I first became aware of the “GAPS” book and protocol five or six years ago when my oldest son sent me an article from The Huffington Post about the doctor who wrote the book and the success she was having treating autistic children. I would occasionally stumble across blog posts, newspaper articles etc.. about GAPS (affiliate link) but didn’t read the book myself until a year and a half ago. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. I read it because I am having grandchildren at a pretty quick pace and with autism rates being what they are I wanted to find out if the information in this book had any merit, thinking it may come in handy in the future. Little did I know it would help an immediate family member right now.
This is my daughter Lindsay. She’s the one on the left. Besides having excellent oral hygiene and a pretty cool dog she has also had issues with her health that have plagued her since she was a baby.
Infancy: The Symptoms Begin
Twenty-six years ago Lindsay was born a beautiful, fat baby girl. Perfect in every way. But when she was 2 months old red inflamed patches of skin began appearing on her little body. I took her to the pediatrician. She was diagnosed with eczema and I was handed a prescription for a hydrocortisone cream and sent on my way. When I picked up the cream there was a warning label on the tube that said “Warning: Prolonged use may cause cancer”. Obviously I found this very worrisome.
Being a strong believer in prevention I went back to the doctor and asked about allergies and things that could be causing the problem and he said it would be next to impossible to figure out if it was something environmental or something I was eating while breastfeeding and I should just use the cream. “It will probably go away” he said. But, it didn’t.
Early Childhood: More Symptoms
For the next several years we did a little dance between using the ‘cancer cream’ and letting Lindsay’s eczema come back and itch until she scratched herself raw and bloody. When Lindsay (or I) could no longer stand it I would apply the cream, the eczema would disappear, we would stop the cream, the eczema would reappear and the cycle would begin all over. I remember watching her play with friends, they would play, she would play and scratch, play and scratch, play and scratch…so sad.
At about age 6 Lindsay became very tired and dark circles had formed under her eyes. The pediatrician sent her to an allergist. She was diagnosed with allergies and began a regimen of twice weekly allergy shots that would help her immune system develop a tolerance to the triggers causing her symptoms. The allergist pointed out the ‘telltale’ line across Lindsay’s nose (caused from constantly pushing her nose up with her palm) and said that Lindsay’s ears were so full of fluid he didn’t know how she was hearing and said she must have been feeling miserable. When I asked if the allergies and eczema were related he said no. I still suspected they were. (Remember this was before the days of Google. A quick Google search today and a person could learn all this in an hour!) Thankfully the allergy shots did help.
The Teen Years: Fasten Your Seat Belts It’s Going To Be a Bumpy Ride
Lindsay became more and more tired as she entered her teens. The doctor laughed when I brought her in and told him she was always tired and slept a lot. “A teenager that’s tired and sleeps a lot? What a surprise” But what he forgot was Lindsay is number 4 out of 6 children. I had teens before her and after her and while they all slept a little more than usual, they didn’t sleep like this. Ten hours at night and 3-4 hours during the day, and yet she remained tired. Her school work suffered (to say the least) and she had no energy or motivation to start (much less finish) anything. We fought about school, we fought about the ‘laziness’…we fought a lot.
At fifteen Lindsay had her first anxiety attack. She called me from school crying and saying she was having a heart attack. She said she was dying. I told her to go to the nurse. It passed after a few minutes, but when it happened several more times I took her to the doctor. He diagnosed her with anxiety. We were shocked to say the least. We were so skeptical we came right home to google (google was a common thing by then) and sure enough after a little reading we had to agree. We took her to a psychologist who luckily was very nice and open to the idea of not using medication. She gave Lindsay some mental tools to deal with an attack when one arose and that worked well for several years. Again I suspected that all her problems were related but I had no idea how or why or what to do.
