Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome
All diseases begin in the gut- Hippocrates
Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome or 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.
Other conditions affected by GAPS can be autoimmune disorders, infertility, food allergies, chemical sensitivities, compromised immune systems, leaky gut syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, polycystic ovaries, crohn's disease, eczema, asthma, psoriasis, overall toxicity in the body, obesity and other common maladies. By addressing the health of the gut, we address the health of the entire body.
I'm a certified GAPS practitioner, after completing the training with Dr Campbell McBride in September 2017, I felt completely inspired to share this life changing protocol. GAPS patients vary so much these consults are charged at a rate of €60 per hour. Follow up sessions are required as you move through the stages of the diet.
How does GAPS work?
In GAPS patients we see the unbalanced gut bacteria producing harmful toxins which affect various parts of the body, namely the brain.
The purpose of the treatment is to detoxify the body and rebalance the gut flora. In order to achieve this we need to clean up and heal the digestive tract, so it stops being the major source of toxicity in the body and becomes the source of nourishment.
We can split the GAPS protocol into three sections.
1. The Diet. GAPS conditions are essentially digestive disorders. We can either start the protocol with the GAPS Intro diet or what we call 'Full Gaps' The intro diet is an intensive healing diet that restricts food to mostly boiled meat, homemade bone broth and boiled veggies for a period of time until digestive symptoms clear. Then, through a series of stages we introduce specific foods until the list makes up the Full GAPS diet. Full GAPS is a much less restricted diet that includes plenty of healthy proteins and fats, along with vegetables and some fruits. Harder to digest starches, processed foods and sugars are avoided to allow the gut time to heal.
2. Appropriate Supplementation. Probiotics, essential fatty acids, fermented cod liver oil and digestive support are generally recommended.
3. Detoxification and Lifestyle Changes. Reducing stress, making sure to get proper sleep and reducing toxic load in the home and personal care products are all important.
I'm happy to offer a free skype call to discuss whether GAPS is appropriate for you or your child.
Please refer to Dr Campbell McBrides website for more information