GAPS: What is it?

Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome

The term GAPS stands for Gut And Psychology/Physiology Syndrome and was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The GAPS Nutritional Protocol is a structured and successful way to nourish your body that promotes gut healing by lightening some of the burden off the digestion process. Its main goal is to heal and seal a leaky gut (a damaged gut wall that lets undigested food go into the blood, leading to inflammation and disease).

The GAPS Nutritional Protocol has become a global phenomenon. It focuses on highly nutrient-dense foods that promote healing: plenty of protein, healthy fats, fermented foods, vitamins and minerals. This protocol is very effective to improve your health, because the body can only be properly nourished when the gut wall is healthy, which is the only way that the small intestine can digest food properly and absorb nutrients.

This protocol has four ways to promote healing:

  1. Remove irritants to stop further injury. Removes fiber (in early stages), because with a damaged gut wall, fiber irritates the gut lining and provides food for pathogenic microbes in the gut.

  2. Starve pathogens. Cuts on fibre and sugar to make the pathogens microbes die.

  3. Provide nutrients that will repair, heal and seal the gut. It emphasizes on foods that support the body’s immune system, as well as helps heal and repair the gut wall damage resulted from pathogens, toxins and inflammation. Some examples of these foods are homemade meat stock, organ meats and animal fats.

  4. Rebuild the Microbiome. Provides probiotic bacteria in the form of homemade fermented foods, which must be introduced gradually to avoid a die-off reaction (the symptoms that appear when pathogenic bacteria die).

The GAPS Nutritional Protocol, which has been successfully used around the world by thousands of people, consists on three main points of focus:

  1. Diet.

  2. Supplementation.

  3. Detoxification and lifestyle changes.

Who can benefit from the GAPS Protocol?

Do you feel identified with any of the following symptoms?

  • Allergies and food intolerances

  • Autoimmune diseases

  • Anemia

  • Depression, Mood Swings or Anxiety

  • Learning Disabilities (ADHD, ADD, Autism, Dyslexia or Dyspraxia)

  • Back pain

  • Bed-wetting

  • Blood sugar instability (Diabetes)

  • Ear infections

  • Skin problems: Eczema, Acne, Rosacea or Rashes

  • Thyroid problems

  • Hormonal issue

  • Fussy eating

  • Gastro-intestinal disorders (Gastritis, Reflux,

  • Bloating or Belching, Constipation or Diarrhea

  • Gluten sensitivity

  • Hormonal problems or PMS

  • Immune System Insufficiency

  • Infertility

  • Migraines or Headaches

  • Parasites

  • Urinary problems

  • Vaginal problems

  • Weight problems (gain or loss)

If you have or feel identified with any of the symptoms mentioned above, then you will obtain great benefits from the GAPS Nutritional Protocol. The idea of implementing the GAPS Protocol in your daily life might be overwhelming. But I am here to help you! I understand that everybody is different and have different challenges to overcome, so I can personalize it based on your needs and help you implement this protocol in a way and at a pace that works for you and your family, to ensure success. I offer a complimentary consultation call to determine if this is the right approach for you and if I can assist you in your path to wellness. Contact me if you require more information.

The GAPS Nutritional protocol has changed the life of many people who got determined to try it, after they had lost hope to improve their health. Here is a testimonial from March 2021 from Carli, one of Dr. Campbell-McBride’s clients: Carli’s testimonial.

I am here to support you on your GAPS journey. Depending on your needs or the needs of your family you may benefit from participating in Private Coaching, Group Coaching, or a combination! If you want to stick you toes in the water I also have cook-with-me events you are welcome to join.