People who are O blood type have a different set of characteristics than people who are Type B or Type A – they are susceptible to different diseases, they should eat different foods and exercise in a completely different manner. Some believe that personality is influenced by blood type! Dr. D’Adamo, author of the best selling books Eat Right for Your Type andLive Right for Your Type, among others, gives us a blueprint for living in his books. Read on to learn more about the Type O individual.
The Blood Type O Individualized Lifestyle
Why are some people plagued by poor health while others seem to live healthy, vital lives even late in life? Does blood type influence personality? A single drop of blood contains a biochemical make up as unique as your fingerprint. Your blood type is a key to unlocking the secrets to your biochemical individuality. Foods and supplements contain lectins that interact with your cells depending on your blood type. This explains why some nutrients which are beneficial to one blood type, may be harmful to the cells of another. Dr. Peter D’Adamo, the author of the best selling books Eat Right for Your Type and Live Right for Your Type gives Type O’s some tips on leading a healthy lifestyle.
Type O Strengths and Weaknesses
We've already mentioned the tendency of type O towards higher levels of stomach acid. There is also another unique characteristic of type O that is perhaps even more important: This blood type has a very well-developed ability to digest meals that contain both protein and fat.
The blood type diet suggests that O types will lose most of their excess weight, at least initially, by avoiding grain products. Although certain whole grains, like brown rice and millet, are considered neither good nor bad for O types, the diet specifically calls for avoiding wheat products, stating that gluten lectins, the reactive proteins in wheat, are the leading cause of weight gain in O types because they hinder insulin metabolism, interfere with efficient calorie use and promote inflammation.
D’Adamo advises O types to avoid corn for similar reasons and further recommends that O types steer clear of simple carbohydrates, especially in the form of refined grains like pasta, because O types convert these foods into fat and triglycerides more readily.
Dairy products are another food that O types should severely limit. According to the diet, people with type O blood are generally intolerant to the lactose dairy products -- including milk, cheese and yogurt -- and don’t digest them very well. Although eggs aren’t a source of lactose, D’Adamo puts them in the same category, stating that they’re a poor protein source that O types should avoid.
O types should completely avoid certain vegetables, as well; lentils, kidney beans and navy beans contain lectins that deposit in muscle tissues, making it harder to burn calories efficiently. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and mustard greens are also said to promote weight gain in O types, because they interfere with thyroid activity.