Making sense of food allergies and sensitivity to certain foodsI've had lots of people ask me about their issues with foods lately. They show me allergy test results and want my opinion. I've had 20 years of experience in this area, to the extreme. I almost diet of malnutrition.
Doctors will inform you that you are sensitive to or allergic to a food. They may say you have celiac disease. They may tell you to simply stop consuming the offending food. You feel better for a few months, because you’ve stopped eating a particular food. Then you discover that your list of forbidden foods is getting longer and other seemingly unrelated symptoms are multiplying with each passing year. This is what happened to me. Eventually, I was not able to consume animal protein, dairy, eggs, citrus, high tannin fruits (apples, pears), herbs, teas, cinnamon, tomatoes and cruciferous vegetables. In short, I was limited to 5 types of fish, 4 grains, spinach, asparagus, green beans, a simple garden salad, peaches, plums and apricots and a few root vegetables. I didn't choose this diet. It was forced upon me.
There are 6 reasons why the gastrointestinal tract would over react to a food. 1) It contains volatile organic compounds called phytochemicals that defend plants against pests and disease, but are irritating to the gut lining of mammals. 2) The dose makes the poison. 3) You have leaky gut, Celiac, IBS, Colitis, or Crohn’s and/or your immune system, of which 80% is along the digestive tract, is weakened. 4) Your pancreas does not produce an adequate supply of a particular enzyme, you have gallbladder issues or your stomach does not produce enough or any hydrochloric acid. 5) The food contains lectins that are not compatible with your blood type antigen and thus cause an immune reaction and inflammation. 6) You have a true allergy, like to strawberries or peanuts.
1) Plants contain a wonderful compliment of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other compounds that are highly beneficial to us. However, they also have volatile oils and phytochemical compounds that can irritate the very thin (one cell layer thick) mucous lining of the intestines. Tannic acid or tannin is what causes fruit to ripen and plants to mature, but in high concentrations, it is a skin irritant and considered at toxic substance. Tannin is found in most herbs also. Clarion camphor is highly irritating to mucous membranes and is found in Valerian. The same is true of tiglic acid in Chamomile, anthemic acid, rotenone (used in insecticides), coumarin in Mullein, and my favorite - picric acid, found in hops and Jamaican dogwood. Picric acid is used to make munitions (bullets and explosives). Imagine that coming in contact with the lining of your gut and what symptoms it may cause. My intestines swelled shut for days. Herbs have powerful medicinal properties, but as a rule, they should not be consumed for more than two weeks at a time, followed by a break for several months.
2) The dose makes the poison. We tend to get into a food rut, and instead of changing our diet with the seasons, to consume locally grown produce when it's available, we consume the same substances all year long. We seldom, if ever give our body a break from exposure to a certain phytochemical and other substances. We use the same brands of packaged food-like products, and though the food-like substance may look different on the outside, when you compare the list of ingredients, there is very little difference between them. So, repeated exposure to wheat, soy, corn, sugar, artificial flavors and colors, preservatives, and even sulphur, will wear the system out for that particular substance. In this case, eliminating the offending food for a period of time and then reintroducing it slowly, on an occasional basis, would stop the cycle and create balance in the system again. This was the case with my relationship with corn.
Cruciferous vegetables are high in sulfur content. Sulfur is a violent GI tract irritant and it triggers symptoms in people with leaky gut, IBS, Colitis and Crohn's. Sulfur vegetables include leeks, onions, chives, garlic, rutabaga, turnips, radish, mustard greens, kale, collards, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and water cress. High sulfur fruits include coconut, papaya, pineapple, banana and watermelon. Cheeses, tea and coffee, whey proteins, gluten grains, chocolate, cream, horseradish, sour cream, and all soy products have high sulfur content, as well as chicken, nuts and seeds, duck, red meats, eggs, legumes (esp. red beans), carob, dairy products and shell fish (scallops, crab, lobster).
Sulfur is needed by the body and is found in every living cell. Sulfur is needed to form the amino acids methionine, cysteine and taurine. These sulfur-based amino acids are recycled for making proteins required for growth, maintaining tissue, and forming enzymes. Sulfur is the driving force for energy to cells. It plays a major role in forming the tissues that hold skin and organs together, and the cartilage that cushions joints. Sulfur can also be found in beta-keratin, an essential protein found in nails, skin, and hair. It assists in the digestion and absorption of fat, as it is needed to make bile acids. Sulfur plays a role in bone mineralization, including teeth. Sulfur compounds are vital to the creation of insulin (a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates blood glucose levels). Therefore sulfur is necessary in the regulation of blood sugar. It elicits the flow of blood. We need sulfur in the diet, but eating two sulfur vegetables together in a meal or consuming too many high sulfur foods on a continuous basis can be too much of a good thing.
