Detox (or Die-Off Relief) Baths

Dr Campbell-McBride recommends having a detox bath every evening. Her suggestions include 1/2 cup baking soda, or 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar, or 1/2 cup Epsom salts, or 1/2 cup sea salt, or 1/2 cup of powdered seaweed (specifically that from aalgo.com), rotated. (The rotation has various benefits, not the least of which is avoiding irritation from, for example, the salts.)

At least one member has found increased success having the daily bath in the morning, before 10am.

Have as many baths in a day as you feel the need for. Sit in the bath for at least thirty minutes.

I do not know what temperature NCM recommends. Some websites state that hot water is what opens the pores and allows the toxins to be drawn out. I find hot water critical with a ginger bath (below), but any temperature effective with the others. (Be sure bath temperature is safe; follow standard safety procedures when preparing a bath for another person, such as a child, senior or ill person in your care.)

For me, I can tell when a detox bath is especially effective when the following changes occur in my body 10-20 minutes into the bath: my gums sweat, my heart rate increases, I feel uncomfortable, my feet throb. I get out when I can’t stand it anymore or when the peak of these changes passes. My son displays no discomfort (perhaps because his baths are cooler), and simply plays happily in them for 30-60 minutes.

For constipation, an Epsom salt bath is especially helpful. For relieving detox or die-off symptoms, several have found great results mixing the baking soda and epsom salts in one bath.

Another favourite of mine is a ginger bath, as recommended to me by a naturopath years ago. It can knock a cold or flu virus out of one’s system. Please note: It is generally suggested that, in order to effectively draw the toxins out, the bath water should be hot. This bath gets uncomfortable. Its effects are similar to that of a sauna. I would only recommend it for an adult. Young people, old people and people with significant illness should be supervised throughout, as well as assisted out of the tub.

Into a bath, add a couple of tablespoons of powdered ginger or some fresh grated. Sit in the bath for at least twenty minutes. Close to the twenty minute mark, you may find yourself feeling intensely uncomfortable, sweating, heart racing. Breathe through this until the twenty minutes is up. With great care in case of dizziness, get out of the bath. Dry off, then wrap yourself in a blanket and go to sleep.

For an enhanced experience, follow the ginger bath with a cold shower before laying down. For an alternative to this enhancement, please see the comment from Justine, immediately following.

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51 thoughts on “Detox (or Die-Off Relief) Baths

  1. I was literally just talking with a sick friend and recommending “hydrotherapy” as I sat down (multitasking as usual) to read this!

    Our old naturopath used to recommend it with these additions: keep a glass of water and a cool washcloth (for the head) available to ward off the dizziness (and it’s good to have someone else around, if you can, for that reason too). Also, at the end of the hot bath, wrap the kid (or self) in a cold wet towel, cover that with a blanket or larger dry towel and sit quietly until the cold towel warms to body temp. Then bundle up for bed! The hot bath forces the immune system to work harder against the “bug”, creating interferon,
    and the cold towel ends up breaking a fever, restoring equilibrium. It works, and my kids used to ask for it–it actually felt good to them. It is also known as “contrast treatment” (as in, the contrast of the hot and cold).

    I love your clear and informative writing!

    • Hello, so i have tried two ginger baths now. Neither of them have made me get hot to the extreme like every thing i read on the internet suggests. I started off with grated fresh organic ginger 1/2 cup in a very, very hot bath. Then i tried the ground ginger 1 cup in a very hot bath. Am i not adding enough ginger? Everything i read says 1 Tsp to 1/3 cup. I thought i was going to the extreme. But not sure what i am doing wrong…..i really want to sweat out the toxins but seem to be failing miserably. Can someone email me at dianachristinee@nullhotmail.com with what i am doing wrong. Any advice woulde greatly apperciated.

      • Dear Dee,

        Different people respond differently to different detox baths -this is one of several reasons to rotate types, rather than use the same additive each time. Some people gain benefits from one type but not another. However, it is also possible that a person is detoxing without noticing any impact on the body. For example, I do sweat in a ginger bath, but my son doesn’t. However, we both benefit -my son is calmer after a ginger bath, and if he had cold symptoms going in, they are gone by the end.

