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July 2016 - D'Adamo Newsletter

Volume 13, Number 7

Happy July

by Martha D'Adamo

Happy July, and warmest wishes from all of us at D'Adamo Personalized Nutrition for a happy, healthy, and safe 4th of July weekend.

July brings longer days, barbeques, summer outings, fireworks, fireflies, and for some, unstructured time to relax and recover from the hectic pace of daily life. The first half of the year was a whirlwind for us as we moved from our offices in Wilton and settled into to our new offices in South Norwalk. I love getting out of my car and smelling the salt water from the Long Island Sound, seeing all the boats in the boat yards, and being part of the exciting South Norwalk community.

There's so much happening here in terms of building, commerce and restaurants. It is inspiring to see the farm to table offerings, and I realize how much the mainstream awareness about food and its role in our health and wellbeing has grown over the past 30 years since Peter and I got married. At that time, we were considered "fringe" or oddballs, and naturopathy in generally, and the Blood Type Diet specifically were new concepts for people. Now, naturopaths are widely accepted by people who want to be proactive about their health and well-being, and the Blood Type Diet is known around the world.

We had a meeting at Berkley Publishing Group regarding the 20th Anniversary edition of Eat Right 4 Your Type, and when Peter and I arrived, I felt like I was traveling with a rock star. The publishing team's enthusiasm for the book, the concept, and for Peter's work was rewarding to witness, and we are going to be working closely together with the publisher on the release, which is scheduled for January 2017.

Stay tuned, as we'll be sharing some pre-release news, some special interviews with Peter and letting you know the behind the scenes work being done.

For now, enjoy the holiday, the current newsletter, and all the benefits of living "right for your type."



All physical activity, even when it is not exhaustive, usually leads to elevated levels of stress hormones. But once you get used to an exercise, it's not as stressful. That's what conditioning is all about. Generally speaking, trained athletes do not experience exercise internally as a stressful event, even if they push slightly past their normal training routine.

For this reason, a well-conditioned Type A might have the same or greater exercise tolerance than a poorly conditioned Type O. It's not a question of "all or nothing." I've seen many Type Os who happily incorporate yoga into their exercise program, as well as athletic Type As who enjoy weight lifting and aerobics. You have to evaluate your relative capabilities before you exceed your point of stress. Normally, this point arrives sooner for As, but with proper conditioning, Type As can excel in more strenuous activities. At the same time, Type Os who are in the exhaustion stage because of accumulated stress or chronic illness should not continue with an intense exercise program.

The right kind of exercise for your body can reduce the harmful effects of stress, promote mental well being, and help you attain a healthy weight.

For more information, including a complete listing of foods and exercise recommendations for each blood type, you can refer to my books Eat Right 4 Your Type. and Live Right 4 Your Type. A complete listing of the foods for the Blood Type Diet can also be found on the Type Base.


Dr. D'Adamo's Favorites for:
Exercise & Energy

(+15% OFF Select Items)

Protein Blend Powder O

Protein Blend Powder A

Protein Blend Powder B/AB

Protein Blend Powder
Our custom-blended protein powders are the only right-for-your-type protein blends for your blood type. Optimized for optimal uptake and energy production, they contain no artificial flavoring, sugar, or preservatives. Begin your day by scooping your protein blend into a smoothie or a beneficial juice. Enjoy one of our favorite recipes below.

Ingredient Highlights:

  • Type O: Protein Blend Powder O is a uniquely formulated protein with an all natural, gluten free,
    non-GMO, hypo-allergenic rice base with an excellent amino acid profile, fiber, and bromelain for maximum digestibility. 20g of protein per serving.
  • Type A: Custom blended for Type A using highly beneficial soy and pea proteins, this unique protein powder also contains amino acids, bromelain, and arabinogalactan essential for absorption and digestibility in Type A. 15g of protein per serving.
  • Type B/AB: Protein Blend Powder B/AB mixes a superior whey protein with an all natural, gluten free, non-GMO, hypo-allergenic rice base and amino acids for the ultimate digestible protein specifically formulated for Type B and AB. 20g of protein per serving.

Chocolate Cherry Unibar

Blueberry Almond Unibar

Finally, there's a satisfying, energizing snack for when you are trying to eat smart. The Unibar is the healthy snack you don't have to feel guilty about! Designed by Dr. D'Adamo for all blood types — including secretor and nonsecretor — The Unibar is an ideal snack:

  • a nutritious pocket-sized snack for a burst of energy between meals
  • a quick solution when you don't have time for a full meal
  • a clean fuel workout bar
  • a healthy, handy treat

Unibars are made from the purest, natural food ingredients. Sweetened by nature with  organic Agave Nectar. More slowly metabolized, with fewer calories and a natural sweet taste, Agave Nectar is nature's perfect answer to great taste without processed sweeteners, refined sugar or other less healthful, less nutritious ingredients.

