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Blood Type Diet and ACV?

Posted by Mariza on 03/14/2007

Hi Ted! I have high blood pressure and right now I am having problem with cholesterol. Please, I have been reading about Apple Cider Vinegar and some feedbacks. You said that "Apple Cider Vinegar in itself is alkaline because of its "... I have read on the Blood type diet that Type O should not eat vinegar and the ACV is in the avoid list. I would love to try ACV for my BP and Cholesterol but I am not 100% secure. When I read those feedbacks I started thinking that the blood type diet might be right. It says that my blood type is acid and doens't need more acid. "...Also made me feel cold, like my blood was thinner." "...I was shivering again and it lasted all day." What do you think? Are you familiar with the Blood Type Diet? I will be waiting for you reply. Thank you. Mariza

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
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Dear Mariza: I have seen people's blood pressure being reduced regardless of the blood type, even if they take apple cider vinegar, but I don't recommend taking apple cider vinegar. This is because regardless of the blood type, if the body doesn't have sufficient bicarbonates anyway, an apple cider vinegar just doesn't work. In practice it works much better with baking soda as it plays large role in controlling the body's pH. It may not be the only buffer, others are needed too, but in much less amounts, such as citrates, malates, while potassium does play a large role, only a small amount relatively to sodium is actually needed to MATCH the body's extracellular fluid ratio of roughtly 9: 1 ratios (sodium:potassium)

