Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS)
Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) is a condition which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. This term was created by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (human nutrition) in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive - compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems.
The GAPS diet is a diet that focuses on healing the integrity of the gut, repopulating the gut with beneficial bacteria and eliminating toxins. As well as the above psychological conditions, the GAPS diet has also successfully treated a variety of condition such as: allergies, asthma, eczema, auto immune conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimotos thyroiditis, lupus, type 1 diabetes) thrush, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, colic, IBS, Inflammatory bowel disease and many other physiological conditions.
The key principle of the diet is healing the gut. This is achieved by consuming GAPS approved foods that nourish and heal the gut and eliminating all foods that cause irritation and inflammation. As well as this the diet creates a healthy gut flora by repopulating the gut with beneficial bacteria using appropriate fermented foods, probiotics supplements and eliminating foods that feed opportunist bacteria. The nourishing foods on the diet help to reduce toxic load and support our natural ability to eliminate toxins more effectively.
Catherine undertook training in 2015 with Dr Natasha Campbell McBride to become a Certified GAPS Practitioner. Please contact Catherine to determine if the GAPS diet is right for you or your family.