3) People who have leaky gut, IBS, Crohn’s or Colitis can react to any amount of sulfur in food. This is true of many substances in foods that normally don’t cause symptoms in most people, but for those with certain conditions, it’s problematic.
The trouble with eliminating foods that you react to is that you also eliminate the nutrition that food contains. Now, imagine not being able to consume any sulfur vegetables for 20 years and how your health would deteriorate. Multiply that by the number of foods you have to eliminate from your diet and you understand why eliminating offending foods is not always a long term solution.
4) Unable to digest meat, I developed a clinical vitamin B deficiency that my doctors had never witnessed before, but only read about in their medical text books. I could not digest dairy. Not due to lactose intolerance, but because my pancreas stopped making the enzyme to digest it. My hormones were seriously out of whack. I had no energy, no emotion except severe chronic depression. Severe memory loss, mental confusion, brain-fog, sleeplessness and constipation plagued me. I became hypothyroid, pre-diabetic and in my mid-40's my size 2 jeans were too big. Teeth died and broke off in my mouth. I was dying. I can tell you what 20 years of eating vegetarian or vegan can do to you.
In January 2014, I finally figured out how to heal myself. It's amazing, but my leaky gut healed in 3 months and my brain was healed within a year. Everything that was wrong with my health, self corrected. Not with drugs, but by giving my body what it needed to heal.
Since May 2014, I have been able to consume foods that were forbidden for 20 years. I can digest dairy and meat again! I can eat anything I want now! The first time I had chicken, chocolate, eggs, yogurt, grapefruit, apples, pears ... after 20 years of being unable to eat them, was like having them for the first time, ever. Until this week, the last thing on the list to reintroduce to my body is CORN. Of all the foods that annoyed my digestive system, corn in any form caused the most severe reaction, second to soy. I will never eat soy again, because it was never meant to be food, but fertilizer.
Last week I found organic, non-GMO corn chips. They didn't contain any ingredients that are against my blood type or that would cause a reaction for other reasons; like soy or canola oil, xanthin gum, guar gum, maltodextrin, etc. I had a few every day and noticed nothing different. This week, I purchased corn meal and made corn cakes. Oh, it's been so long since I tasted "corn"!
5) My oldest daughter Lisa and I are both blood type A. We can have corn, but my husband Mark and youngest daughter Mandy are both O's. In them, corn interferes with insulin efficiency and slows metabolism. Corn, oats and wheat put weight on O's for the same reason. Look at the label of most processed, packaged foods and you will likely find corn in some form, or wheat. Corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, wheat germ, wheat bran, etc. The lectin in corn, oats and wheat agglutinate in the body fluids of O's and cause inflammation, so if you have type O blood, may not be allergic. It may be that your blood type is simply not meant to consume those foods. If you are having problems with weight and inflammation, it may not be an "allergy", but that the food is not compatible with your blood type antigens. It was never meant to be food for you. Food should be your medicine, and not interact with your body like a poison.
6) You can only have an immune reaction to proteins that are not completely digested and broken down into single amino acids. If you are allergic to strawberries or peanuts, you know it. 80% of your immune system is along the GI tract, so if IgA picks up the partially digested protein you have an internal skin reaction. That could affect breathing, as well as the gut lining. If IgE engages that partially digested protein, you have an external skin reaction. That could cause a rash, itching, or hives. In both cases, it causes inflammation.
Lets look at why you are not digesting your food and take action to heal the gut, so you can nourish yourself with food and thrive. If you have questions or would like to schedule a free 30 minute consultation, please contact me. I am here for you.
What's good for me to eat, according to blood type and other factors?Why are some people able to loose weight on particular diets, while others are not? Why are some people able to retain vitality late in life, while others deteriorate mentally and physically at a relatively early age? It is more than genetics. Your blood type determines how long you will live, what diseases you will be susceptible to, how well you will cope with stress - both emotional, physical and environmental, and what type of work and exercise is best suited for you. It also determines how foods will interact with your unique body chemistry.
