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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
A number of years ago, a new type of diet concept was introduced and several books were published regarding this “new” type of diet. Like any other kind of new nutritional program, this nutritional strategy certainly received a great deal of attention because it was new and based upon a concept in nutritional medicine which no one seemed to understand.
The concept was that depending upon your particular blood type you should eat certain foods in certain combinations. This concept was extended to micronutrients as well. This would imply that there were certain types of protein, carbohydrates or fats that one should eat based upon their specific blood type of which there are four.
I think it’s important to realize that proteins are composed of sub-units called amino acids bonded together in chains. Now, there are various types of amino acids and the configuration of bonds can vary greatly. However, proteins are made of the same units of molecules and your body digests them the same way.
Digestion of proteins occurs in the stomach under acidic conditions where amino acid chains are broken apart from the protein. These large amino acid chains are further digested in the duodenum and ileum from the addition of enzymes form the pancreas which further break down the amino acids into polypeptides. Polypeptides are composed of smaller amino acid chains that are eventually separated into individual amino acids which are absorbed through the jejunum (small intestine) and sent to the liver for processing via the portal vein.
Now, regardless of your blood type, this is the way that all proteins are digested and assimilated into the body from your food. If you have blood type-O, this process of protein digestion and assimilation will occur in the same manner as if you had type AB blood. Ether you decide to eat a piece of chicken breast, eggs or some top sirloin, the manner with which these proteins will be digested and utilized within your body will remain constant.
The amino acids in your liver will be manufactured into new protein molecules or transported to various locations throughout your body like muscle cells for repair and regeneration. Remember, amino acids from the food you eat are used to make the enzymes which drive the thousands of chemical reactions that occur every second in each cell of your body.
The intake of high quality protein from poultry, fish, meat, eggs, dairy, seafood and whey can greatly influence your health status. Regardless of your blood-type, a moderate amount of good quality protein should be consumed at each meal you consume.
Incidentally, from a research perspective, there are no reputable studies that I have found which have dealt with the relevance or significance of individual blood-type and food selection!
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project