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What YOUR Body Needs

Sharon McRae

"One man's food is another man's poison." It's a phrase we invoke often, but don't always hold to, as curiosity and intrigue set in with the next new fad diet. Unfortunately, popularized diets generally don't work over the long haul because they fail to take into account that we all have different dietary needs and requirements. These differences are what establish our Bio-Individuality.

There is no universal "right" way to eat, and no list of "good" versus "bad" foods that works for every person. Rather, there are many factors that influence which foods will and won't nourish each of us uniquely. That's bio-individuality.

Men eat differently than women, younger people eat differently than older people, and those with more active jobs requiring movement and/or physical labor will generally eat differently than those with more sedentary occupations.

There are many practice modalities that focus on the concept of bio-individuality, including Ayurveda, blood typing, and metabolism typing.

Ayurveda is the ancient system of traditional medicine developed in India, which emphasizes a balance of three elemental energies (called "doshas"). Ayurveda holds that each person possesses a unique combination of doshas, and that, accordingly, has unique dietary and other needs that must be met in order to attain the proper balance for health and longevity.

Blood typing is a leading theory for individualizing the ways of eating based on scientific principles. The best known blood typing system is the "ABO System," under which every human on Earth is classified into one of four primary blood types: A, B, AB, and O. The different blood types came about as human populations adapted over time to environmental changes.

Type O is the oldest blood type, and those with this blood type often are energized by eating an animal-based diet; they have stronger digestive enzymes that are better able to break down the proteins in meat. Type O individuals are also frequently affected by wheat and gluten and are prone to acquiring gluten allergies.

Scientists believe blood Type A came about when early humans became more agricultural. Those with this blood type often do very well on a vegetarian diet.

The next blood type to evolve was Type B; this occurred as agricultural lands were used up and people moved to more mountainous regions. Plants did not grow as well in this environment, so the predominant source of nutrition was animal milk. As a result, individuals with Type B blood often do well with dairy products.

Blood Type AB is the "newest" to evolve; a very small percentage of the population has this blood type. Generally, individuals who are Type AB are most adaptable to modern society and its quick pace, and they tend to be able to process information very quickly...

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