Age 20-26 What I call “The Autoimmune Years”
Lindsay’s early 20’s began with a whole new set of symptoms. Flare ups in her joints that made her ache, bright reddish purple patches on her eyelids, psoriasis on her elbows (diagnosed) that went away, and these strange bouts of abdominal pain after eating. Doctors first suspected gallbladder issues but after ultrasounds and examinations they were left mystified and Lindsay was left with a prescription for indigestion, which she threw away because she didn’t have indigestion. She had more attacks but never went back, she didn’t think the doctors were very interested in finding the actual problem. One morning Lindsay woke up with a red lump on her breast and one on her eye. Again after seeing doctors for two weeks of tests, ultrasounds and examinations the lumps disappeared and the doctors had no idea what they were or why they went away. Her eczema and anxiety continued, and again I suspected it was all related but the doctors didn’t agree. I worried that one of these days we were going to get some really bad news regarding Lindsay’s health.
Luckily This Is When I Read ‘GAPS’
I finally got around to reading GAPS: Gut and Psychology Syndrome and it was like reading a record of my daughters symptoms. The eczema, the tummy trouble, the anxiety…I realized that all her symptoms were indeed related and could be fixed! Hallelujah!
The Theory Behind GAPS
GAPS is a book and an nutritional program written and designed by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, a neurologist and neurosurgeon. She believes that “leaky gut syndrome” is the cause of many physical and mental diseases. According to Dr. McBride many people (millions in fact) lack the good bacteria (healthy intestinal flora) that allow ‘the gut’ to function properly. When healthy bacteria isn’t present the intestines become inflamed and because of this chronic inflammation the intestines literally become ‘leaky’, leaking microscopic food particles into the blood stream. The immune system, sensing invaders, sends antibodies on a search and destroy mission. The problem being these aren’t bacteria that antibodies are programmed to find. When the immune system is on ‘high alert’ repeatedly but doesn’t know what to attack it will eventually attack the body resulting in an autoimmune disease. When the immune system attacks the joints we call it arthritis, when it attacks the soft tissues we call it lupus, when it attacks the skin we call is eczema or psoriasis. Because the gut and the brain are connected gut disorders can also cause mental and emotional disruptions (anxiety, depression and worse). If you would like to read how gut and brain health are connected read more here.
I spoke with my daughter about going on the GAPS diet to heal her gut. It is a rather strict yet temporary diet regimen but she was not too hip to the idea. I explained that if she followed this program her eczema, anxiety and autoimmune issues could disappear and once her gut was healed she could reintroduce the foods she needed to omit from her diet. I told her I was afraid if she continued on the path she was on these autoimmune responses she was having would someday ‘stick’ and her anxiety could progress to a point where she could no longer manage it without medication. She said “No thanks!” until a few months later when…
She Hit The Wall
In December 2013 my son got married. Lindsay was to sing at the wedding reception. She was covered head to toe in eczema and she was embarrassed to be up in front of a crowd. Here is a picture of her dancing at the wedding with my other daughter and grand daughter…notice her arm. Her entire body looked like this…
But the eczema was the least of her problems. A few weeks later she called me and said that her anxiety was so bad she hadn’t been able to leave her house for days and she was…wait for it…compulsively cleaning. This is a girl that never cleaned anything because she was always so tired and now she couldn’t stop. She realized her symptoms were progressing and it scared her. I told her the time had come to either try medication or give changing her diet a shot. She really didn’t want to take medication and figured she had nothing to lose so she agreed to change her diet.
Lindsay didn’t agree to do the full GAPS regimen BUT she did agree to do some of it. I would take what I could get! She wouldn’t cut out all sugar and grains as GAPS recommends but she did completely cut out gluten. She followed GAPS protocol and excluded all dairy except high quality cultured dairy loaded with gut healthy bacteria (probiotics). She agreed to drink bone broth (<—-recipe) and soups which contain belly healing gelatin and take probiotic supplements.
The Results Were Nothing Short of Miraculous
In the first three days Lindsay dropped 8 pounds. This was not 8 lbs of fat, it was 8 lbs of inflammation, mostly from her bloated belly. Her achey joints went away and a few days later her anxiety disappeared. She has not had an anxiety attack since she changed her diet six months ago! I started getting texts from her like this “I feel so good! I have energy for the first time in my life!” or “I don’t need to take a nap anymore” and my favorite “I feel like I have lived in a fog for 20 years and the fog has lifted!” She had energy and mental clarity for the first time in her life because her energy wasn’t being sapped by what was happening in her gut!
