Let's get a little more scientific and holistic today and talk about your health. Before we begin, in a past share, I discussed my personal beliefs around bio-individuality and the care we must all take to find what works for our bodies. I encourage you to read it first, it's not your typical take on food and health.
Now that we're all on the same page, let's chat about another core element of your unique makeup, your blood type. That's right! Your blood type is a direct result of your birth parents and their ancestors' blood types combining. It's part of your genetic makeup and a key ingredient to your health.
There are 4 main types: O, A, B, and AB. Each carries general tendencies that can dictate functions, from how you digest food to how you behave under stress. Your blood type can also demonstrate your susceptiblity to certain reactions and diseases. It's at least informative, if not life changing, to understand your body's makeup and expected performance.
While the studies are sound, I will note, that the scientific research supporting the connection between blood groups and health has unfortunately been ignored by western medicine. Feel free to believe what you will, but I have lost faith in the integrity of western medicine, especially around food and disease prevention, so honestly I don't even bat an eye when their support is withheld.
For My (respected) Doubters + Diggers:
+ Scientific Writings - see links on the left
To learn more about your blood type's tendencies, visit Dr. D'Adamo's highly informative site. Select your type and read up!
You'll see that there are recommendations covering diet, exercise, and other lifestyle aspects. Read these with an understanding that, again, there is no one approach that fits all, so some of these may or may not be optimal for you. You've got to give it a try and monitor results. Do the work, my friend. For myself, I disagreed with a few of the diet suggestions, like eating soy and a strict vegetarian diet—this is due to research on the long-term effects, as well as my personal experience. I would encourage you to try what resonates and simply store the rest as potentials to consider.
Personally, I found the research and results to be very in line with what I had already discovered about myself over the years. As an A+, I tend to prefer calmer settings; I was born with low hydrochloric acid and as a result struggle to digest food, especially meat; I thrive on properly-prepared grains and liver-cleansing foods; I feel best when practicing restorative yoga and taking mellow 30 min walks; I am happiest when creating. What about you? Does the description of your blood type resemble you? How are you going to change your lifestyle to better fit your natural needs?
Whether you connect with your blood type description or not, I highly encourage you to take some time to write down your own summary of your tendencies. Train yourself to listen to your body—know when you are hungry; note when you are tired; observe your behavior at different times of the day and after certain levels of exercise; document your skin, nail, and hair health. Be a student of yourself and you'll gain all the knowledge you need to wisely navigate the many diets, exercise protocols, doctor's statements, work environments, and, general self-help guides thrown at you every day.
This book provides an insightful view of the American body. The author, Donna Gates, spends most of the book discussing her approach to food (again take or leave pieces of her diet, as needed), but also reviews the application of blood types and other factors of wellness that add to our bio-individuality. I learned most of what I know about the benefits of fermented foods from her, as well as the 80/20 approach towards life. It's definitely a book you want to own and read through at some point.
**One small note, the author does self-promotes a lot throughout the book, which can be a major turn off if you can't look past it. Try your best to not get distracted, because her information and lifestyle suggestions are very useful :)
I hope this has been a helpful read for you! Please feel free to ask questions as you peruse the links and get to know your body's natural bent. I look forward to sharing in your journey.
À votre santé!