The Importance of Gut Health
Almost every functional medicine patient who works with Dr. Danielle Litoff, DPT struggles with some type of gut health issues that are making them sick. Many women suffer from excess gas and IBS because of what they are eating and how their body is processing, or not processing, those foods. April is National IBS Awareness Month and we want to take this opportunity to talk about IBS and your health and provide some information on the GAPS diet and corresponding tips and recipes.
What is the GAPS Diet?
The GAPS diet is an elimination diet that involves cutting out grains, pasteurized dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbohydrates. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. According to the GAPS theory, a leaky gut—a term used to describe an increase in the permeability of the gut wall—allows chemicals and bacteria to enter your bloodstream, causing a host of health consequences. We work with our functional medicine clients on an elimination diet that follows the rules of the GAPS diet. The benefits to the diet is that a number of health conditions, specifically digestive disorders, can be identified and ultimately resolved by eating only foods that work in concert with your body so that you feel your best.