Then I got this text “I am going to run a half marathon”. Now I don’t mean to sound unsupportive but 26 years of experience had taught me this girl wouldn’t have the energy to follow through with a training regimen much less run over 13 miles at once, but she did! She trained everyday and last month she ran a half marathon in Santa Barbara. Here she is smiling at mile ten, her forehead crossing the finish line and she and her friends getting their medals. Nothing short of miraculous to me!
I can’t tell you how amazing it is to see my daughter happy, full of energy and free from anxiety! Honestly she is like a new person and so fun to be around now. Her spark is back and I am so grateful. I wish we knew 26 years ago what we know today. But at least we know it now. I honestly believe my daughter’s physical and mental health was on a downward spiral and she implemented changes just in the nick of time.
So, you may be wondering about that pesky eczema.
Well for the first time in 26 years Lindsay has beautiful soft skin without a trace of eczema…this is the same arm pictured above only a few months after implementing diet changes!
Follow Up ~ The Setback: Live and Learn
A month ago (June 2014) Lindsay wanted to eat some cheese and regular gluten filled bread. And she did. The next day she woke up thinking she had the flu. The achy joints were back, the brain fog was back…and yes, the eczema was back. She learned her lesson, got right back on her eating plan and thankfully is feeling great again. The important thing to remember here is that the food isn’t the problem, “leaky gut” is the problem! Once the gut is healed, foods can be reintroduced and if symptoms do not return then you know the gut is healed. Six months was way too soon for Lindsay to reintroduce the offending foods. She learned her lesson…I hope.
Resources and Recommended Reading: (Just click the links)
Arthur’s Story: Healing Eczema (and more) with The GAPS Diet
The Top 8 Foods That Trigger Eczema
Autism: Maybe It’s Not What We’ve Been Told
Autism Speaks: The Link Between the Gut Microbiome and Autism
Whole 30 is an anti-inflammatory diet that can be very helpful and not quite as overwhelming to start as GAPS.
Mom’s Stuff Salve is great while you wait for healing!
Gut Feelings: The Future of Psychiatry May Be in Your Gut an intriguing article about how gut health and mental health are related
Divine Health from The Inside Out is a great website resource and guide for those needing support and guidance changing their diets.
Dr. Mercola on GAPS and Autism and article about and interview with Dr. McBride author of GAPS
Autism and the Link to Autoimmune Disorders and Mental Illness
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I can so relate to the power of diet when it comes to health. Our family has benefited greatly from the GAPS diet. My 16 year-old added pasteurized cream and broke out all over her forehead. She can handle raw milk, though. Thanks for posting and congratulations on your daughter’s empowering story.
Thanks Andrea. I know your family has been through a lot with health issues. You are very inspiring!
HI Linda……..what an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing this…to date with live without any of these issues in our family (5 children 29 grandchildren 11 great grand children and counting) but I will keep this in my file for any future need and hope to share it with any one that I become aware of that may have similar problems. Thanks for all your efforts for so many… sj
Thank you Sally Jo! We will be heading up to Sundance next week. Maybe I will see you there.
I am 27 with Lupus, fibromyalgia, eczema and many more issues that come hand in hand with all these diseases. I have struggled since 2009 with multiple different treatments, now being my worst time. I can’t eat, I have had migraines for over a month, my body hurts, I’m exhausted, I have eczema flare ups, my OCD is bad from the stress, and I’m drained from doctor appointments. I believe everything happens for a reason and I thank you for this. With my extensive research I’ve never heard of GAPS. This gives me hope. Thank you!
Christine thank you for your comment. I can totally relate to how you feel. There were times I thought we would never figure it out. Hang in there and give GAPS or Whole 30 a try and see if it helps. I wish you all the best!