Have you ever heard the quote “One man’s food is another man’s poison”. Well, it’s true. Your blood type is a guide for eating and living healthy. When you eat foods that are compatible with your blood type and ancestry, you will literally melt away excess weight with surprisingly little effort, and be able to maintain your ideal weight. Plus, you will slow the aging process and avoid diseases that your blood type is prone to in the future.
Lectins - are proteins found in foods that have agglutinating properties. When you eat a food that is not compatible with your blood type antigen, the lectins target organs and systems in your body and cause cells in that region to clump together. Then they are targeted for destruction by your immune system, as foreign invaders. This clumping can cause IBS, cirrhosis of the liver, and system malfunctions, breakdowns and a variety of diseases. This is not about food allergies or intolerances, but about food incompatibility.
When you are young, your immune system protects you from lectins and tolerates this assault on a daily basis. But, as time passes, the immune system becomes less tolerant and begins to weaken, causing symptoms. The immune system also becomes vulnerable to foreign invaders that attack weakened organ systems, produce toxins and reproduce in your body. This exacerbates an already overwhelming problem for the immune system. Symptoms are how the body communicates to you that something is wrong, but symptoms are often misunderstood or misdiagnosed. Because the cause of the symptoms are not known, the offending foods continue to be consumed and the immune system continues to weaken, causing chronic symptoms and then disease conditions. These are usually treated with drugs, and the immune system has even more to contend with. The problem is easy to remedy, when you understand the underlying cause. The solution is to eat a diet that is compatible with your blood type. The body is very efficient and able to heal itself, once it is given what it needs, and what offends it is taken away.
Because O is the original blood type, I have organized the chart below from left (O) to right (AB). When you feed your family or guests, which are likely to be of different blood types, it will be easier to plan meals by comparing the foods in each category, according to blood type. For example: I have three O’s in my family and I am an A. Breakfast would be easier to prepare if I made beef, eggs and asparagus for my O’s and I have eggs and asparagus for breakfast. Dinner can be baked chicken with green beans and turnips, or baked salmon with steamed kale, collard greens, leek and fresh basil, and parsnips and carrots on the side. Lunch is usually a garden salad made of vegetables we all can eat. The O’s have a meat that I can’t eat and I have almonds and pumpkin seeds. I may have grouper when everyone else eats shrimp, but the vegetables are generally compatible with everyones blood type. This simplifies meal planning, preparation and clean-up. Also, knowing about how blood type influences food choices will also give you insight into why you and/or your children don’t like certain foods. For instance, O’s typically dislike cauliflower and Brussels.
MeatsThe original blood type were O’s; hunter-gatherers. They get their energy from animal protein, not carbohydrates. They do not care for Brussels sprouts, because their body wisdom tells them not to eat them. A’s are the agrarian society of farmers that came later, when people started to build permanent dwellings and settlements, cultivate the land and raise livestock. B’s developed as humans migrated north and adapted to colder, harsher climates. AB’s are a thoroughly modern adaptation, resulting from the intermarrying of very different people groups.
O’s get their energy from animal protein, and so they produce more stomach acid for proper and complete digestion. Thus, they tend to have acid reflux, heartburn and ulcers. O’s should be very careful to balance meat with the appropriate vegetables and fruits to avoid over-acidification, leading to ulcers and acid build-up in the muscle tissues. Consume 2 organically grown eggs, twice a week. Processed meats contain soy, nitrites and nitrates, chemical preservatives, phosphates, MSG, artificial flavors and colors, and come from livestock that were likely given GMO grain feeds, antibiotics, steroids and hormones. Choose lean, organically grown meats.
A’s produce low levels of stomach acid and so meats are poorly digested. A’s can develop pernicious anemia, resulting from vitamin B12 deficiency and stomach cancer due to low levels of hydrochloric acid. Consume 2 organically grown eggs, once a week. A quality vitamin B supplement will help to compensate for reduced meat consumption and poor digestion. Also taking Betaine HCL (hydrochloric acid) 20 minutes after meals containing meat will assist with protein digestion. Choose lean, organically grown meats.
B’s tend toward developing autoimmune disorders. If you are fatigued and suffer from immune deficiencies, eat mutton, rabbit or lamb, instead of beef or turkey. NO chicken!* This is a difficult adjustment for B’s, who tend to like chicken and it has become a fundamental part of many ethnic diets. However, chicken contains lectins that agglutinate in muscle tissues of type B’s. The good news is that eggs do not contain the lectin that is found in chicken, so to B’s can eat 2 organically grown eggs twice a week. Choose lean, organically grown meats.
