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Diet for Blood Type O

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Lamb

Foods that are MOST BENEFICIAL to blood type O’s are;

Meats and other Animal Products;

The O blood type are able to tolerate the most amount of meat of all the bloood types.

Beef, buffalo, lamb, mutton, offal such as heart and liver, veal and venison. The more stressful your life and job or the more demanding your exercise program, the better quality protein you should eat, particularly grass-fed organic.

Eggs (unless of indigenous African descent)

Seafood;

Cod, herring, mackerel, Rainbow trout, Red snapper, Salmon, Sardine, Snapper, Sole, White perch, Whitefish, Yellow perch

Dairy;

None!!

Vegetables;

Kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, spinach and silverbeet (These vegetables help blood clot, Type Os lack several clotting fractors and need vitamin K to assist in the process)

Artichoke (domestic and Jerusalem), Beet leaves, capsicums (especially red), chicory, dandelion, garlic, horseradish, kohlrabi, leeks, okra, onions, parsley, parsnips, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, seaweed and turnips.

Fruits;

Plums, prunes and figs. All dark red, blue and purple fruits, such as plums and blueberries, tend to cause an alkaline reaction the digestive tract, and therefore balance the high acidity of the Type Os digestive tract to reduce ulcers and irritations of the stomach lining.

Oils;

Olive oil, flaxseed oil

Nuts;

Pumpkin seeds, and walnuts

Grains;

None!!

Bread;

Essene bread, and Ezekiel bread

Beans;

Adzuki beans, Pinto beans and Black-eyed peas

Spices;

Dulse, Kelp (bladderwrack) and other seaweeds and iodized salt as they are rich sources of iodine which is necessary to regulate the thyroid gland)

Parsley, curry, cayenne pepper as they sooth the digestive tracts of O’s.

Carob, black or white pepper and turmeric.

Beverages;

Plain soda water

Foods that are allowed, but not necessarily helpful to O’s;

Meat;

Any meat except for those listed as not allowed (Type Os can efficiently digest and metabolize meats)

Seafood;

All kinds except those listed as not allowed. Cold-water fish are particularly good for Type Os. Many seafoods are also excellent sources of iodine, which regulates the thyroid function.

Dairy;

Butter, farmer, feta, mozzarella, goat cheese and soy milk.

O blood types should severely restrict the use of dairy products and eggs.

Vegetables;

All kinds, including tomatoes, (tomatoes agglutinate all other blood types), except those listed as not allowed

Fruits;

Grapefruit, most berries

All kinds except those listed as not allowed .

Fruits are not only an important source of fiber, minerals and vitamins, but they can be an excellent alternative to bread and pasta for Type Os.

Oils;

Canola oil, sesame oil (Type Os respond well to oils)

Nuts;

All kinds except those listed as not allowed. These foods should in no way take the place of high-protein meats, for O’s and as they are high in fat they may cause a problem if you are overweight.

Grains;

Amaranth, barley, buckwheat, rice, kamut, kasha, millet, rye, spelt

Condiments;

Chocolate, honey, cocao

Beverages;

Wine

Foods that are NOT allowed,

Meat;

Bacon, Ham, Goose, Pork

Seafood;

Barracuda, pickled herring, smoked salmon, caviar, octopus and squid.

Dairy;

All other dairy products and yoghurts

O blood types should severely restrict the use of dairy products and eggs.

Vegetables;

Goitrogens, such as the Brassica family; Cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, mustard greens, particularly when raw, as they inhibit thyroid function.

Alfalfa sprouts, Shiitake mushrooms and domestic mushrooms, fermented olives as they may aggravate the gut lining and are prone to mould which might aggravate hypersensitivity issues in an O.

Nightshade family, including; eggplant and potatoes as they may cause arthritic conditions in an O.

Corn, as it may affect the production of insulin, leading to obesity and diabetes in an O

Avocadoes and leeks.

Fruits;

Melons including rockmelon and honeydew as they have high mould counts which may aggravate allergies in the hypersensitive O type.

