You Are Your Blood Type
You have gone to the doctor to give your blood countless times, but do you even know your blood type? Do you even know the purpose of knowing?
There are four different blood types – A, B, AB, and O – and each one gives people different characteristics, such as being susceptible to different diseases, needing to eat different foods and exercise in different manners, and even having different personality tendencies. Knowing your blood type and how to live according to it can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing.
The Four Blood Types and Nutrition
Type A’s have an easier time digesting carbohydrates but have a more difficult time digesting and metabolizing animal protein and fat, so a vegetarian diet based on soy proteins, grains and vegetables works best.
Type B’s biggest food factors in weight gain are corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Chicken should also be avoided because it can lead to strokes and immune disorders. Foods that are encouraged for Type B are green vegetables, eggs, low-fat dairy, and meats such as goat, lamb, mutton, rabbit and venison.
Type AB’s should avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially in stressful situations. They are a sensitive combination of both A and B and the right nutrition balance for them is to focus on foods such as tofu, seafood, dairy and green vegetables.
Type O’s easily digest meals that contain both protein and fat, but have a harder time digesting simple carbohydrates, especially from grains. They should focus on lean, organic meats, vegetables and fruits and avoid wheat and dairy as well as caffeine and alcohol.
The Four Blood Types and Exercise
Type A’s require more calming exercise routines, such as Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and deep breathing exercises.
Type B’s need to balance meditative activities with more intense physical exercise. Examples of this blend would be tennis, martial arts, cycling, hiking and golf.
Type AB’s require a combination of both calming activities and more intense physical exercise to help maintain an optimal balance. For example, three days of aerobic exercise such as running or biking and two days of a calming exercise such as yoga or tai chi.
Type O’s benefit tremendously from brisk regular exercise that taxes the cardiovascular and muscular skeletal system. For the best results, they should engage in aerobic activity for thirty to forty-five minutes at least four times per week.
The Four Blood Types and Personality
Type A’s most often describe themselves as sensitive to the needs of others, good listeners, detail oriented, analytical, creative and inventive.
Type B’s are subjective, easygoing, creative, original and flexible as well as insightful, mystical, idealistic, creative, globally-oriented, people-oriented and good at imagining.
Type AB’s tend to be more emotional, passionate, friendly, trusting and empathetic.
Type O’s are incredibly resilient and flexible. Something to watch out for is this: type O’s “fight or flight” response runs high and can cause bouts of excessive anger, temper tantrums, hyperactivity and even create a severe enough chemical imbalance to bring about a manic episode.
How to Implement Changes According to Your Blood Type
While you can always go to your doctor to find out your blood type, there are several options for at-home tests that you can find online or in a pharmacy.
Once you know your blood type, you can start to implement changes based on the information above about how to best live according to your type. If you find that you are not feeling your best or curious to see if it’s possible to feel even better, try experimenting with your lifestyle in terms of food and exercise to see how it affects you.
Eating for your blood type has been shown to have a positive impact on reducing migraines, so follow the guidelines mentioned in this article to see if they are true to you and then make lifestyle adjustments accordingly.