AB’s do not produce enough stomach acid to effectively digest too much animal protein. Portion and frequency size are the key. NO chicken!* Two eggs, twice a week are a very good source of protein for you. You are susceptible to heart conditions, but research has shown that high intake of saturated fat is a bigger culprit than cholesterol. Organically grown eggs can lower bad cholesterol. Choose lean, organically grown meats.
Note: Grilled food develops benzopyrenes, which are very toxic (poisonous) and lower immunity. Benzopyrenes must be detoxified by the liver
SeafoodSeafood is best suited for O’s of Asian descent, instead of beef, venison, lamb, liver, heart, buffalo, veal and mutton. O’s tend not to like fishy-fish, but the best heart healthy fats come from fish oils, which are very essential for bowel health as well. Iodine in seafood is needed for thyroid function, which deficiency results in metabolic problems and weight gain.
A's should eat fish at least 4 times per week, in modest portions to get needed protein and B vitamins. The best heart healthy fats come from fish.
B's thrive on seafood, especially deep-ocean fish, which are rich in essential fatty acids. Avoid shellfish, which are poorly digested by B’s.
Seafood is an excellent source of protein for AB’s.
DairyFor O's, their system is ill equipped to properly metabolize dairy, so there are no highly beneficial foods in this group. Severely restrict your dairy consumption. Many African Americans in general are lactose intolerant and benefit from eliminating diary completely.. O’s would benefit from taking a calcium supplement that is highly bioavailable. Soy milk and cheese are not good dairy alternatives, because soy will seriously damage your health in ways that there is not enough room here to explain.
A's do well on small amounts of fermented and cultured dairy products, but should avoid anything that comes from a cow. A’s tend to produce more mucous, which can be harmful, because it harbors various bacteria. Goat dairy products are best. If you are of Asian decent, exclude cheese and milk. Yoghurt is best A’s. If you are of African decent, no dairy for you, but DO NOT turn to soy as a dairy alternative, because it will seriously damage your health in ways that there is not enough room here to explain.
B's are the only blood type who thrive on dairy products, even those of African decent. If you are Asian, you will initially have a problem adapting to dairy, but DO NOT turn to soy as a dairy alternative, because it will seriously damage your health in ways that there is not enough room here to explain.
Thanks to your B ancestors, you can benefit from dairy foods, especially cultured and soured products - yoghurt, kefir and sour cream. Watch out for excessive mucous production. You already produce a lot of mucous, so you don’t want more. Watch out for respiratory problems, sinus and ear infections, which would indicate that you should cut back. DO NOT turn to soy as a dairy alternative, because it will seriously damage your health in ways that there is not enough room here to explain.
OilsOils are processed and refined, and contain harmful solvents, like Benzene, which goes to the thymus and ruins the immune system. It also teams up with parasites, causing AIDS. Canola oil is made from rape seed, which was the cause of “Mad Cow Disease,” and causes adverse neurological reactions. Use organic, cold-pressed olive oil or real organic cultured butter to prevent food from sticking to a pan. Olive oil has a positive effect on the heart and arteries, and may even help to reduce blood cholesterol. Avoid all other types of oil, as they contain lectins that are damaging to the digestive tract.
A's need comparatively little fat in their diet than other blood types, but regardless of your blood type, adding oil to foods only complicates digestion. Oil coat the food, which blocks enzymes and prevents nutrient absorption. Adding just enough organic, cold-pressed olive oil or real goat butter to a pan to prevent sticking is all that is needed. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fat, which is heart healthy. Oil salad dressing is not recommended. A’s already possess a very sensitive digestive tract, and digestion does net need these unnecessary challenges. Other oils cause problems and have the opposite effect of the benefits they are reported to have. Omegas should come from whole food like salmon, mackerel, sardines, avocado, nuts and seeds.
Use organic, cold-pressed olive oil or real butter to prevent food from sticking to a pan. Avoid all other types of oil, as they contain lectins that are damaging to the digestive tract, in addition to solvents. When heated to high temperatures, vegetable oils produce toxic chemicals that, when ingested, wreak havoc on immunity and detoxification.
AB's should use olive oil, rather than animal fats (lard) or other oils. A small amount of real organic cultured butter may be used in cooking to prevent sticking.
