Nutrition is vital for the overall wellbeing of a person. Nutrients feed the cells of the body so that they can perform their functions at optimal levels. The basic major nutrients are carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Other important nutrients include vitamins, minerals, trace elements and enzymes. Nutritional deficiencies are sometimes overlooked or neglected and can be a major contributor to ill-health.
Food regimes may be dependent upon various factors such as blood type, digestive system irregularities (e.g. Candida, Coeliac disease) or excessive acidity or alkalinity.
There are a number of 'diet regimes' that can be helpful for specific conditions. For example, 'Food combining' may suit people who have problems such as bloating, wind, poor nutritional uptake by the intestinal tract and nausea. The 'blood type' diet may be useful in many situations, especially 'allergic' conditions.
Foods have many substances including 'Lectins'. Lectins are protein structures that can have an effect on the immune system. Lectins can be antagonistic to different blood types causing 'allergy-like' responses. These allergy-like responses do not necessarily cause itchy skin or sneezing, but can affect red blood cell integrity and be related to many health issues.
The main foods that may contain lectins that may be problematic include: grains such as wheat and wheat germ, quinoa, rice, oats, buckwheat, rye, barley, millet, and corn, legumes (including soy and peanuts), dairy foods and the nightshade family e.g. potato, tomato, eggplant, cucumber and capsicum.
Irregular sized red blood cells (400x magnification)
Consistent sized red blood cells (100x magnification)