Are you tired of working on your skincare? The world of skincare is inundated with unclear information and products that claim one-for-all viability. While we at Bellini's certainly spend a lot of time working to introduce scientific and results-driven skincare information, we also want to take a moment to cover something that may often go overlooked: your diet.
Did you know your diet will affect the overall tone and health of your skin? You most likely have heard that drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin clear, and that's definitely true, but also it's examining the type of food you are eating in combination with your blood type that will provide dramatic results in your skin.
Eat Right for Your Type by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, from the cover, just looks like another diet fad book, but it is much more than that.
This diet theory and book has been around for 25 years and is validated by more doctors and scientists as the years go on. The book dives into the history of each blood type and explains why certain foods are good or bad for each blood type.
Why Would Blood Type Affect My Diet?
Let's start from the beginning. A blood type is developed around the diets generations of humans continued to eat. The (O) blood type, also known as universal blood type, was the first blood type known to civilization. The foods needed for the (O) blood types put humans at the top of the food chain during evolution. They lived off hunting and gathering, their main source of protein being meat. The diet they ate was facilitated by their blood type, which allows them to focus on heavy meat eating, and less enzymes that focus on digesting legumes, wheats, and dairy. This means that if you have (O) blood, then you most likely have difficulty digesting beans, and can become gaseous from ingesting them.
Food is a source of life, of inspiration, art, enjoyment, love, and so many other positive emotions, that it's hard to think about limiting yourself to a certain specification of food just because your blood dictates it so. At Bellini's, we believe that it's the "good enough" to strive for. The Pareto Principle suggest that 80% of results come from 20% of the work, but we can think of this in terms of meeting our diet goals as well. If you are able to eat what is ideal for your blood type 80% of the time, then take 20% of the time to dine unrestricted! Enjoy a full-fat latte every now and then, if you like, or soft cheeses, or a juicy steak, because you deserve to enjoy life and all its wonderful experiences.
Clear Skin Happens in the Gut
By altering your diet to your blood type, you will be able to see a dramatic difference in your skin. Knowing your blood type, and information relevant to that blood type is important for many reasons (Elizabeth Holmes taught us one thing!) one people do not think about is how it could impact what foods will be beneficial for you to eat. Eating foods that are good for your blood type is for more than just your gut. If your blood does not agree with the foods and drinks you are ingesting, it can be reflected in the skin as well. Whether that be by breaking out, causing a rash, flushed skin or any number of other reactions.
My blood type is (B+), the nomadic blood type. (B) blood types came third in the evolution of human blood types and originated in the area that is now part of Pakistan and India. This is called the nomadic blood type because the people during this change were specifically crossing mountains and redistributing where they would settle. The (B) blood type came to be as the peoples of that area acclimated to the change in climate and culture. With various Asian nomads migrating to parts of Eastern Europe in substantial amounts, the (B) blood type began to show up there more as the years went on.
Nomadic tribes often bring animals with them, and it makes sense that by living with a milk-producing animal that these cultures would develop the ability to process dairy. I bring this up because, interestingly, while the history of (B) blood originates in the Asian continent, modern food from China, Japan, and India all specifically do not use dairy. A potential reasoning for why the (B) blood type is able to handle dairy better may be due to a division in culture, with "an agrarian, relatively sedentary population located in the south and east, and the wandering nomadic societies of the north and west. This schism stands as an important cultural remnant in Southern Asian cuisine -the use of dairy products remains practically nonexistent. To the Asian culture, dairy products are considered the food of the barbarian" (D'Adamo).
Due to the wide range of locations that blood type (B) originated in, it is the most balanced of the blood types. They have stronger immune systems and more tolerant digestive tracts compared to the other blood types. Today, blood group B accounts for about ten percent of the world's population.
Ideal Foods for B Blood Types
An ideal diet for a B blood type is high in red meats, protein from eggs, dairy and green veggies. It is important to note that the portions size of these foods will vary depending on your ethnic background.
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This post was written by Aesthetician Abby Durey.