Hi Linda,I have been enjoying every single Blog of yours. My husband had been having Health problems since he was 18 years old. Last year I learned about these AMAZING Essential Oils by doTERRA and I am now an advocate for this company. Please feel free to Google doTERRA. and as it matter of fact Google Eczema doTERRA and Anxiety doTERRA. I would love to schedule a private appointment to meet with you. I have the honored of meeting your beautiful daughter a few years a go when she worked for Celebrate. I produce a beautiful Bridal Show here at The Hyatt. Here is my contact information. 661-257-1725 Ext. 27. These oils are like Magic. Serenity will be a great oil for her. And for Eczema: Clear Skin and helichrysum and Juniper Berry. I have a book I can show you. Please let me know. Thank you.
Thank you. I do love doterra oils! We tried some for the eczema and it relieved symptoms but until lindsay changed her diet it kept coming.
Fabulous. Just what I needed this morning. What a journey for a daughter and her mother.
Thanks Sean. I am proud of my girl. She has come a long way!
I love to hear stories like this!! Woohoo for gut healing!
I’m going to look into this. Since I was little I would always complain to my mom that “my stomach was burning” and I would get really hot and tired. Later in life extreme fatigue, anxiety, acid reflux, asthma, a general just not feeling well a lot of the time. Lots of dr appts with them never finding anything wrong. My aunt who is somewhat of a natural witch doctor told me that I had a high intolerance to gluten. I ate gluten free for a couple months but then got pregnant and only craved carbs so I gave in. I’ve always wished someone could help me feel better- we will see if I have enough willpower to try this.
Hi Jen! I hope you will give it a try. It’s so worth it. Let me know how you do and feel free to ask me questions! You can do it!
Thank you Linda. This is so well written. I have been GMO gluten free for close to two years now. I didn’t eat much in the way of carbohydrates generally, but one day had too much wheat and went into the heavy brain fog. I did some research and eliminted all Gluten, eventually to find out I’m okay with a small amount of Organic Sprouted Wheat… a very small amount.
I have friends with Lupas, Eczema, and a number of other things I’m going to send this article to.
I’m happy for the recovery, great work, and thanks so much for sharing.
Thanks Teri! I am glad you are doing well. Thanks for sharing with your friends. I am hoping Lindsay’s experience will help someone!
Amazing story!!!! My middle daughter was having horrible eczema on the backs of her knees right around age 2 and we did some gut healing – she is a happy healing eating machine at age 3 with zero eczema – it really works!
Thanks Renee! So glad to hear it worked for your daughter too!
What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing!
Really interesting, Linda. I did PIN it and I’ll send it to Kristin to see if she thinks Tessa has had any more symptoms that she may not have connected to her allergies and babyhood eczema. I do know that back when Tessa was a baby, Kristin told me about the leaky gut syndrome, but she may need to revisit the topic, just to make sure that there aren’t subtle symptoms that she needs to catch. Also, since Brie went off all dairy, her nursing baby’s eczema has cleared up. I’ll send her here as well. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Chris. I thought her daughter’s eczema went away. I certainly hope so…it’s certainly not anything I would ever wish on someone.
Thanks for sharing this very personal story of your daughter, her struggles and her wonderful rebound from her ailments. Food really is medicine.
This is like reading about me. I’ve been plagued with panic attacks, anxiety and at times depression since I was a teen. I’ve also had tummy trouble, skin issues (rosacea), fatigue and more recently, allergies. I have made changes to my diet to help my anxiety, which has helped. But I have felt lately like the other stuff is getting worse and my body just hates me. I too have always wondered if it’s all connected and doctors never have answers and are alway quick to prescribe pills. Thank you for the info! I will have to read this book and give the changes a try.
I hope it helps. There are few things more frustrating than being sick and feeling like doctors just can’t help.Good luck and let me know how it goes:)
Wow. This is an amazing story. Any thoughts why it seems like SO MANY MORE people are having so many problems with gluten and dairy?
I think it all boils down to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Dr. Mcbride says it’s a combination of the last few generations eating a processed diet, devoid of fermented foods and over use of antibiotics that leave many without the proper gut flora. GAPs is a temporary diet that restores the bacteria in the gut. Once reestablished those foods can hopefully be reintroduced without problems:)
We have something in common! Didn’t wish it was this but was hoping it was more like, ‘we grow the same herbs!’
