Determine Your Blood Type
First things first. If you don't already know your blood type, you will need to find out if you're an O, A, B, or AB. There are a few ways to do this:
- Ask your healthcare physician. If you've had a child, your OB is most likely to know. However, many doctors do not keep this in their files. When delivering a child, ask and write it down because this vital piece of knowledge often does not make the pediatric files.
- Donate Blood. The Red Cross is always looking for blood donors. When they are done drawing your blood, simply ask and they will happily check your blood type for you.
- Purchase a blood type testing kit. If you know someone that works in a medical setting, you may be able to get one for free. Otherwise,you can purchase an at home kit. I used a home Blood Type Kit from Amazon with my husband and sons (though I wish I would have asked when they were born so that I didn't have to prick their poor little fingers).
- Ask your parents their blood type. If both your parents are type O's, look no further... you are also an O. For all other cases, you may be able to narrow down your blood type but ultimately, you will need to use one of the other methods.
Living and Eating for Your Blood Type
Research and studies supporting the theories behind Dr. D'Adamo's Live Right 4 Your Type highlight the important role blood type plays in attaining complete physical and mental well-being. He first brought us Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution which ignited a health craze that has helped millions learn how to eat according to blood type-- O, A, B,or AB. Since Eat Right 4 Your Type was first printed, more research has come out to strengthen the theory that eating for blood-type helps our bodies more efficiently metabolize the foods we eat, strengthens our immune systems, reduces risks of cancer and heart disease; and helps eliminate a variety of other disease. The research also supports further blood-type related theories that many areas of our life are affected by blood type. Live Right 4 Your Type includes recommendations, guidelines, and informational charts guiding the following areas of life for each of the blood types:
- Emotional Equalizers
- Stress Response
- Maximizing Health
- Overcoming Disease
- Dietary Strategies
Blood Type Diet at the Most Basic Level
Blood Type O
Blood type O benefits from a low-carbohydrate, high protein diet consisting of lean meats, saltwater fish, and vegetables. Grains and dairy should be restricted and often lead to allergies. Type O's benefit from lots of vigorous exercise.
Blood Type A
Blood type A benefits from a more vegetarian diet consisting of soy proteins, grains, and vegetables. Meat should be eliminated from the diet as much as possible but limited servings of poultry and fish are acceptable. Dairy should be avoided as it causes weight gain. Type A's benefit from light exercise, especially those that are meditative.