Thursday, October 6, 2011

To GAPS or Not to GAPS

Oh, that is the question that is heavy on my mind right now.

The GAPS diet is a gut healing and sealing diet with far reaching benefits for many chronic disorders. Designed by  Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract while ridding the body of the unwanted yeast and bacterias that make so many of us ill.

Sounds great, right? The thing is this diet looks tough. I've been following a few online journeys through the GAPS Intro and the Full GAPS diet (less restrictive than Intro) and I'm starting -just starting- to think that maybe we could do this.

Our son (9) has a host of chronic conditions that the GAPS diet could really help. Asthma, autism, allergies and ezcema. He has had these ailments since infancy. Each day that I wait and ponder whether or not we should do this I think to myself that it is another day that he could be feeling some relief, you know?

So hard for a mama.

My first step will be to get the book from the library and arm myself with some more knowledge. I'm also seeing more and more resources out there for doing the GAPS  diet successfully; especially with kids. This makes it seem much less scary!

Do you have any experience with GAPS?


amanda {the habit of being} said...

i did it while nursing the youngest because i had a terrible case of candida in one of my breasts and the gentian violet was not helping. it is rough at first and i imagine it would be hard to do with kids but i think given the positive outcomes i've read about and seen, it's definitely worth a shot!

Jessica said...

I brought it up to my 9 yo last night and he was like, what the? No way, mom! But now he's asking more questions about it so maybe I've planted a little seed.

He's a creature of habit so it might take some time for him to come around!