Amber Belt, ND
One of the most common questions that comes up again and again from my patients and from my online audience is, ‘How do I strengthen my immune system?’
When people ask this question I know that, many times, they want a magic remedy that keeps them from getting sick. And I would love that, too! But strengthening immunity starts with consistent lifestyle habits that might sound boring. Remember, though, that supplements and medications will never work as well if you don’t have good lifestyle practices in place. You can’t out-supplement or out-medicate a crappy diet and lifestyle!
Let’s start by talking about some of the consistent habits that will help with immune strength:
Let’s move on and talk about some simple superstar supplements to support the immune system.
I have put these supplements together in a bundle that I called the Empowered Immunity Bundle. You can take a look at these supplements and this bundle in my Fullscript store.
Of course, there are many other supplements that can help with immunity. Some popular choices include elderberry syrup, echinacea, honey, and garlic.
Traveling and crowds
I wanted to include one more strategy for immune health This one involves not getting sick while in large crowds and/or traveling. Of course, the exposure to more people increases the number of bugs you’re exposed to and, if your system is vulnerable, you might pick up an infection.
What I do when I travel to help myself stay well is to include Iodine Nasal Spray and Biocidin TS (throat spray) in my routine when I travel. Since cold and flu bugs like to stick to the mucus membranes in our noses and throats to replicate, I find that using the Iodine Nasal Spray and the throat spray for 2-3 days after traveling wards off infection.
I wrote this detailed article on Substack about Iodine Nasal Spray if you want to dig in and learn more. Iodine Nasal Spray is available through Sage Sirona and Biocidin TS is available in my Fullscript Store.
Throughout my years in medicine, I have seen people put themselves on very complicated supplement regimens for immune support. What I have learned about these complicated protocols is that they don’t work very well without well-established foundations of health in place. So remember to prioritize lifestyle and dietary changes over taking a bunch of complicated and expensive supplements!
I have created a more in-depth immune support course called Empower Your Immunity and you can find it on my website. If you want to dive deeper into immune strength, you can click here to look at the course.
Stay healthy out there!
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes and is not medical advice. Dr. Belt is a doctor, but she is not YOUR doctor. Consult a trained naturopathic doctor/functional medicine doctor to ensure safety and suitability based on your health and history.