When you understand nutrition dynamically, you realize that the quality of food is more important than the quantity of nutrients. The science behind fractionated vitamins is based on the premise that if the body is lacking a certain nutrient, then you just need to pump it with more. This method is limited because it does not take into consideration the body’s ability to assimilate the nutrients provided. Nature has a way of delivering nutrients packaged in combinations that make them easier to assimilate, which is why it’s important to find our nutrients in local, organic foods. Food is more than the sum of its parts.
If price is a consideration, fermenting vegetables is a great option. Fermentation removes toxins and helps enliven the food again. Sprouting is another affordable way to increase your intake of living food. Sprouts have the highest amount of vitamins, minerals and enzymes of any food per calorie unit and are a great source of chlorophyll and antioxidants. If you choose to supplement in addition to this, consider whole food supplements, such as Vega Whole Food Supplements, which are available at competitive prices at our pharmacy.
While food quality should always be given due consideration, it’s also important to consider how specific foods interact with different body types. Three typological diets that can effectively be employed depending on one’s level of health are Dr. D’Adamo’s Blood Type Diet, Dr. Abravanel’s Glandular Type Diet, and the Metabolic Type Diet. The Blood Type Diet is generally recommended to people in reasonably good health. The Glandular Type Diet is recommended for people trying to restore balance and the Metabolic Type Diet is recommended in severe disease states.
The Blood Type Diet involves selecting foods based on how they interact with your blood and avoiding foods containing lectins that bolster an immune reaction in your blood. There is also an emphasis on prioritizing foods that have a stimulating effect and enjoying “neutral” foods only occasionally.
The blood type O is the oldest in evolution and still the most prevalent. Type Os are most suited with a hunter lifestyle, eating red meat, green vegetables, berries, only a few select carbohydrates and no dairy (though raw milk can often override this and be assimilated by all types). Type As evolved next and were most adaptive to an agrarian lifestyle, heavier in grains and vegetables and lighter in meat than their O ancestors. While Os and As tend to stand at opposite ends of the spectrum from each other, type Bs are the third to have developed and are more fluid with the ability to move in either direction along the continuum. Like O, it does well on meat, but there are certain types, for example chicken, that has lectins it reacts adversely to. The newest blood type, AB, is found in less than five percent of the population. Type AB reflects the mixed inheritance of their A and B genes. It has type A’s low stomach acid, yet with type Bs adaptation to meats. This means that there is not enough stomach acid to metabolize meat efficiently and the meat eaten tends to get stored as fat even though the blood is adapted to it. Type ABs should focus on foods such as seafood, dairy and green vegetables. Eating smaller, more frequent meals, helps counteract digestive problems caused by inadequate stomach acid and peptic enzymes.
NB: While the book lists soy as beneficial or neutral for some blood types, it is important to keep in mind recent research outlining the health risks of eating soy (ex. “The Whole Soy Story“). In short: soy is not digestible by any blood type unless fermented as miso, tempeh or natto.
Glandular typology is based on understanding which glands are most dominant in a person’s endocrine (glandular) system. Your dominant gland determines differences in body chemistry balance, metabolic function, and energy usage and the corresponding diet is based on choosing foods that stimulate without over-exerting your dominant gland. It is particuarly helpful for people in a heavily diseased state, exhibiting mostly phenotypical qualities.
The Glandular Type Diet is recommended for people who need to re-balance the interaction between their metabolic glands. It helps individuals regulate their hormones, interrupt specific food cravings and reach their optimal weight. One of the quickest ways to assess someone’s glandular type is to determine where that person stores excess body fat. Fat cells around the body differ to some degree and each is responsive to a particular hormone. The pituitary type puts weight on all over, in the form of “baby fat,” and tends to look young, with a relatively large head. The adrenal type puts fat on around the middle and has a strong and powerful appearance with strong bones, muscles, and upper body. The gonadal type stores weight on the buttocks and has a heavier lower body relative to the upper body. The thyroid type is slim by nature but highly vulnerable to being overweight (due to over use of sweets). Another consideration (important for those who have never been overweight) are cravings. This information can help guide or refine the typing process.
The Metabolic Type is based on a person’s dominant metabolic system: either the oxidative system or the autonomic nervous system and, within each of the two main systems of regulation, whichever of the two is again more dominant. The corresponding diet is chosen to help restore the acid-alkaline balance in the body, by choosing foods that will have the pH affect that you want (which is determined by metabolic system).
If you are relatively healthy, you can focus mostly on your blood type and not be overly concerned with the other two diets. That said, it is nevertheless always important to keep them in mind to help guide decisions within the guidelines provided by the blood type. If you are in a position to benefit from the glandular or metabolic type, it is best to follow them in ways that violate as few of the blood type rules as possible.