Do you regularly experience common digestive complaints? Things like IBS, heartburn, reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, food intolerances or allergies? Maybe you have celiac disease or even more serious bowel issues like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?
Or perhaps you suffer from a mental health condition, skin condition, bladder or urinary tract infection, or an autoimmune disorder?
The one thing all these conditions have in common is your gut.
Naturopaths often refer to the gut as the second brain, because it controls so many aspects of your life. And if you have any of the above, the GAPS program may be for you.
GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome/Gut and Physiology Syndrome. It is a comprehensive healing protocol developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, a neurologist and nutritionist, to correct digestive compromise and nutritional deficiencies in the body as a result of poor lifestyle and dietary habits.
GAPS is a condition where damaged gut flora and chemicals absorbed in the stomach affect the brain and other vital organs creating an imbalance in the body.
The GAPS Diet focuses on removing foods that are difficult to digest and damaging to gut flora and replacing them with nutrient-dense foods to give the intestinal lining a chance to heal and seal.
The GAPS Diet is a very holistic approach to healing, starting with the gut. Between 70 and 85 % of your immune system lies within the gut. The gastrointestinal tract has myriad vital functions for your health, including digestion, nutrient absorption, defense against invading pathogens, hormone metabolism, detoxification, elimination and production of energy. Additionally, 99% of the body’s neurotransmitters (those feel-good chemicals) are manufactured in the small intestine.
So it is easy to see the critical role gut health plays in one’s overall health. Whether your condition is of the psychological category or primarily seen as a physical disease, the GAPS Program will allow repair throughout the many systems of the body.
The GAPS Program is an effective physical therapy to bring healing to the body. Hippocrates knew well that “All disease begins in the gut.”
And so, it is with the gut that we begin our steps back to health.
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