You've likely heard of eating right for your blood type, but does this necessarily make you more beautiful?
Dr. Valerie Lane Simonsen, a Naturopathic Physician, recalls the time when she saw women in Micronesia whose skin was completely taken over by psoriasis and acne. "One woman's face was sunken in," she recalls. As soon as these women went on a proper diet suited for their blood type, the transformation was beyond noticeable. "She was back to her normal self—walking, running—and I felt her emotional status (both outside and inside) matched."
The idea of eating right for your blood type is not new. Dr. Peter D'Adamo, author of Eat Right for Your Type, is well known for this subject because he was the first to publicly explain the link between the two. But it's important to note that beauty foods appropriate for your blood type is not about losing weight. Rather, it's about finding the foods that will help you get clear skin, flush out your toxins, and give you a radiant complexion that no number of pills and potions can.
If you want to eat right for your blood type, Dr. Simonsen recommends taking the following steps:
Know your blood type
Try to eat macrobiotic, local foods
Avoid sugar and gluten as much as possible
Eat alkaline forming foods instead of acidic foods
If you're following the classic Peter D'Adamo diet, a rule of thumb for blood types and food includes:
Blood Type O: Lean meats, poultry, and fish.
Blood Type A: A vegetarian diet (based on agrarian history) including soy proteins, grains, and organic vegetables.
Blood Type B: Low-fat dairy, meat, and produce.
Blood Type AB: Seafood, tofu, dairy, and most produce.
D'Adamo believes that blood types affect the digestive system, and that certain blood types can digest certain foods better. The above blood types are more suited to process these specific foods because they're more suited to the body's metabolic activity.
Some dermatologists, however, disagree with the blood type and beauty association. Dr. Leslie Baumann, author of Skin Type Solutions says that there is "“no association between blood types and skin type.” While that may be the case, studies have shown that there are foods that clear acne, for instance.
If you're curious about eating to stay beautiful for your blood type, check with your doctor and consult a nutritionist to develop a plan that is in sync with foods recommended for your blood type. The bottom line is to ensure that your skin feels great, and your body is toxin free.
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