.  In Japan, employers have been known to ask know your blood type in a job interview.  Because of the different bio-chemical compounds found in blood, it may affect your personality.

The following is a brief description of Dr. D’Adamo’s recommendations:

Type O-People with type O blood fare best on intense physical exercise and animal proteins and less well on dairy products and grains.   found in wheat products Gluten is the leading cause of weight gain and, to a lesser extent, lentils, corn, kidney beans, and cabbage. Ideal exercises for Type O’s include aerobics, martial arts, contact sports, and running.

Type A are more naturally suited to a vegetarian diet and foods that are fresh, pure, and organic. Type A’s are predisposed to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and dietary adjustments can be very critical to their sensitive immune system.   Type A’s prefer calming, centering exercise, such as yoga and tai chi.

Type B’s have a strong immune system and a tolerant digestive system and tend to resist many of the severe chronic degenerative illnesses. Type B’s do best with moderate physical exercise requiring mental balance, such as hiking, cycling, tennis, and swimming.

Type AB is the most recent type in terms of evolution and thus, the most complex.  Since the blood type is comprised of both A and B,  a combination of the exercises for types A and B works best.  However, because blood type A has a higher tendency to be stressed out and are prone to cardiovascular diseases, exercises that incorporate calming movements, like yoga, are recommended.

Click here for complete recommendations by Dr. Peter D’Adamo.


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