Welcome back for Week 3 of my Gut Health Series! If you missed Week 1 and Week 2, click here to check it out! This week, I will be talking about specific short term diets that are great for restoring your gut flora. I am in no way sponsored by any of these companies, I truly think they are beneficial to gut health restoration.
The following diets/protocols may seem intense, but if you are a person that suffers from IBS, eczema, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, GERD, candida, chronic fatigue, depression, weight problems, hormone imbalances, and/or other autoimmune diseases, you are probably sick and tired of beating your head against the wall in search of symptom relief. If you have found that you’ve tried every medication and either they don’t work or they cause more symptoms, maybe it’s time to explore the impact of nutrition. It never hurts to keep an open mind and learn what your options are. You deserve to be healthy and happy. Here are my top three diets for gut flora restoration that I learned about while attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition:
This diet was developed by Donna Gates, M.Ed., ABAAHP. She is an international best-selling author, teacher and lecturer on digestive health and anti-aging protocols. She spent over 25 years studying Eastern healing systems and Western fad diets and has a deep understanding of how your gut health affects ever system in your body.
The BED is a great, back-to-basics approach to restoring gut health and vitality. If you struggle with candida, chronic fatigue, depression, weight problems, early aging, ADHD, autism, hormone imbalance and/or auto-immune disorders, you may benefit from the BED. The BED is not a diet but rather a lifestyle. The BED (gluten free, sugar-free, probiotic rich) and their associated products are specifically designed to help cultivate, nourish, cleanse and repair the inner ecosystem of your digestive system.
I highly recommend checking out their website where you can learn more about the BED, their products, different courses they offer and more. It’s a website loaded with all kinds of helpful information.
Low FODMAP Diet
FODMAP is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are big fancy names that refer to a collection of molecules found in food that are often poorly absorbed by some people, especially people with a dysbiosis (imbalance) in their gut flora. It is recommended to follow a strict low FODMAP diet for 8 weeks, preferably under the supervision of a Health Coach or dietitian. After the 8 weeks, foods can be gradually reintroduced, noting how you tolerate each food and adjusting your food plan accordingly. If you are interested in doing an 8-week trial of a low FODMAP diet with me, please click here to schedule a free Initial Consultation.
The GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet was originally derived from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) created by Dr. Sidney Valentine Hass to naturally treat chronic inflammatory digestive conditions that result from a damaged gut lining. SCD became popular when a mom, by the name of Elaine Gottschall, healed her own child of Ulcerative Colitis and then became an advocate for SCD. She even wrote a book entitled “Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet”. The GAPS diet focuses on removing foods that are hard to digest and are damaging to the gut microbiome and replacing them with nutrient-dense foods, allowing the intestinal lining to heal and seal.
The GAPS protocol is broken down into three protocols: Nutritional, Supplementation and Detoxification. The Nutritional Protocol restricts all grains, commercial dairy, starchy veggies and all processed carbs while focusing on easily digestible and nutrient dense foods. The Supplementation Protocol is tailored to the individual, but generally includes a commercial probiotic, essential fatty acids, cod liver oil, and targeted digestive support. The Detoxification Protocol cleanses the liver and colon through juicing, GAPS milkshakes, and enemas while reducing the general toxic load by restricting man-made chemicals and heavy metals.
If you visit the GAPS Diet website, you can find a Certified GAPS Practitioner to work with.
I hope this Gut Series was helpful and answered some of your questions about gut health. Personally, I think the topic of the microbiome is fascinating! Research into this vast unknown is just in it’s infancy, but scientists have discovered some amazing things so far. If you are interested in learning more about gut health, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s to happy, healthy bellies!
Plants for Life,
Stephanie Misanik, INHC, RYT-200