GAPS - The Extraordinary Gut Healing Protocol

GAPS, or Gut and Psychology Syndrome, or Gut and Physiology Syndrome, is becoming a term that more and more people are familiar with. Do you have ANY digestive issues? How about anxiety or depression? OCD? Allergies, asthma or intolerances? Autoimmune disease? Unhealthy eating behaviour? Addictions? Are you overweight or obese? Does dementia run in the family? 

All of these issues have been undeniably linked to the health of the gut. By healing and repairing your gut lining, and restoring the balance and diversity of beneficial bacteria, you are able to deal with a whole host of chronic issues.

A common story I see in my practice is this Babies delivered via c-section or mother on IV antibiotics during child birth, sometimes trouble breastfeeding, or antibiotics taken whilst breastfeeding. The child may then have ear infections, tonsillitis etc and require antibiotics in early years. May have also been a 'colicky' baby. Child is then fussy when food is introduced and may develop some food allergies/intolerances. Often there may be some learning difficulties, sensory processing, or attention issues. Another common story is the Mothers, may have had some antibiotics as a child, perhaps some digestive issues and/or crappy periods growing up, then once they have children things seem to go down hill. Very fatigued, moody, hormonal, trouble shifting excess weight particularly around the mid-section, and exacerbation of any previous digestive issues, or onset of digestive issues. These aren't the only types of cases I see, but they stand out as being the most common. Perhaps when explained in this way, you can see how issues develop over a lifetime. When we start addressing the gut, the energy comes back, the digestive symptoms go away, the skin clears, and they eyes sparkle. It is wonderful to see my clients after a couple of weeks and notice the changes! 

So where does GAPS come into this? GAPS, or Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome is a condition, which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. This term was created by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (human nutrition) in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive –compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems. GAPS has further developed to include the physiological issues, such as any digestive issues, chronic diseases, auto immune diseases, asthma and allergies etc. People tend to find that they have a mixture of psychological and physiological issues going on, such as chronic constipation plus depression and anxiety, or autism spectrum disorder with allergies and IBS. 

The GAPS Nutritional Protocol is an incredibly healing protocol which has the potential to resolve all of these issues. In my own practice, I have seen a wide range of ailments resolve following this, including severe food intolerances, chronic IBS, chronic constipation, eosinophil oesophagitis, severe digestive cramping, hypothyroidism, anxiety, food addictions, arthritis, stubborn excess weight, trouble gaining weight, and fatigue. You can read about my personal healing story here. What I love most about GAPS is that there are different ways to approach it to make it less overwhelming. It is not a diet you follow for a period of time and then stop, it will change the way you eat forever, as you will feel so good!! Getting to the bottom of your issues and experiencing healing, particularly if it is something that you thought you would have to put up with for the rest of your life is nothing short of profound. To read more about GAPS, check out the official GAPS website. If you would like to find out more about GAPS and how it may relate to your issues, book a 20 minute Free Gut Health Check-In.