Over 40% of our immune system is in the digestive tract, so what you eat is your #1 defense against bacterial and viral infections.
With so many of us staying at home 24/7 these days, it’s easy to stress eat, along with the seduction of sugary, comfort foods that give the illusion of satisfaction and a sense of calm.
Your blood type is the key to your body’s entire immune system. Eating right 4 your type is one of the best tools to improve immunity and support the body's defense against disease. If don’t already follow this diet, now is a great time to start. For those of you that already follow a personalized nutrition plan, here are some things you can do to step up your game:
Eat more Beneficial'sFocusing on the foods that are most advantageous for your blood type can reduce inflammation, balancing the immune system and lower the stress load on your body.
Remain vigilant about not eating avoidsSure, we all stray occasionally. “What’s the harm in one little cheat?” It’s important when you feel tempted to cheat, that you reach for a beneficial instead, reminding yourself of its immune-boosting benefits. Remember that avoid means avoid.
Keep a food journalFor many of us right now, trying to keep a “normal” schedule is challenging, not to mention one for eating as well. It can be hard to remember just how many beneficial and neutral foods you’ve consumed. Keeping a journal of what and when you eat is an easy way to keep yourself on track.
Download the Blood Type Diet AppStress levels are high, so don’t go at it alone. Use all the resources available to you to help make meal planning and preparing as easy as possible. The Blood Type Diet App keeps all your food lists at your fingertips and makes shopping lists for multi-blood-type families a breeze.
Reduce alcohol intakeA glass of wine is enticing right now for sure, but it can act as an immune suppressant, and since the goal is to boost immunity, it’s best to avoid or reduce it if you can.
Exercise Right 4 Your Type
Moderate exercise can both reduce inflammation and help your immune cells regenerate. But just as different foods react differently to different blood types, so do different types of exercises. While intense exercise can lower stress for Type O individuals, Type As do best with low impact relaxation-based workouts like tai-chi and yoga.
Get adequate sleep
Sleep and immunity are closely tied. Inadequate or poor-quality sleep is linked to a higher susceptibility to sickness. If you’re having difficulty falling or staying asleep try limiting screen time for at least an hour before bed. Going to bed at the same time each night is also helpful in establishing a natural sleep-wake cycle.
Keep stress low
Long-term stress promotes inflammation and imbalances in immune cell function. Try practicing stress management strategies that work for you, whether that is meditation, going for a walk or calling a friend.