Before we begin we must give complete credit and thanks to Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo. Please, visit his website. The good doctor is the originator of western societies acknowledgement of the important role in which blood type plays in our lives.
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood…” Leviticus 17:11
The most overlooked, yet vitally important, cofactor of your health is your Type of Blood. You may have recognized a connection before, but weren’t quite sure what you were observing. You know what I am referring to. When you see 5 people eating the same foods, but 2 would gain weight, 2 would stay the same, and the other seems to be able to eat more and to LOSE weight! Or, maybe you’ve thought about how certain diseases seem to “run in the family”. Why do some people seem prone to one disease and their friend another? Why some people are never sick, yet others are sick all of the time? Or, how some people can do nothing and stay thin or maintain muscle, but others can weight by thinking of food. And all of the exercise and calorie counting in the world does little to provide lasting results. I will share with you the secret. The answer is in your blood type.
The biochemical makeup of your blood is as unique as your fingerprint. Knowing your blood type is an important tool for understanding how your body reacts to food, your susceptibility to disease, your natural reaction to stress, and so much more. A single drop of blood contains a biochemical makeup as unique to you as your fingerprint.
Your blood type may predict your susceptibility for certain diseases.
Research has found that individuals of certain blood types may be at a higher risk for certain diseases; studies have found that people with blood type O have a lower risk for heart disease, but a higher risk for developing stomach ulcers. People who are blood type A have higher risks of microbial infections, but Type A women experience a higher rate of fertility. Other research has found that people with type AB and B blood have a much higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
People of different blood types react differently to stress.
Type A people naturally have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their bodies and produce more in response to stressful situations. On the other hand, people with type O blood, have a ‘fight or flight’ reaction to stress which results in the overproduction of adrenaline. It takes type O’s longer to recover from stress because it is more difficult for them to clear the adrenaline from their bodies.
Your blood type antigens are not just in your blood!
They are everywhere in your body, particularly in the surfaces that interact with the environment. These include your digestive tract, from your mouth to your large intestine, as well as your nasal passages and lungs. Because these blood type antigens are everywhere, they influence how your body reacts to the food you eat through several factors. For example: the lectins in certain foods bind to your blood type antigen and cause your blood to agglutinate (stick together), resulting in feelings of fatigue, headaches, digestive issues, skin problems and a host of other health issues.
Gut bacteria is related to blood type.
People of different blood types have different gut bacteria, in fact, certain bacteria are 50,000 more likely to turn up in people with one blood type or the other. This originated from our ancestors whose digestive tracts developed to accommodate one type of diet over another. For example, the microbiome of certain people developed to break down carbohydrates much more efficiently (blood type A). People lacking this ability (blood type O) tend to store carbs as fat.
A one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition does not work.
Nutrition is a person specific truth. Not everyone has the same basic nutritional requirements . Some can thrive on a strict vegetarian diet, while others embrace Atkins and low-carb. By choosing to eat to your type you are choosing to embrace health as never before.