The GAPS diet created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. The GAPS protocol is discussed in the book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome.” The diet involves a temporary based healing diet which is combined with specific lifestyle changes that Dr. Natasha used on her son to heal his autism. The diet addresses 3 underlying factors involved in a variety of diseases that include nutrient deficiencies, gut flora imbalances and leaky gut.
An overview of the GAPS diet involves the following:
• Eliminating the complex carbohydrates that are linked to feeding pathogenic bacteria
• The diet involves an emphasis of the fermented foods along with exact priobiotic supplements in order to restore the right balance of gut flora
• An abundance of traditional, nutrient dense foods that are geared at restoring nutrient deficiencies
• The diet follows a series involving food-reintroduction
• A number of lifestyle changes that are inclusive of immune-boosting steps and various detox plans
While it is regarded as unbelievable or even strange that the types of neurological diseases such as autism are able to be addressed or mitigated through specific dietary changes, there are a number of families that have used the GAPS diet and experienced significant recoveries.
There have been a number of fathers and mothers that have watched their autistic children lose some or all of their symptoms, regain their abilities in expressing emotions and relief from gastrointestinal upsets after following the GAPS diet. The people that suffer from food sensitivities and intolerances have also experienced recovery. However, the recovery period does take some time and this diet is not an overnight fix. GAPS is most commonly referred to as a type of healing protocol which includes comprehensive detoxification which has to be combined with supplementation and dietary changes.
The GAPS diet starts off with an “introduction diet”. This introduction phase includes around 6 stages before you are able to move onto the full GAPS diet. The starting stages allow for broths, vegetables that are easy to digest, good fats, juice from fermented vegetables and boiled meats.
Once the symptoms are no longer present, more foods such as raw vegetables and fruits along with their juices, nut flours and nuts are added until such stage that you reach the full GAPS diet that allows for wholesome foods. It still excludes sugars, starchy tubers and grains or any other food type that has the potential to damage a gut that is already compromised.
Similar to any of the other protocols involving healing, GAPS is difficult, especially to start off with. This has to do with learning how you will need to shop for foods, how you need to cook these foods and having the will power to resist eating out at a restaurant at all costs.
The 3 main principles of the GAPS diet include:
• Healing the gut
• Repopulating the area of the gut with bacteria that is beneficial
• Ridding the body of toxins