The issue is that the body needs bicarbonates to buffer the pH. If you want the blood pressure to reduce, you can do any of the following, but usually some potassium bicarbonates added often helps, if you can get it. Even without that, the best way to do it is NOT the blood type. It is that the food we eat are often acid forming and the body needs more alkalinity than what we feed the body. The issue of blood type personally is not that effective and should not be use as a guide if you have blood pressure. The issue is alkalinity regardless of your blood type. I have not read any rat studies that give diets on basis of their blood type, including gorillas, or chimpanzees. Any of the formula will work o.k. regardless of the blood type. I think there is little scientific basis for blood type in the areas of blood pressure but the issue of pH, buffer and alkalinity, for example has better scientific basis in bringing results more so than anything else. Here are some recipes that you can try: 1. 2 tablespoon of Apple cider plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda will often reduce the blood pressure mildly regardless of the the blood type. The pH is about 7, but actually is closer to 7.4 to 7.5 to the blood. This is taken three times a day. 2. 1/2 teaspoon baking baking soda 1/8 teaspoon potassium bicarbonate (or potassium citrate) in 1/2 glass of water, taken at three times a day. 3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 glass of water on an empty stomach taken three times a day. Not a perfect formula because it misses a lot, but some people simply can't get potassium, and other things. 4. 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1 whole lime. Or you can try one whole lemon and add baking soda until the fizz is lowered, in 1/2 teaspoon increments often it is about 1 teaspoon since lemon are larger than lime and may need more baking soda. There are several critical issues that brings about blood pressure. One of the concept is the issue of pH. the more alkaline the body the less the body retains water and sodium. This is just one of them. In fact, I have reduced my bloating body on many occassion just by doing any of the above and YET MY BODY IS BLOOD TYPE IS O. The second issue is a small amount of potassium will displace sodium, lowering the sodium retention, but not necessarily the body's pH, but will nevertheless play an important role in blood pressure reduction. The third issue is the dietary sugar causes high blood presssure. There are studies that regular increase high blood pressure simply by increasing sugar. The sugar has an effect of increasing the body's acidity as well as excess dietary sugar leads to high blood pressure by stressing the body's insulin, glycation and creates other problems making blood pressure problem worse. The fourth issue is dietary fats, especially free fatty acids and oxidized oil. Reducing eating fried foods, such as fried chicken, french fries, potato chips and other related food can really prevent dramatic rises in blood pressure. If you don't believe me measure your blood pressure before you eat a fried chicken with some ketchup (sugar) and french fries. Wait about 1 hour to 2 hour and measure it again. The blood pressure will even rise quicker if you just eat them before you sleep. To reduce blood pressure it is a simple matter of doing the exact opposite. Avoid eating oily foods, fried foods, and never any heavy meals after during dinner or supper. The fifth issue is halogens that deserves special attention. I have seen young students get high blood pressure hours after bathing in highly chlorinated water, excess fluoridated, and high bromine foods which are found in white flour, bread and the like. Bromine displaces iodine lowering your metabolic rate, further worsening the problem. Chlorinated and fluoridated water are of no help, neither will fluoridated toothpaste be of any value. Too much calcium clogs the system, espeicially the pineal glands that scientists use fluoride accumulation and calcification of the pineal gland as one of the aging biomarkers. It is for these reason why halogens (bromine, chlorine, fluorine) are not good for you, with possible exception of iodine being essential. Avoiding these halogen in your drinking water goes a long way. The sixth issue is most doctors med, with possible exception diuretic medicine are acid forming which causes high blood pressure, such as medicine with HCl name attached, which means hydrochloride and fluoridated medicine. In fact a large majority of medicine even antibiotics are acid forming. I couldn't possibly cover every issue that causes whys and hows of blood pressure. But basically, don't make this issue difficult on yourself by complicating theories. All you need to know is: 1. Alkalize 2. Stay away from chlorine 3. Minimize the use of doctors' med 4. Avoid sugar 5. Avoid fried foods 6. Avoid heavy meals in dinner and supper A few additional tips are necessary. Take one tablespoon of granulated powdered lecithin with every meal of food. You may add pectin (e.g. apple pectin) mixed in your food as it will buffers the body absorption of sugar. Most food thickeners tend to buffer sugar and hence reduce the body's sugar by preventing spikes which causes havoc on your hormonal body systems. It was not easy for me to get all these information in one single email and most books and other commercial fad won't work since they look at issues too narrowly. While I cannot possibly cover every points on blood pressure, the above recommendation, in my opinion is more than enough to get your blood pressure to a reasonable range without getting yourself into unneeded suffering. In the case of emergencies to lower blood pressure the best ways I think is not to pick on your tiny kidneys. We have 20 feet of intestines we can take advantage of should there is a need to reduce water retention and blood pressure in a hurry. In my case a couple of week back, I was trying to eat bad food, which consists mainly of eating fried chicken, french fries, potato chips, and other things since to see what it feels like to have excess sodium retention and bloating. Within only less than a week, my body was so bloated that the blood pressure rose from about 130/90 to 190/120 (approximately). Those foods causes my urinary pH to go from about 7.0 to approximately 4.9-5.1 (can't be too exact). So you can tell how unhealthy I became. I DID NOT overeat. I just simply eat the wrong food and to test whether alkalizing would get me back to normal. Well it did. In fits of desperation, and difficulty of breathing and sleeping, I decided it was time to end my experiment. I simply took 4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water with a small pinch of potassium citrate, approximately only 1/8 teaspoon. Within 1-2 hour, I went to to the toilet with a diarrhea of watery stools. The blood pressure after that watery stool, reduced almost immediately from 190/120 to 140/110 within hours. The next day it was almost normal at about 130/90, also I can't be too exact since, the number of my blood pressure meter is rather unaccurate on the last single figures. Basically taking baking soda of 4 teaspoon, or even 1 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1 teaspoon of sea salt, can cause a diarrhea also. Of course these are for emergencies only and I don't tell people to take it, but I was in an emergency because the body was over the cliff. Other possibility exists for immediate blood pressure reduction such as Milk Of Magnesia, where the ingredients is nothing but water and magnesium hydroxide. Those can cause diarrhea in a hurry, reduce the blood pressure for emergencies. However, since magnesium hydroxide is poorly absorbed, you still need to take baking soda and potassium bicarbonate still to get the blood alkaline enough so that this won't happen again. You might wonder why other scientist or pharmaceuticals don't tell you all these things. It is simple: they can't make money off you.