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Recommended Diet for People with an Imbalanced Gut

26 Jan

Notes from Gut and Psychology Syndrome

by Natasha Campbell-Mcbride


The book recommends 3 stages of diet for people with an imbalanced gut:

  1. The Introduction Diet
  2. The Full GAPS Diet
  3. Coming off the GAPS Diet

I will focus mainly on the Full GAPS diet because it is of most interest to me.  There is much more in the book about the Introduction Diet, coming off the Full GAPS diet, etc. Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride recommends staying on the Full GAPS diet for 2 years for GAPS patients.   Throughout the diet, the book recommends that you take a sensitivity test to test foods that you think may be problematic (or that you are re-introducing into your diet).  To perform the sensitivity test, take a drop of the substance and place on the inside of the wrist at bedtime. Let dry, and check in the morning for any irritation.

Start the day

Start the day with 1 cup of room temp/warm mineral or filtered water with a slice of lemon or apple cider vinegar or fresh pressed juice. Then have a probiotic.


Eggs for breakfast should have uncooked yolks and cooked whites, and should be served with cooked and fresh veggies, meats and perhaps an avocado. Include plenty of cold-pressed olive oil and pre-soaked seeds. Avocado with meat/fish, lemon, cold pressed olive oil. Soups with homemade meat stocks and some sour cream. Drinking homemade meat stock is also an option as well as nut pancakes.  With lunch, include some probiotic foods.

Right Before, Right After or Between Meals

Meat stocks are great to drink with and between meals, and so can ginger, mint or camomile tea.  Sauerkraut, or is juice is great 10-15m before a meal, and some kefir, yoghurt or sour cream is great before dinner or right before bed.  Fruit should only be be eaten between meals.  Before bed, homemade yoghurt, kefir or sour cream is good.

Getting better and symptoms

When you introduce a probiotic to the system, it kills pathogens, which releases toxins. This may make symptoms get worse, including becoming more tired and developing a skin rash. Take them after food, to protect them from stomach acids.

To stimulate the body to produce its own stomach acids, one should have a few spoonfuls of cabbage juice or salad or sauerkraut.