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Every once in a while something keeps popping up in front of me from every angle, leaving me unable to ignore it. Of late it has been gut health. Stewart and I discuss his health, and it comes back to the gut. We discuss our children’s health, and it comes back to the gut. I open an email and someone has found that food allergies, not surprisingly, come back to gut health. I read headlines and a study is released on… gut health.

Last week I sat down to pen a book review. As often happens, things got a little out of hand and I ended up with way more to say about the issue than a simple “I liked this book”. (Which I did… and I’ll try to get back to that eventually.)

But first, let me ask you this: Do you believe that all disease begins in the gut?

It’s a bit contrary to prevalent medical thinking, but it makes sense to me. Not only that, there are many, many scientific studies now that point to the gut’s role in childhood and adult illnesses, such as:

I can’t imagine what else we’d need to see in order to finally accept that if something is wrong, maybe we should check gut health first. This has become my practice whenever someone has a chronic health issue in our family. How’s your gut health?

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Our Story

We have our own history of gut challenges in our family. Stewart and I went through years of antibiotic use, a SAD diet, exposure to anti-bacterial everything, and for some of us, not nearly enough contact with the soil and animals.

Three days after our eldest son was born I spiked a fever of 104 and ended up on a course of antibiotics. We are still working on his gut health.

When Stewart went down with adrenal fatigue last year one of his biggest struggles was digestion. In order to absorb nutrients during this time of healing, we’ve had him on a regimen of apple cider vinegar, enzymes, probiotics, and, of course, fermented foods.

We’re also considering embarking on another round of a GAPS-like diet, if we can source some good bones from a local farmer. (The two roosters we need to butcher just aren’t going to cut it).

Other Resources from Our Earlier GAPS Journey

This isn’t the first time we’ve hit pause and worked on rebooting our guts. Here’s a few resources from those times…

I’ve got a few more ideas to add to this discussion, but now I’d love to hear from you!

What are your thoughts on gut health? Do you start their first? How have you healed?

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Lately Ruthie has been a bit fussy. It wasn’t teeth, we did that a few weeks ago.She’s been eating well, so I ruled that out. IMG_1978 IMG_1983

I thought she was a bit frustrated with her scoot-but-can’t-crawl status. She’s starting to get into everything, but still seemed generally unhappy with her place on the floor, surrounded by various kitchen items to play with. I was puzzled.IMG_1987 IMG_1988

And then, one day Stewart grabbed his baby girl with one arm and carried out the shovel with the other. He had some digging to do and Ruthie was to join him. IMG_1994

When I went out to check on them 45 minutes later, there she was; smiling, kicking, and squealing like her usual self.  IMG_1995

She had dirt in her toes, dirt in her fingernails, dirt in the creases of her little rubber band wrists. She had dirt on her nose, dirt on her legs, and dirt in her diaper. IMG_1997-001

I had found Ruthie in her natural habitat. How had I forgotten , after no less than four children, that they are happiest in the dirt?