The Blood-type Diet is easy, once you get used to it, and it’s a diet for a lifetime. The basic reason for adhering to the diet has to do with reducing inflammatory processes in the body. Dietary lectins in foods cause selectin binding in the endothelial layer of the blood vessels. Since selectin binding of the arterial walls creates an inflammatory response and inflammation has been found to be the basis of all disease, it makes sense to stop the inflammation wherever possible. It’s a food allergy at the microscopic level; not the normal anaphylactic, life-threatening sort that is so dramatic. Eventually the microscopic, inflammatory process type of food allergy is life-threatening; most people just don’t notice the slow slide into disease.
For blood-type O’s the diet is what I like to call Road Kill & Weeds; it’s the hunter-gatherer meat-eater type of diet, from ancient days. No modern carbohydrates, very few beneficial fruits and high-protein form the basis of this particular diet. If you think of Type O’s as being the like cats, it makes more sense. Cats require at least six times more protein than dogs; they are obligate carnivores. Type A’s, on the other hand, are more like dogs; they can eat some meats but not the heavy types like beef or pork, and they thrive on fruits and vegetables…and they can handle carbohydrates. Type B’s are more the sheepherder types; they need high protein, like Type O’s, but they can also handle dairy…which none of the other types do well with. Type AB’s, being a mix of everything, are confusing (sorry).
When you are looking to find what kind of diet will serve you for a lifetime (and diet means food regimen, not weight-loss), a good place to start is the Blood-type Diet. Then look at the dietary requirements of each type and you can add things to get the optimum functioning. Type O’s and B’s do best with the high-protein/low carbohydrate diets while Type A’s and AB’s do best with the Zone Diet. If you then add Food Combining principles into all of the diets, you get really optimum results. In fact, the results are so good that many supposedly chronic and irreversible disease states are reversed; sometimes very quickly-and without pharmaceutical drugs.
In my practice I’ve found that my Type O’s typically come in with diabetes and arthritis and their blood sugar levels and joint pains reverse within two weeks by dropping out the carbs-especially wheat and corn. My Type B’s generally come in with heart disease or blood diseases, which are reversed by dropping chicken and carbs out. The Type A’s come in with intestinal problems, diabetes and cancer, which is helped by changing the types and amounts of meats they consume. The AB’s come in with auto-immune diseases, which are tricky and require fasting and cleansing, dietary restrictions and lots of nutritional supplements.
Despite several in-your-face and ridiculous dietary attempts to prove that only calories count (such as eating nothing but sweets for a month), the truth is that most people can stand some dietary nonsense for a short time but there will be hell to pay if it continues. Two months on a high-sugar diet is more than enough to drive most adults over the age of 45 into diabetes (Type II). Whether one can continue dietary indiscretions (or not) really depends on general health and genetic makeup. Don’t push it-it’s not worth it.
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