Are You Eating Right For Your Blood Type?

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There are four blood types: O, A, B and AB, but do you know which one of these is your blood type? Dr. Peter D’Adamo, author of the New York Times Bestseller “Eat Right 4 Your Type: Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia” and creator of the blood type diet, suggests that knowing your blood type and eating specifically for it can help you shed a few pounds while improving your overall health. It’s also believed that eating according to your blood type can help put an end to common problems, including bloating, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and headaches.

Tammye Mathews, a naturopathic doctor, first discovered Dr. D’Adamo’s book after developing a mysterious boil on her leg. She was curious to know if there was anything toxic in her diet based on her blood type. “I found there were four foods that I was eating almost everyday on my AVOID list or considered toxic,” Mathews recalls. “As a blood type O those foods were: avocado, honey dew, cantaloupe and coconut. I decided to test the theory and remove these four foods to see if the boils would go away. They did! Since that time I have those foods sparingly and the boils have never returned.”

Now, as the founder of Restored Inc., Mathews shares this way of eating with her clients so that they are better informed about the foods that are considered healing to the body versus those that are toxic. Many are surprised by what makes the toxic list, but she cautions them not to take these lists so literal. “Use these lists as guidelines to see how your body feels after eating certain foods. Listen to your body.”

Another piece of advice Mathews suggests is that people should consult with a health professional when transitioning to a new way of eating so that they can be monitored during the process. Making sure you’re receiving the proper balance of nutrition and water is very important, she advises.

If you’re ready to try your own blood type diet test, here are some of the key food do’s and don’ts for each of the 4 blood types:

1) Type O

Do: Eat a high-protein diet (lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and beans)
Don’t: Avoid dairy and gluten

2) Type A

Do: Eat fruits, veggies, beans, legumes, and whole grains.

Don’t: Avoid meat.