I have always struggled with health issues and even more so since becoming an adult. I have researched everything, and I mean everything. I have tried going completely off sugar, I have tried the Candida diet, and now I am GF (gluten free). However, what I have learned from all my research is that simply going on a restrictive diet is not the key. It will never fully cure you. Unfortunately, it is putting a simple band aid on a much more complex problem.
The GF path has made me feel much better, mind you, but I knew I still didn’t feel 100%. My headaches had been more scarce and my weight had gone down, but I felt that this wasn’t the end all. So, I continued my quest and my research. This led me to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMediSci (nutrition) and her book entitled GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome).
Wow, was I blown away! Not only did I have an epiphany that everything I was doing and am doing is a bit pointless, but consequently, I realized it was as if I were running in place. I decided to jump on the GAPS bandwagon.
Something that Dr. McBride said stood out to me pertaining to the lining of one’s gut and “opportunists” (AKA: bad bacteria) that take advantage of one’s weakened gut. She said that:
Certain opportunists, when not controlled by good bacteria, get access to the gut wall and damage its integrity, making it “leaky”. For example, microbiologists have observed how common opportunistic gut bacteria from the families Spirochaetaceae and Spirillaceae have an ability, due to their spiral shape, to push apart intestinal cells, breaking down the integrity of the intestinal wall and allowing through substances which normally should not get through. Candida albicans has this ability as well. Its cells attach themselves to the gut lining, literally putting “roots” through it and making it “leaky”. Partially digested foods get through this leaky gut wall into the blood stream, where the immune system recognizes them as foreign and attacks them. This is how food allergies or intolerance develop. What is happening is that foods do not get a chance to be digested properly before they are absorbed through the damaged gut wall. In many cases, when the gut wall is healed food allergies disappear (GAPS,42-43).
She goes on to explain how this would affect the brain and why we see so many people who walk around with incurable diseases. She covers more in the chapter that follows (Chapter 6):
Due to the absence, or greatly reduced numbers of beneficial bacteria, the GAPS digestive system gets taken over by opportunistic and pathogenic microbial flora, constantly producing a river of toxicitiy flowing form the gut to thebrain. This is the toxicity which is probably making these children and adults autistic, schizophrenic, hyperactive, dyspraxic, dyslexic, psychotic, depressed, obsessed, etc., etc (GAPS, 48).
I realized, BINGO, that was me! I had to repair my guttural lining or I would be constantly sick and perhaps, would be contributing to a shorter life span.
So, my sweet and sacrificial hubby is completely on board. He is giving up the same foods and going down the same path as me. He has already gone GF for me, but now we are getting even more serious. Next Monday we will begin out 30 days intro diet in GAPS. Thankfully, I bought a PDF by Cara Comini where helps to delineate what I’ll need and what I can eat NOW while I’m doing the intro. She goes day by day, which helps those detailed oriented people such as yours truly!
Afterwards, we will be on the FULL GAPS for 2 years. This is so we do not compromise the lining we have just repaired through the 30 days cleanse. The FULL GAPS diet is not very scary and even has recipes for treats (using stevia) that we can have. It is the 30 days that I find a bit more intimidating. The plus side is that we have already eliminated most of the toxins in our home. Toxins can definitely compromise your gut and slow down the healing process.
If you think about us, please be in prayer. I want to do the best I can on this diet, but I also need the stamina and energy to be a wife, homemaker and work on our websites as we go down this path. Jon also needs prayer because he has the burden of going to a physical job and working. Thankfully, he can take thermoses and his own lunches.
Anyway, I will be trying to keep you guys updated as much as I possibly can while on this diet. PLEASE pray that we rely on the Lord and HIS strength to give us perseverance and energy. He is a mighty God, and I know He has shown us this path and told us to take it. I just pray that we do it well, and continue to anchor ourselves in Christ and determine to rest in Him.
Thanks so much! And if you have any questions at all I would love to answer any questions I can! Also, check out Dr. McBride’s website, and the e-book I mentioned previously is on Health, Home an Happiness.
Have a great day!
Oh, and how awesome is our God?!? The moment I go to Bible Gateway to give you a “verse of the day”….guess what verse just HAPPENS to be on their front page as THEIR verse of the day?
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
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