        For me, I usually add about 1/8th cup of powdered ginger to a full bath of water that is hot (but not “very very hot”). For my son, I use the same amount in a bath that is merely warm.

        I would rotate the baths as directed in the book GAPS Guide 2nd Edition, including any of the additives that do not bother you (i.e., using any that are clearly beneficial or that “feel neutral”).

        All my best,
        Baden

  2. wondering how worthwhile the aalgo is. It seems to be the bees knees for eczema according to their website..but it is expensive. Any thoughts

  3. Hi! Thanks so much for this post! Last night I took my first detox bath (a vinegar one) and felt awful afterward. I have noticed this before, that when I take baths I get SUPER thirsty, dizzy, anxious, and that’s with nothing but hot water. Also I notice when I get out of the tub my legs and ankles feel super stiff, as though there is all of the sudden a huge rush of blood flowing to them that makes it hard to walk. Is this normal? Or could that happen just because of bad circulation? I want to keep taking detox baths but worry about these things a little. (I also got a head ache after the bath last night, just had to go to bed because I was so exhausted. But I slept pretty well!)

    • Hi Kelsey,

      With any concerns about safety or wellness, it’s important to consult with your doctor.

      I can comment only generally on detox baths.

      1. You said you experienced these problems in regular baths. Is your bath water hotter than is comfortable?

      2. It sounds like you are possibly getting somewhat dehydrated. I would sip an electrolyte drink before, during and after the bath.

      3. It is normal for people to experience detox in the way of fatigue, sweats, muscle aches, etc. Personally, I have found that for my body, it works to wait for the discomfort (in my case, increased heart rate, sweating gums, agitation) to develop, then to sit through that until it passes, then to get out, hydrate and rest.

      4. It is normal to feel exhausted and possibly ache-y (head, limbs) after a detox bath and to sleep well and deeply.

      All my best,
      Baden

  4. Hi Baden,

    I was wondering if there is another product that you could recommend as an alternative to the aalgo seaweed? It’s pretty expensive, so i’m hoping there might be a cheaper alternative that is just as good? What about clay?

    • Hi Christine,

      I really don’t know, but I know you can do GAPS with just the other baths (skipping the aalgo one).

      I suggest asking on the support lists, too, for other baths or ingredients folks have found helpful.

      All my best,
      Baden

    • Hi Christine, not sure if you’re interested but….I get Starwest Botanicals Organic Kelp Powder in 1# for around $4-$5. A little of this goes a long way. Let me know if you’re interested…I can save you money on your first order.

  5. Hi Baden. I’m on stage 3 GAPS and I completely forgot about detox baths. Both my 3 yr old and I are doing it. How long will you feel bad after taking detox baths? Will it go away after doing it so often? I remember I had kind of horrible die-off during the first month on GAPS,I don’t want to go through that again.

    • Hi Scarlet,

      I’m not 100% sure what you mean about the baths. Are you or your child feeling poorly after detox baths? Generally one feels tired and sleepy but relaxed, calm and better after these.

      Intense die-off feels awful, yes, and should be avoided as much as possible. The baths won’t trigger die-off, but should relieve it. (Though one member of our community did just note that a seaweed bath increased her son’s gas and hyperactivity.) Minimizing die-off is a multi-pronged approach. The many tips for this are set out in your GAPS Guide book.

      Also, are you still on Stage 3 after a month?

      All my best,
      Baden

  6. Hi Baden, no I meant I thought it causes die off, the detox baths. Am I wrong? We never did the detox baths, I completely forgot. I thought the detox baths would trigger more die-off.

    Actually I’m feeling so discouraged because DD and I started 3 months ago and we’re still on stage 3…well hovering between 3 and 4. I’m sad about this, I don’t want to give up yet but the past few weeks she would react to foods that I would introduce. This is depressing for me.

    Also now that it’s very hot here in the south, she doesn’t want to drink broth. But she really needs it because we’re still on this stage.

