Most of us have heard of the Blood Type Diet. There are many factors to this program that are accurate but many individual characteristics are not taken into account. While the information on this topic is growing by leaps and bounds, we still need to take into account the other factors that I am sharing within this blog series to get a true picture of how one should design their lifestyle supporting their unique body in a way that no single program can.
The main factor with blood type is sensitivity to a chemical called lectin. I won’t go into detail about it. Just know that there are certain foods that are commonly associated with making this chemical according to blood type and lectin formation should be avoided as much as possible. That doesn’t mean you have to avoid the food all together (you may) but usually eaten in small quantities doesn’t promote the lectin formation.
Blood Type Dominance
6. Blood Type: blood types, such as Type O, A, AB, etc., associated with lectin sensitivity.
O’s are the oldest blood type, hunter gatherers; lower carbs and higher fat and protein needs, have hearty digestive tract and an overactive immune system, important to get your food as close to what nature intended. Dairy and grains are best avoided by O’s. Eggs and dairy are poor protein sources for O’s. Pea protein is the best with 65.4% bioavailability versus less than 5% for any cooked meats. Veggies (raw fiber) & healthy fats and oils (coconut oil, walnuts, chia, etc,) aid efficient digestion, prevent fluid retention and increase intestinal mobility.
- Some foods that can cause sensitivities for O’s are wheat, soy, peanut, and kidney beans
A’s were the first vegetarians, farmers & cultivators, lower fat and protein needs, important to get your food as nature intended, sensitive digestive tract, low stomach acid leading to low ability to digest and absorb nutrients properly. Meat is considered toxic because of A’s low stomach acid. The meat may not be properly digested and will putrefy in the intestinal tract. It will be stored as fat and will increase digestive toxins. Dairy provokes insulin reaction & inhibits nutrient metabolism. Almost all veggies & healthy seeds and oils (pumpkin, olive, flax, etc.) aid efficient digestion, prevent fluid retention and increase intestinal mobility.
- Some foods that can cause sensitivities for A’s are lima beans, tomato, eggplant, and garbanzo beans
B’s are the nomads; they require a balance of macronutrients, strong immune systems, tolerant digestive systems, important to get your food as nature intended and B’s do best eating the best of the fruit and vegetable kingdoms, and have the widest array of acceptable food choices. B’s have a tendency to have liver issues so it’s especially important for them to eat greens to assist in liver detoxification.
- Some foods that can cause sensitivities for B’s are chicken, corn, soy, and lentils
7. Acid-Base: acid/ alkaline operating on a continuum ranging from acid- to alkaline-forming foods. The results are very body system dependant. A proper acid-base balance of the system is intimately and critically related to good health.
What is fascinating about this is that the same food or supplement for people who are oxidative system-dominant will have just the opposite effect in a person whose autonomic system is the dominant force. For example, calcium in a sympathetic-dominant person will create more sympathetic dominance imbalance and acidity. In a person whose system is dominated by the oxidation homeostatic mechanism, calcium will cause a slower oxidation and move the system toward alkalinity.
Potassium and magnesium will alkalinize a person whose autonomic nervous system is dominant and will acidify a person who is oxidative-dominant. As you can see, this completely opposite effect has great clinical significance as far as what one prescribes for people.
Fruits and vegetables in the oxidative-dominant system will cause the blood to move to the acid side. In the ANS-dominant person, fruits and vegetables will cause the blood to move in an alkaline direction.
Protein foods acidify the blood in autonomic-dominants and alkalinize the blood in oxidative-dominant people.
The startling point here is, it is not the food or nutrient that determines the alkaline or acid effects in the body. It is the dominant system of that person which determines whether a nutrient will react in an acid or alkaline way in the body.
It is a good practice to test your urinary pH on a regular basis until you are familiar with how your body reacts to different foods, drinks, and supplements. Testing first urine of the day, drinking a liter of water and testing the second urine of the day will give you a baseline. Then testing the next urine after each meal will help you see how your body reacts. You can eat the same meal and take your supplements one time and not take them another to test whether your supplements are adversely affecting your acid/alkaline balance as well.
It is important to understand that one cannot tell which foods are acid or alkaline by the taste. There are several factors that determine whether a specific food renders the body more alkaline or acid. For example, a ripe organic lemon, which is a food that contains high concentrations of organic acids, tastes acidic, and is classified as an acidic fruit, is actually an alkaline-forming food. This is because its high concentration of alkaline minerals has an overall effect of increasing the alkaline reserve of the body, thereby making the body more alkaline. The lemon’s mild organic acids act as cleansing agents in the stomach. In the process of digestion these acids are oxidized into carbon dioxide and water, and therefore do not create an acid condition in the system. Calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and iron are the main alkalinizing minerals. Foods that have high concentrations of these minerals are considered alkaline-forming foods in ANS-dominant people. Foods that are high in sulphur, phosphorus, iodine, and chlorine are acid-forming foods for ANS-dominant people. Most natural foods have both acid- and alkaline-forming minerals in them. If the acid-forming minerals are greater in concentration, then the food is considered acid-forming and vice versa.
Sorting out the most appropriate diet in this complex field requires looking at all the factors. The most important point to remember is that we are unique individuals, and as such we best serve ourselves by developing a diet pattern that is unique to our physiology.
There is no one diet for everyone nor one nutrient that will work miracles for everyone. Conscious living means to remain conscious. It implies being your own scientist and entering into a process of trial and error as you finetune your diet. Rediscovering how to eat in a way that best enhances our health, well-being, and joy is a noble endeavor. When we change our diet so that it si optimal for us, it positively influences all our biological systems and every aspect of our health and well-being.
There are three essential questions to remember:
- Am I emotionally stable after eating?
- Do I have increased physical energy after eating?
- Am I craving any foods?
The answers to these questions cannot be obtained from any book. They must come from our own experience. This is a most important key to conscious living.
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- Cousens Md, Gabriel (2009-03-03). Conscious Eating: Second Edition (Kindle Locations 857-864). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.