Oranges, mandarines, tangerines, strawberries, kiwis, lychees, blackberries and rhubarb as they may cause acidity in the already pro-acid stomach of an O.

Coconut and coconut containing products as O’s are extrememly sensitive to this fruit.

Oils;

Corn oil, peanut oil, cottonseed oil, coconut oil and safflower oil

Nuts;

Brazil, Cashew, Chestnuts, Peanuts and Peanut butter,
Pistachio, Poppy seeds, Sunflower

Grains;

All wheat products including; bulgur, durum, sprouted, white and whole-wheat, germ and bran, farina, couscous, seven-grains, spelt, or any products such as gluten flour, semolina, bread, pasta and noodles made with these grain products as O types don’t tolerate whole wheat products at all.

Corn, and corn flour, oat, oatbran and oat flour.

Bread;

Bagels, Wheat, Corn muffins, English muffins, High-protein bread, Multigrain bread, Oat bran muffins, Pumpernickel, Sprouted wheat bread, Wheat bran muffins, Whole wheat
bread, spelt or kamut.

Cereals;

Cornflakes, Cornmeal, Cream of wheat, Mixed grain, Oat bran, Oatmeal, Wheat
bran, Wheat germ, Shredded Wheat, Weetbix, Vitabrits

Beans;

Kidney beans, Navy beans, Lentils

Spices;

Black and white pepper, vinegar, capers, cinnamon, cornstarch, corn syrup, nutmeg, vanilla as they irritate the lining of the O gut.

Condiments;

Tomato sauce (Ketchup), pickles, mayonnaise, relish

Beverages;

Beer, coffee, distilled liquor, black tea

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Diet for Blood Type B

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French cheeses

Foods that are MOST BENEFICIAL to blood type B’s are;

Meats and other Animal Products;

Lamb, mutton, venison, rabbit, eggs (as these may help to boost the immune system)

Seafood;

Deep ocean and white fish such as; Mackerel, Monkfish, Orange Roughy, Red Snapper, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Sardines, Sea Trout, Tuna

Dairy;

Cottage cheese, Fetta, Tasty cheese, Camembert, Brie, Goats cheese and milk, Kefir, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Milk, Yoghurt

Type B is the only blood type that can fully enjoy a variety of dairy foods. That’s because the primary sugar in the Type B antigen is D-galactosamine, which is the same sugar present in milk. However, if lactose intolerance is an issue, this does not apply, you will still be unable to digest dairy.

Vegetables;

Green leafy vegetables (These vegetables contain magnesium, which is an important antiviral agent to help Type Bs fight off viruses and autoimmune diseases). Beetroot and beetroot tops, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, kale, Lima beans, Shiitake mushroom, mustard greens, parsley, parsnips,
Jalapeno peppers and Sweet potatoes are also all beneficial for a B blood type.

Fruits;

Pineapples, pawpaw and papaya, as they contain enzymes that help Type Bs to digest their food more easily.

Also beneficial are; Bananas, cranberries, grapes and plums

Oils;

Olive

Nuts;

Walnuts

Grains;

Millet, Oatmeal, and Oat Bran flour, Puffed Rice, Rice and Rice flour, Spelt

Bread;

Brown rice bread, Essene bread, Millet and Rice Cakes

Spices;

Warming spices such as; Ginger, horseradish, curry and cayenne pepper

Beverages;

Ginger, peppermint, raspberry leaf, rose hips, sage, green teas (Generally Bs don’t gain huge benefits from most herbal teas.)

Ginseng (as it is seems to have a positive effect on the nervous system.)

Liquorice (as it has antiviral properties.)