But we do have same kids with food allergies and Eczema!
AND we are on week 4 of GAPS Intro diet! I am praying that their skin will be HEALED for life and their food allergies CURED. No more Eczema creams and avoiding foods that trigger them. After reading Linsday’s story, I have hope. Thanks for sharing Linda!
You are welcome Karen! Keep me updated on your kids. So curious to see how it works out. It really can be a miracle for those of us that tried everything else!
Hi, did your daughter start with the introduction or just the regular full diet? How much of the extras has she been doing …. broth, probiotics, detox baths? Just hoping to copy and get as great of results. Thanks!
Hi Jessica. Thanks for your comment. As stated in the post she basically does the diet but didn’t give up all grains. She still eats quinoa and and corn. She drinks broths and soups made with homemade broth, drinks bio K and other high quality probiotic products, takes probiotic supplements and drinks green juices she juices at home. I will have to ask her if she adds epsom salts to her bath still. I wish she would have gone all the way with the GAPS plan but was happy she agreed to do most of it and am really happy with her results. I hope you have good results too! It requires commitment but it’s so worth it! Good luck Jessica!
Wow, what an incredible story of healing. I am really happy she is doing better. I have heard amazing things about the GAP diet.
Thanks Suzanne. She didn’t end up doing full fledged GAPS but did most of it. I do think she will end up eliminating more foods but for now she feels so much better…I don’t push it. She is 26 after all:)
Sounds so much like me. I was in my early 30 ‘ s before someone finally diagnosed me with Celiac. I couldn’t believe the difference going gluten free. Eventually dairy and egg free too. So glad your daughter is healing. Enjoy life!
Thank you! Glad you are well now too.
Such an inspiring story! I have a 7 year old who I think would benefit from gaps, she is so picky though. I’m hoping I can get her to try it soon.
You are such a wonderful mother for being so supportive well into her twenties! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!
Thanks Brianna. My hope is now that she is healthy and happy she will need my support less and less! That’s the hope anyway:)
Thank you for sharing your daughter’s story with us Linda. I completely understand when she decided not to go to doctors again, as I do think that many of them sort of give up on you if they can’t find the cause of your symptoms. I am so glad that she feels better 🙂
Anna it’s really interesting. When the gallbladder tests came back normal it was like the doctors said “well then nothing’s wrong with you!” even tho she was doubling over in pain. Never once was diet mentioned. Sigh.
Thank you for sharing this story! It is remarkably similar to my own. It is such a blessing to find healing in food! Here is to continued health!
Thanks! Glad you are better too!
I remember coming over to your house to hang out with Lindsay. Lindsay out of no where decided to go to sleep at about dinner time so I decided to go home instead of staying the night. Thank you for sharing this. I am so happy and relieved for her. I hope new way of eating sticks and she keeps on progressing!
Thank you Linda for sharing this post.. Each of my sons have had issues with eczema throughout their lives, each with varying degrees. 21- 24 years of trying to fix this problem with creams and ointments. My middle son Ruben ended up with psoriasis at the age of 16 and it has been a battle where he has basically given up. I shared your post with him and he is eager to try this. Will keep you updated as he joins in this venture to better health.
I am so happy to hear about your daughter’s improved health! At the beginning of your blog, you mentioned fibromyalgia. I do not see that condition listed on the title of the GAPS book. I have suffered with this for 13+ years since a 5-year toxic mold exposure at my former place of work. I have tried one million treatments, exactly (well, not quite – lol). I feel that I don’t respond to treatments as well as some others report. I always think that this is due to the fact that my illness has a specific, identifiable cause, whereas most diagnosed with fibromyalgia, do not. Also, “toxic mold syndrome” has the exact symptoms as “fibromyalgia.” Weird. In any event, does GAPS specifically deal with fibromyalgia? If so, I’ll order it today. Does the book spell out the diet, or do I need to order an accompanying recipe book? Thank you! Best wishes for your daughter’s continued good health!!
