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My Reasons for Revisiting the GAPS Diet: GAPS as a Fertility Diet?Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks

What’s with the eggs, witch doctor? Well, that’s one of the reasons we have decided to revisit the GAPS Diet. We have decided to have another bonny little baby.

I started introducing fertility foods a few weeks ago to build up my nutrient stores and prepare my body to nourish another little one. Traditional societies went to great lengths to nourish new parents during the preconception period (6 months to 2 years) to ensure healthy offspring (source).

We’ll start the process once I receive my NTP certification in October.

Nutrient deficiencies caused the trials of my first pregnancy – pronounced fatigue, water retention (edema), swelling, excess weight gain, and high blood pressure in my last days before delivery -, and Katie’s issues with gut dysfunction, allergies, and all the fun stuff that goes with it.

This time, I’m doing things differently.

Correcting Health Disorders and Symptoms

There are some other health issues that I want to heal before this new chapter in our lives. I am almost 35, and I need to make sure my body is ready for such a trial. Luckily, I’m healthier than ever and I feel ready for the challenge.

Even though I have increased my nutrient-dense foods, I won’t be able to take full advantage of breaking down, absorbing, and utilizing those nutrients until my gut health is restored.

Here is what I am going to work on while on GAPS:

  • adrenal fatigue
  • mild hypothyroidism
  • sugar handling (insulin/glucose fluctuations that can lead to hypoglycemia and insulin resistance)
  • leaky gut – allergies, compromised immune system
  • hypochlorhydria
  • heavy metal accumulation
  • liver dysfunction
  • fatty acid deficiency and resulting raised LDL small density cholesterol
  • increase nutrient stores
  • increase cardiovascular function
  • balance hormones

Katie’s conditions to correct:

  • leaky gut – allergies, compromised immune system
  • hypochlorhydria
  • blood sugar handling
  • fatigue
  • fatty acid deficiency
  • increased nutrient absorption
  • liver dysfunction
  • cavities
  • low weight

Hubby’s issues:

  • insulin resistance (previously diabetes)
  • leaky gut – allergies, compromised immune system
  • hypochlorhydria
  • liver dysfunction
  • belly fat from stress and cortisol increase
  • fatty acid deficiency
  • increase nutrient absorption
  • reduce chronic inflammation to reduce inflammatory markers and imbalanced cholesterol numbers (too high and reflects damage from inflammation)

Healing with the GAPS DietPhoto Credit: Nicholas_T

It’s time to leave the storms behind and find the end of the rainbow.

We have all seen improvements in our 2 years of healing, but this is the final push to finish the job.

I hope you’ll join us on this journey. I know many of you are already with us and ready to begin. Just a few more days of prep work, and we’ll be on our way!

Why are you following the GAPS Diet/witch doctor healing protocol?

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