Nuts & Seeds Nuts and seeds are a good snack food for O’s, but they are not a replacement for high-quality animal protein. They contain essential fatty acids and oils, which are needed in your diet. Eating nuts and seeds in moderation will not cause you to gain weight, and if you are over weight, they will actually help you to loose extra pounds. Sprouted nuts and seeds are best! Be aware that nut oils can quickly become rancid and that the nuts can harbor molds which produce some of the most toxic substances on earth. Very bad! Sprouted nuts and seeds are living foods, and so do not grow mold or become rancid as quickly.
Nuts and seeds are a good snack food for A’s, because you eat very little animal protein, but they are not a substitute for animal protein, which is your source of B vitamins, especially B12. They contain essential fatty acids and oils, which are needed in your diet. Eating nuts and seeds in moderation will not cause you to gain weight, and if you are over weight, they will actually help you to loose extra pounds. Sprouted nuts and seeds are best! They are easier to digest. Be aware that nut oils can quickly become rancid and that the nuts can harbor molds which produce some of the most toxic substances on earth. Very bad! Sprouted nuts and seeds are living foods, and so do not grow mold or become rancid as quickly. Nut and seed oils are devoid of nutrition, and contain heavy metals and solvents, which also should be avoided.
Most nuts and seeds are not recommended for B’s. Peanuts, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds contain lectins that interfere with insulin production. Asians will find it difficult to give up sesame seeds, but your blood type is not in agreement with your culture. Nuts and seeds do contain essential fatty acids and oils, which are needed in your diet. Eating nuts and seeds in moderation will not cause you to gain weight, and if you are over weight, they will actually help you to loose extra pounds. Sprouted nuts and seeds are best! Be aware that nut oils can quickly become rancid and that the nuts can harbor molds which produce some of the most toxic substances on earth. Very bad! Sprouted nuts and seeds are living foods, and so do not grow mold or become rancid as quickly.
Nuts are a good snack food for AB’s, but they are not a replacement for high-quality animal protein. They contain essential fatty acids and oils, which are needed in your diet. Eating nuts and seeds in moderation will not cause you to gain weight, and if you are over weigh, they will actually help you to loose extra pounds. Sprouted nuts and seeds are best! Be aware that their oils can quickly become rancid and that the nuts can harbor molds which produce some of the most toxic substances on earth. Very bad! Sprouted nuts and seeds are living foods, and so do not grow mold or become rancid as quickly.
Beans & LentilsO’s don’t metabolize legumes well, including soy. Generally speaking, beans inhibit the metabolism of other vital nutrients and tend toward making muscle tissue less acidic. O’s do better when their muscle tissues are slightly acidic. This should not be confused with acid/alkaline in the stomach, but in muscle tissue. Eat beans in moderation, as an occasional side dish. DO NOT use any soybean products!
A's thrive on vegetable protein, and legumes provide a nutritious source of protein, but they are no substitute for animal protein. Legumes are also a very complex combination of protein and carbs, which are very difficult to digest. Some legumes contain a lectin that decrease insulin production, which can be a factor in diabetes. DO NOT use any soybean products!
Many beans contain lectins that interfere with the production of insulin in type B’s. Asians tend to tolerate legumes better, because they are culturally more accustomed to them, but even Asians should limit their selection of beans to those which are most beneficial (blue text). B’s should eat legumes sparingly. DO NOT use any soybean products! T-2 is a mold that is present on dried peas and beans. It can contribute to high blood pressure and kidney disease, but is easily detoxified in 5 minutes by adding vitamin c powder to the soaking water and then rinse thoroughly. Throw away imperfect ones.
Lentils have some antioxidant benefit for you, but other legumes slow insulin production. DO NOT use any soybean products!
GrainsO’s do not tolerate wheat products at all. Wheat gluten and corn both interfere with insulin efficiency and slows your metabolic rate. They also contain lectins that react with your blood and digestive tract, interfering with the proper absorption of beneficial foods. Carbs tend to make O’s gain weight, if they are eaten often enough (snack foods especially), because your genetic makeup is not accustomed to grains (a more agrarian diet). Wheat and corn in all forms should be avoided. O’s get their energy from animal protein, not carbohydrates. Eat whole grains, instead of processed grain products and baked goods.
A’s get their energy from carbs and do well on grains. Select gluten-free whole grains, instead of processed grain products and baked goods. A’s tend to struggle with excess mucous production, resulting in asthma and sinus infections, and wheat can cause mucous production. Wheat also tends to make A’s more acidic. Not acid/alkaline balance in the stomach, but in muscle tissues. A’s do best when their muscle tissues are slightly alkaline. Wheat is alkaline in O’s, but becomes acidic in A’s. Gluten and corn are well-known allergens and should be avoided. In your attempt to avoid gluten, watch out for corn, soy and potato starch. Make your own gluten-free mix from scratch; use amaranth, quinoa, millet and rice whole grains or flours. Non-organic corn is GMO. Wheat and corn in all forms should be avoided.
