What is GAPS™?

GAPS stands for a condition called Gut And Psychology Syndrome™ created by neurologist and human nutritionist Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD. While working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychological conditions, Dr. Campbell-McBride established a link between the function of our digestive system and the brain.

“The belief is that toxins from bad bacteria in the gut, created by undigested foods, can severely affect brain function. And by healing the gut, you heal diseases.

What is the GAPS™ Diet?

After discovering the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), which was developed by Dr. Sidney Haas MD and detailed by Elaine Gottschall in Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health through Diet, Dr. Campbell-McBride took the SCD a step further by describing the gut-brain connection in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome™. She emphasizes the importance of:

  • detoxifying the intestinal tract
  • healing the gut through nutrient-dense foods
  • sealing or protecting the gut by establishing healthy levels of beneficial bacteria

The GAPS™ Diet is a comprehensive healing program that people with Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ and other conditions go on to heal their digestive system.

Is GAPS for you?

The GAPS™ Diet protocol is for those people who want to support their body in its own natural healing.

Many parents find their way to GAPS on behalf of their child – unexplained sickness, developmental delays, behavior and emotional issues, learning issues, or health concerns such as those listed below. While it may seem unbelievable that neurological disorders like autism can be diminished or even addressed through dietary changes, families that have been dissatisfied by currently available treatments have flocked to the GAPS diet, and many have experienced recovery.

Many adults on GAPS got unsatisfactory answers to what was amiss with their health. When prescription drugs (which can mask symptoms) were not enough, they went looking for better answers . . .

The GAPS™ Diet is considered the most effective way to heal the gut and begin to resolve:

  • persistent bloating, gas, intestinal pain
  • chronic intestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or chronic constipation
  • Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis
  • food allergies and intolerances
  • asthma, allergies
  • eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders
  • migraines
  • joint pain, chronic fatigue
  • chronic ear and respiratory infections especially in children
  • chronic adult infections (i.e. sinus, vaginal ,urinary)
  • learning difficulties, dyslexia and dyspraxia
  • anxiety, depression, OCD, panic attacks, paranoia
  • seizures, tics
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
  • infertility
  • other disease and autoimmune conditions such as diabetes, MS, arthritis, Fibromyalgia and much more

How can I get support with implementing the GAPS™ diet?

Carole Hildebrandt is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and a Certified GAPS Practitioner (CGP) who received her training directly from Dr Campbell-McBride. She offers two options that empower you to take control of your healthcare:

GAPS™ Consultations: One-on-one consultations in your kitchen/home or our office to provide individual guidance in navigating and implementing the introductory stages of the GAPS diet and what to expect during the process. Contact Wise Habits Nutritional Therapy for more information about individual coaching.

GAPS™ Support of SW Portland: The goal of this group is to create a community of people intending to restore their digestive health through good nutrition following the GAPS diet and lifestyle.

During each meeting you’ll learn and reinforce detailed information about the GAPS Diet with:

    • 12 rotating lessons developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
    • Cooking and food prep demonstrations
    • Sharing of community resources, recipes, news, tips, etc.
    • Question & Answer session at the end of each meeting

By the end of the 12 sessions you’ll understand why the GAPS Diet works and how to get the best results! Contact Wise Habits Nutritional Therapy for more information about the GAPS™ Support Group.


I challenge you to take your health into your own hands. Be empowered! Join Certified GAPS™ Practitioners and other GAPS community members for our educational, inspiring, and supportive meetings. Let’s work together to “fill in the GAPS”!

GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.