To get the best results from the program, it is of utmost importance to follow all of the steps. Your body will be shedding so many toxins and with out the proper supplements they could be building up simultaneously. Three ways this could happen include:
Applying toxins directly to your body via poor quality make-up, shampoo, lotion, detergents and such. I have to say, this was a leap for me. I was used to buying the cheap stuff that simply said natural. I now use LOMA shampoo and hair care products. Here is a link to the place I use (no affiliation). I like the free shipping. I am carful with all of my purchases otherwise.
Drinking impure water. Here is a whole article devoted to the topic from Dr.Mercola’s site, and not to get to the punch line too soon but the best water is not bottled or tap.
Constipation is a source of toxins reabsorbing into our bodies. Our waste needs to be eliminated efficiently or it will cause havoc.
This brings me back around to the topic of supplementation. Now that you are going onto the GAPS diet you may have the urge to add whatever other supplements you were taking. Don’t. The only supplementation needed for GAPS is directly related to aiding your body’s ability to gain the nutrients from the nourishing foods and strengthen the lining of your gut. This whole program is like a dance between good gut flora and pathogens and if done correctly, the good flora will take over, recolonize and protect us in countless ways.
1) What Dr.Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends is a therapeutic strength probiotic. Specifically she promoted BioKult but her book has very specific guidelines about how to choose a worthy brand and more on page 245 (in the revised edition). Having a good probiotic is essential. Do not overlook this step. For adults, the recommended daily amount is 15-20 billion cells of good bacteria per day as a therapeutic dose. After six months one can gradually step back to a maintenance dose.
2) Digestive aids such as HCL with pepsin to aid in breaking down proteins and getting more nutrients from our food. Over all, GAPS patients have Hypochlorhydria, or low stomach acid, so initial supplementation is important until digestive health is back in balance.
3) Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s), our bodies cannot make these and we cannot live without them. Recommended: A good seed/nut oil blend with a 2:1 ratio of omega 3 to 6. Adult dose is 4-5 tablespoons per day. Work up to the full dose and inch at a time.
4) Cod Liver Oil-Fermented. Adult dose one teaspoon per day.
5) Fish Oil with more EPA than DHA. Adult dose is three to four teaspoons per day.
The chapter on supplementation in the gaps book is very informative. It does explain why each of these elements are needed in a very precise mannor.