Eat according to your blood type! Eat alkaline foods! Eat anti-inflammatory foods! What does this all mean?
Eating for your blood type is a theory based on a particular blood type and how it affects digestion. It is said that if you eat this way, you should be able to control your weight, prevent certain diseases, some cancers and even improve your cardiovascular health. This way of eating relates to where our ancestral history lies and what was available.
Type O was said to be the original “ancestral” blood type of the earliest humans who were hunter-gatherers, with diets that were high in animal protein.
Group A was said to evolve when humans began to farm and had more vegetarian diets.
Group B blood types were said to arise among nomadic tribes who consumed a lot of dairy products.
Group AB blood was supposed to have evolved from the intermingling of people with types A and B blood, type AB recommendations were intermediate between those for people with types A and B blood.
The Alkaline diet claims to help your body maintain its blood pH level. Although, nothing you eat is going to substantially change the pH of your blood, cause if it did, we would almost all die prematurely.
Let me explain pH a little more in depth. A pH level measures how acid or alkaline something is. A pH of 0 is totally acidic, while a pH of 14 is completely alkaline and a pH of 7 is neutral. Those levels vary throughout your body. Blood is slightly alkaline between a pH of 7.35 and 7.45 while your stomach is very acidic at a pH 3.5 or below so it can digest food. Our lungs and kidneys are largely responsible for blood pH levels and the kidneys control what is eliminated, which leaves us with our urine. This is why there are urine test strips to indicate pH levels. This is largely to do with what we eat that determines this number. Based on the types of foods we eat, our body (and the kidneys in particular) needs to do more or less compensating for optimal pH. If you were to look at an alkaline food list, you will see lemons and limes on there. This may seem confusing, as lemons and limes are acidic. But again, its all to do with the kidneys and the effect the particular food has on them. This is called the “potential renal acid load” or PRAL. Citrus fruits, although acidic, are considered alkaline, as they have a low renal acid load.
Again, what we eat is not really going to change our blood pH. However, the alkaline diet does contain very healthy foods and will help with weight loss and overall health.
The Anti-inflammatory diet has the most studies and science-based proof behind it and is widely regarded as healthy, along with helping with weight loss and maintenance. Chronic inflammation causes many conditions as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and bowel diseases. One of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation comes from what we eat. Anti-inflammatory foods consist of a variety of fruits and vegetables as does the alkaline diet, but it also incorporates healthy fatty acids and lean proteins. The colours that are abundant in many of these different foods provide different types of antioxidants and polyphenols to fight inflammation, even coffee contains polyphenols! While other foods as nuts or foods containing healthy oils as avocado, olive oil and fish have other antioxidant compounds that help reduce inflammation.
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