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Diet Perfect!

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The perfect diet! Is there such a thing?  Possibly, if a person’s biochemical individuality is considered when making dietary recommendations, then it’s possible to have a perfect diet. Ideally, a diet should be tailored according to a person’s needs. And it should all start right after a baby is weaned off from his/her mother’s milk, which by the way, is a baby’s perfect food. You probably have heard of the blood type diet. It is a concept popularized by Dr. D’Adamo in his book called “Eat Right For Your Type” and actually endorsed by world-famous holistic MD, Dr. Jonathan Wright.  The dietary advise based on the blood type diet actually goes beyond the general recommendations given by dietitians, nutritionists or even some holistic practitioners.  The “blanket” recommendations given include a low fat/high protein diet, low carb diet, no hydrogenated oils/trans-fats, no artificial colorings/flavorings/preservatives, no caffeine, no high fructose corn syrup, hormone and antibiotic free meat, etc. There are also a lot of fad diets on the market such as the Atkin’s diet, South Beach diet, and the Mediterranean diet. It’s all good but the common denominator among these recommendations is that they’re generalized, cookie-cutter or a one-size-fits-all approach. The blood type diet is a small step towards individualizing dietary recommendations. People with type O blood do well on a diet that’s high in animal protein due to their higher production of Hydrochloric acid. Type A blood type usually do well on vegetarian diets. Blood type B individuals could tolerate dairy and fish and lastly, blood type AB do well on seafood, nuts and grains. Another interesting concept is based on the work of George Watson, proponent of the metabolic typing diet. A person can be a fast, slow, mixed or balanced oxidizer. Oxidation, by the way, refers to the burning of foods in the body for fuel/energy. Slow oxidizers metabolize food slowly while fast oxidizers metabolize food rapidly. Then, there are those who are mixed oxidizers, who vacillate between fast and slow oxidation. In summary, it’s really important to get to know a person well before making dietary recommendations. Fortunately, there are tests available that help us achieve this goal. These include functional intracellular analysis (or nutrient deficiency testing), food sensitivity/allergy testing, organic acid analysis and more.

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