    Thanks and have a nice weekend.

    • Hi Scarlet,

      The baths relieve die-off symptoms. It’s important to do them daily. You might find your child having excellent progress upon including this essential part of the program.

      If your child reacts to a food, take it out, wait four days, move to the subsequent food in the list. Keep doing this.

      For more broth tips, search my blog for ‘broth kids’.

      All my best,
      Baden

  7. Hi Baden, that’s what I do, I even wait a week or more. There’s not many foods to try that she hasn’t reacted to.

    I did read the Bone broth article you posted a while back.

    Just tried the epsom salt bath last night, hope this helps her. Thanks.

  8. just took my 1st detox bath and it feels great! thank you soo much for the post. You have so very helpful and honestly I wouldnt know what to do with out your guidence.
    Another question, I ust resolved from a severe bout of diarrhea for 5 days last night. I didnt have a proper BM today just a soft stool of very small amount. I am not ready to use an enema as I feel that I am going to go back to diarrhea, especially since i am still following the intro diet. Is that ok?
    Thank you for all your time and your advice.
    sincerely
    Nadia

  9. I was having a horrible couple days of die off symptoms, and, being new to GAPS, I had no idea what was happening. I am so grateful I Googled till I found you site. I took a bath with apple cider vinegar last night, slept like a rock, and I feel amazing today! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  10. I’ve struggled with mononucleosis for nearly 10 years. In high school, I went from dance team captain to home bound learning. In college I had my wisdom teeth, tonsils, uvula, and adenoids removed. Recently, I’ve had terrible pain in my spleen for at least half a year, as well as, rashes that would appear and disappear on my torso, terrible acne on my face and back, depression, anxiety, just an overall feeling of being I’ll. After a week of a vegetarian diet and trying techniques like dry skin brushing, I am thrilled with my increasing wellness. Tonight I will be adding detox bathing to my regimine. Are there any other readily available solutions which modern medicine has failed to inform me? Almost 10 years I’ve been told to essentially ‘sleep it off’ while being ignorant to simple lifestyle changes that are so simple it’s maddening.

    • Hi Jillian,

      Wonderful about your results to date, even with a different program!

      All my tips are presented in my book GAPS Guide, which you can learn about here: http://gapsguide.com/book/ (At close to 200 pages, there are simply too many tips for me to reiterate here.)

      All my best,
      Baden

  11. Hi Baden,
    Glad to have found your site.
    I have been reading about health and practicing a healthy lifestyle for over twenty years and just recently discovered the gaps diet and am super excited.I consider this diet book to be the most important book out of the hundreds that I possess.
    I would like to comment on what I have learned regarding baths and hydrotherapy. First thing, I would recommend the book hydrotherapy by Chaitow. I read the book many years ago and thought it was excellent, I must reread it to refresh. I am recommending it over other books.
    As for taking baths (and showers too) I think it is important to mention for those that may not know it that it is a must to remove chlorine and other chemicals. I would suggest a backwashing tank with carbon or other media installed before the hot water heater so all the water gets filtered.
    I also would like to mention that it is very beneficial to alternate the temperature between hot and cold in the shower, but at first don’t go to the extremes, gently change the temperature and slowly you will be able to take the temp. changes to greater ranges. This will help with the hot baths.
    Another suggestion is to take a look at Dr. O.G. Carroll and his therapeutic cold sheet treatment or constitutional hydrotherapy. I have tried this in the past and highly recommend it. It is similar to the post Justine left. After sitting in a hot bath with ginger or other herbs the person comes out and gets wrapped in a towel wrung from cold water and then covered with wool blankets and put to sleep. There is mention of the towel getting stained from toxins getting released. Sounds like it would work well with the gaps protocol.
    Thanks for the great website.
    Peter

    • Peter: Wonderful to have you with us!

      Thank you so much for sharing these recommendations -I appreciate them, and I know that many readers will, too!

      There is definitely agreement within the GAPS community that bath/shower/drinking water is ideally purified. A question that comes up frequently, though, is, “How??” Many people cannot afford filtration systems, having to choose between those and good food. Others rent their homes, and do not have the option of installing whole-house systems, etc.

