Blood Type Testing
Figuring out a client’s blood type via a blood type test is crucial to understanding the body’s health.
There are four types of blood:
- A, which has the A antigen
- B, which has the B antigen
- AB, which has the AB antigen
- O, which doesn’t have any antigen
To determine the blood type, which is determined based on the specific carbohydrates and proteins or antigens on the surface of the blood cell, a drop of blood is taken and analyzed in a blood type test. The blood is mixed with antibodies against A and B blood. If the blood cells stick together with the A and B blood, that means the blood reacted with the antibodies and is that blood type. For example, if the blood sample reacts to the A antibodies, it is type A blood. If the blood doesn’t react with the antibodies at all, it is type O blood.
With these different types, there are eight total classifications for blood types: O positive, O negative, A positive, A negative, B positive, B negative, AB positive and AB negative. Each blood type can mean something significant for the client, depending on the lifestyle or diet.
At India’s Healthy Living Studios, we believe that following a specific diet based on blood type will help a client feel better, lose weight, clear any skin complexion, get more energy and have other health benefits. By determining an individual’s blood type and suggesting a change in diet based on that blood type, India’s clients have seen remarkable changes in their energy levels, weight loss and overall health.
The blood type diet, also known as the blood group diet, was popularized by a naturopathic physician named Dr. Peter D’Adamo in 1996. His book claimed that the optimal diet for any individual depends on the person’s blood type. He claims that each blood type represents the genetic traits of our ancestors, including which diet they evolved to thrive on.
Each blood type is set around a specific diet:
- Type A: Called the agrarian or cultivator, people who are type A should eat a diet rich in plants and completely free of “toxic” red meat. This closely resembles a vegetarian diet.
- Type B: Called the nomad, these people can eat plants and most meats, except chicken and pork, and some dairy. However, they should avoid wheat, corn, lentils and tomatoes.
- Type AB: Called the enigma, this category is a mix of type A and B diets. These people should eat seafood, tofu, dairy, beans and grains. They should avoid kidney beans, corn, beef and chicken.
- Type O: Called the hunter, this is a high-protein diet based largely on meat, fish, poultry and certain fruits and vegetables. It is limited in grains, legumes and dairy and closely resembles the paleo diet.