External Baths

Taking a bath regularly for the first two months of the GAPS diet has been the only way we have survived the first stages of this diet. Two weeks into the diet I went back to work for a couple weeks. I hadn’t been able to work for the previous three years after getting a serious case of typhoid that completely destroyed my intestinal lining. The diet finally gave me enough energy to be able to spend 8 hours standing and cooking all day again. But I was tired and came home and got right in the bath every night.

My favourite bath at the moment consists of approximately:

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Salt

Dr. Michael H. Alderman former president of the American Society of Hypertension after an 8 year study, found those in the lowest sodium consuming quartile had more than four times as many heart attacks as those on normal sodium diets.

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Daikon Pickled Pink

A common favorite. I have found these pickles from Morocco to Myanmar. In Asia they often leave out the beet, but I like the pink color that results from the beet juices.

  • 1 large daikon radish
  • 1 small beet, raw, peeled and cut in slices
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, cut into slices
  • 1 T whey
  • 2 ½ T sea salt
  • 1t or more chili powder (optional)
  • water as necessary to cover

Method:
Peel the daikon, cut in half or quarters. Put them in a bowl with the salt sprinkled over and mixed up. Place in jars, interspersed with slices of garlic and beets. Press down. Add the whey and add water to cover. Place the lid on and let sit in a warm place for two days. Place in refrigerator. Will keep for weeks.

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Himalayan Crystal Salt

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After I contracted typhoid in 2006 at a pagoda in Yangon/Rangoon, Burma/Myanmar I was put on a course of serious antibiotics for ten days which completely wiped out any beneficial flora I had established in my intestines. Not only does it take at least three months to recover from typhoid but it takes at least a year to re-establish the proper balance of micro-organisms within the digestive tract after a course of antibiotics, therefore I have been eating very carefully ever since the experience.

Despite my careful diet I have yet to regain the full digestive abilities I previously had been so proud of. I tried various fasts and dietary regimes to try to help speed recovery, drinking raw goats milk, making yogurt and religiously avoiding processed foods.

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