      All ideas for cleaning water -especially with budgets and renting in mind- are always welcome!

      I look forward to hearing more from you, Peter.

      All my best,
      Baden

  12. Hi Baden,
    Thanks. I will share how I have purified the water.
    For showering I use a backwashing filter and ozone generators.
    For drinking water r/o (reverse osmosis) de-ionization and ultra violet to bring the water down to 0 total dissolved solids. This is considered aggressive water that will pull minerals off pipes and anything it comes into contact with including the body therefore I use 2 cartridges to remineralize the water. I recently checked the ph of this water and it is nice and alkaline.
    After searching for answers and speaking with many experts the r/o was what most agreed as the best choice, but one must remineralize. There are many sites that now sell these remineralization cartridges as opposed to the recent past which didn’t sell those cartridges.
    The other options are carbon block or granulated carbon, but they don’t pull the flouride out, which for most of us is a major concern hence the r/o which does it successfully.
    There are even other options, such as spinning the water with crystals, magnets lights shining on the water and stones. I lean towards this idea that came from Viktor Schauberger on how water needs to splash and vortex.
    I say go with natural, and water in its natural environment does these things.
    One more option is ionized water which I have had good experience but need to drink more of it to say with certainty.
    I read a lot but only believe in what I have tried and noticed a difference with.
    In the end we need to make a decision.
    I would take my time before making a decision. Speak to some experts from the websites and do some reading.
    I devoted a lot of time into water because I feel it is most important. I don’t think a detox could be as good if the water is not pure.

    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks so much for all that!

      And I 100% agree with the approach of believing only what we’ve tried and noted to make a difference. Well said!

      All my best,
      Baden

  13. Oh! I am so glad that someone had an idea how to filter the water! someone said the little filter balls but its got really bad reviews. I will look into this as I LOVE my baths.Weird that it goes through seasons. when I feel ok the baths are overwhelming and too hot and uncomfortable but when I started detoxing on GAPS I started craving them!

  14. I’m gearing up to start both my son (6 yrs old) and I on the GAPS diet as soon as I’ve adequately prepared for it. I’m most of the way through NCM’s book, and next I’m going to read yours. This discussion of detox baths brings up a question I’d like to ask. Last summer, our family joined a local recreation center that has an amazing pool. My son and I went swimming most days throughout last summer. It’s my favorite form of exercise because it is gentle on my joints. However, I worry about the effects of the chlorine on our systems. If we’re working so hard to follow the GAPS diet, will we just be negating our efforts if we go swimming regularly? My sister-in-law said, “Well you could just go sit in the sauna after swimming to sweat the toxins out.” But I know that with chlorine, part of the problem is that it’s killing off good microbes. No amount of “sweating out toxins” is going to restore that (at least not in my mind). Plus, my son wouldn’t be able to do the sauna (you have to be 18). What is your recommendation on this? We both really need the exercise, and it’s difficult for me to get it any other way. But if it’s going to cause more harm than good, I’d rather not do it. Thanks!

    • Hi Suzie,

      Unfortunately, you are correct to be concerned about the levels of chlorine in public swimming pools, and for the reason you state.

      Avoiding heavily chlorinated public pools is a temporary loss -after sufficient healing these can be accessed again in moderation (eg. once a week). In the meantime, see if you can find natural waters to swim in or an ozonated (usually reduced-chlorine) pool, and consider movement such as NIA or yoga, which are also gentle on the joints. In the early stages of healing, though, your body may ask you not to exercise at all, in which case it will be most effective to honour that. I suggest starting with diet, allowing some healing to take place then, if the body indicates a specific craving for movement, taking on one of the ideas mentioned above.

