GAPS and Keto for Brain Health

GAPS and Keto for Brain Health

The Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet is already fairly low carb, and is easily adapted to be Ketogenic as well.

How do the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS) and the ketogenic diet (keto) overlap? They overlap in more ways than they are different! One of the missions of both diets is brain health; with GAPS focusing on the gut-brain connection and keto focusing on ketones to calm and heal the brain.

In addition to brain health, GAPS balances the gut flora and intensely repairs the digestive tract to help heal things like food allergies, leaky gut, IBS, and other digestive problems.

GAPS has an intense introduction phase, where only very easy to digest food is consumed, giving the digestive system a rest and excellent nutrition needed to repair itself.

In addition to brain health, keto is most often used ‘in mainstream’ an efficient way to lose weight.

The mechanisms involved in the body running on fat rather than carbs suppress hunger slightly. This mechanism makes keto a sustainable weight loss method for many people.

It’s not uncommon for those who have stuck with a ketogenic diet for weight loss to find they really enjoy the mental health benefits and increased energy as well. For the weight loss group, these are considered ‘bonuses’ but for some of us with mental health struggles, they are the main attraction.

GAPS is a healing diet, but being compliant on any dietary protocol can be stressful. I only advocate doing the GAPS diet if other less drastic dietary measures have failed and there is a health issue impacting quality of life.

You can see more about when NOT to do the GAPS Diet here.

The only exception to this is if you are doing GAPS (or the GAPS/keto combo) for one or more people in your family and you find it to be less stressful to make the same food for everyone. This black and white thinking can combat ‘decision fatigue’ and will reduce stress in some people.

I’m doing this this summer; I have two kids who I feel like would benefit from this healing program, and I myself will as well, so my 3rd child is going to be doing the protocol along with us.

Keto is a great diet for most people, but it may be hard on people with existing kidney or thyroid problems. I would recommend working carefully with a practitioner if you have either of these problems.

Keto also has an appetite suppressant component to it, which may be problematic for children or adults who are having trouble maintaining weight. If you feel like your child really needs to be on keto (ie for seizures) but is under or barely on track for weight, be sure they are getting the calories they need, do frequent weight checks, and consider working with a nutritionist who is experienced in the ketogenic diet.

Read about the specifics here:

Keto for healing brain trauma:
Keto40 – the program for starting Keto that I recommend:

1:05 going from GAPS to Keto
1:30 Temporary vs long term
2:07 alcohol
3:15 Coffee
4:52 Why We did Keto and GAPS together

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