What is GAPS?
The the -brain connection continues to grow. has grown in popularity over recent years as research into GAPS stands for and Psychology Syndrome. GAPS recognises a connection between and brain health. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride created the GAPS during her work with people with autism. More than just a , the GAPS protocol can influence mood and brain health by improving . Finding and healing a can have a life-changing effect on some people.
The GAPS book
We are all becoming familiar with the concept that can affect the health of the rest of the body. In the book " and Psychology Syndrome. Natural Treatment for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression and Schizophrenia" Dr. Campbell-McBride describes the connection between and mental health.
means undigested particles enter the bloodstream causing inflammation throughout the body, including the brain.
She found that improving digestive issues with the helped improve behaviour and mood in her patients. What's more, as the GAPS book suggests, the may be helpful for a number of mental health conditions such as autism, ADHD and depression.
GAPS uses the healing . And improve the health and diversity of the ., as a basis, with some alterations. The emphasises broth and fermented foods. These types of foods can provide the nutrients necessary for
What food to eat on the
The is a profoundly nourishing restrictive usually followed for six months to 2 years. There are several phases that some people find challenging to work through. But the whole protocol includes a , supplementation and lifestyle changes where necessary. Even with a such as GAPS, there is often a need for individualisation. If you are struggling to implement the , I can coach you through each stage as a registered GAPS practitioner.
Start with the ?
There are different phases of the depending on whether or not you have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
It is not always necessary to begin at the phase.
Some people can start with a later phase. A GAPS trained practitioner will know at which point in the protocol you should begin.
The . phase of the is the most restrictive. It allows only homemade or fish broth and non- such as onion, squash, or broccoli. It reduces symptoms and inflammation through the use of this
Gradually more foods are added, such as organic egg yolks and , especially homemade yoghurt and such as sauerkraut.
What foods are not allowed on the ?
When we consume too much gluten, our intestines become inflamed and leaky. However, the the . is not just a gluten-free . It is necessary to eliminate all grains, as grain proteins including gluten can irritate and damage
Dairy products such as milk are not allowed. Except for homemade yoghurt, which is permitted if fermented for 24 hours. Milk proteins are very similar to grain proteins and can irritate the . According to Dr. Campbell-McBride, long-fermented yoghurt does not have this effect on the intestinal lining. Similarly, kefir and whey are allowed products if tolerated.
should be eliminated because these can feed an unhealthy .
Similarly, sugar and artificial sweeteners harm the and are not allowed.
Can GAPS help other chronic diseases?
Though the protocol was originally created to help those with a combination of a and behavioural conditions, it may also help other health conditions. GAPS also stands for and Physiology Syndrome. Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride discusses this in her book "Put Your Heart in your Mouth." She describes using the GAPS dietary protocol successfully for health conditions such as angina, high blood pressure, arrhythmia and other complications of atherosclerosis.
In addition, because the , it can also help with digestive disorders with an element of . For instance, some people with inflammatory bowel disease have found the beneficial. addresses
How long should I follow the ?
There is no specific length of time required to follow the . However, many find that staying on the protocol for 6 months gives them the best results. It depends on how well you tolerate each group. If you do not experience any improvement within 3 weeks of starting the protocol then you might want to consider changing what you eat. You could try reintroducing one new per week until you reach tolerance.
What to do now?
If you suffer from any type of anxiety disorder, then there's no doubt that your will play an important role in how well you feel. and
Experience the life-changing effects of the for yourself. I recommend working with a registered GAPS practitioner to get the most benefit.
Since the a , I can arrange for appropriate lab testing to identify any pathogens or that might hinder your recovery. is very much related to promoting
See my articles on the GAPS diet.
Please feel free to contact me for more information.