What to Drink According to Your Blood Type

When I was a young girl I became obsessed with a newly published book, Understanding Affinity by Blood Type, by Nomi Masahiko (Japanese title Ketsueki-gata de Wakaru Aisho) It’s fabulous in the English translation, though honestly to really appreciate it should be read in the original Japanese. Side note: I actually only read books in their original language, I think that gives me a better grasp of what the author wants to say.

Anyways!

To me, Nomi’s explanation that blood type (much like astrological sign) determined personality came as no surprise. I was already well aware that the blood coursing through my veins made me different from so many of the other kids in the third grade- it was just reading it in a published document that finally made me understand why.

As an O, I’m a natural born leader and social butterfly, two amazing traits that have gotten me so far in life now BUT that I think were incredibly enviable in my youth. You see, kids and teachers alike immediately recognized my talent and so I was often ostracized, kicked, spit on, called a creepy stalker, locked in the broom closet, etc. I know it may sound tame, but for a girl of only nine, third grade was a hard year for me.

Last week I reread Nomi’s work (actually in the Taiwanese translation, I was curious about word choice) and was absolutely inspired to do a blog post about blood type. So, without further ado, here is the Desgeulasse guide to what you should be drinking according to your blood type!

O

Like me, you are a go getter and will stop at nothing to achieve your dreams. You are really beautiful and amazing in all ways.

Tea

An O deserves a hot cup of herbal tea at the end of the day well done (try one of our Spice Drawer Tea recipes). Taking time to steep a tea helps give us O blood types a moment to reflect and be proud of our many achievements. Add a half cup of  Aquavit or Vodka to your brew if you did anything extra significant (honestly, this is pretty much every day for me)!

A

Though more reserved and cautious than most, you are a calm and sweet personality type.

Lemonade

Mix up a batch of Rum Lemonade and kick off your shoes! The yummy lemonade highlights your sweet and gentle side, while the six shots of Rum per glass reminds all you A blood types that it’s okay to throw caution to the wind every once in a while. This is actually a special recipe by Primrose- it’s one of her favorite breakfast treats.

B

You are a bit of a wild child and have no time to heed the rules. You can be selfish but passionate. Even though A won’t tell me his blood type, I think A might just be a B!

Flask of Bourbon

Try carrying around a flask of Bourbon- it’s what A does. The flask is the perfect way to get your drink on without alerting the authorities to what you’re actually doing. And the curved back makes it easy to carry in the pocket- take it on a drive, hike, grocery shop, you name it!

AB

As an AB, you are rational and can work well under pressure. At times people find you a bit judgmental- though you are generally well liked.

Wine

Pour yourself a glass of Malbec at the end of every day and cheers to a job well done as an AB. You see, Malbec balances out the AB personality thanks to the mix of fruity flavors (like raspberry and blackberry) with the contrasting undertones (like leather and tobacco). Plus, the actual act of uncorking a pressurized bottle of wine is a psychological reminder to an AB to sit back and relax.

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18 Comments

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    Sienna
    May 15, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I never would have guessed that I’m a Malbec girl, I usually hate red wine. Can’t wait to try it now though!

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    Mimi
    May 15, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Wow this seriously is a life saver- I was just about to go out to a bar and I had no idea what to order. Thanks again xo

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    Anna F
    May 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    If I’m an O negative does that change anything about the kind of tea I make?

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      Phyllis
      May 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks for the question, Anna! It does- if you’re O- you should definitely not drink any tea with Red Pepper Flakes. Hope this helps!

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    Brittany
    May 16, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    What if I’m anemic? Is there a drink high in iron that would go with my anemic blood?

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      Phyllis
      May 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Great question, Brittany! What I would do is actually add supplemental iron to your drink. Personally, I like pureed liver- and around 7-10 tablespoons of that mixes really well into any beverage.

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        Carol M
        May 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

        If I’m a vegan and anemic but a B is there any iron supplement I could add?

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          Phyllis
          May 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

          I would definitely use vegan liver (there are a couple great recipes online- just search Vegan Chopped Liver) and add three dashes of extra salt and pepper.

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          Arielle
          May 16, 2016 at 2:54 pm

          I make vegan chopped liver for Passover every year! Just replace the eggs with mushrooms. Hope you’re not allergic to nuts! http://whatjewwannaeat.com/vegetarian-chopped-liver/

          • Carol M
            May 16, 2016 at 3:11 pm

            Thanks all! I can’t wait to try the chopped liver yum!!!!

          • Arielle
            May 16, 2016 at 3:46 pm

            Carol – As a fellow vegan I’m sure you know the importance of making sure your mushrooms are organic/non-GMO and bought at a farmer’s market. You never know what kind of pesticides they use in commercial farming. But I’m sure you already know this, basic stuff for us vegans. Clean foods provide a pathway for a healthy body, mind, and spirit. But you already know this, I’m sure, as a dedicated vegan. Really basic.

          • Carol M
            May 16, 2016 at 5:03 pm

            Arielle it’s great to see another vegan on this blog! Totally know what you mean about the mushrooms, I actually only eat mushrooms grown in my home composted soil in a special tray in my backyard. I just don’t trust big corporations to really be labeling things as correctly- how do I know if they know what organic or vegan or non-GMO is???

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    Heidi
    May 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I’m a total O! I didn’t realize that I deserve tea after working so hard all the time. Your blog is always so helpful!

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    M H PARKS
    May 16, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    how do i find out what my blood type is

    • Reply
      Phyllis
      May 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      If you stay tuned we actually plan on doing a DIY blood test special for summer. Keep checking back for updates 🙂

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    Gwenyth
    May 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Oh you read Ketsueki-gata de Wakaru Aisho in it’s original Japanese too, wonderful. While Masahiko’s work is regarded only as a pseudo-scientific guide to temperament based on sanguine composition, one will actually find it to be a commentary on how truly plasmatic a behavior can be by exploring the text in unintended dialects. If you read the text in Russian the semantics expose the intricacies of behavior that just aren’t possible to express in Japanese, German, or English. With only morphemes to rely on and the lack of implicature, the lexicon highlights the illocutionary nature of Masahilo’s perspective in terms of it’s polysemy. How do you find the Taiwanese version differs in its pragmatics from the Japanese version? I will have to brush up on my Taiwanese and read that version after I’m done reading Euripides’ entire collection in the original ancient Greek and ǃKung.

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      Phyllis
      May 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      It is great to hear from someone as avid a reader as I am- thanks for stopping by the blog, Gwenyth.
      The Taiwanese version was a bit stilted for my taste. I find translations in Taiwanese to generally be hollow imitations of their original forms. I prefer a language a bit more aureate and florid when dealing with such topics as behavioral science- such as Portuguese.
      Would love to read Euripides in the ancient Greek- blogging is such a full time job now. Xoxo, Phyllis

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    Katie
    May 19, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t know what my blood type is
    Help plz!
    I like rum and coke but I’m not sure that it is my “me drink” ya know?
    Phyllis plz make that blood type test.

    p.s. I could call my mom and ask her but we are in a little fight right now.

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