Markers of Healing

About six weeks into GAPS, I took a single capsule of s boulardii, a friendly yeast which attacks and mops up candida. Oh my goodness…die-off, anyone?!? My body went into a state of acute agitation. I wanted to rip the skin off my own body. I was terrified. Happily, I recognized what was happening and swallowed two capsules of activated charcoal, then went for a walk in the fresh air. All was soon well.

Ever since that episode, I’ve been warning people to start with a miniscule dose of boulardii.

Fast forward a year and a half: I’ve continued doing GAPS this whole time and have now also committed to a three week course of s boulardii. Upon taking a full capsule, I experienced no problem. I’ve now taken one for each of the past three days, still with no noticeable impact. I will probably work up to two caps per day next week.

I like moments like these where we can see clearly how ill we were at the beginning of the program and how well our bodies are now. At the beginning of the journey, “two years” sounded like an impossibly long time. The fact is, I’ve been so happy on GAPS -no shortage of great food with no cravings- that as intense as some of the healing moments have felt, the 1.5 years on GAPS has felt like mere days (really).

4 Replies to “Markers of Healing”

  1. I am just about to get started with the GAPS diet for my twin 5 year old boys. Their leaky gut has not healed on the GFCF diet, so our DAN recommended the GAPS diet. I have been pouring over the internet to get information and I ordered “The GAPS DIET” and “The GAPS Guide” I realize too, from what I’ve read that, it is really about eating healthy and getting back to basics.
    I don’t think it will be that difficult, and my verbal son understands when I tell him that his DAN doctor says he can’t eat certain foods, so that his tummy can heal. He is so good about it! I am so proud of him.
    I am glad to hear that the diet becomes enjoyable! For me, the bottom line is that “I want my boys to heal” and that’s all there is.


  2. How apt this post is.
    I’m totally over the 2.5 year line and it is astonishing what and how I reacted in the early days- so violently I may add and my reaction today even on my not so great days (yeppers! I be a slow healer but am patient and forever thankful to my commitment to myself- I had wicked Crohn’s)
    S. Boulardii used to put me in die off hell- now I pulse it from time to time and just sail through- mind you I am always aware of my cocky streak so I still take these things slowly!
    Now, I work on all kinds of more complex ferments and my ease into them and are way softer of a transition on my body.
    Ohh the glory of healing! YAY! Proof in the pudding!
    Recently, due to allergy season I cut dairy out and have started really getting some elbow grease making deliciously yummy coconut yogurt (totally non dairy) with the help of Amelia and Mara (major shout out for getting the steps down) which I plan on sending Baden to share with the GAPS guide blog community.
    We are all so different and our pace varies, it’s frustrating on one end since it would be nice to have a more clear cut journey but on the other hand it’s truly a testament how we can tailor the program to suit our own individual needs no matter our individual ailment and set of circumstances. I feel Baden expresses this wonderfully over and over.

  3. I would like some information from anyone who has been dealing with systemic candida. How have you utilized the GAPS diet with it since there is so much fruit on the diet plus many other things that can activate the candida. Any ideas and suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Hi Karen,

      Many (if not most or all) people turning to GAPS have been dealing with systemic candida overgrowth. The intro progression is an excellent remedy for this, as it includes no fruit or honey initially. After that initial healing, folks can carefully introduce fruits, etc, and determine their personal maximums. ie. While GAPS does allow fruits, there is only so much fruit on one’s program as one opts to eat. Many people on GAPS eat very little fruit, if any.

      For more information, please read about this topic in the GAPS Guide book.
      Also see:

      To hear from more people in response to your question, please do access the email support lists.

      All my best,

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