By Shawn Binion


Ever wonder why you just cannot seem to get trim no matter what diet you try? Have you tried certain diets, but still suffer from fatigue and certain illnesses? Perhaps you should consider how blood type effects your potential to meet your weight goals. Human beings are quite similar in their overall biological makeup, but we do vary regarding to blood type. Studies have shown that our individual blood types determine the chemical reaction of food once it is consumed. Specifically, this reaction occurs when the blood comes in contact with a protein called lectin. Following the blood type diet can help you digest food more efficiently, increase energy levels, and help prevent disease.

Type O blood is the most common and oldest blood type. People with Type O blood tend to suffer from digestive issues and should focus on a low-carb, gluten free diet. It is also common for those with Type O blood to have issues with arthritis due to certain foods causing inflammatory reactions in their joints. If you have this blood type, it is recommended that you eat a high protein diet rich in lean meats, poultry, fish, fruit, and vegetables. These foods will energize your body and help you to feel your best. If you are trying to lose weight, seafood, kelp, lean red meat, spinach, and olive oil can be quite effective. The main foods to avoid on the blood type diet include dairy, wheat, corn, legumes, and kidney beans. Caffeine and alcohol also have negative impacts on people with Type O blood.

Some of the beneficial animal proteins that are recommended for those with Type O blood include: lamb, beef, veal, cod, herring, mackerel, mutton, and venison. Although dairy should be avoided for the most part, those following this diet can consume soy milk, butter, and cheeses (feta, mozzarella, and goat cheese) in moderation. Most vegetables are a great choice for this blood type, but those that may pose problems include brussels sprouts, cabbage, mustard greens, cauliflower, eggplant, potatoes, corn, shitake mushrooms and leeks. Fruit that interacts best with those with Type O blood are grapefruit, plums, prunes, figs, and most berries. Other fruits like oranges, melons, strawberries, avocado and coconut may be more difficult for this blood type to process. Grains in general tend to be hard for Type O blood people to digest, but the following grains may be particularly problematic: gluten, graham, whole wheat, oat, wheat germ, farina, and corn.

The second most common blood type is A. Those with this blood type tend to have sensitive immune systems and a predisposition to cancer, heart disease and diabetes. If you fall into this category, you will likely function best on a vegetarian diet. It is important to eat foods that are fresh, pure, and organic.

Although consuming meat is not recommended for those with Type A blood, chicken and turkey can be eaten in moderation. Vegetables are an ideal choice for this blood type diet, but certain ones should be avoided. This includes potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, peppers, olives, yams, eggplant, and mushrooms. As for fruit, people with Type A blood should indulge in more alkaline rich fruits. They should steer clear of melons, oranges, mango, papaya, bananas, strawberries, and coconut. Most types of fish are safe for this blood type diet, but the following seafood should be avoided: catfish, bluefish, eel, flounder, halibut, herring, striped bass, anchovy, barracuda, crayfish, clams, conch, crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, and scallops. Dairy food in general may be harsh on the digestive system of those with this blood type. Some acceptable dairy foods are yogurt, cheese (mozzarella, feta, goat, and ricotta), kefir, and goat milk. Most beans are well tolerated by those with Type A blood apart from kidney, lima, navy, red, garbanzo, and tamarind. This blood type also processes most grains well except for granola, grape nuts, wheat bran, durum wheat, farina, cream of wheat, and wheat germ.

Type B blood is one of the most recent and rare blood types. Those with Type B blood tend to produce higher than normal cortisol levels. They have a sensitivity to lectins in certain foods which can result in inflammation and a vulnerability to autoimmune diseases. This blood type has a greater risk of developing Syndrome X which renders a susceptibility to slow growing viruses such as lupus, MS, and CFS. For optimal health, it is recommended that those with this blood type maintain a diverse diet including fruit, seafood, meat, low-fat dairy, and grains.

Although it is suggested that those with Type B blood eat a diverse diet, certain food should be avoided. Plants and most meats are acceptable, but Type B people should steer clear of chicken and pork altogether. When it comes to animal-based protein, those with Type B blood function better off of lamb, goat, rabbit, and venison. The best types of fish for this diet are salmon, cod, mackerel, flounder, sardines, halibut, sea trout, and sole. Other foods that could be problematic for those with Type B blood include wheat, buckwheat, lentils, corn, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Eating these foods can potentially affect the efficiency of your metabolic process resulting in hypoglycemia, fatigue, and fluid retention. A variety of vegetables are recommended, but green leafy ones are considered the most beneficial. Consuming licorice tea is said to be a good way to avoid hypoglycemia if you have Type B blood. Other beverages that are good for this blood type include herbal teas containing ginger, peppermint, rose hips, sage, ginseng, and raspberry leaf.

Type AB blood is the newest and most rare blood type. In fact, there were little to no people with Type AB blood until ten or twelve centuries ago. It resulted from intermingling of blood types A and B. Currently, this blood type exists in less than five percent of the population. If you fall into this category, you share both the benefits and challenges of both A and B blood types. One of the traits of people with Type AB blood is that they tend to have low stomach acid. Therefore, it is important to limit processed foods and to maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

As a person with Type AB blood, it is recommended that you only eat meat in moderation. The digestive systems of those with this blood type can not process too much meat. Smoked and cured meats should be avoided altogether. Also, a variety of grains provide a great deal of energy and nutrients to those with Type AB blood, but an excess of them will imbalance your body’s pH. The foods that are most beneficial to this blood type include green vegetables, tofu, seafood, and low-fat dairy. If you have this blood type, you should specifically avoid caffeine, alcohol, whole milk, corn, buckwheat, bananas, mangoes, and black tea.

Prior to starting any diet, it is important to consult with your health care provider first to ensure that you are properly addressing your own individual needs. If you suffer from certain disease or ailments, there are some adjustments that may be recommended in effort to keep you at an optimal level of health. Also, it is vital to incorporate the proper exercises along with your diet in effort to achieve your best self. For example, it is recommended that those with Type O blood engage in more rigorous exercises such as aerobics, running, contact sports and martial arts. On the contrary, those with Type A blood should concentrate on more centering and calming exercises like yoga, and tai chi. Exercises that render more mental balance such as cycling, tennis, swimming and hiking are good for people with Type B blood. A combination of exercises recommended for A and B blood types are best suited for those with Type AB blood.

Our individual blood types are just one of the many features that make us unique and should be considered when eating, exercising, and living life in general. If you feel like your current diet is not properly serving you, try eating according to your individual blood type. You may be surprised at how much better you feel, function, and thrive by taking this alternative approach to living a healthier life.