Mind Body Spirit Immunity - Healing with Gut Health

Written by L.A. Dawson, a guest contributor.



Self-care has always been paramount in my life. Eating well and exercising daily was ingrained in me by my athletic father. I learned that a strong immune system has always been key to a healthy body, but the protocols have changed as research changes. It can be daunting to keep up with the information. Getting Health and Life Coaching credentials helped me sift through the endless material.


As I progressed through vegetarianism and back, I realized a healthy immune system is important, but what that means changes based on your body and its’ presenting gut health. We meet our bodies’ needs at the place where it is at NOW. Our gut contains about 75% of our immune systems.


The first step is to assess your gut health. Keep a journal of food sensitivities and eliminate what does not work. You can try to rotate them back in, but carefully, because the goal is to have good digestion without irritation.


Two foods that assist in excellent gut health are RAW turmeric and blueberries. If you cannot tolerate the bitterness of the raw turmeric, then capsules are a good alternative. Blueberries have natural sugar, so I enjoy them three times a week. Too much sugar feeds an inflammatory response in the body, which ultimately can cause disease.


Eat the rainbow! Fruits and vegetables feed all the senses while improving immunity. It is a full body experience to cook a rainbow of foods that we know are good for us, but this also feeds our souls. The mind, body, and spirit connection is ever-present as we feed our bodies healthily. Making a conscious decision to treat our bodies with respect and love, cooking food that is healthy, and finally ingesting with positive intentions is no longer considered “out there” thinking. The brain is a muscle. Putting that powerful muscle into our positive decisions improves the outcome.


Go out into the dirt and get your hands dirty! Certain microbes in dirt can help our immune systems fight a virus or bacteria. Gardening makes you feel part of something bigger and research has shown it can lift depression which ultimately builds immunity. Also, while gardening in the sun you receive a dose of Vitamin D which energizes infection fighting cells.


Go out into the dirt and get your hands dirty! Certain microbes in dirt can help our immune systems fight a virus or bacteria. Gardening makes you feel part of something bigger and research has shown it can lift depression which ultimately builds immunity. Also, while gardening in the sun you receive a dose of Vitamin D which energizes infection fighting cells.


I take supplements suggested to me by a nutritionist who knows I had Neurological Lyme Disease. I also do research on each supplement that I add to make sure I am not taking toxic amounts. This is important because everyone reacts differently. Get to know your body and gut intimately. When you do, you gain valuable knowledge about what your body needs. Also, your body can develop sudden allergic reactions or sensitivities even if you have taken a vitamin regularly.


The following is a list of supplements to build a strong immunity. Before you decide to take any supplements, check with your doctor that it does not conflict with medications you take, and that it is safe for you. I am not a medical professional and do not prescribe or suggest you take any of these.


  • Ocular Protect whole body formula -This formula is a daily eye protective multivitamin

  • Neurochondria by Thorne Research – brain formula

  • Elderberry Elixir – immunity formula

  • Olive Leaf Complex – immune support and antioxidant

  • NAC – free radical protection

  • Selenium – immune support

  • Vitamin C – immune support

  • Curcumin – free radical fighter

  • 24 strain probiotic – gut health

  • B-12 sublingually – energy and nervous system health

  • Vitamin D3 – mood elevator

  • Decaf-Green tea capsules – immunity and heart health

  • Quercetin + Nettles – anti-inflammatory and allergies

  • Zinc – immune support

  • Lactoferrin -immune support


Gut health is equal to caring for your immune system. It can be challenging to understand what your body needs but putting the time in will give you lifelong benefits. Whiles spas and facials are fun and may make your face glow… a healthy immune system makes you shine from within radiating excellent health. Join me… choose health!


About the Author

L.A. Dawson is an author, life coach, and health coach who specialises in stress and crisis, and she writes for Social Life magazine in New York City. She became a health and life coach after an accident almost took her life. Nowadays, she feels inspired to take those who are suffering on a healing journey and help them find hope, health, and peace.


Visit L.A Dawson www.liveandheal.com