How to Find Your Blood Type & Blood Type Facts
Knowing your blood type is an important tool for understanding how your body reacts to food, stress, and disease. A single drop of blood contains a biochemical makeup as unique as your fingerprint. If you are unaware of your blood type, search through your medical records. You can also complete a blood type test at a clinic, testing facility, or at home. A total of eight common blood types are known:
The following principles illustrate the power of knowing your blood type for your health and well-being:
- Different blood types induce different stress reactions.
- Blood type may predict susceptibility to certain diseases.
- Blood type antigens are found in other parts of the body.
- Blood type awareness takes nutrition beyond the one-size-fits-all viewpoint.
Food fads come and go, but the facts are clear—people require different types of nutrition. Based on that fact, Peter D’Adamo defines four different blood types in his best-selling book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, published in 1996. His research explores when each blood type evolved as related to foods prevalent during those times.
Knowing Your Blood Type O (+ or -) The Hunter
For instance, the most common blood type O sprang from the first humans, Cro-Magnons, hunters as early as 40,000 BC. Consequently, Type O thrives on a paleo diet—which is low in carbohydrates, high in protein, and omits grains. The optimal diet for Type O includes all animal proteins, low-starch vegetables, greens, and low-sugar fruits. D’Adamo recommends Type O people avoid grains, dairy products, sugar, and processed foods. I suggest a rice substitute made from cauliflower to clients who crave grains. Since this blood type developed before the advent of agriculture, Type O bodies generally cannot digest grains
On a vegan diet, this blood type may develop anemia and blood sugar issues. As a former vegan, I learned the hard way. At first, the addition of green juices and the elimination of grains was healing. However, my body became protein-starved and my hormones crashed. Once I added wild-caught fish, eggs, and organic lamb to my diet, my energy, muscle tone, and mental clarity returned. Sadly, protein deficiency is common among my Type O vegan clients.
If animal protein causes you bloating, constipation, or fatigue, add digestive enzymes to your diet. As digestive enzyme production drastically decreases with age, I recommend digestive enzyme supplements for anyone over 40—regardless of blood type.
Blood Type A (+ or -) The Cultivator
Also known as the agrarian, Blood Type A developed during 24,000 BC—the advent of agriculture. Therefore, people with Blood Type A thrive on plant-rich meals, free of red meat. D’Adamo recommends that those with Blood Type A choose a diet which prioritizes vegetables, chicken, turkey, fish, goat products, and tofu. Type A people will do best to avoid wheat, corn, and sugar.
Knowing Your Blood Type B (+ or -) The Nomad
Traveling populations who herded animals introduced Blood Type B around 15,000 BC. The predominant foods during this time included meat and dairy—particularly goat products. D’Adamo suggests Blood Type B people avoid corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, sesame seeds, and chicken. However, he encourages the consumption of green vegetables, eggs, goat products, seafood, lamb, and venison.
Blood Type AB (+ or -) The Engima
As the rarest blood type, Blood Type AB developed roughly 1,000 years ago. This blood type formed when blood type populations A and B intermingled. Hence, Blood Type AB thrives on a combination of foods from both A and B diets. Given their traditionally low stomach acid, digestive enzymes such as Enzyme Energy are crucial to those with Blood Type AB.
In the past 25 years, I found the blood type diet transformational for my clients. My doctor, Dr. Julia T. Hunter, recommends the blood type diet to her patients as well. If you wish to learn more about the optimal foods for your blood type, I suggest reading Eat Right 4 Your Type.
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To your health,
Author & Digestive Health Consultant,
Santa Barbara, California