I became a certified GAPS practitioner in May, 2014. I learned about GAPS when I went to my first Weston A. Price Foundation conference in 2012. An extension of the nutrient-dense, traditional foods diet that the WAPF recommends, GAPS focuses on foods that are healing to the gut such as bone broth, fermented foods, and healthy fats while eliminating some foods like starchy potatoes and grains temporarily so the gut can heal.
GAPS, or Gut and Psychology Syndrome, was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-Bride who had an autistic son. She noticed that almost all kids with autism also had digestive problems as well. She researched and discovered that an unhealthy gut which caused the digestive issues also affected the brain as well and can cause autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, etc. She recommends a specific “heal and seal the gut” diet to cure children and adults from their physical and mental illnesses.
If your child is a picky eater; has food sensitivities and allergies, eczema, colic, loose stools or constipation, tummy aches or bloating; is constantly sick; has been diagnosed with failure to thrive; or has behavioral issues, then the GAPS diet can help.
As an adult, if you deal with digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, autoimmunity, depression or anxiety, an unhealthy gut may be the source of your problems. The GAPS diet works to heal the gut while removing foods that irritate it.
As a GAPS practitioner trained by Dr. Campbell-McBride, I can help you on your journey to heal you gut and restore your health. Call any time for a free 15-minute consultation about GAPS.