Mass panic ensues. Toilet paper flies off the shelves, hand sanitizer evaporates the moment it’s back in stock, and politicians declare a state of national emergency. I remember my partner stalking reddit back in early January wondering how big of a deal this new coronavirus was going to be. But was any one of us really prepared for it???
The empty aisles of canned food say no. And the mainstream medical community with their lack of viral knowledge and overflowed hospital beds? Say Absolutely not.
GAPS Intro + Coronavirus= Being Prepared?
Lo and behold though, I stood prepared, which comes as a shock even to me. Ever since I spilled pesticides on my stomach in 2017, I have been a ‘fascinating’ and complex health case, to say it lightly. And I’ve used the GAPS diet, mainly GAPS intro, to get this toxic sh** out of my system, deal with lyme disease + coinfections, and stop my autoimmune reactions. Basically doing everything I could to make my immune system the most badass b**** on the block.
Over time, I’ve learned how to take care of my health in the most dire situations. And it turns out that a global pandemic also fits that bill.
In Times of Desperation, GAPS Intro has been There
In my most desperate times, I’ve always turned to GAPS intro, which I am on right now for my 5th time (after contracting lyme disease [you can read more about my story here]). And honestly, after all this pandemic stuff happened, I couldn’t be more psyched about being on this nutritional protocol, the most virus-fighting diet I could possibly be on. Especially since I fall into the higher risk, immunocompromised category.
GAPS Intro = Best Diet to Fight Coronavirus
According to Melanie Christner at honestbody.com, the best foods to help viruses are meat stock, fatty stews, and probiotic foods. AKA the vast majority of what I put into my mouth.
Becky Plotner, one of the most renowned and famous GAPS practitioners of our time (who is also my mentor… holla!) says roughly the same thing. That the most effective foods are probiotic brines because they go directly into the bloodstream and outcompete pathogens. Clinically, she sees this as the most effective method (in large doses, but be careful of die off reactions). Well, I already had 2 gallons of sauerkraut juice in my fridge, 1/2 gallon of garlic brine, and 1/2 gallon of beet kvass because these serve as one of the backbones of the GAPS intro diet.
What About Full GAPS?
A lot of people on full GAPS will actually go back to GAPS intro if they have a virus because it is most effective for the situation. A recent client of mine, seriously immunocompromised, started shedding previously dormant viruses within days of being on Intro. This is after years and years of going to fancy doctors and not being able to figure out what was wrong with her.
But if you don’t want to go on intro, full GAPS is the next best thing. However be warned. Viruses even love some full GAPS food including nuts, raw cacao, citrus, and an excess of any fresh fruit.
No other time in US history has the government encouraged us to stay at home, not to go out to restaurants, and not to work. I understand intro may not be the best fit for everyone right now. But if you are in a position to use this viral quarantine experience to massively overhaul your health and strengthen your immune system, this could be the perfect opportunity to dive in.
For more specific health measures I’ve taken to prepare myself for the coronavirus, you can continue reading here.