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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.

Right 4 Your Type Exercise Routine: Mark Moon Fitness

It’s no surprise to learn that there is a confirmed link between physical activity and brain function. A number of published studies have shown that exercise improves a number of aspects of cognition and performance demonstrating that regular exercise does a body good in more than one way! Our friend Mark Moon, of Mark Moon Fitness, offers some brain boosting exercise tips tailored for your blood type!


Seeing as how you have all been diligently following your Blood Type Diet (and we know it’s about 70% healthy eating and 30% exercise) it should be easy to increase your fitness and boost your brainpower with some nifty circuit workouts. If you’ve been less than diligent in your exercise program during the winter, I have three tips to help keep you going strong right through summer.

Fitness Tip #1

Try not to be Hercules on your first day back! This is a tough one especially for the guys, but ladies need to pay attention too. The last thing you want to do is get an injury on your first week back. To avoid this, train at maximum 60% intensity for the first week and step it up depending on how you feel from there.

Fitness Tip #2

Start with a full-body circuit style workout that incorporates all aspects of your BT fitness regime over the week. This will eliminate any potential strained muscles or bruised egos. Also, remember to stretch and cool down adequately when getting back into it. Stretching will help with recovery when you wake up then next day wondering what you did to yourself.

Fitness Tip #3

Plan ahead with activities you will look forward to doing and add plenty of variety to your fitness schedule. Firstly, the human body is extremely evolved in the art of adaption, so you need to stay challenged if you want great results. Secondly, you will get better results with more exercise variety, as you will recruit more muscle fibers, therefore have a better response. Lastly, you want to stay mentally motivated and excited to be working out.

Work Out Example

Super Circuits are my favorite way to train for overall fitness, as you can easily incorporate any exercises to design a workout that’s just right for you.

Workouts don’t need to be any longer than 30-45 minutes for excellent fitness results. For best results, I recommend using an alternating body part formula, placing in a cardio burst every fourth exercise.

Check out my example below: