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Immunity Tips
By Ann Quasarano

One of the most common questions we are asked at D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition is, “How can I boost my immune system?” Our answer is simple – we tell them, “Follow the diet. Eat your beneficial foods and be extra careful to stay away from your avoids.” Remember, your blood type is the key to your body’s entire immune system. It controls the influences of viruses, bacteria, infections, chemicals, stress and the entire assortment of invaders and conditions that might compromise your immune system.

Diet & The Immune System

Most of us don’t consider that when we take a bite of food, we are impacting our immune system and its capacity to function. As Dr. D’Adamo writes in Eat Right 4 Your Type, “The immune system works to define ‘self’ and destroy ‘non-self.’ This is a critical function, for without it your immune system could attach your own tissues by mistake or allow a dangerous organism access to vital areas of your body. In spite of all its complexity, the immune system boils down to two basic functions: recognizing ‘US’ and killing ‘THEM.’” Since over 40% of our immune system is located in our digestive tract, our diet can be the number one defense against a poorly functioning immune system. Following the diet that is right for your type acts to improve immunity and protect you from disease.

Immune Boosting Habits

In addition to following the diet recommended for your blood type or GenoType, follow some common sense approaches like, frequent hand washing, use “cough and sneeze etiquette” and avoid people who are already sick. Getting adequate rest and exercise will also help support your immune system. Dr. D’Adamo also suggests that you include some, “Immunogenic polysaccharide containing foods, such as parsnips, and immune boosting foods such as garlic and onions into your diet. Green tea also appears to interfere with attachment in many strains of influenza. Studies also show that elderberry extract is beneficial in preventing the spread of viral influenza, as it blocks neuraminidase, the enzyme made by the flu virus which allows it to attach to the tissues of the nose and throat. It’s likely that antioxidants called flavinoids – which are contained in the extract – stimulate the immune system and other properties in elderberry extract have an anti-inflammatory effect.” Proberry Capsules and Proberry liquid contain elderberry and are great additions to your immunity routine.

Not All Blood Types Are Equal

Strep Throat is another common wintertime ailment – and your blood type might determine who is more vulnerable to it! One study looked at the saliva of 310 people which was examined for its ability to agglutinate 33 streptococcal strains. It was found that the saliva of persons with blood group O agglutinated significantly more of the streptococci than the saliva of persons with blood group A. The results demonstrated that persons of the blood group O secrete more anti-Strep immunoglobulin than those with blood group A. This may be worse for type A non-secretors since the elaboration of free blood type antigen in saliva and mucous is thought to inhibit the growth of Strep. So if you are blood type A, and especially if you are an A non-secretor, start taking extra ARA 6 now to prevent that nasty strep virus from settling in your system!

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Another study out of the University of Cardiff in the UK, found that people who regularly eat breakfast may be less likely to get colds or the flu. In a 10 week study of 100 healthy students – nearly half of the participants developed an upper respiratory infection during the study period, those with multiple illnesses, reported that they did not eat breakfast. Those prone to anxiety and stress were even more likely to experience cold and flu symptoms. Bottom line, starting the day with food is crucial to health – and starting the day with a blood type friendly breakfast is an even better way to start the day! We have lots of great blood-type-diet recipes on our 4yourtype.com blog, including breakfast smoothies, breakfast egg salad, cherry-walnut breakfast bread, a hearty omelet and overnight oats for all blood types.

Exercise 4 Your Type

Exercise is also a critical component in wellness. According to a study reported in the journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, people who exercise regularly appear to be less likely than couch potatoes to catch colds. Researchers found that in survey results from 547 healthy adults, people who reported being the most active had 25% fewer colds over the course of a year than those on the less active end of the spectrum. So Type A’s get out those yoga mats and Type O’s get your running shoes ready! As the chill sets in, it’s a good time to get yourself back on track. If you have been falling off the blood type diet wagon, it’s a good time to get back on! Start now for a happier, healthier you this winter! Here is a more detailed article on Exercising Right 4 Your Type.

Pet Owners Stress Less

Pet Owners Stress Less

There’s been a long debate between cat and dog owners over which pet is best, but regardless of your choice of furry friend, studies have shown that have a pet can help to reduce stress levels and live a happier life.  Below are a few facts about the emotional benefits of having a feline friend or canine companion!

Emotional & Physical Benefits

Depression

Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.

Blood Pressure

People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.

Relaxation

Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.

Heart Disease

Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.

Longevity

Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.

Doctor Visits

Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

Other Benefits

While people with dogs often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate.

The Importance of Companionship

One of the reasons for these therapeutic effects is that most pets fulfill the basic human need to touch. Even hardened criminals in prison have shown long-term changes in their behavior after interacting with pets, many of them experiencing mutual affection for the first time. Stroking, holding, cuddling, or otherwise touching a loving animal can rapidly calm and soothe us when we’re stressed. The companionship of a pet can also ease loneliness, and some pets are a great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost mood.

Eating right-for-your-type and exercising according to your blood type are key to a healthy and happy mind and body, but diet and exercise can only go so far. Chronic loneliness is a real issue in the world today with serious health repercussions. In a world of constant internet connection, real physical connection can make all the difference. A furry (or not so furry) friend can help keep you the healthiest, and happiest, version of you.

Chi Breathing

Chi Breathing

What is Chi Breathing?

Chi breathing is based upon the Taoist concept of Chi Gong, or Qigong, which represents energy as flowing according to certain routes in your body. Positive release is accessible through refining the breath. The calming, stress-relieving effects of this exercise are remarkable. It can be performed by anyone, regardless of age, fitness, or medical condition.

How to Chi Breathe

1. Stand comfortably, feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, arms at your side. If you cannot stand comfortably for a span of ten minutes, find a comfortable position sitting. Chi breathing is about calming and centering oneself. Relax your neck and shoulder muscles and focus in on your solar plexus (the center of your body). It is ok to sway a bit – that’s normal.

2. Start to rock back and forth gently. Inhale as you rock forward onto the balls of your feet and exhale as you rock back onto your heels.

3. As you inhale, lift your relaxed arms up and forward, keeping them relaxed and slightly bent. As you exhale, let your arms float down. Imagine that your hands are pulsing around an imaginary ball of energy.

4. Repeat, gradually refining the rhythm and developing the ability to “drop” your breath from the lungs to the solar plexus.

5. Repeat four to five times, then relax, letting your hands drop to your sides and closing your eyes. Concentrate on feeling relaxed and centered.

Repeat daily or almost daily to achieve the beneficial long lasting effects of Chi Breathing.

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Want some more guidance?

If you feel more comfortable starting out with a guided breathing meditation, there are many free videos online, like this one, which is just audio, or this one, which also includes video of the movements.