What is GAPS™?
GAPS stands for a condition called Gut And Psychology Syndrome™ (aka Gut and Physiology Syndrome) defined by and 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.” –Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD
The GAPS™ Diet is a comprehensive dietary program that those with Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ and other conditions (see below) undertake to resolve their digestive issues.The GAPS protocol 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
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 other 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 have found unsatisfactory answers to what was happening with their health. When prescription drugs (which can mask symptoms) were not enough, they went looking for better answers…and found the GAPS diet as a way of resolving their issues.
The GAPS™ Diet is considered one of the most effective way to heal the gut and begin to resolve:
- persistent bloating, gas, intestinal pain
- chronic intestinal disorders such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or chronic constipation
- Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis
- food allergies and intolerances
- asthma, allergies
- eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders
- 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
- other disease and autoimmune conditions such as MS, arthritis, Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
Supporting you on the GAPS™ diet
As a certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP), I received training directly from Dr Campbell-McBride in 2011 and am a Certified GAPS Practitioner (CGP).
I offer GAPS™ Coaching services to support clients with implementing the GAPS diet. With one-on-one and/or family sessions in your kitchen/home or my office, I’ll provide you with personalized guidance in preparing to embark on the GAPS diet, in navigating and implementing the Introductory Stages of the GAPS diet, and with what to expect during the process as you transition to a Full GAPS diet. Coaching sessions will include a Getting Started Guide, recipes, online and local resources, tips, tricks and more. Cooking and food preparation demonstrations are also available in addition to coaching sessions.
I’m not going to sugar-coat this–the GAPS diet is definitely a commitment! It is a huge change from the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the way most Americans eat, but when you stick with it, your results are amazing! Wherever you’re starting from, we can get you ready to commit to the GAPS diet for your improved health. We’ll come up with a plan tailored just for you!
Contact us for more information about individual/family GAPS coaching.
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.