Thursday November 23, 2017

Eat According to Your Blood Type and See the Benefits Yourself!

When was the last time you thought about your blood type? Probably when you were thinking about donating blood. But what if we told you it should be of primary concern when deciding about your diet?

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  • Researches assert that blood group affects our health and well-being
  • Blood Type Diet focuses on the consumption of specific foods that aid bodily functions
  • Staying active, regular exercise and the right food consumption are key to a healthy lifestyle

New Delhi, August 24, 2017 : Exhausted after meager activity? Are you tired of your dull face? Do you suffer from recurring diseases? Are you trying to lose weight? Do you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle? You can change your diet, or begin a new work out. But there is nothing that you can possibly do to change your blood type. Wondering what is the connection between a healthy life and your blood type?

Various studies assert that our blood group is the primary genetic factor that affects our health and well-being to a large extent.

If your friend is having troubles gaining weight, while you struggle to lose some of it despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, it may be because of your blood type. Alternatively, it also interacts with our immune system altering our risk for several common diseases. According to the blood type, mood swings and temperament of the person may also fluctuate and vary between individuals.

How Does Blood Type Affect Our Health And Body

Determines susceptibility to specific diseases 

According to researches, people with certain blood groups are at a higher risk of some diseases. For example, individuals with blood type O are understood to be at a high risk of stomach ulcers but at a lower risk of heart diseases and blood type A is believed to have higher risk of microbial infections.

  • Reaction to stress

People with type O blood tend to overproduce adrenaline as a reaction to stress. Thus, they take longer to recompose following a stressful situation as they take a while to clear the adrenaline from their bodies.

  • Influence on gut bacteria

Different types gut bacteria are known to have been found in people of different blood types. For example, the micro-biome present in individuals with blood type A break down carbohydrates more efficiently than those with blood type O, who store carbs as fats in their bodies.

ALSO READ: Should we revive ancestral dietary lifestyle for good health?

Food fads are just that, fads. They come and go. Not everybody has the same primary nutritional requirement.

Deepika Dua Arora, a Dietitian at Mutation Diet Clinic, Gurugram asserts the complementary relationship between one’s blood group and the nutritional aspect. According to her, the blood group diet allows us to keep in check our hereditary medical troubles like cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, etc.

What Is Blood Type Diet?

The Blood Type Diet focuses on the consumption of specific foods that aid bodily functions like allow better digestion, increase the body’s energy level, prevent illnesses and diseases and additionally help lose weight.

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A combination of healthy food and right exercise is necessary for a healthy body and mind. Pixabay

Dietitians strictly stress the importance of Rh factor while planning diets.

Rhesus factor is a category of protein present on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs). Individuals with Rhesus factor are Rh positive while those who lack the compound are Rh negative.

Rh factor plays an important role in diets as individuals with Rh negative blood type are more prone to lgE allergies than Rh positive.

Rh negative reacts with multiple foods like nuts, beans eggs among other things, thus, their diets must be planned accordingly. Individuals with Rh negative blood groups should consume more starch like brown sugar, poha, wheat burger, etc.

Right Food For Your Blood Type

An important concept to understand is that not everybody has the same primary nutritional requirement. In addition to this, there are several nutrients that are not absorbed by specific blood groups. Together, this can give rise to serious health problems. Thus, it is recommended to have food that is complimentary to one’s blood type.

We provide you with a list of foods that are great for specific blood types,

Blood Group: O

Garlic, Ginger, Lettuce, Broccoli, Okra, Onions, Turnip, Cherries, Plums, Figs, Berries (Raspberries, Cranberries, Gooseberries)

Individuals with blood type should consume more fermented foods – sandwich, dhokla, dosa, etc. Additionally, a good quantity of animal protein can also be consumed- – egg whites, fish, chicken.

  • Blood Group: A

Rice, Oats, Pasta, Pumpkin, Peanuts, Apricots, Figs, Lemons, Raisins,

Individuals with this blood type should consume more of wheat and roughage based vegetarian food- wheat bran, brown rice, brown poha, soya, besan chilla etc. They should avoid animal protein as it can prove to be unsuitable for them.

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Wheat and roughage based vegetarian food are good for people with type A blood. Pixabay
  • Blood Group: B

Green vegetables, Eggs, Low-fat dairy.

Individuals with this blood type should consume more milk products and animal proteins, however, wheat does not suit them much – paneer, eggs, fish, oat meal, and oat bran.

  • Blood Group: AB

Seafood, Yoghurt, Tofu, Goat Milk, Egg, Walnuts, Millets, Oats, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Beets, Cucumber, Plums, Berries.

Individuals with this blood type should consume combination foods that can prove to be extremely beneficial – rice + daal, chapati + daal, khichdi, dalia, brown rice (pulav) etc.

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Foods To Avoid According To Your Blood Type

As has been stressed repeatedly, consuming the right food helps prevent and cure chronic illnesses and certain diseases. It not only good for the body but for the soul, too.

This brings to light the need to avoid foods that are not compatible with your blood type in order to avoid health problems, weight issues, and stress.

  • Blood Group: O

Spinach, cabbage, eggplant, mushrooms, oranges, kiwi, strawberry coconut, green peas, peanut butter

Consumption of wheat starches is not good for individuals with this blood type.

  • Blood Group: A

Banana, coconut, cashew, papaya, pistachios, beer

Individuals with this blood type should avoid animal foods- chicken, fish, eggs. Additionally, oats are also not good for them.

