GAPS is an intestinal healing protocol designed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, and based on the principles of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. GAPS stands for Gut And Psychology Syndrome, and Gut And Physiology Syndrome.
The overall health of our immune system begins in the gut, and affects all other body systems. Damage can result from a variety of influences, including antibiotic use, environmental factors, poor diet, and inherited intestinal flora. When proper nutrition cannot be obtained due to compromised digestion, a cycle of imbalanced body flora damages the body. This manifests in a variety of formal and informal diagnosis, because all systems of the body are directly linked to the immune system.
Examples of conditions recognized as treatable by GAPS include: food allergy, epilepsy, autism, failure to thrive, celiac, A.D.D./A.D.H.D, dyslexia, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, OCD, anemia, ear infections, colic, asthma, sensory processing disorders, diabetes, heart disease, Asperger’s, arthritis, and migraines, to only name a few. For more information please visit the website of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride at gaps.me.
GAPS explains how food, body, and environment relate to illness and healing. GAPS seeks to provide maximum nutrition through foods that allow the body to heal from the inside out. Healing using GAPS is a very individual journey, and establishing a community of support is critical.