Foods that are allowed, but not necessarily helpful to B’s;

Meat;

Beef, pheasant, turkey and veal

Seafood;

All kinds except those listed as not allowed

Dairy;

All kinds except those listed as not allowed

Vegetables;

All kinds except those listed as not allowed

Fruits;

All kinds except those listed as not allowed

Oils;

All kinds except those listed as not allowed

Nuts;

All kinds except those listed as not allowed. (Most nuts and seeds are not advisable for Type Bs. They contain lectins that interfere with Type B insulin production)

Grains;

All kinds except those listed as not allowed

Bread;

Gluten Free (unless it contains corn)

Spices;

All kinds except those listed as not allowed

Foods that are NOT allowed,

Meat;

Chicken, cornish hens, duck, goose, partridge, quail, pork

Chicken, and to some degree the other meats, contains a Blood Type B agglutinating lectin in its muscle tissue, which attack the bloodstream and potentially lead to strokes and immune disorders. It can also be a problem for those wanting to lose weight.

Seafood;

All shellfish (crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels, oysters, crayfish, clam, etc), anchovy, barracuda, beluga, eel, frog, lox, octopus, sea bass, snail, striped bass, turtle, yellowtail These seafood are poorly digested by Type Bs and contain lectins that are disruptive and may cause stress to the Type B system.

Dairy;

Blue cheese, Ice cream, cheese sticks or processed cheese.

Vegetables;

Tomatoes as they contain a lectin that irritates the stomach lining of B’  bpos.

Corn as it contains insulin- and metabolism-disrupting lectins for B’s

Olives as the mould in olives may trigger an allergic reaction.

Artichoke, avocado, corn, pumpkin, radishes, sprouts, tempeh, tofu,

Fruits;

Coconuts, persimmons, pomegranates, prickly pear, rhubarb, starfruit as they may interfere with your digestive system.

Oils;

Canola, corn, cottonseed, peanut, safflower, sesame, sunflower (The oils not allowed contain lectins that are damaging to the Type B digestive tract.)

Nuts;

Cashew, Hazelnut, Pinenut, Pistachio, Peanuts (including peanut butter), Poppy seeds,
Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds and sesame paste (tahini), Sunflower seeds

Grains;

Wheat of all kinds; bran, bulgur, durum, whole wheat, white, shredded wheat, cream of wheat or any products such as flour, bread, pasta and noodles made with these grain products. This is because wheat reduces insulin efficiency and failure to stimulate fat “burning” in B types.

Rye and any products such as flour, bread and noodles made with these grain products Rye contains a lectin that settles in the vascular system causing blood disorders and potentially strokes.

Buckwheat, corn (cornflakes, cornmeal) and any products such as flour, bread and noodles made with these grain products (These contribute to a sluggish metabolism, insulin irregularity, fluid retention and fatigue.)

Amaranth, barley, kasha, seven-grain, wild rice, couscous

Bread;

Bagels, muffins (corn and bran), bread (multi-grain rye, whole wheat), soba noodles, wild rice, couscous

Spices;

Barley malt sweeteners, corn syrup, cornstarch, cornflour, cinnamon (as sweet herbs tend to be stomach irritants to the B types)

Allspice, Almond extract, Gelatin, Pepper (black and white) and tapioca.

Condiments;

Tomato sauce (ketchup)

Beverages;

Aloe, corn silk, fenugreek, gentian, goldenseal, hops, linden, mullein, red clover, rhubarb, senna, shepherd’s purse, skullcap

Alcoholic spirits, Soda water, Soft drink

Scrambled Tofu

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Scrambled egg tofu

Ingredients;
  • 500gms. organic tofu, firm
  • 1 x sliced leek or diced onion
  • 1 x clove of crushed garlic
  • 1 x diced tomato (optional)
  • chopped chives (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 1/2  tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/4  tsp. each of; cumin powder and coriander powder (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp stock, water or bone broth (water or vegetable stock if vegetarian or vegan)
  • butter (or alternative if vegan)
Instructions;
  1. Drain the tofu from the water.
  2. Heat a medium frypan (if frypan isn’t non-stick, you’ll need to have it well-greased) over medium-high heat. You can a little knob of butter (or alternative) too regardless for an even creamier taste.
  3. Fry off leek or onion and garlic.
  4. Add tomato and chives, if using.
  5. Add tofu and spices together. Using a spatula, cut up the tofu in the pan to look like scrambled eggs.
  6. Once incorporated, add the vegetable broth (1 tablespoon at a time) bringing the broth to a boil and allowing to fully absorb into the tofu each time.
  7. Remove from heat and season with sea salt and pepper as desired.

