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GAPS and Keto for Brain Health

GAPS and Keto for Brain Health

GAPS and Keto for Brain Health

The Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet is already fairly low carb, and is easily adapted to be Ketogenic as well.

How do the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS) and the ketogenic diet (keto) overlap? They overlap in more ways than they are different! One of the missions of both diets is brain health; with GAPS focusing on the gut-brain connection and keto focusing on ketones to calm and heal the brain.

LEAKY GUT AND GAPS
In addition to brain health, GAPS balances the gut flora and intensely repairs the digestive tract to help heal things like food allergies, leaky gut, IBS, and other digestive problems.

GAPS has an intense introduction phase, where only very easy to digest food is consumed, giving the digestive system a rest and excellent nutrition needed to repair itself.

WEIGHT LOSS AND KETO
In addition to brain health, keto is most often used ‘in mainstream’ an efficient way to lose weight.

The mechanisms involved in the body running on fat rather than carbs suppress hunger slightly. This mechanism makes keto a sustainable weight loss method for many people.

It’s not uncommon for those who have stuck with a ketogenic diet for weight loss to find they really enjoy the mental health benefits and increased energy as well. For the weight loss group, these are considered ‘bonuses’ but for some of us with mental health struggles, they are the main attraction.

WHO SHOULD NOT DO GAPS? WHO SHOULD NOT DO KETO?
GAPS is a healing diet, but being compliant on any dietary protocol can be stressful. I only advocate doing the GAPS diet if other less drastic dietary measures have failed and there is a health issue impacting quality of life.

You can see more about when NOT to do the GAPS Diet here.

The only exception to this is if you are doing GAPS (or the GAPS/keto combo) for one or more people in your family and you find it to be less stressful to make the same food for everyone. This black and white thinking can combat ‘decision fatigue’ and will reduce stress in some people.

I’m doing this this summer; I have two kids who I feel like would benefit from this healing program, and I myself will as well, so my 3rd child is going to be doing the protocol along with us.

WHO SHOULD NOT DO KETO?
Keto is a great diet for most people, but it may be hard on people with existing kidney or thyroid problems. I would recommend working carefully with a practitioner if you have either of these problems.

Keto also has an appetite suppressant component to it, which may be problematic for children or adults who are having trouble maintaining weight. If you feel like your child really needs to be on keto (ie for seizures) but is under or barely on track for weight, be sure they are getting the calories they need, do frequent weight checks, and consider working with a nutritionist who is experienced in the ketogenic diet.

Read about the specifics here: https://healthhomeandhappiness.com/ketogenic-gaps-diet.html

Keto for healing brain trauma: https://healthhomeandhappiness.com/healing-brain-trauma.html#keto-brain
Keto40 – the program for starting Keto that I recommend: https://mz164.isrefer.com/go/keto40/healthhomehappy/

1:05 going from GAPS to Keto
1:30 Temporary vs long term
2:07 alcohol
3:15 Coffee
4:52 Why We did Keto and GAPS together

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3 Comments

  1. I have been following you for years, and love all the great information you share – thank you! I want to know more about the Keto version of the GAPS diet for men. My husband was diagnosed with Aspergers as an adult. It's pretty mild, but does bring some unique challenges for him/us 🙂 He did the GAPS diet (followed it strictly) for two years, about 6 years ago. That helped him immensely. After coming off GAPS he's eaten a nourishing traditions/Weston A Price style diet. For the last two years, he's been chelating heavy metals with the Andy Cutler chelation protocol, and he's also seen improvement with that. He still has some things he'd like to continue to fix/heal, like brain fog, anxiety, being slow at learning new things at work. We are wondering if the Keto version of the GAPS diet would be helpful for him. It sounds like we should try it for one month, to see how it goes, is that what you'd recommend? We'd also like to know how to tell when he is in ketosis or not. Also, some concerns we have are 1) he has a very physically demanding job as a concrete form setter (lots of heavy lifting). He eats a lot of food in general to have enough energy for this work. Is going low carb going to be okay with that physical of a job? Our second concern is 2) We've heard that eating enough carbs is good for fertility in men. We'd like to have another baby at some point. He's 36 right now. Would going that low carb hurt his fertility? Thank you so much!!

  2. That tells you how many people drink regularly. I am so beyond drinking alcohol that I was surprised how much time she spent on explaining the pros and cons, and the allowability of alcoholic beverages for gaps and keto. I can see how it would cause things like Candida overgrowth…

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