In the excellent diligence common to GAPSters, we at times persist in seeking a nutritional cause for an issue that may in fact be related to something other than diet. While the food aspect of GAPS can indeed resolve a lot of things, it’s important to remember that there’s an environmental element to the program, too -encompassing the air, our relationships, and more.
If struggling with a specific symptom, consider environmental causes and relevant remedies. For example, even with an excellent diet, one might find dry skin to be an issue. Is your region going through a cold snap? What is the humidity level in your home? Traditional peoples, such as those inspiring the work of Dr Weston Price, did not shower daily in hot water, nor use chemical soaps in a workplace washroom. A move to cooler water, less frequent bathing, plus patting dry and a post-wash application of a simple moisturizer such as coconut oil may resolve your skin’s reaction to a change in external conditions.
Bedwetting can be a matter of sleep that is very deep, a bed too warm or cold, or an interference with physical signals -such as pajamas absorbing the pee, leaving it unnoticed by the child. While many families have seen bedwetting resolved through removal of specific foods or groups or a parasite cleanse, for some children a bedwetting alarm, elimination or addition of pajamas, or another remedy may be key.
Is an immense amount of stress triggering changes in your cortisol levels, thus triggering belly fat and a reactivity to basic stressors? The point of major stress needs to be resolved. For you, is this a change in workplace? The implementation of counselling? The ending of a relationship? Skipping the nightly newscast?
Is your child resisting toileting, or communicating with screams vs words? Non-dietary approaches can prove key -and often work especially beautifully in a child who has some nutritional healing under his belt.
Don’t get me wrong: What food we put into our systems is, yes, an excellent and deeply important starting point. (Like many GAPSters have found for themselves, vegan triathlete Brendan Brazier notes in his book The Thrive Diet that he was convinced he had a seasonal allergy to atmospheric pollen -until he removed corn, in the form of maltodextrin, from his diet and the symptoms disappeared.) Remember, though, that GAPS also encourages other aspects of self-care. Do not underestimate this basic fact: Nutrition is huge and key, but some answers will still lie in environmental, biomechanical, or relational changes.