Wheat is not well tolerated by most B’s. Wheat contains lectins that attach to the insulin receptors in the fat cells, prohibiting insulin from attaching, resulting in reduced insulin efficiency and failure to stimulate fat burning. Rye contains a lectin that causes cardiovascular disease, blood disorders and the potential for strokes. Corn and buckwheat tend to make B’s gain weight. Corn and wheat contribute to a sluggish metabolism, insulin irregularities, fluid retention and fatigue. Wheat, buckwheat, rye and corn in all forms should be avoided. Spelt, rice, millet and oats are highly beneficial for you. Choose whole grains, instead of processed grain products and baked goods.
AB’s generally do well on grains, but wheat is highly acid forming, similar to it’s reaction in A’s. Like A’s, you tend to produce excess mucous and do best when your muscle tissues are slightly alkaline. Wheat causes excess mucous production and muscle acidity. Oatmeal, millet and rice are good choices. Avoid buckwheat and corn, for the same reasons as listed for B’s. Eat whole grains, instead of processed grain products and baked goods.
Note: In addition to food additives and hydrogenated oils, commercially baked products contain toxic molds that cannot be seen or smelled. This also includes pastas and cold cereals.
VegetablesVegetables form a critical component for your diet. You cannot, however, consume all vegetables indiscriminately. Some classes of veggies present big problems for O’s. The Brassica family (Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, cabbage, mustard greens) can inhibit thyroid function, which is already a weakness in O’s. Nightshade vegetables (eggplant, potatoes), cause arthritic conditions in O’s, because their lectins deposit in the tissues surrounding the joints.
Veggies are vital for you! They provide enzymes, minerals and antioxidants. Consume vegetables in as natural a state as possible, to preserve their nutritional value, because heat destroys vitamins. Vegetables are alkalinizing to your muscle tissues. Tomatoes contain powerful lectins called panhemaglutinans, that agglutinate in the digestive tracts of A’s & B’s and is very damaging, but not O’s, so O’s can eat tomatoes. A’s benefit the most from the natural antibiotic and immune system benefits of garlic, because they are vulnerable to a number of immune assaulting diseases.
There is only a hand-full of vegetables that B’s should avoid, including corn and tomatoes. You tend to be more vulnerable to viruses and autoimmune diseases, so eat plenty of green leafy vegetables, which contain magnesium; an important antiviral mineral. Leafy green vegetables are very good, but be careful not to eat two sulfur vegetables in the same meal; like kale, collards, or broccoli with turnips. Choose green beans or spinach with turnips instead, or sulfur veggies with carrots and parsnips. Too much sulfur in the same meal is a big problem for all blood types. Unlike other blood types, you can fully enjoy yams and potatoes.
Fresh vegetables are an important source of phytochemicals for all blood types, and are a tonic for preventing the immune system assaulting diseases that affect A’s and AB’s. Enjoy a wide selection of veggies that are good for you, with the exception of tomatoes corn in all forms.
FruitLet fruit be your dessert, instead of ice cream cake or cookies, but eat it on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before a meal. Fruits are an important source of vitamins and minerals, but also soluble and insoluble fiber for optimal bowel function and regularity. You may be surprised to see some of your favorite fruits in red and some odd choices in blue text. O’s have a highly acidic digestive tract and you need the balance of alkaline to reduce the risk of ulcers and stomach lining irritation. However, some fruits that are alkaline, act differently in O’s and become acidic in you. Acidic fruits like grapefruit, become alkaline in you, but acidic fruits like oranges and strawberries make you even more acidic. Blackberries contain a lectin that agglutinates your digestion. Always check labels to make sure you stay away from coconut containing products. Avoid dried fruits, as they contain molds (you can't see, taste or smell), which produce dangerous toxins.
