Blood Type Testing and Nutritional/ Lifestyle Protocols – Blood typing is a test done to work out which blood type you have, or which blood group you belong to. Not everyone has the same blood group. There are several different blood groups, some of which are more common than others.
The ABO blood group system
Two of the antigens found on the surface of red blood cells are called antigen A and antigen B. The ABO group system for blood typing is based on which of these antigens you have on your red blood cells. You inherit the particular combination of blood group antigens you have from your parents.
- Blood type A: your red blood cells have antigen A only.
- Blood type B: your red blood cells have antigen B only.
- Blood type AB: your red blood cells have both A and B antigens.
- Blood type O: you have neither A nor B antigens on your red blood cells.
In your plasma (the liquid component of your blood), you will have antibodies against whichever antigens you don’t have on your own red blood cells i.e. antigens that are foreign. These antibodies are present without you having contact with the “foreign” blood type. How this occurs is not clear yet.
- If you are blood group A, you will have antibodies to antigen B.
- If you are blood group B, you will have antibodies to antigen A.
- If you are blood type AB, you will not have antibodies to either A or B.
- If you are blood type O, you will have antibodies to both A and B.
- The blood type diet, also known as the blood group diet, was popularized by a naturopathic physician called Dr. Peter D’Adamo in the year 1996.
- He claims that each blood type represents genetic traits of our ancestors, including which diet they evolved to thrive on.
A blood type test appt will take 45-50 minutes. Your blood type will be determined, plus a basic nutritional and lifestyle program will be discussed based on your blood type. These are only suggestions and not all will apply to your needs, but some can be very helpful.