Boost your immune system with the Blood Type Diet
Feel energetic, productive and achieve weight loss faster
20th July 2020; Ras Al Khaimah, UAE: A strong immune system helps a person stay healthy by fighting off bacteria and viruses, and in the current situation building one’s immunity is perhaps our best bet against the potentially deadly COVID 19. “We all know eating a healthy and balanced diet plays a significant role in achieving a healthy body and a strong immune response. People follow all sorts of diets and many never achieved the desired results, simply because one-size doesn’t fit all as each individual is different. Therefore, a diet specific to our blood type is recommended – it strengthens your immune system and boosts energy levels manifolds while you will start noticing positive changes within a short period ”, says Dr. Harkirat S. Wilkhoo, Health & Lifestyle Coach at RAK Hospital.
“You will feel more energetic, productive and can attain weight loss faster when following the Blood Group Diet, in simple words by eating as per your individual blood type can present many benefits and help your body work at its optimum. Though this still hasn’t received substantial scientific evidence but many studies have concluded favorable results, further elaborates Dr. Wilkhoo.
The blood type diet is based on the findings of a naturopathic physician, Dr. Peter D’Adamo. According to him and as per many other experts supporting the theory, it improves the immune system and decreases the risk of chronic diseases. The basis behind the Blood Group Type Diet is eating according to one’s ABO blood group. One must follow a food chart specific for each blood type, include foods and ingredients that are beneficial and avoid the ones harmful to your group as that can lower your immunity.
Below is the breakdown of the ABO blood groups based on the ‘Blood-Type’ diet theory:
- Group A individuals must adopt a vegetarian diet including legumes, green vegetables, and dairy products. Animal products slow down metabolism and make liver sluggish for them. This blood group evolved when humans settled down into agrarian societies.
- Group B individuals can have a wide and wholesome variety of food. Should avoid corn, lentils, and sesame seeds that cause weight gain, resulting in fatigue, fluid retention, and hypoglycemia. Chicken is another food item that needs to be avoided. This group can benefit from the consumption of dairy products because this group originated in nomadic tribes.
- Group O is considered the ancestral blood group in humans. These individuals have high stomach acid and can digest meat products. They need high-intensity work out to keep the metabolism hiked. And also recommended avoiding gluten and cruciferous vegetables. Their optimal diet should resemble the high animal protein diets, typical of the hunter-gatherer era.
- Group AB is the rarest and newest since it evolved after the fall of ancient civilizations. Individuals have a mixed reaction with food Lectins. Best digestible foods are dairy products, legumes, pulses, nuts, oilseeds, and cereals. This group is encouraged to eat tofu, green vegetables, and fish, but avoid caffeine
“Eating right is one aspect but exercising is just as important as it helps keep your blood system flowing to have a strong immune system. The Blood Group Diet also provides specific types of workouts and brain exercises for each blood type which can benefit the system immensely. However, despite whether to choose to follow this diet or something else, what is always recommended is to consume more fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water and pump your body with your daily vitamin requirements which will help your system fight against all sorts of infections”, commented Dr. Raza Siddiqui, Executive Director of RAK Hospital.