The Sanguine Body Type

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Sanguine is considered to be the most balanced constitution by nature. It can become imbalanced due to overindulgence in diet and lifestyle. Sanguine Body Types have balanced digestion, however, the Standard American Diet is notorious for creating an imbalance in this Body Type. A macrobiotic diet or Mediterranean diet works well for optimal health.

Constitution: Hot & Wet

Other names: Blood, Damm (Islamic), there is no equivalency in Traditional Chinese medicine or Ayurveda because this body is considered perfectly balanced.

The dominating system for Sanguine Body Types is the blood/circulatory system which can become imbalanced with excessive food consumption and lead to diseases of excess. Sanguines should avoid excessive consumption of meats, dairy products, fatty foods, and sweets.

It is not uncommon for Sanguine Body Types to be considered the most easy going when it comes to food. They have a healthy appetite and moderate digestion which enables them to feel hunger and have a hearty appetite when they are in balance. Sanguines are prone to overeating and can find themselves quickly gaining weight due to their dietary choices. 

You can easily identify a Sanguine Body Type by their physical characteristics:

  • Oval faced
  • Neither too fat nor too thin, but can easily gain weight
  • Medium frame and built, can easily build muscle mass
  • Sweats moderately
  • Tendency to gain weight everywhere
  • Medium wrist size
  • Medium-sized palm and fingers (neither long nor short)
  • Considered the perfect body - in women: figure 8 with broad shoulders, slender waist, and notable hips. In men: inverted triangle with broad shoulders, medium-sized hips.

Sanguine Body Types are prone to developing the following conditions when out of balance but this is not an exhaustive list of diseases they can develop (and it's possible for other body types to also develop some of these diseases):

  • Congested liver and pancreas
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Congested blood (such as excessive menstruation in women)
  • Respiratory congestion
  • Urinary issues
  • Skin conditions

Sometimes it helps to visualize people with this Body Type in order to really understand their physical attributes. Celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johannson and Kate Winslet are all considered Sanguines.

To learn more about your Body Type, be sure to click here to take the Body Type Quiz 

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