Most fruits are good for you, but concentrate more on those that are more alkaline, to help balance the acid forming foods that would acidify your muscle tissues. Melons are alkaline, but their high mold content and very high concentration of sugar present problems for blood sugar regulation, as well as feeding yeast. For this reason, melons should be avoided. A’s do not do well on tropical fruits. Their digestive enzyme content may be a good digestive aid for other blood types, but not for A’s. Oranges irritate the stomach of A’s and interfere with mineral absorption. Choose other vitamin C rich fruits like grapefruit. Lemons are also wonderful helpers for clearing mucous. Bananas contain a lectin that interferes with type A digestion. Apricots and fresh figs are excellent sources of potassium. I purchase as many fresh apricots and figs as I can, when they are in season, and put them in the freezer to enjoy all year long.
If you are prone to bloating, pineapple will be useful, but beware of the very high fruit sugar content of pineapple and enjoy it in moderation to avoid blood sugar spikes. This is true for all blood types - always consume fruits in as natural a form as possible; whole or pureed, but not juiced. Also, concentrate on incorporating at least one or two fruits from those in blue text every day. B’s tend to have very balanced acid/alkaline digestive systems, so some fruits that may be too acidic for other blood types, may be no problem for you. Make sure your peaches and strawberries are organic, because of all fruits, those that are conventionally grown contain the highest levels of in pesticide residues. Patulin is a major fruit mold toxin that is commonly found on bruised fruits. Choose your fruit meticulously and eat only perfect fruits.
You have inherited most of the intolerances and preferences that type A’s have to certain fruits. Concentrate on those that are more alkalinizing to your system, to balance the acidifying affects of grains. These would include plums, berries and grapefruit. Grapes are high in fruit sugar, with very little fiber to slow the absorption and spike blood sugar. Plus they tend to be moldy, so it may be best to limit their consumption. Like A’s, AB’s also do not do well with tropical fruits, but pineapple is an excellent digestive aid to AB’s. Lemons are also wonderful helpers for clearing mucous.
Spices & HerbsSome spices can improve the digestion of O’s, like cayenne. A prominent food toxin is piperine, found in the pepper family, which includes black and white pepper, but not cayenne. Piperine is associated with joint and arthritic pain. Ground black pepper and white pepper irritate the stomach of O’s, as well as vinegar, which should be avoided. Choose fresh or dried herbs and garlic, and learn to appreciate the delicate flavors of meals prepared from natural, whole organic foods. Herbs contain powerful phytochemicals, so it is important that you know what is in the herbs you use and not to consume the same herbs, for medicinal purposes, for a duration of not more than two weeks, and infrequently. Kelp is a rich source of iodine and protects the lining of the stomach from bacteria that would adhere and cause ulcers, as well as a metabolic regulator to aid in weight loss. Bladderwrack is helpful to counteract hyperacidity and reduce the risk of ulcers. Parsley is soothing to the digestive tract.
Hawthorne is a wonderful cardiovascular tonic for all blood types. Ginger and slippery elm increase stomach acid secretion. Some herbs help to reduce stress, like chamomile and valerian, but beware. Herbs contain powerful phytochemicals. For example: Chamomile contains tannic acid and tiglic acid, which irritate the GI tract and are considered to be toxic substances. Also, do not use chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed. Valerian contains acetic acid, which is corrosive to skin - causing burns and blisters, so imagine what it would do to your internal skin. Mullein has astringent properties that make it good for expelling mucous, however, the volatile oils that are responsible for that action also irritate the GI tract. Rotenone and courmarin are powerful phytochemicals found in Mullein, and are considered dangerous by the FDA.
St. Johns Wort may be good for relieving depression and insomnia, but should not be taken if you are on antidepressant medication. Hops containIt is important that you know what is in the herbs you use and not to consume the same herbs, on a continual basis, as a tea, or even for cooking. Arrowroot is a good substitute for cornstarch to thicken recipes, like sauces. It also helps to hold home-baked food together, like gluten-free pancakes.
B’s do best with warming herbs, like ginger, horseradish, curry and cayenne. White and black pepper contain lectins that cause problems for B’s. Sweet herbs tend to irritate the stomach of B’s, like cinnamon. However, honey and molasses in moderation are not a problem for B’s digestive system. Peppermint and ginger teas are good for you. Ginseng is also highly recommended, as it has a positive effect on the nervous system, but too much can act as a stimulant, so drink it before breakfast, and not again later in the day. Licorice helps B’s who tend to experience a drop in blood sugar after meals, by helping to regulate blood sugar levels. It is also a powerful elixir for chronic fatigue.
picric acid, which is used to make munitions, and is highly irritating to intestinal mucous membranes.