      All my best,
      Baden

      • Thank you so much for your reply, Baden! Since my post, I finally got to the part in NCM’s book which talks about chlorine pools and I received your reply about the same time. Your reply helped reinforce her information on this. We won’t be swimming this summer (in chlorinated pools)!! As much as I love swimming in pools, it’s not worth the further damage to our health. I’ve been trying to take my son to the park when I’m feeling up to it (with his cousin) so he can play and run. However, he seems to be sensitive to either the sun, the heat, or sweating and gets a rash on the back of his neck and insides of his elbows. We’ve dealt with this for the past 3 or more years (during the summer), and I’m at a loss as to how to treat and prevent it. I used to think it was sunscreen, so a couple years ago I bought an expensive totally chemical free sunscreen for children. He still got the rash. Lately (after reading NCM’s book) I haven’t put any sunscreen on him (trying to avoid the most intense times of day when sunburns would occur) and he’s still getting the rash. I want him to get fresh air and sunshine, but the side effects are awful. Do you have any suggestions?

        Thanks!
        Suzie

        • Hi Suzie,

          This question is answered by Dr Natasha on her newest FAQ page:

          People who are photosensitive or burn too easily have too many toxins stored in the skin: these toxins cause burning or a skin rash/heat rash when exposed to sun. To get rid of this problem take a course of beta carotene prior to the sunbathing season: two months of drinking 2 glasses of fresh carrot juice or taking a supplement of beta carotene.

          Of course, the entire GAPS program would be the foundation to detoxifying the skin, and this step would simply enhance it for this specific symptom.

          All my best,
          Baden

          • Hi Baden! Thanks again for your reply. This makes a lot of sense and explains why I also burn easily and get rashes from sun/heat. Since we will be doing the intro diet, I notice juices are not allowed until the 4th stage. So, am I correct in assuming we should not drink the carrot juice until we reach the 4th stage?

            Also, now that I’ve finished NCM’s book, do you suggest I read your book BEFORE getting started, or order your book and get started on the intro diet as soon as we’re ready? I’m eager to get started, yet if there’s info in your book that will make the intro easier or clearer, then I will wait until I get to read it first. Thank you for taking the time to reply to my questions. I’ll try not to bother you with another question!!!

            • Hi Suzie,

              Yes, please do read GAPS Guide cover to cover before beginning your program, then start your program on page 28 of the Guide. In doing so, you will be able to start juicing at any point, but you will subsequently stop juicing for a short period in order to do Intro as presented.

              All my best,
              Baden

              • Thank you so much for the helpful response! I started making meat broth (last night) and soup (today). I started making fermented vegetables a couple months ago. I’ll dig out my juicer (fortunately I already have a really good one from MANY years ago – which I hardly used). Then I’ll start the carrot juice. I think once I read your book, and keep learning how to make these different foods I’ll feel more comfortable taking the plunge into the Intro diet. Oh, and my son and I have even had a few detox baths already (even though we haven’t started the program). With our skin problems (especially lately with the sun), I figure they can only help.

                Thanks again!
                Suzie

  15. Hi Baden,

    first time I write to you, even though your name was always present on the Yahoo Gaps group some years ago… I’m sorry to trouble, but do you happen to know whether the baking soda for baths has to be the expensive aluminum-free type? I recently read on the FAQs page of Dr. Natasha’s website, on the section on YEASTS. question #2, that for internal use the bicarbonate of soda has to be aluminum free, In her answer to this same question she mentions bicarbonate baths without specifying that it has to be the aluminum-free type. So, do you think we can we assume that for baths it is all right to use regular baking soda?

    The baths component of the Gaps programme was something I was neglecting until I came across this entry on your blog suggesting how they can help with die-off. I found your suggestion of mixing bicarbonate with Epsom salts really effective, and this persuaded me to try to have these baths more regularly…

    Many thanks for your attention.

    • Hi Liana,

      Yes, the baking soda -even for baths- must be aluminum free. Everything we bathe in is absorbed into our body.

      I’m so glad you found the post emphasizing the benefits of the baths, and that you have found how helpful they are!

