GAPS Detoxification Plan

I am not a doctor and have not been professionally trained.  My writings are based on my own personal experiences and research and are not to be taken as medical advice. Please take a look at our medical disclaimer before reading the below information. 

If you read the first two posts in this series, you will remember that GAPS is composed of 3 elements:
  1. Diet
  2. Supplementation
  3. Detoxification

Having covered the first two, let’s now move on to the final aspect of GAPS.

You probably don’t want to think about the amount of toxic sources in this world.  Many of them are the result of our modern lifestyles. 
  • Cars
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Chemical additives
  • Contaminated water
  • Factory farmed animals
  • Medicines
  • Ingredients in personal care products
  • Ingredients in house cleaning products
  • House paint
  • Carpets

Our Defense

Thankfully God gave us an inner detoxification system.  It is beyond the scope of this post to fully describe it, but for this system to work effectively the body needs an adequate amount of certain nutrients.  After everything that you have learned about GAPS, should you be surprised to find out that GAPS people are probably deficient in these nutrients?

Not only are GAPS people ill-equipped to deal with toxins, but they also have more toxins than healthy individuals.  Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

A nourishing, healing diet combined with the correct supplements heals the body so that its detox system runs efficiently.  During the healing period it is important to avoid toxic sources as much as possible (keeping in mind that not all can be avoided), because GAPS patients have not yet reached the point of being able to handle them.  In addition, excess toxins that have accumulated in the body should be purged.

This isn’t meant to be a complete list, but it should get you thinking:

  1. Don’t use house cleaning products that contain harmful chemicals.  Safer products can be made at home using ingredients like vinegar, olive oil, baking soda and lemon juice.
  2. Don’t use cosmetics that are made of toxic ingredients.
  3. Don’t paint the house.
  4. Don’t buy new furniture.
  5. Don’t use personal care products with unhealthy ingredients.  There are safer options for shampoos, soaps, deodorants and tooth pastes.
  6. Don’t swim in chlorinated pools.

  • Detox Soaks-Bathe in baking soda, cider vinegar or Epsom salts. 
  • Fresh Air-Try to get some time outside each day.
  • Swim in natural, unpolluted water-This is a good excuse to head to the beach!  Lakes and rivers are also great.
  • Juicing-According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, in her book, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”, many people successfully use this method of cleansing.  She says that:
  1. Since you can drink more produce than you can eat in one sitting, you will consume more nutrients.
  2. The gut-irritating fiber in vegetables gets stripped away.
  3. Raw fruits and veggies are easier to digest as liquids.
I’m not sure I buy into the whole juicing thing.  I’ve decided not to juice, but that doesn’t mean I’ve come to a firm conclusion about it.  Check out the following articles to help you make an informed decision:

Thinking about all this could make you terrified of how toxic our world is.  Please don’t let it.  I never intended to put you in a bubble.  It isn’t possible to avoid all toxins, so just do the best you can and don’t fret.

Please also remember that you can take this one step at a time.  Just as we teach you to transition to real foods slowly, you can just as gradually reduce your exposure to toxins.  Start by replacing one of your personal care products, such as shampoo, with a healthier alternative.  Then pick another product.  Then make your own house cleaners.  You get the idea. 

Diet, supplements, and detoxification all work together to heal GAPS conditions.  If you stick around, I will continue to expand upon the GAPS diet and how to follow it.  I hope to make this healing protocol less confusing for you.

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