Serves 2-3

Iron Rich Foods

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Are you low in iron and want to know the best food sources?

Red Blood Cells

First of all, what is iron and why is it important?

It helps to transport oxygen around the body, and as our cells and tissues all require oxygen, iron is essential for life.

It is also important for producing energy, as iron is used in the Citric Acid Cycle which releases stored energy from proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

It is also necessary for optimal immune function, enzyme production, growth and storing oxygen in our muscles (this is what gives muscles their red colour!).

 

Symptoms of iron deficiency

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of concentration
  • Learning issues
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Headache
  • Pale skin
  • Weakness/dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Brittle nails
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Low stomach acid
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Strange cravings for ice or dirt, known as pica
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Tingling or a crawling-feeling in the legs

Rich Food Sources of Iron;

Steak

Red meat is the best known source of iron, but it’s not the only source. Iron from animal sources is known as heme and plant based iron sources are known as non-heme

  • All meat, such as lamb, pork, chicken, and beef
  • Fish and seafood, such as; salmon, sardines, prawns and oysters
  • Eggs
  • Pulses and beans, such as; lentils and soybeans (see note below about iron absorption and pulses)
  • Tofu
  • Seeds including; sunflowers and pepitas
  • Nuts such as; almonds
  • Dark leafy greens, such as parsley, spinach, kale and watercress
  • Dried fruits such as apricots and raisins
  • Avocados
  • Seaweed
  • Grains such as rice ((see note below about iron absorption and grains)

Vitamin C helps your body absorb the iron you eat. Foods high in vitamin C include:

  • Citrus fruits, such as oranges, mandarines, lemons, limes and grapefruit,
  • Other fruits such as; strawberries, kiwis, guava, papaya, pineapple, melons, and mangoes
  • Broccoli
  • Red and green capsicum
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Dark leafy greens

Vegetarians and vegans should make sure they’re eating enough beans, tofu, dried fruits, spinach, and other dark vegetables.

Vegetarians may need nearly twice as much iron on a daily basis as people who eat animal products. This is because iron from plant foods may not be absorbed as easily or completely as iron found in animal products, such as meat.

Rusty pots

Cooking your food in iron rich pans, particularly acid based foods such as tomato sauces, can be a good source of iron!!

Avoid;

  • Calcium, especially in the form of dairy, at the same time as taking an iron supplement or eating a meal rich in iron, as it competes for absorption with iron. Have calcium rich foods or supplements at other times of the day
  • Zinc, copper, manganese and possibly magnesium, take these as supplements and food sources at separate times.
  • Tea or coffee as the tannic acid in tea and coffee reduce absorption.
  • Peppermint and chamomile
  • Phytic acid found in grains, pulses and other plant foods can reduce absorption by up to 80%, but having vitamin C at the same time counteracts that effect.

Caution;

Don’t take iron when there’s an infection present as bacteria need iron for growth. The body will hide iron in the liver and other storage areas to starve the bacteria, so supllemening at this time only feeds the bacteria.