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Oats and bananas are not suitable for individuals with blood group A. Pixabay
  • Blood Group: B

Corn, tomatoes, sesame seeds, peanuts

Individuals with this blood type should also avoid oats and animal foods- chicken, fish, eggs

  • Blood Group: AB

Whole milk, caffeine, alcohol, black tea, corn, coconut, mangoes, bananas

Individuals with this blood type must not starve themselves as the gap in between meals is not healthy for them.

4 Rules To A Healthier Life 

  1. Break the myth that one needs to have three meals in a day. Always have small, healthy meals throughout the day at regular intervals. This will manage insulin levels, keep hunger in check and supplement the body with a constant source of energy.
  2. Do not confuse thirst with hunger. This can add a few extra, unnecessary calories which might be difficult to be digested and processed by the body.
  3. Always read the label on food products. Calculate the calorie information provided to accommodate the product into your calorie allowance while on a weight loss schedule.
  4. If you think only food is going to lead you to a healthier life, you need to think again. Staying active and regular exercise are key to a healthy lifestyle.

 


 

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Computer Brain Training Exercise May Reduce Risk of Dementia by 29%, says Study

A computer brain training exercise designed to improve the speed and accuracy of visual attention can help seniors reduce risk of dementia by nearly a third

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Computer Brain Training may reduce risk of dementia. Pixabay.

New York, Nov 18: A computer brain training exercise designed to improve the speed and accuracy of visual attention can help seniors reduce risk of dementia by nearly a third, suggest results of a 10-year study.

This exercise is known as “speed of processing training”, “useful field of view training”, or “UFOV training.

“Speed of processing computer brain training resulted in decreased risk of dementia across the 10-year period of, on average, 29 per cent as compared to the control,” said lead study author Jerri Edwards from University of South Florida in the US.

“When we examined the dose-response, we found that those who trained more received more protective benefit,” Edwards added.

The study, published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, enrolled 2,802 healthy older adults in the US and followed them as they aged from an average of 74 to 84 years.

Participants were divided into a control group or one of three intervention arms using different types of cognitive training.

One group received instruction on memory strategies and another group received instruction on reasoning strategies. The third group received individualised computerised speed of processing training.

Researchers found no significant difference in risk of dementia for the strategy-based memory or reasoning training groups, as compared to the control group.

However, as compared to the control group, the computerised speed training group showed significantly less risk of dementia — averaging a 29 per cent risk reduction.

When reviewing the impact of each computerised speed training session completed, researchers found those who completed more sessions had lower risk.

The computerised speed training task or the computer brain training exercise was designed to improve the speed and accuracy of visual attention, including both divided and selective attention exercises.

The computer brain training exercise was developed by Karlene Ball of the University of Alabama Birmingham and Dan Roenker of Western Kentucky University – both in the US. (IANS)

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Women can Boost their Working Memory with Hormone Therapy

Benefits of oestrogen therapy in women.

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New York, Nov 5: Undergoing a type of hormone replacement therapy — used for menopausal treatment — may help protect as well as improve working memory for some women as they age, according to a new study.

Hormone replacement therapy uses female hormones – oestrogen and progesterone – to treat common symptoms of menopause and ageing.

The findings showed that women taking oestrogen-only therapy had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and performed better on tests of “working memory” following exposure to stress compared to women taking a placebo.

“Our study suggests that oestrogen treatment after menopause protects the memory that is needed for short-term cognitive tasks from the effects of stress,” said lead author Alexandra Ycaza Herrera, a researcher at the University of Southern California – Davis.

To measure the effect of oestrogen therapy on working memory under stress, the team recruited 42 women with an average age of 66.

Half of the postmenopausal women had been on estradiol — a type of oestrogen therapy — for approximately five years, while the others had received a placebo.

The researchers, in the paper published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, collected saliva to measure the women’s levels of cortisol, oestrogen, and progesterone.

They also ran a test of working memory called a “sentence span task”, in which the women were each given a series and then asked whether each sentence made sense. They also were asked to recall the last word of each one.

While women receiving oestrogen therapy had a smaller increase in cortisol and showed no decrease in working memory function, even after being exposed to stressful situation, those taking the placebo experienced a spike in cortisol levels as well as demonstrated a decrease in working memory function.

Previous studies have pointed to potential health risks — the Ahigher risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots — of the treatment.

Thus, Herrera noted that “hormone replacement therapy may not be right for every woman, but women need to be able to have the conversation with their doctors”.(IANS)

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Intake of Coffee can Reduce the risk of Death for Kidney Patients

Drinking Coffee may increase the lifespan of patients with chronic kidney disease.

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Drinking Coffee reduces mortality in Kidney patients. Pixabay
  • Want to live longer? Charge up on your cup of coffee. According to a study, caffeine consumption may prolong the lifespan of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Drinking coffee can Reduce mortality 

The findings showed a dose-dependent inverse association between caffeine and all-cause mortality.

People who had the highest intake of coffee had 24 percent lower risks of dying, while those in the second, third quartile of caffeine consumption had 12 percent and 22 percent lower risk.

“These results suggest that advising patients with CKD to drink more caffeine may reduce their mortality. This would represent a simple, clinically beneficial, and inexpensive option,” said Miguel Bigotte Vieira from Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, in Portugal.

However, “this benefit should ideally be confirmed in a randomised clinical trial”, Vieira added.

For the study, the team examined the association of caffeine consumption with mortality among 2328 patients with CKD. The results will be presented at the ongoing ASN Kidney Week 2017 in New Orleans.

Moreover, this observational study cannot prove that drinking coffee reduces the risk of death in patients with CKD, but only suggests the possibility of such a protective effect, Vieira stressed.

Drinking coffee can also reduce diabetes risk, revealed a reported in the American Chemical Society Journal of Natural Products.(IANS)