GAPS abbreviation comes from words Gut and Psychology Syndrome and it was first used in 2004 by …
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
- (a neurologist and nutritionist, who created a revolutionary GAPS diet)
This diet was created as a result of extensive researches and large clinical experience with patients suffering from neurological, physical and psychiatric disorders.
Scientists have long established that bowel disease contributes to development of changes in the brain and immune system function. Based on conducted studies, the author of the diet claims that poor gut health is a cause of many autoimmune diseases, allergy, eczema and epidemic illnesses.
Physicians’ attitude to this diet is ambiguous, but the GAPS diet has a lot of supporters and practitioners in Australia. It should be noted that the GAPS diet is an intensive nutritional program, which is aimed at healing the gut lining with food and includes three parts:
- Nutritional programme
- Supplementation programme
- Detoxification programme
*Nutritional protocol consists of Introduction diet and Full GAPS diet, and limits the intake of foods containing sugar, starch, all grains and baking at least for 2 years.
Before to start the diet itself, it is recommended to go through Introduction diet, which should prepare the patient’s intestines to the Full GAPS diet. In Australia, some folks prefer to start immediately the Full GAPS diet and get the results they are looking for.
However, if the patient is suffering from severe and long-term digestive troubles (gastritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic diarrhea) or neurological disorders (autism, schizophrenia, depression), he cannot go without the Introduction.
Introduction diet consists of six stages and contains a list of recommended foods that should be consumed at every stage. At the beginning of the diet, the person should give up some products, and then they were gradually introduced into the daily diet, watching the intestine reaction.
The list of recommended products of Introduction diet includes:
- cooked artichokes,
- beets root,
- homemade meat of lamb,
*In the morning or between meals, the person can drink 1 cup of fresh chamomile or ginger tea, purified water, homemade yogurt or juice.
Patients suffering from yeast overgrowth are recommended to temporarily exclude honey, nuts and fruits from their diet. Lovers of fruits and nuts should not worry about this, because these products will gradually be introduced at the final stages of Introduction diet
Many Australian inhabitants are interested in how much each of the stage should last. According to recommendations of the GAPS diet author, duration of every stage is 3 to 5 days. After introduction of the last sixth stage (in the absence of digestive disruption), the patient can move to the GAPS Full Diet.
To list of allowable foods of the GAPS Full Diet includes:
- organic nuts (not roasted, coated or salted);
- fruits (apples, kiwi, lemons, limes, pears, pineapples, oranges, berries);
- dairy (hormone-free cheese and homemade yogurt that are introduced in stages);
- animal proteins (meat of organic pastured animals, in which hormones were not used while growing, wild fish);
- legumes (only navy beans, lentils, split peas, lima beans, other legumes contain a lot of starch and are not suitable for the GAPS diet);
- vegetables (for children and adults with ADD / ADHD, organic is best for psychological disorders; cooked is best for patients with intestinal dysfunction and diarrhea).
It should be noted that it is not difficult to comply with GAPPS Full Diet for Australian residents, because the country is rich in meat, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables. All necessary products for the diet are grown in the country.
The next component of the GAPS Diet – Supplementation programme includes use of special supplements that help to normalize intestinal microflora, production of gastric juice and compensate for the deficiency of pancreatic and digestive enzymes. They include supplements, containing:
- vitamin A
- digestive enzymes
- essential fatty acids
- vitamin and mineral supplementation
One of the important components of the GAPS diet is detoxification, the purpose of which is to restore natural detoxification system and cleansing the body of toxins. Detoxification should be conducted by means of freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices that contribute to the removal of heavy metals and other poisons.
In the morning, you can cook juice from fresh carrots, pineapple and a small amount of beet, such freshly squeezed juice prepares digestive system to work. A mixture of celery, apple and beet is useful to cleanse kidneys and liver. Cleansing the body from the inside contributes to its optimal functioning all the time.