Your blood type is an important factor in your health; and it influences pretty much everything related to our physical health and fitness. Most of you might not know that a healthy diet is also dependent on your blood type. The Blood Type Diet was first formulated by Peter J D’Adamo M.D. There is a very popular book in the market on the same topic known as ‘Eat Right for Your Type’. According to the book, the blood type diet is very important. Let’s discuss this blood type in a bit more detail.
The Origin of Type A
Type A’s will flourish on a vegetarian diet; much like their farming ancestors. This blood type emerged when people started to establish a stable community and realized the importance of nutrition and carbohydrates. It is very important for sensitive type A’s to consume their foods in as natural a state as possible: fresh, pure and organic. According to Dr. D’Adamo, around 21 percent of humans have Type A blood.
Scientists have dedicated a lot of their time gathering information about the personalities of people with the type A blood group. Some of the important characteristics of type A individuals are mentioned below.
- They are very competitive and hard working
- They have a strong will to accomplish their goals
- They are very co-operative and focused on perfectionism
- They suffer from health problems such as hypertension due to a stress and several heart issues after a certain age
- Prone to diabetes and cancer
- They always tend to be impatient and aggressive
As we have discussed, the Type A blood group has evolved over the years and basically originated from their farming ancestors. They are mostly herbivores as well. As a type A, you need to consume more grains and your diet should be less protein oriented. It is important for type A blood group individuals to consume foods that are natural; and also as fresh and organic as possible. A type A’s diet should be geared towards vegetarian foods; although some people might find this difficult to keep up since our modern day diet is loaded with processed foods.
Best Foods for Type A’s: Vegetables, grains, beans and fruits.
Worst foods for Type A’s: Meat, dairy products and potatoes.
According to Peter J D’Adamo M.D, the immune system of the type A blood group is very sensitive and if one follows the diet as mentioned, it will help develop a strong immune system and will also help to prevent various serious health issues.
Supplementation for Type A
In addition to the suggested type A diet, you can always benefit from additional supplementation as well. Type A individuals should focus on supplementation that supports the immune system, provides cancer-fighting antioxidants, prevents infections, and reduces the risk of heart disease. For type A’s, beneficial supplements include:
- Vitamin B: Specifically B12 supplements.
- Vitamin C: Berries, grapefruit, pineapple, and broccoli.
- Vitamin E: Vegetables, whole grains, and peanuts.
- Calcium: Yoghurt, soya milk, and eggs.
- Iron: Whole grains, beans, and figs.
Exercises such as Yoga and Pilates are perfect for type A’s. Since they have a natural tendency to respond badly to stress, these exercises are in general very good for type A’s all around. Other exercises that type A’s can participate in include:
- Brisk Walking
Yoga is always a good option for type A individuals, since this can reduce their stress patterns. Yoga works to combine the inner rectitude with breathing control; and was designed to allow a person to completely concentrate, without being distracted by worldly concerns.
Dr. D’Adamo believes that heavily competitive sports and exercises will exhaust a type A’s nervous energy and it will result in them being tense all over again; which leaves their immune system susceptible to illness or disease.