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Eat Right for Your Type

by Amanda Biederman, Housewares/Floral Buyer

Blood is the primal force in your body that affects your resistance to disease, agility, stress level, mood, and overall health. If you’ve ever suspected that every individual is unique and not everyone should follow the same diet or do the same exercise, you’re right. Knowing your blood type and what diet and exercise is most beneficial to you could lead you to a healthier lifestyle and help maintain your ideal weight. In Eat Right For Your Type, by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, a look at the four blood types offers individual solutions of diet and exercise to help maintain your optimum health and keep you feeling your best.

Connections

Dr. D’Adamo has spent the last fifteen years researching the connections among blood type, food, and disease, and his research is built on thirty years of work done by his father, Dr. James D’Adamo. In his research, Dr. D’Adamo has discovered which foods, spices, teas, condiments, vitamins, and supplements each blood type thrives with, and which ones to avoid. He also covers medications and types of exercise to best suit your blood type, and the history of humans’ genetics and how each of the four blood types came to be. Your blood type—O, A, B, or AB—is a powerful genetic fingerprint that identifies you as surely as your DNA. He believes it is a factor in your energy levels, in the efficiency with which you “burn” calories, in your emotional response to stress, and perhaps even your personality. It is not surprising then that some diet and exercise programs may work well for some, but the same programs may not work for others at all.

Knowing your blood type

You may be unaware of your blood type since often times its importance is only known if you have donated blood or needed a transfusion. Since your blood is the key to your body’s entire immune system, it plays an essential role in your body’s ability to fight disease and infection. Our blood contains eons of genetic memory and is composed of many different elements. While our abundant red blood cells contain a special type of iron that our bodies use to carry oxygen, the far less numerous white blood cells help to protect us against infection. Our blood also contains proteins that deliver nutrients to the tissues, platelets that help it clot, and plasma that contains the guardians of our immune system. Knowing the history of your blood type and which elements and routines benefit your genetic makeup could help you raise the quality of your health and live a longer, happier life.