What does your blood type say about you?

Thursday, September 9, 2010
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Do you feel the need to follow a new diet or take up the latest exercise regime because nothing has been working for you? You might not be doing the right one for your blood type, suggests naturopath James L. D'Adamo, creator of the Blood-Type Diet.

D'Adamo's latest book, Just an Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure proposes that the best prescription to your overall health is written in your blood. "The people who use this information rise to the level of health that nature intended for their unique bodies, while at the same time helping to prevent the most common degenerative diseases," he says. Find out what your blood type says about you:

Type O

The O is constitutionally the strongest of all the blood types and has the longest life expectancy. Type O usually has a well-developed physique and thrives on physical activity. O's, in fact, are the athletes of the world. Although they tend to be muscular, their blood flow can be sluggish, and without a vigorous exercise program of an hour or more per day to stimulate the circulatory system, they (more than any of the other blood types) will rapidly grow lethargic. Through vigorous physical exercise, people who are Type O not only recharge their batteries and optimize their physical energy, but they also gain the kind of mental clarity needed by high achievers.

This takes us back to the O's need for animal protein. If we return to an earlier period of humankind's development, the first blood type to appear was an O. Early man was a hunter, dependent on physical prowess to track and kill his food. The fight-or-flight syndrome was also never called upon more than in our ancestors whose daily survival was exceedingly tenuous. That man required high-octane fuel, and that fuel came from his regular consumption of the most energy-packed food substance: animal protein.

Although few of us today hunt for our next meal, and our fight-or-flight mechanism is triggered far less than in other periods of human history, Type O's still bear the imprint of their predecessors and require daily helpings of animal protein to meet their physical needs.

An O who tries to lead a vegetarian lifestyle will always be hungry and constantly snacking — usually on a carbohydrate — to get a quick boost. O's who follow this regimen will ultimately develop low blood sugar.

For optimal health, O's should include several servings of turkey, lamb, fish, and occasionally organic beef in their daily diet. However, an O should limit or entirely eliminate dairy and wheat products.

Milk, cheese, and eggs produce an excessive amount of mucus in the O, which often leads to chronic respiratory and circulatory conditions. Type O's who eliminate or greatly reduce dairy products from their diet will prevent or dramatically improve their asthma or chronic sinus conditions.

Just an Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure by James L. D'Adamo (Hay House, RRP $34.95) is available now at all leading retailers. Visit hayhouse.com.au for more information.

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