The Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet was created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride who as a parent of a child fully recovered from a severe learning disability, was acutely aware of the difficulties facing other parents like her. She realised that nutrition played a critical role in helping children and adults to overcome their disabilities, and has pioneered the use of probiotics in this field. She believes that the link between physical and mental health, the food and drink that we take, and the condition of our digestive system is absolute.
All Disease Begins in the Gut
GAPS focuses on putting more good food back into the diet, often foods that our grandparents used to eat but have gone out of favour with modern living. Foods that are removed from the diet are often fermented by dysbiotic gut bacteria which may contribute to presenting symptoms. When the gut barrier is damaged we have intestinal permeability with food proteins crossing over from the gut into the bloodstream. This is how food intolerances and allergies start. An inflammatory cascade starts in the gut and spreads to the rest of the body, the initiation of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and many more.
The gut-mind connection establishes clear associations between diet and mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and sleeping disorders. Inflammation from the gut spreads through lymph nodes to the brain where oxidative stress causes neurotransmitter dysfunction often found in ADHD, autism and memory disorders.
What your GAPS Practitioner provides
Your GAPS practitioner will look at all of your symptoms and then recommend where to start with the diet. A written report is provided outlining the program which includes explanations, food lists to incorporate, recipes, pitfalls and resources where to find products.