Chocolate Cherry or Blueberry Almond


Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes that are found naturally in the juice and stems of pineapples ( Ananas comosus). Because its blend of enzymes are proteolytic (protein dissolving), bromelain is widely known as a digestive enzyme and can be useful for bloating, gas, and to help maintain healthy digestive function. Bromelain may also help promote joint comfort, especially after physical exertion or a tough workout.  

In formulating our Bromelain supplement, Dr. Peter D'Adamo uses only the highest quality bromelain, insuring maximal enzymatic activity, produced by a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) manufacturer who is certified through the Natural Products Association, with an "A" compliance rating. Our Bromelain formula is stearate-free and comes in vegetable-based gelatin capsules. 

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Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo has designed Phloxicin to help maintain joint health and flexibility for men and women of all blood types using one amino acid with a combination of herbal ingredients.

  • L-Histidine is an amino acid that may be beneficial to promote joint comfort
  • Polygonum cuspidatum, a member of the buckwheat family, contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant
  • Boswellia serrata and L-Histidine have been typically used to promote joint comfort

Boswellia serrata, also known as 'Indian frankincense,' is an herb that is commonly used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. The boswellia is a branching tree that is native to India and grows in the dry, hilly regions of the country. The tree produces a resin, or sap, that can be extracted and purified for medicinal purposes. The extract has been used for thousands of years in India because of the belief that it gave elephants their longevity and health, and it was hoped that boswellia would do the same for humans.

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Turn Up The Heat

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo

One of the most infuriating aspects of insect bites is the infernal itching. There are many creams available over the counter including low dose cortisone, diphenhydramine, calamine, and pramoxine among others. Most work marginally, at best.

The itch sensation is really a low-grade stimulation of the skin's pain receptors. We scratch itchy rashes and bumps because scratching converts the low-grade pain stimulation into a full-fledged sensation of pain, and ironically the brain can deal with pain better than an itch.

What I have found through personal experience is that the application of heat was the most effective way of dealing with itchiness from bug bites, although this works for rashes like poison ivy as well.

Itchiness is usually produced by a cascade of activation of histamine receptors released as part of the body's response to the foreign proteins released by the bug into the bite. Applying heat converts these histamines into different types of transmitters more typical of pain, or inactivates them altogether. Relief is quite prompt and lasts often for hours, rarely requiring more than one or two treatments.

Applying heat to a bite can be done either of two ways:

  1. A spoon can be heated under hot water until warm and applied to the bite.
  2. A hot blast from a home electric hair dryer can be directed to the area.

You will typically feel a sensation as if you were scratching the bite. When this occurs, you've done enough. In either case, be careful not to burn yourself!


Getting Outdoors

by Robert Brody, ND, MS

As many of you are aware, naturopaths are in touch with nature no matter the season. From hiking in the woods to mountain biking, we are always enjoying what Mother Nature has to offer. But with the increase in temperature and long hours of daylight, problems can arise during the summer months: from getting lost, to dehydration, loss of energy, and sustaining injuries. So in order to work on preventive medicine, please consider these six steps for your summer outdoor excursions.

  1. Be a Boy/Girl Scout and Prepare. Make sure you have a location in mind. Make sure someone (who is not with you) knows where you are going and when you should be returning. Pack a light raincoat, wear sunscreen, and apply natural bug repellent to help with any discomfort and protect you from different diseases such as Lyme.
  2. Act like a human and be Intelligent. Try to ride/hike during the cooler times of day (morning and before sunset). Wear the proper clothing so your sweat wicks away.
  3. Be a camel and Hydrate. Make sure you are hydrating before, during, and after your ride. A simple trick is that you should be drinking enough water so that your urine is clear.
  4. Eat like you mean it. Drink a protein shake before your ride/hike and bring Unibars with you on your trip. You will be surprised how much more water, electrolytes, and calories you will be using in the warmer months.
  5. Enjoy the beautiful weather and be kind to other outdoor enthusiasts.  Make sure you respect the right of way of hikers, runners, horseback riders, and mountain bikers. Also, share a smile and a wave to people in the event of an emergency. They will be your first responders.
  6. After your ride/hike stretch, do a tick check, shower, and eat a meal right for your type to fill your energy reserves for tomorrow's adventure.  If you do find a tick, remove it properly. If you are concerned with tick borne disease, save the tick by placing it in a plastic bag with a damp cloth and bring the tick into the office for identification.

Take it from me, one who grew up in the outdoors– please be smart and plan.

From hiking in the forest, kayaking down rivers, and riding up mountains, I have seen many different situations that could have been avoided with proper planning.


Right for All Types Fresh Herb Salad Dressing - Right For All Blood Types

Find this and more delicious, simple to prepare recipes in the Eat Right for Your Type Personalized Cookbooks.