What is GAPS?
Gut and Psychology Syndrome
or simply GAPS is an overall diagnosis for a plethorra of symptoms and diagnoses,
that have one thing in common: they are due to dysbiotic gut microbes.
We are talking about for instance
autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and schizophrenia
Crohns disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and chronical stomach ache
Ulcerative colitis, eating disorders and weight problems
allergies, intolerances and chronical fatigue/ME
migraine, asthma and diabetes
arthritis, epilepsy and eczema
dyslexia, depression and anxiety
schlerosis, Parkinsons, all autoimmune reactions – and many more
The label GAPS
is registered in 2004 by neurologist and nutritionist,
writer and mother of an ex-autistic son, Dr. Natasha Campbell Mc-Bride.
As “Gut and Psychology” indicates, the diagnosis is not only about the physical well being, but also about the mental.
Her yellow book was published in 2004
and re-printed in 2010 in a revised edition.
More than 700.000 copies are sold and the book is translated into 16 languages so fare.
The book gives a detailed and understandable insight in the complicated processes related to food, digestion and health. Not the least it suggests how to start a healing process that includes mending the gut wall and re-balancing the gut flora.
This neurologist´s book is therefore very constructive.
I cannot recommend it warmly enough to anyone who is able to read and who eats food.
The good news is
that, if you are haunted by chronic illness, you and your family might be able to
actually do something about it.
Thousands have managed to change torment and pain into happiness and well being by following the directions of the GAPS protocol for a period.
On the basis of predecessor´s excellent work, own experience, reference to a lot of trustworthy research and of years of clinical experience, Dr. Natasha has developed the GAPS protocol.
The purpose of the GAPS protocol
is to detox, to re-balance the gut flora and to repair the gut wall, so that you regain good health
and the mere ability to take in nutrition. And indeed to regain the ability to eat food,
you (consciously or unconsciously) didn´t tolerate before.
Detailed what-to-eat-food-list to be found in this book
What to eat during the GAPS diet?
First and foremost you must eat real food and skip fare the most processed.
Processed food is low of nutrition and will most often contain either starch, sugar, hydrogenated plant oils or additives.
These ingredients are to be avoided for a longer period of time, if you wish to recover with the GAPS diet.
This might be shocking news, but once you have overcome this information, you can start focusing on what to eat:
The GAPS diet dictates lots of butter and animal fats, broth and stock, organ meats, poultry, meat and fish, vegetables, eggs, olive oil, nuts, coconut, fermented food such as homemade sauerkraut, youghurt, sour cream and mature cheese, honey and ripe fruit.
(Please note, that if you don´t tolerate for instance milk products, you might be able to work your way though the diet and in the end be able to tolerate it. Freshly pressed vegetable juices are a source for detox and nourishment and also dry wine, tea and real coffee in limited amounts are okay, if you tolerate it.
In short, you can look forward to lots of homemade luxury meals for yourself and your family. Luxury because it tastes, it nourishes, it heals.