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FEBRUARY 2013  

Let's Talk About...   

   

THE GAPS DIET 

 

The Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) was created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults.  She believes that the link between learning disabilities, the food and drink that we take, and the condition of our digestive system is absolute, and the results of her work have supported her position on this subject.  

 

As we eat, our food must be broken down into molecules that are small enough to chemically enter bodily cells. This simple act is what keeps us 'immune' to disease, and brings about vibrant health.

 

Therefore it's important to approach food in the right manner. We want to be relaxed (in a parasympathetic state) so that our digestive juices will flow properly. The alternative is a tense, possibly hurried situation may set us up for unconscious eating. Digestion is meant to begin with the smell, sight and comfort of food. This gets our saliva juicy with enzymes like amylase.  The process continues in the mouth with efficient chewing. We're not meant to swallow until the food is nearly liquefied.  

 

But if foods are gulped and chocked down the esophagus the 'chunks' may find themselves in a stomach of a medium acidic state not low enough to break down fats and proteins. The natural hydrochloric acid must be primed and ready to receive these gifts of nature and man so as to properly dissolve them. These fats and proteins will rot through the rest of their undigested journey.

 

The large intestine deals with leftovers full of parasites, microorganisms, undigested fats (most likely proteins as well). Essential fatty acids are meant to be absorbed into the blood in the large intestine. To further this insult rancid fats don't get absorbed and processed thus we now left; fatty acid deficient. This disrupts the growth of healthy flora, and weakens the cells of the colon leading to diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, Chron's disease, Colitis, and Celiac disease.

 

It pays to bless your food, consume fresh fats, and chew thoroughly in order to protect the immune system.

 

The GAPS diet suggests eating plenty of bone broths and fermented foods, all of which we make and sell at NourishMe.


The essential supplements for GAPS patients: 
  • An effective therapeutic strength probiotic.
  • Essential Fatty Acids including liberal use of butter, which helps strengthen the large intestine and is necessary in the formation of Vitamin B12.
  • Digestive enzymes.
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements including A, D, E and K.   
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Store News

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Idaho's Bounty is in the store every Wednesday afternoon for member order pick-ups.  NourishMe receives its own order of fresh, local farm eggs and dairy, greens and other goodies at the same time.  

 

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Waterwheel Gardens's mini Farmer's Market is once a week at NourishMe. Coming all the way from Emmett, Idaho, Curtis always arrives from his farm bearing fresh fruit and vegetables, canned produce and other yummy goods.

       

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Click here for this month's link on grains.  

 

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Dan Freeman, of Shooting Star Farm, helps the students at The Sage School in Hailey in their expansive greenhouse. Once a week he brings fresh lettuce greens, spinach and arugula to NourishMe. Catch it while the green is in stock.  

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Our future depends on the lifestyle choices that we make today.  Choices for Sustainable Living discussion group is based on a guide written by the well-respected Northwest Earth Institute in Portland, Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m. through February at the Environmental Resource Center in Ketchum. The topics included are ecological principles, food, community, consumption and the economy, and the readings were recently updated to include transportation. Choices for Sustainable Living helps participants explore the meaning and vision of sustainability from individual, societal and global perspectives.

 

Call for information (208) 726-4333. 


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Hippocrates
Julie Johnson / 151 Main St. N. / Ketchum, Idaho 83333 / (208) 928-7604