My 16 year old dd healed from Irritable Bowel Sydrome and migraines with the GAPS diet. It really has worked wonders. I am so proud of her going through this whole thing. IT does a mama’s heart good to see our children thriving.
Thank you for this post. This is the encouragement I needed to go all in to the GAPS diet.
This was amazing to read! Go Lindsey ! Thanks for sharing.
Linda, I had no idea that Lindsay suffered all these issues… you and she have been through a lot… so sorry! I am thrilled that she is having success with this new diet and happy to know this book and this info exist. Thanks so much for sharing!
I’m so glad your daughter decided to try the diet and got better. I’ve been doing Whole 30 and it’s been a trial and error ramp up but so far, I feel great. It’s amazing how eating real food makes a huge difference in how you feel.
Hi Lydia! Whole 30 is a great program. My husband and I started it the day we came home from Italy and decided to continue on with it. And thank you, I am glad lindsay is better too!
HOORAY Lindsay!!! What a brave, inspiring journey – so glad to hear she’s feeling great & doing so much better. Your beautiful Lindsay! XO
Thank you so much Linda for sharing your story:)
I too have suffered from many autoimmune diseases and praise God for His healing and grace to show me how to keep my body clean of the foods that trigger my flare ups!!
I notice instantly when I go off my AIP eating plan………..like your daughter, I love my cheese though. Truly Raw Greenfed Dairy satisfies this craving:)
Thanks Jen! I hope you are feeling better!
That is incredible! I had no idea! What an inspiration!
Seriously amber she’s like a different person. Thanks:)
Hi Linda and Lindsey,
I went to hart highschool with you, I have been suffering from psoriasis for as along as I can remember. I have good months and then I have horrible flare ups.
I have taken out sugar, dairy and most gluten out of my diet, and it has gotten better. I’m curious about the effects of bone broth, but hesitant because I am vegetarian. Are there any other substitutions? I was also wondering if soy products effect this as well?
Would appreciate any advice! Thanks!
Hi Devon. I am Lindsay’s mom. Unfortunately bone broth has no substitute. The healing properties of gelatin are not found in vegetarian broths. Gelatin is an animal product and an essential component of a diet focused on healing a leaky gut, so are the fats found in animals (and plants). Devon I highly recommend you read GAPS. If you can, get the newest edition. It is filled with information that could really help you. I am glad removing some offending foods from your diet has helped you (as it did lindsay) the next step is adding the foods that will help you heal your belly…broths, fermented vegetables, probiotic rich foods etc. Best of luck!
Thanks Linda. I will pick up a copy of that of that book. I picked up bio k, fermented vegetables, and another coconut water probiotic tonight…. We’ll see what happens:)
What a heart felt piece Linda. So glad your daughter is figuring it all out. I can so relate to everything you just wrote in my own little way. Here’s to better times in the coming years.
Thanks Jordan. Glad you are doing better as well!
Wow! I love this story! I’m so glad that your beautiful daughter has finally been able to heal herself! I can relate to a lot of her story, as I has similar issues, and then some. It feels good to finally be the person you were meant to be – and if giving up certain foods is HOW you get to be that person, then so be it! 😉
Thanks Rachel! Glad you are feeling well too!
I’m Jessica and I’m 20 years old, after reading your article it was like reading what happened to me my all life. I’ve always had eczema since I was a baby my parents and I tried everything but nothing worked or worked for a long time. I was always tired and very lazy and two years ago I went threw a very bad depression with no actual reason, I also had a lot of panic attack and constant pain in my chest which I thought was heart attacks in the beginning…to sum up it was absolutely horrible…
I’ve ordered GAPS and talked about it with my mom I really hope it will help me so thank you for this article
I am so sorry Jessica! Glad you are going to try it. Be sure to give it plenty of time to work. Stay strong and good luck!
Excellent post. I LOVE reading stories of healing through food and what an amazing recovery your daughter has had. Praise God! I have a story of healing through the GAPS diet too and am so thankful for what the diet started in me. The results I saw within three days were astounding. You can read about my journey of recovery from Hashimotos, Eczema and more at my website if you want to – https://feastingonjoy.com/about/my-health-journey/ Thank you for sharing. I am grateful to others that share and can encourage other people struggling to feel better and get on the right path.
