What is the GAPS diet?
GAPS stands for Gut And Psychology Syndrome, a phenomenon that’s been known for decades, but is just becoming more well known in recent years.
The GAPS diet is a specific gut healing diet that is designed to:
- Eliminate inflammation causing gluten and other grains, which inflame the gut
- Eliminate complex carbohydrates, which feed pathogenic bacteria low in the gut
- Include gut and body-nourishing bone broth to repair and rebuild the gut wall
- Include beneficial probiotics in food and in supplements to kill off the pathogenic bacteria and re-establish gut flora with healthy ones
- In starving the pathogenic bacteria that may have invaded your gut, GAPS lessens or alleviates psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism, and ADHD.
- In healing the gut, GAPS lessens or alleviates digestive trouble such as diarrhea and constipation.
- In healing the gut, which houses a large portion of the immune system, immune-related symptoms are reduced or alleviated such as allergies (food and environmental), asthma, arthritis, and eczema.
You can eat on GAPS:
- Meat, specifically grass-fed sustainably raised meat. Search for local farmers/farmers markets.
- Non-starchy vegetables (focus on green leafy veggies)
- Berries, local apples, well cleaned. (no soft fruits)
- Nuts (raw is best and a palm-full at most)
- Sea salt, pepper, and other herbs and spices.
- Raw honey
- Cultured dairy (raw)
GAPS is most often utilized after an initial liver/bowel cleanse (2-4 weeks) or for some, immediately into corrective care. Once the gut has been healed and digestive and inflammatory symptoms alleviated, the goal is to further adjust the diet to what will work for each individual. For some, that means something closer to what they would label as “normal,” and for others, the GAPS may become their staple if they are to remain symptom-free.