Kelp has positive heart and immune system benefits. It is also helpful for weight control. All blood types can be generous with garlic, because its potent tonic and has antibiotic benefits. Echinacea is an immune-system booster for AB’s, when you have a cold or the flu. Dandelion and strawberry leaf teas will help AB’s absorb iron and prevent anemia.
Turmeric & Fennel are excellent spices that eradicate invasive E. coli and Shigella bacteria for a happier GI tract.
Sea Salt contains essential minerals. It is not white, but gray. It is also not dry, but holds moisture. If it is ground, the crystal is broken, it dries out and the minerals leach out. It becomes unusable by the body, and actually harmful. The mineral composition of real sea salt is identical to those same minerals found in your body fluids. Real salt from the sea is able to restore your internal seas; electrolyte levels. It is essential to life and health, to maintain a sodium/potassium balance. Pure sodium chloride is used for the manufacture of chlorine and plastic, as well as metallurgical and atomic energy uses. Salt makers profit from selling several of the minerals elements that they removed from the salt, separately. In addition, since the 1950’s, the public has had the idea that ground, white "table salt” is salt, but few people know that refined, pure sodium chloride is a poison. You can read more about salt in my nutrition blog.
CondimentsThese concoctions often contain at least one, if not several ingredients that should be avoided by all blood types.
SweetsThe worst sweetener for any blood type is corn syrup, but syrups made from rice and barley are almost as bad. They are processed, nutrient deficient concentrated carbs that only serve to spike blood sugar, causing the potential to develop insulin resistance later in life and pancreatic disfunction sooner than later. Also, yeast overgrowth is epidemic, and we don’t need to feed the wee-beasts, including cancer, who’s favorite food is sugar also.
Agave nectar, the latest healthy alternative to sugar, actually consists of 70-90% fructose, which is more than what is in high-fructose corn syrup, making it one of the worst sweeteners on the market. The high fructose goes directly to the liver, where it is converted into triglycerides, which increases your risk for heart disease, as well as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. These high fructose levels can also contribute to insulin resistance and increase your chances of developing diabetes.
Be careful your honey is not from flowers that you are sensitive to, like red clover or wild flower. Artificial sweeteners contain solvents and additives that are toxic and aspartame is a neurotoxin that destroys brain cells.
Brown sugar is contaminated with sorghum mold. White sugar is contaminated with propyl alcohol; a solvent.
Artificial sweeteners are polluted with wood alcohol. Instead of helping you cope with diabetes, they are actually promoting it! Don't use!
Only SweetLeaf Stevia is made without the use of solvents to extract the sweetness of the stevia plant. It is stevia extract and inulin. There is no unpleasant after taste.
Beverages Fruit juices are pure sugar, with the most nutritious parts removed. Bottled juices are also contaminated with toxic solvents and artificial sweeteners. They contain oxalic acid as well as contaminants that must be detoxified by the kidneys.
Coffee, tea and even decaffeinated versions contain toxic solvents and molds, in addition to caffeine. Animals and plants consume water, not soda, liquor or coffee. Milk is not a beverage, but a food. Juices are a food too. But, water is, what it is.
Add lemon, lime and SweetLeaf Stevia to water for flavor and variety. Distilled water is acidic to the body, because all the alkalinizing minerals have been removed.
I wrote an article that explains in more detail about beverages in the "Recipes blog".
Moldy foodMycotoxins are the most toxic substances known to man. One moldy fruit or vegetable can pollute an entire batch of juice, jam or other product. Because mycotoxins are extremely poisonous, a tiny amount can incapacitate the liver for days. Alfa-toxins is one mycotoxin that can found on fruit, so eat only perfect fruits and never drink commercial fruit juice.
Toxic chemical residue contaminationCommercially bottled/canned beverages contain solvents, from the manufacturing process - sterilizing equipment, extracting and adding flavors or colors: Acetone, Benzene, Carbon tetrachloride, Decane, Hexanes, Hexanedone, Isophorone, Methyl butyl ketone, Methyl ethyl ketone, Petane, Propyl alcohol, Toluene, Xylene, Tetrichloroethane (TCE), TC Ethylene, Wood alcohol (methanol).
Eating according to your blood type, the foods that are compatible with your biochemistry.This information was compiled from many sources as a result of 30 years of intensive research and the study of holistic nutrition. The list of foods according to blood type, which I make available to my clients in PDF form, was adapted from the book by Dr. Peter D’ Adamo Eat Right 4 Your Type (which is now over 20 years old) as a guide, but with many adjustments based on more accurate information.
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