GAPS stands for both Gut and Psychology Syndrome and Gut and Physiology Syndrome. The termed coined by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is to describe the connection between the state of our digestive system and the function of our brains and bodies.
How does GAPS work?
Basically if your digestive system is compromised and not functioning properly, the rest of your body cannot work like it is supposed to. The GAPS diet provides the framework for restoring normal gut flora and rebuilding the digestive system so that every part of your body and brain can heal and function properly. The GAPS program incorporates transitions with diet and supplementation to ensure lasting physical and mental changes.
Food is an integral component of healthy digestion, thus the GAPS diet limits certain types of carbohydrates to encourage healing. Digestive disorders are caused in part by not adequately digesting carbohydrates, which then fuel pathogenic intestinal bacteria, fungi, viruses, and further damage results. The outcome is a mixture of toxicity that causes unique symptoms in each individual establishing a connection between the gut and the body or brain.
The GAPS Protocols include:
- Taking away the food that feeds the bad microbes to eliminate them from the body and stop their reproduction.
- Introducing supplementation to provide additional support and promote overall health during this difficult transition.
- Repopulating the gut with beneficial bacteria.
Through diet, supplementation, detoxification, and lifestyle changes, GAPS will successfully address the following:
- Mood disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Attention deficit disorders,
- Help with weight management
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune disease
- Digestive distress
- Diabetes and other blood sugar related issues
- And more
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