Do all gluten free products really agree with you?
Not all gluten free foods suit everybody because we have different blood types. Gluten free may still harm your metabolism, disrupt hormones, cause autoimmune reactions & make you gain weight.
Four Different Blood Types = Four Different Food Reactions
Hippocrates told doctors to consider the type of patient that has a disease rather than the type of disease a patient has. There are four blood types: A, B, AB and O so let us consider these four types of patients. Each blood type has weaknesses, strengths and lifestyle preferences. Each of the four blood types reacts differently to the same foods. So the type of disease is specific to the blood type of the patient. Even when gluten has been excluded from the diet, some of the gluten replacements may be the problem.
Most of our autoimmune problems are due to blood type errors or gluten intolerance. This includes weight gain if your gluten free selection is not matched to your blood type. Trial and error has taught me that you do not have to eat meat on a blood type diet. It is far more important to exclude the listed foods that are not suitable for you. There are specific reasons why not all blood types can tolerate products made from soya beans, corn, tapioca, sago and lentils.
Gluten Free on a Blood Type Diet?
If only I had been on a blood type O diet as a baby! My well-meaning mother nearly killed me with wheat and cow’s milk. My life began with 3 years of chronic respiratory problems and pneumonia that almost led to tuberculosis. We all ate bread twice a day, just like most people do. We followed the classic dietician’s healthy, balanced diet, cautiously adhering to the food pyramid. We ate plenty of home grown vegetables. I suffered continuously from thyroid insufficiency, weight problems, chronic fatigue, anaemia, asthma and frequent colds. We then studied the blood type diet because it had helped a friend of ours.
We discovered that the reason my husband was not affected by the bread is because he is blood type A. Our well balanced and “healthy” way of eating was completely wrong for our blood types. So we made a few adjustments and saw a lot of improvements all round. But for many years I was still affected by anaemia and was not able to get really fit, no matter how hard I trained. I am blood type O and do not tolerate wheat. I ate rye bread instead, not realising that I am totally gluten intolerant.
The Aha Moment: Gluten!
The Aha moment came when I was writing an article on gluten intolerance for a health magazine. I was staring at a list of conditions that were affected by gluten. Yes, including rye and oats –my favourite foods, suited to my blood type. Going totally gluten free corrected the anaemia and now I can run without huffing and puffing. I wish I had known this earlier, while I was training for my black belts in Karate and kickboxing. A friend of mine also realised she needed to cut oput gluten after seeing her gluten intolerance confirmed by immunoglobulin test results.
She cut out gluten and filled up on popcorn between meals. She ate a lot of other soya and corn-based foods and became seriously ill. They found out that she was reacting badly to the sudden, large quantities of soya and corn. She experienced a number of inflammatory responses like itching, swelling and rashes. She gained weight. Corn is not suited to most of the blood types, especially not to type O and B. Corn is gluten free, but if you suddenly eat large, regular quantities of it then don’t be surprised if you have some sort of reaction to the build-up.
Cutting out coffee has also given me a lot more energy and I sleep better at night. Coffee suits my husband’s blood type and he thrives on it, even late at night. I perversely drank coffee for many years but after sampling too many cups of strong Ethiopian coffee my liver said “No more!” So I quit. I discovered that a cup of bitter black coffee on an empty stomach causes a surge of insulin and this had been lowering my blood sugar and making me feel weak and fuzzy. We now accept and respect out differences. One man’s meat (cuppa) is indeed another man’s poison.
Combine Gluten Free With Blood Type Selections
Many people on a gluten free diet expect miracles. Even cutting out wheat makes a big difference to blood types O and B. But within the subtleties of blood type science the disruptive effects of elements present in food may differ according our blood type. If you really want to solve persistent health problems then try cutting out the gluten as well as substitutes that do not suit your blood type. Corn, lentils, certain nuts, beans and soy products especially, need to be avoided if they are not recommended on your list.
The Blood Type Diet Support System
Well-researched studies by Peter D’Adamo and his team in California have resulted in his best-selling book: “Eat Right 4 your Type”. He claims an 80% success rate for people who use his food recommendations to recover or maintain their health and to lose weight. The aim is to select all the foods that do not adversely affect your blood type. Other foods to be avoided are those that stimulate the activity of polyamines, the substances that cause putrefaction or bacterial complications within the various blood types.
Selecting gluten free foods according to your blood type goes all the way. It gives you the whole story. You soon learn that not all gluten free foods suit everybody. They can still interfere with your metabolism in horrible ways, disrupt hormones, cause autoimmune reactions and make you gain weight. Steadily enlarging waistlines, weakened immunity, stressed lifestyles and high medical bills indicate that we are not feeding ourselves properly. It takes a while to get used to this concept but like many people, we have found that a lot of it makes a lot of sense. Just read your labels and choose the right ingredients. Leave the rest behind!
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