Eating according to your blood type is a way of choosing a diet specific to the digestive needs of your body. There are four different blood types: A, B, AB and O. Type AB is known as the “universal acceptor” and type O the “universal donor”. Depending on your type, certain foods will promote digestion and nutrient absorption, while others will negatively affect the digestion process.
Blood Type A
Type A’s are encouraged to reduce their consumption of dairy foods; especially milk products. They should also reduce their intake of red meat products; as they tend to have a digestive system that is relatively sensitive and has a hard time digesting animal protein. Type A’s will generally benefit more from a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and grains. Type A’s should also avoid black tea, cayenne tea, corn silk tea, beer, distilled liquor, red clover tea, seltzer water and soda. Some foods to add to your diet include vegetables oils, vegetables, soy products and fruits. Foods to avoid include meat, cheese and dairy, seafood, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, corn oil, sesame oil, different types of beans, high-protein bread, multi-grain bread, pumpernickel, wheat bran muffins, whole wheat bread, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, and Worcestershire sauce.
Type A’s are known to be hard-working, competitive, and focused on perfectionism; and they react best to exercises such as Yoga and Pilates. Recommended supplementation for type A’s include Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Calcium and Iron.
Blood Type B
For type B individual, it is advised to consume a variety of food and milk-based beverages to boost their immune system, but limiting their intake of meat. They need an extremely varied diet; and it should preferably be based on fruits and greens, eggs, dairy products, pasta, and meat. They should avoid poultry though. Type B’s can’t handle gluten in wheat products very well, so switching to a gluten-free diet is very beneficial. Unlike the other blood types, type B’s can handle dairy products quite well and they will also benefit from green vegetables, lamb, liver, turkey, eggs, fish, licorice tea, soy, olive and flaxseed oil, oatmeal, millet, rice bran, spelt and puffed rice.
Type B’s are known to be very relaxed and patient; and they can adapt to new environments very easily. They flourish on exercises such as golf, hiking and cycling; while they should try to supplement with Magnesium and Liquorice.
Blood Type AB
Blood group AB is the result of a combination of types A and B; and has characteristics of both. Type AB is very rare and unique; and forms part of only around 5% of the world’s population. This unique blood group has evolved during the modern era; and they are considered to have a very good immune system. Type AB individuals are very susceptible to health issues such as heart disease and cancer; and they don’t produce a lot of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which means they have a sensitive digestive system. However, animal protein is still important for type AB’s. Seafood, dairy products, and some types of nuts are recommended for this type, while red meat, red beans, and corn should be avoided.
Type AB individuals are known to be spiritual and emotional, and they have the ability to handle tough situations with ease. When it comes to physical activities, they enjoy yoga, golf and swimming. Supplements that are recommended for type AB’s include Vitamin C, Zinc and Selenium.
Blood Type O
Blood type O is the oldest blood type in human history. Type O individuals will digest meat products better than any other type. Unlike people with type A blood, type O’s produce a lot of hydrochloric acid in the stomach; however they have a hard time digesting dairy products and food containing gluten. When compared with other types, type O’s have a stronger immune system, so they are encouraged to consume meat, fruit, fish, and vegetables. The best diet for a type O’s is a higher ratio of proteins, and a lower intake of dairy and gluten. It would be best to exclude all dairy products, and adopt a gluten-free diet where possible. Foods that will benefit type O’s include sea kelp, cod, bluefish, halibut, mackerel, pike, rainbow trout, red snapper, salmon, sardines, sole, striped bass, sturgeon, swordfish, beef, buffalo, lamb, liver, mutton, veal, venison, kale, spinach and broccoli.
Type O’s tend to have great leadership qualities and they are very focused on their work. They are also very responsible and organized; and can be somewhat arrogant at times. They flourish on intense physical exercise such as martial arts, weight training and jogging. Supplementation recommendations for type O’s include Vitamin B, Vitamin K, and Calcium.