Wow! Bless your heart. What a great story. I’m sorry you suffered so much and for so long but truly believe your healing miracle will bless others. My daughter is still doing well but suspect she will have to do full GAPS at some point. She is just putting off the inevitable. Thanks for sharing your story!
This post was very encouraging and I thank you for sharing it! I am 25 and have suffered with eczema for the majority of those years (I experienced some relief for about a year…a little worried that it was due to no cat in the house…anyways it is back!). I am currently in the process of changing my diet (slowly). I was just wondering if your daughter still used her creams/ointments while changing her diet? I had not used any of mine for about a year, but due to a recent flare up around my mouth, eyes, and neck I had to resort to the ointments once again. 🙁 Also, what kind of “high quality cultured dairy” did she eat?
Thank you so much,
PS Your blog is beautiful! 🙂
Thank you Laura! I am sorry about your lifelong eczema. I suggest you read GAPS. It is rather dry, and because it is written by a neurosurgeon it’s a little difficult to read, but it will explain why you have eczema and you will learn a ton about gut health! And it has recipes for for high quality cultured dairy products (if you are one of the lucky that can tolerate even dairy at all:) Gut healing is essential, as long as your gut has issues, your skin will too…eczema is just a very obvious symptom of underlying issues that can be far more troubling. Don’t wait till you are really sick to fix it. In the case of my daughter her eczema improved immediately with diet changes. Not everyone is that lucky. She stopped using creams before the diet changes because she was just sick of it. Once she made the changes she has never needed the creams or ointments. Good luck!
Thank YOU so much for sharing your story! I found this blog on pinterest and am feeling very hopeful now. I just had a doctors appointment 3 days ago because I have literally been burning head to toe for almost two years now. I have seen 13 doctors as well as 3 dermatologists and an allergist, and all have given me a variety of diagnoses including, heat rash, hives, allergies, eczema and my favorite……scabies! I have been on hundreds of dollars in medications and have literally been going crazy. I have only been married 5 years and 2 of them have been spent with this “condition” as well as having a sweet little girl I have to tell “don’t touch mommy, mommy hurts today” or “no we cant go outside today because mommy doesn’t feel good or I have a headache” I suffer from tummy troubles, anxiety, skin rashes and itchiness and severe ocd. I have literally been thinking I am going crazy. I am bawling writing this to you because you have given me so much hope. I am going on this diet straight away and now for the first time in more than two years look forward to my future. Thank you so much for sharing.
Be sure to read the GAPS book, the latest edition if possible. Before starting this plan there is quite a bit of prep involved and you need to be prepared, mentally as well as having the proper foods etc. There are two websites I recommened, Eat Beautiful and How we Flourish. Good luck, I hope you feel better soon!
I did the GAPS on my 56 years old husbnad for Leaky Gut and his Psoriasis and dandruff from 40 years cleared up! as well as his stomach issues!
years later we still use bone broth and fermented foods in our diets…
years of diet sodas really did him in.
Wow good for him! It truly is mazing what can happen when you remove troublesome foods from your diet!
Please I would like to know, when did her eczema start to subside I am in the 4th week of the GAPs Intro but my eczema is still there and still itches.
It took about three months until it was completely gone but she experienced some relief about two months in. Hang in there. Often people experience belly relief first, then mental relief and the skin is the last to clear up. I hope you are seeing some improvements in other areas so you have incentive to stick with it!
I’m just curious–was your daughter ever able to successfully re-introduce foods into her diet?
No. In fact she experimented with gluten and was sick for a week. She cheats with cheese and begins to itch immediately. It is still too soon but she doesn’t listen to me lol.
Great story!! I was wondering of you can share a day’s menu for your daughter?
It’s been two years since I wrote this but a typical day would be eggs and veggies for breakfast. A salad, gf soup etc for lunch, and roasted chicken or other protein with veggies for dinner. Pretty simple!
Thanks for your reply