More people have diarrhea while participating in the GAPS Diet than more people know about. However, when you initially undertake the Intro diet you are likely to have some diarrhea and it might take you by surprise, especially if you haven’t ever had it before or are typically constipated. You don’t need to worry about these instances, even if it happens for a few days because it is a natural reaction to a cleanse.
However, if you have diarrhea on a regular basis and it is what inspired you to take on the GAPS Diet, then you need to pay more attention to what triggers it and what helps get rid of it. The diarrhea might be being triggered by any of the FODMAPS foods, allergens, dumping of oxalates or simply a reaction to the detoxing.
Regardless of whether or not the diarrhea is something you have experienced before or not, make sure to note down what caused it and if you experience it after trying a fermented item, then it is simply a die-off or detox reaction. For example, beet kvass can stimulate the liver and it also has probiotics, which means it can cause diarrhea, which means you will just have to adjust the amount you are eating.
Diarrhea is quite simply a cleansing action that the body starts after toxins have been introduced into the walls of the bowel. This causes inflammation and irritation, which is then treated by water and salt being pulled into the bowels, which causes the diarrhea and is an attempt to get rid of the toxins in a fast manner.
Also, some of the people who are on the GAPS diet also suffer from fecal compaction, which simply means that the bowel contains hard feces, which are old and are attached to the wall of the colon. These cause toxins to be released and salt and water to be released, which triggers the diarrhea. However, it doesn’t completely clean out the bowel nor does it shift the hardened feces masses that line the colon, but over time people who stay on the GAPS diet will find this resolved.
You should remove the fiber from your diet if you are experiencing diarrhea because it will further irritate the inflammation in the intestines. In the initial 2 stages of the intro diet all raw vegetables, nuts and fruit are removed from the diet and instead is focused on soothing and gentle foods for the guts. These foods will also provide the guts with the required nutrition to heal the lining and they include stews, soups and stocks.
However, fermented products are also required because of the probiotics that they contain, which is why they are introduced from the start of the diet. Some of these fermented foods, including kefir and yogurt are extremely helpful when it comes to getting rid of diarrhea and they should be eaten from the beginning.
When the episode is over, you can return to the diet that you were initially on and if you have extremely watery diarrhea, then make sure to get rid of all vegetables. You should be sipping on a warm stock made from meat every hour along with foods that contain probiotics. You can also eat gelatinous meats that are well cooked and egg yolks. The intro diet of the GAPS diet is created to be low in fiber so that the colon can heal and the foods are introduced over time in 6 different stages.
CONCLUSION: However, if the diarrhea persists after changing up your diet, make sure to visit a doctor so that they can look into the episode further. Don’t worry if there are episodes of diarrhea while on this diet because it happens to everyone at one point or another.