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Some questions on Bio-Kult vs VSL#3, GAPS, and PREbiotics

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Created January 05, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I have been wanting to start the GAPS diet in an effort to "heal my mind" so to speak. Unfortunately I cannot purchase the book at this moment, and only have listened to Dr. Natash-Campbell McBrides interviews with Dr. Mercola and others. I've heard her say not everyone begins on the intro phase. My main questions are:

1) Would taking Bio-Kult be of any help whatsoever if not on any segment of the GAPS protocol, even though I am also eliminating gluten/grains/legumes (possibly nightshades and dairy temporarily)? I've heard you have to build up a tolerance, sort of, where you experience "die-off" symptoms and stay at that dose until they dissipate; eventually getting to the therapeutic dose; what is the therapeutic dose?

2) How would taking Bio-Kult compare to taking VSL#3? I was recommended VSL#3 on another question for my younger brothers health problems, and only looked into it slightly so far.

3) What about prebiotics? Would prebiotics be more or less helpful/important than probiotic supplementation (since I can't eat many probiotic rich foods right now; money)? Any recommendations on prebiotic sources/supplements?

4) Are there any easy ways I can naturally ferment veggies? I've looked into homemade raw/fermented sauerkraut and the like, but don't have the means of getting the equipment necessary to produce that at the moment

Thanks for any information, it will be greatly appreciated.

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1663 · January 06, 2013 at 12:40 PM

GAPS is severely strict/limiting, especially on the Intro Diet. Broth and overcooked veggies? Blech. I'm already on a very strict food regimen due to food intolerances. I was at my worst when I was doing low-carb. Mood was very low. I was sick over the holidays with a flu, but wasn't very hungry. I made an amazing batch of bone broth and it's all I ate for about 3 - 4 days. I drank it straight, and made it into soups. You know what? After those 4 days, I WAS SICK OF BROTH! There's no way I could continue something like that for longer. L-glutamine, probiotics are helping me heal my gut so far.

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252 · January 06, 2013 at 12:50 AM

thanks for you're input. Why aren't you fond of GAPS? just wondering, I'm not familiar with it really, but from the testimonies/interviews I've heard, it seems really effective for healing the mind/brain. Thanks for that MDA post on prebiotics as well.

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1663 · January 05, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I'm really not a fan of GAPS for a few reasons.

Having said that...

...prebiotics are found in many foods that you will not be eating on GAPS. Think soluble fiber, like starchy stuff.

But they're also found in raw and cooked onion, raw garlic, chicory root, raw leeks. Again, raw stuff is to be avoided when doing GAPS. And as far as I know, prebiotics are to be avoided in general when doing GAPS.

Either way, I'd read this post by Mark Sisson:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/prebiotics

I don't know much about either probiotic you've mentioned. I do know Bio-Kult was developed Dr. Natasha. And the Intro Diet recommends a probiotic on an empty stomach in the morning.

I eat Bubbies sauerkraut; too lazy to do much more than that :)

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252 · January 06, 2013 at 12:50 AM

thanks for you're input. Why aren't you fond of GAPS? just wondering, I'm not familiar with it really, but from the testimonies/interviews I've heard, it seems really effective for healing the mind/brain. Thanks for that MDA post on prebiotics as well.

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1663 · January 06, 2013 at 12:40 PM

GAPS is severely strict/limiting, especially on the Intro Diet. Broth and overcooked veggies? Blech. I'm already on a very strict food regimen due to food intolerances. I was at my worst when I was doing low-carb. Mood was very low. I was sick over the holidays with a flu, but wasn't very hungry. I made an amazing batch of bone broth and it's all I ate for about 3 - 4 days. I drank it straight, and made it into soups. You know what? After those 4 days, I WAS SICK OF BROTH! There's no way I could continue something like that for longer. L-glutamine, probiotics are helping me heal my gut so far.

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