      All my best,
      Baden

      • I’m confused….I didn’t think baking SODA has aluminum in it. NCM specifies the use of “PURE BICARBONATE OF SODA” in her book (p.164), which is what’s on the label of my inexpensive store brand box. I don’t recall her mentioning anywhere the need to use “aluminum free” baking SODA. Baking POWDER does contain aluminum (the double acting kind), but that is very different from baking SODA. It seems that there has been some confusion about this, especially since certain manufacturers started putting “aluminum free” on their packages of baking soda (like Bob’s Red Mill) which just adds to the confusion. I’ve not been able to find any source online that states that there is aluminum in baking SODA. So, paying more for a container of “aluminum free” baking soda would be akin to paying a higher price for bottled water with a “sugar free” label on it. Am I wrong? Have I missed where NCM stated we should only be using aluminum free baking SODA?

        • Hi Suzie,

          Your words reflect precisely my impressions.

          I personally have never come across a baking soda with aluminum listed as an ingredient. I use a basic store brand. I have assumed people in other countries might be finding some which include aluminum and have answered as though that possibility exists.

          All my best,
          Baden

    • Hi Rachel,

      Yes, if you do not have a tub and are not in a position to use a friend’s, please do a foot soak of the same solutions.

      All my best,
      Baden

  16. Dear Baden, I just want to add to these wonderful bath suggestions that if you are new to detox baths you should start with a lukewarm bath and work your way up to hot. When I was seriously mercury toxic even a mildly hot bath could leave me incapacitated and dreadfully sick for many days. And that is not good for your system, aside from being very unpleasant.

    Even now, too hot a bath is likely to end me up with a raging headache for a couple of days, if I am already in a die off state.

    so ramp up slowly to make sure your body can handle it. And a lukewarm detox bath can be the perfect thing for those of us who cant go hot. it still helps move out toxins, just not more than your body can handle.

    Take care,
    Katarina
    ps, thank you for your useful guide which has been very helpful in my gaps journey.

  17. Unfortunately, my municipality adds fluoride to our water. Since fluoride in bath water (in addition to chlorine) would be absorbed through the skin, would the benefits of (recommended) detox baths be outweighed by the toxicity of fluoride in the water (which the GAPS book warns is horribly toxic, and should be avoided)?

    Thank-you for any replies.
    - DaveW

    • Hi DaveW,

      If accessible to you, you might want to modify your water with a filter (whether whole-house or faucet specific). However, if filtered water is not yet accessible to you, I would still do the detox baths. Where I live, there is no fluoride in the tap water, but there is chlorine, and chlorine is also considered terribly toxic. I do not have filters; I bathe in it regardless. I find the effects of the detox baths to be very obvious regardless.

      You might like to ask on one of the GAPS email lists about what filters people are using (for those who are). GAPS email lists are presented on this blog’s Support for You page.

      All my best,
      Baden

  18. Thank-you for your previous response Baden.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think a water filter would work for me, as I am in an apartment. Thus, I cannot put in a large unit that would service the entire household, and I doubt that faucet type filters would have the capacity to filter fluoride at a rate of several gallons per minute (flow into a filling bathtub).

    Thus, I am still facing the question: Even though a hot bath in fluoridated water may make me feel better immediately after, am I better off with or without nightly hot baths (in fluoridated water) as part of a GAPS recovery program? ie. Would they hasten recovery in spite of the fluoride? Would they slow recovery because of the fluoride, or could they even prevent recovery and increase overall toxicity (making me even sicker)?

    I am not sure that anyone could answer this question conclusively, but any replies are appreciated.

    Regards,
    DaveW

  19. Hello,

    I took my first detox bath the other night which consisted of lemon juice, baking soda, and salt. I at first put table salt in the bath since I didn’t have sea salt, but then remembered I had epsom salt and added that too. I layed in the bath for about an hour, nice and hot (I am a regular hot bath person) and about half way through noticed the bottom half of my body was burning. Not terribly uncomfortable so I stayed in.

    When I got out I noticed four quarter sized welts on my upper thighs. Didn’t think too much of it since I have had hives before, but the next day they looked even worse. Today is day three and one blistered a little. Do you know what could have caused it? I intentionally took the bath to detox my lymphatic system since I have recently been stressing hard, giving myself chest pains where I had a benign thymoma about five years ago. When they took the tumor they also took some lymph nodes out. So, in that respect I felt a toxic system caused by stress going on and wanted to cleanse it as to never let myself worry myself sick again.

