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Plant based diet study debunks eating for your blood type for weight loss, health

You may have read that it's important to eat certain foods based on your blood type. Depending on whether your blood type is O, A, B or AB, proponents of the blood type diet say there are foods to eat and foods to avoid for optimal health and a longer life.  Can eating certain foods based on blood type really help you live longer? The blood type diet was first introduced in 1996 by a naturopathic physician, Peter D'Adamo who alleges that even the spices you put on your food could contribute to better health and should be individualized for your specific blood type.  The theory is that certain foods and even the type of exercise you do should be individualized.  For instance, if you have type O blood you should eat plenty of meat and fish protein, vegetables and fruits but stay away from legumes - at least so the dietary guidelines say.  Recommendations for weight loss include avoiding dairy, corn and wheat and filling up on red meat, broccoli, spinach and olive oil.  Type A ind

It's not just about beauty: Trees and plants around the home help us live longer

Greenness around the home linked to a longer life Surrounding ourselves with greenness can do more than just add beauty to the environment surrounding our homes. Research has found women who have more green vegetation around their homes have a lower chance of dying compared to those with fewer trees and plants.  How trees and plants protect health What the researchers found was women were 12 percent less likely to die from cancer, respiratory and kidney diseases when they had green spaces near their homes.  The study was a collaborative effort between researchers at Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  The finding that is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives  reinforces what we already know about the health benefits of a natural environment. The researchers literally looked at greenness around the women's homes using high resolution satellite imagery.  There was a consistent link to lower mortality rates re