What is GAPS?
Gut and Psychology (and Physiology) Syndrome acknowledges a vital connection between the health of the gut, and the health of the rest of the body, including the mind.
The GAPS protocol was developed by doctor and neurologist Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride as she healed her son from Autism at the age of three. She has since healed hundreds of thousands of other adults and children both through her practice and training of other GAPS Practitioners.
- 85% of our immune system resides in the gut
- 99% of our serotonin is produced in the gut
- 90% of the cells in our body are bacterial and fugal, (we are only 10% human)
These ‘bugs’ live as a protective biofilm layer over the top of our gut cells and help us:
- Digest food
- Absorb nutrients
- Tackle invaders
- Keep our gut wall cells healthy. They are the housekeepers.
When the gut is inflamed and irritated, as seen with stomach discomfort, bloating, diarrhoea and pain, it cannot digest food completely and cannot absorb nutrients.
When the gut comes under attack by pathogenic flora, without the protection of beneficial bacteria, the whole structure of the gut cells change, starting a process of disease.
The villi degenerate, the enzymes have no home and our gut becomes unable to digest and absorb food properly, leading to malabsorbtion, nutritional deficiencies, chronic fatigue and food intolerances.
The GAPS protocol will help to heal and seal the gut and maximise health and happiness!
So the ultimate healing programme is one that takes care of the good bugs in our gut.
We recover our health by:
- Not feeding the bad bugs
- Introducing more of the good bugs and
- Feeding them right so they hang around happily forever.
They in turn will help us to absorb nutrients, make some vitamins, heal our immune system and make lots of serotonin.
Result: We will all be healthier and happier.