What is GAPS Diet? Who can Apply it?
GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. This nutrition protocol that we have encountered recently, is a diet that has been designed for treatment purposes. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a neurologist, is the author of the ‘GAPS Gut and Psychology Syndrome’. After her child was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 3, she improved the GAPS treatment protocol by concentrating her research in this area. Thus, she concluded that the origin of autism is a disease of intestinal.
In the last decade, many comprehensive researches have been conducted on digestive system and intestines and, established that in the origin of most diseases, there is a permeable (leaky) gut syndrome. Autism which refers to learning disability and mental disorders, affects other mental states and brain functions such as lack of attention, hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, addictions, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, epilepsy, eating disorders. Also, diseases that contain intestinal and physiology syndrome are considered enteric. Autoimmune diseases (celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type1 diabetes, MS, ALS, systematic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, skin problems related to autoimmunity, etc.), atopic conditions (asthma, eczema, various allergies), food allergies or intolerances, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, arthritis, premenstrual syndrome and other menstrual (period) problems, most endocrine disorders (thyroid, adrenal and other) and all digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastritis and various colitis can be classified as various chronic physiological conditions caused by an unhealthy gut. If you experience at least one of these problems, your gut may be seriously damaged.
What is the Aim of the GAPS Diet?
As a result of treating the intestinal flora, the brain and the body get rid of the effect of the toxin load and these diseases caused by the intestines are completely cured. No ready-made food containing additives is allowed. It encourages food to be consumed in its most natural forms. The GAPS diet takes place in 3 stages:
- Introduction to GAPS diet (It lasts for 6 months and preferred in heavier situations.) In the first step, the intestine lining is strengthened by repairing the lining of the intestine. Thanks to this diet, the lining of the intestine is repaired, excess weight in the body is excreted, the body balance is maintained, and the person is provided to feel good in a mental state.
- The full GAPS diet
- Exit from GAPS
Although it is difficult to apply, it is a nutrition program with excellent results. The transition process between these steps varies from person to person and from case to case. Every person's body, metabolism works differently. During this diet, the reaction and tolerance of the person changes. It is recommended to consult with a specialist.
There are cases around the world that have been directed to the GAPS diet and recovered due to many diseases alleged to have no solution or cure.
Due to this diet, we significantly increase the number of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Beneficial bacteria (probiotics) not only helps breaking down the food and absorb nutrients, but also helps with common digestive problems such as gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.The problems experienced in the intestine, which is the most important organ after the brain, can be caused because of many reasons, ranging from metabolic diseases to psychological disorders. Therefore, GAPS provides a good mental state as well.
Is It Possible to Lose Weight with GAPS Diet?
Of course, it is possible to lose weight with the gaps diet. Since all unhealthy foods are eliminated in this program, it is possible to lose 4 to 8 kg in a month. Since it is a diet with treatment purposes, relief in gut and intestinal motilities are observed. Constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating problems are eliminated. If there are eczema-like rashes on the skin, it can be treated with this diet. The problem with vitamins and minerals absorption in the intestine disappears. In a nutshell, while losing weight quickly, many health problems are cured during the process. It is recommended to apply the GAPS diet with the assistance of a certified GAPS consultant who participated in the GAPS training program.
What Are the Recommended Foods In The GAPS Diet?
In the Gaps diet, all nutrients must be in the most natural and pure form. Also, foods that are frozen, processed, genetically modified, with altered ingredients and labels, contain additive substances should be avoided. Meat and bone broth, fresh or frozen all cooked meat, offal, organic eggs, non- starchy vegetables, naturally dried fruits, all ripe and whole organic fruits, nuts (unroasted, raw) and beans, fermented foods (dairy products, yogurt, cheese, kefir), vegetables, pickles, etc. natural organic (sugar-free) honey are recommended for consumption. If you do not consume any of the foods excluded from this list, even with portion limitation weight loss is possible. Because there is a serious elimination in this diet. We remove all unhealthy foods from our diet. It is recommended to follow this program with the assistance of a GAPS consultant.