    I Googled the lymphatic system and read about inguinal lymph nodes and wondered if that bath could have actually been cleansing toxins from my body out through the skin and leave burns? That is what my sores look like- like a curling iron burn. I figured I didn’t get that on my upper body since it wasn’t submerged in the water for half the time my lower half was.

    Any information is welcome! I would like to know how to prevent this from happening again.

    Thank you,

    Danielle

    • Dear Danielle,

      My concern is regarding the ingredients of the bath. I have never heard it recommended to add lemon juice to a bath, nor table salt, nor a combination of salt, lemon juice, and other elements. My initial sense is that lemon juice, or a combination of the elements listed, could indeed be very irritating -even burning- to the skin.

      I recommend you see a health practitioner regarding healing the welts, and from this point forward stick with the detox bath elements -and just one at a time unless otherwise indicated- as indicated in GAPS materials, such as: http://gapsguide.com/2008/12/10/detox-baths/ (Note: More info on detox baths will be present in the GAPS Guide 2nd Edition book.)

      All my best,
      Baden

  20. I just finished reading ALL of the comments/stories/questions/answers. It took a couple of hours, but I learned many helpful things. I’ve just finished my third day of the Intro GAPS Diet and feel proud of myself. The cravings for all the other foods in my house are powerful! (Hence the pride after only three days!) Tomorrow night I’m off to a class in Pasadena, California to learn about making my own yogurt, sauerkraut, etc. I hope I can make it all the way through to complete healing! One day at a time, one day at a time. I’m the mother of 14 year old twins, and my hat is off to anyone who is working through the GAPS diet with children of any age. Wow!

    Thanks for all you do for everyone, Baden.
    Annie

    • Dear Annie,

      Wonderful stuff!! It is indeed a feat to be proud of, reaching the end of Day 3! The beginning is the hardest for most people. (Once the body heals enough, the cravings are gone and it’s all simpler.) So good for you!

      I love that you read the entire blog, wow!

      Annie, thank you so much for sharing your pride, excitement, connection with the classes, and your kudos to the folks doing GAPS with their kids! Wonderful to have heard from you!

      All my best,
      Baden

  21. I am on my 7th day of gaps and I am concerned that having the same foods so often will cause me to develop sensitivities to them (broth, meat, egg yolks, etc. )) Before I started Gaps anytime I ate something too often, I developed a sensitivity to it, so I was earting on a rotation diet but this diet does not have much variation.I am having some bad symptoms and I am not sure if die-off can happen this early or I have developed a sensitivity. I am thinking I may need to stop it.

    • Hi Shannon,

      I hear you about the potential to develop sensitivities upon eating the same foods too often. This is common for people in their health attempts before GAPS, yes.

      In healing GAPS, what we find is this:

      1. Almost everyone does experience significant die-off within their first 7 days. (Generally a person will really notice it starting around Day 4.)

      2. Most people do not develop sensitivities to the easily-digested foods recommended for Intro. This is why they are suggested, and in the approach presented.

      Sensitivities are usually the result of a leaky gut. Intro quickly seals the gut, resolving sensitivities and preventing new ones.

      My best assessment from over the computer is that you are experiencing die-off. The key is to manage it. For all of my tips on how to limit, manage, and cope with die-off, please see that section in your copy of GAPS Guide 2nd Edition. The factors presented there will be critical to feeling as well as possible, and for moving through die-off as quickly and lightly as possible. If you have done so yet, I recommend eating “full GAPS” or your previous diet until you have read through the entire book and followed the preparation steps presented in it. This approach can dramatically prevent or minimize issues, and bring far stronger results.

      Shannon, I wish you the best of health!

      All my best,
      Baden

  22. Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly! I am so glad I found your website, you have some really good information on GAPS. I feel better about it now and you are probably right saying that I may be experiencing some die-off. Thanks again!

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