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Diet for Blood Type A

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Foods that are most beneficial to blood type A’s are:

Vegetables

Alfalfa Sprouts, Artichoke (Domestic, Jerusalem), Beetroot Leaves, Broccoli

Carrots, Chicory, Collard Greens, Dandelion, Escarole, Garlic, Horseradish

Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce (Romaine), Okra, Onions (Red, Spanish, Yellow)

Parsley, Parsnips, Pumpkin, Spinach, Swiss chard and Turnips

Vegetable oils

Extra virgin olive oil, Coconut oil

Deep ocean seafood

Mackerel, Monkfish, Orange Roughy, Red Snapper, Rainbow Trout,  Salmon, Sardines, Sea Trout,

 

Legumes (beans and peas)

Adzuki, Black, Green, Pinto beans

Lentil Beans, Black eyed peas

 

Grains

Rice, Sprouted wheat, Buckwheat Kasha, Soba Noodles

Oat, Rice and Rye flours

 

Nuts and seeds

Pumpkin seeds and peanuts

 

Fruits

Apricots, Berries (Black, Blue, Boysenberries, Cranberries, Cherries), Figs (Dried or Fresh)

Grapefruit, Lemons, Pineapple, Prunes, Raisins

 

Cereals

Amaranth, Buckwheat and Kasha

 

Breads, muffins, and crackers

Essene Bread,

Rice Cakes

 

Juices

Apricot, Black Cherry, Grapefruit

Pineapple, Prune, Carrot, Celery

 

Spices

Barley Malt, Blackstrap Molasses, Garlic, Ginger

Miso, Soy Sauce Tamari

 

Condiments

Mustard

 

Herbal Teas

Alfalfa, Aloe, Burdock, Chamomile, Echinacea, Fenugreek

Ginger, Ginseng, Green Tea, Hawthorne, Milk Thistle

Rose Hips, St. John’s Wort, Slippery Elm, Valerian

Miscellaneous Beverages

Green Tea and Red Wine

 

Foods that blood type A should avoid are:

 

  • All red meat including; Pork (bacon and ham), Beef, Lamb and only having chicken or turkey occasionally
  • Shellfish, anchovies, smoked salmon, calamari, eel, scallops, octopus, mussels and only have snapper, swordfish and shark occasionally.
  • Most dairy products (except; yoghurt, ricotta, mozzarella, fetta and goat’s cheese are allowed)
  • Wheat products (bread flour, pasta)
  • Vegetables: Cabbage (Chinese, Red, and White), Eggplant
  • Legumes; Lima Beans, Kidney Beans,
  • Mushrooms (Domestic, Shiitake),
  • Olives (Black, Greek, Spanish)
  • Capsicum (Green, Jalapeno, Red, Yellow),
  • Potatoes (Red, Sweet, White),
  • Tomatoes

 

Also try to limit your intake of these foods:

 

Fruits

Banana, Cantaloupe, Coconut, Honeydew

Mango, Orange, Papaya, Plantain, Rhubarb, and Tangerine

 

Fats and Oils

 

Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Cottonseed Oil

Peanut Oil, Safflower Oil and Sesame Oil

 

Nuts and Seeds

 

Brazil, Cashew and Pistachios

 

Beans and Legumes

 

Garbanzo, Kidney, Lima, Navy, Red and Tamarind Beans

 

Other beverages

 

Beer, Liquor, Seltzer Water

Soda (Club, Cola, Diet, etc.)

 

 

 

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Heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead, and mercury, leach into our food supply through the air and water; these undesirable additives come from industrial processes such as mining, smelting, battery manufacture, electroplating, and pesticide production. Cadmium and lead are the chief contaminants of rice, wheat, and foods containing these cereals [1]. Mercury is often found in seafood, but cadmium and lead can also be present in smaller amounts [2]. Even trace amounts of these heavy metals can be extremely toxic to human health, since they have extremely long biological half-lives, or time required for half the absorbed metals to leave the body: 10 years for cadmium [3], 30 days for lead [4], and 60 days for mercury [5]. Thus, there is an increased risk of chronic poisoning due to heavy metal accumulation in tissues and…

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Plantar Fasciitis

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You can use a frozen water bottle instead of a Pediroller.plantar fasciitis 2

 

The towel stretch is a particularly helpful exercise as it strengthens the tendons in the arch. You can use a hand-towel and start with you foot at the bottom end and try to scrunch the towel up with your toes until you’ve got the whole towel.

To make it more challenging, then try to push the towel away from under your foot, with your toes until it’s all out from underneath.