Learn Exactly what the GAPS Diet is
GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome, or Gut and Physiology Syndrome. Because when modern life damages your gut, your mind & your body shut down.
Discover the Link Between Your Gut and Your Overall Health
You can have a damaged gut lining from: pharmaceuticals, pesticides, toxic metal exposure, synthetic hormones, stress, trauma, antibiotics, antifungals, steroids, undigested food rotting in your gut, inheriting abnormal gut flora from your parents, etc, etc. These triggers inflame your intestinal lining and kill your beneficial gut bacteria. And in the absence of your beneficial flora, pathogenic microbes thrive throughout your body. They produce toxic gases, causing inflammation which ultimately opens up the walls of your intestines, making it ‘leaky.’ This mechanism causes undigested food to get into your bloodstream along with the toxic metabolites of these pathogenic microbes. Yikes! Then your immune system kicks into overdrive to clean up this undigested, toxic mess.
And your immune system is STRONG, but the reality is, when this mechanism happens every single time you eat, your defenses wear down. These undigested, harmful constituents overburden every single one of your detox pathways. Then, the additional toxins in your environment, the cleaning or body products you use, the food you eat, and the clothes you wear- accumulate in your body. Your liver is too busy to neutralize them. If you are healthy, your body can protect itself against this onslaught of daily chemicals, but if your body is overburdened, it cannot.
So you become more toxic, more ill. And when you have a leaky gut lining, you have a leaky brain lining because they go together. It’s just the nature of systemic inflammation. So the copious amount of toxins in your blood from your gut leak into your brain. This brain toxicity manifests into depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADD, ADHD, seizures, Aspergers, Autism, and/or developmental delays. This mechanism also exacerbates PTSD symptoms.
Understand How to Heal Yourself from Modern World Damage
GAPS Certified Instructional Videos approved for accuracy by Dr. Natasha’s Son clear up the inevitable GAPS overwhelm and confusion. They give you step-by-step instructions that are so clear & easy that you can understand them even if you have brain fog. The videos tell you exactly what you need to do & why while also giving you the resources you need to prepare for GAPS + customize it for you. You can click here to see them.
Make Sure this Protocol is Legitimate
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a neurologist and neurosurgeon, developed the GAPS protocol by adapting the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to what her autistic son and patients needed. As a result, GAPS became famously known for making children lose their autism diagnosis. Her son experienced a full recovery from autism, went to a normal school, & now is around my age. Dr. Natasha’s protocol focuses on healing and sealing the gut-lining and reinforcing natural detox pathways. And due to these guiding factors, you can use the GAPS diet to support virtually any chronic illness.
If you are experiencing chronic health issues and you think the GAPS diet may be right for you, buy The Gut and Psychology Syndrome & The Gut and Physiology Syndrome books by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, or check them out from your local library.
Learn what to do after you Read the GAPS Books
Unfortunately, there is SO much GAPS information that it doesn’t all fit into the books. Especially when it comes to actually implementing the diet. Watching the GAPS Certified Instructional Videos approved by Dr. Natasha’s Son is the next step after you read the books. I recommend viewing all of them before you see a practitioner. You can watch them here.