Growing up, Jo Whitton suffered with poor health. She had food intolerances, histamine reactions, frequent colds, and more. As she grew older, her problems increased, and she noticed that her children struggled with similar issues. When her 11 year-old son began to develop strange phobias, extreme anxiety and other mental health concerns, Jo began to look for answers, like never before.
Today, Jo is a popular author and speaker and the podcast host of “A Quirky Cooking Journey.” She and her family have reversed the trend of poor physical and mental health and Jo shares their story to help others do the same. Through the GAPS (Gut and Psychology) diet, she turned things around and now she lectures around the world about the importance of gut health.
On this episode, we cover the many symptoms of poor gut health–ranging from OCD to anxiety to allergies to constipation to diarrhea to arthritis, and more–along with how to begin the journey of healing the gut with nutrient-rich foods.
Highlights from the conversation include:
- The story of her son Isaac and his odd OCD and anxiety symptoms
- How the doctors wanted him on meds for the rest of his life
- How Jo turned to food as a key to his healing
- How most chronic health conditions are tied to inflammation
- The GAPS (Gut & Psychology Syndrome) diet
- Genetics v. lifestyle when it comes to health concerns
- How eliminating foods, if you have a food sensitivity, does not bring healing
- The role of supplements in gut healing
- The variety of symptoms that stem from poor gut health including: OCD, anxiety, allergies, arthritis, depression, food intolerances and sensitivities, constipation, diarrhea
- Where to start when it comes to healing the gut
GAPS diet by Natasha Campbell McBride