GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. The GAPS nutritional protocol is a diet that was created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride for her work with people with autism. The GAPS diet recognises the connection between the gut and the brain. And how gut health can influence mood and brain health.
In her book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Natural Treatment for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression and Schizophrenia” she describes the connection between the health of the gut, brain function and mental health.
Dr Campbell-McBride found that improving gut health with the GAPS diet helped improve behaviour and mood in her patients. As the GAPS logo suggests, this diet may also be helpful for other mental health conditions such as ADHD and depression.
Though similar to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) from which it was derived. The GAPS diet emphasises broth and fermented foods. These types of foods can provide the nutrients necessary for healing the gut. And improve the health and diversity of the gut microbiome.
The GAPS protocol is a deeply nourishing food-based program that is usually followed for 6 months to 2 years. The diet has several stages of implementation that some people find difficult to work through. But the whole protocol includes a diet, supplementation and lifestyle changes where necessary. Even in a healing protocol such as GAPS there is often a need for individualisation. If you are struggling to implement the GAPS protocol, as a registered GAPS practitioner I can coach you through each stage.
Though the protocol was originally created to help those with gut and psychology issues, it was also found to help other health conditions. GAPS also stands for Gut and Physiology Syndrome. Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride discusses this in her book “Put Your Heart in your Mouth.” She describes using the protocol successfully for health conditions such as angina, high blood pressure, arrhythmia and other complications of atherosclerosis.
Since the GAPS protocol is very much related to the health of the gut I can also arrange for appropriate lab testing to identify any gut pathogens that might hinder your recovery.
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