Gut and Psychology Syndrome (or GAPS) is a healing protocol developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. It was formulated to repair and heal the body starting from the gut’s microbiota.
Dr. Campbell-McBride, who is at the forefront of both neurology and human nutrition, set up her Cambridge clinic in 1998. She observed over a period of three years how the state of our digestive system’s micro flora is a major link between our physical and mental health — all directly linking from the food and drink we consume.
On a personal level, Dr. Campbell-McBride observed the recovery of a severe learning disability through her own child, and discovered how children as well as adults with behavioural and learning disabilities often have digestive and immune system disorders.
The philosophy of the GAPS protocol is as follows: if the gut and all its microbes are in balanced peak condition, one should not experience any food allergies, intolerances or digestive upset — on any scale.
GAPS supports the theory that humans are designed to be able to eat everything that mother nature provides.
I hold a special place in my heart for the GAPS healing protocol. It was my catalyst to stop managing symptoms and focus on getting to the root cause of my auto-immune disease — the Ulcerative Colitis that I experienced for over a decade. GAPS also played an important role in clarifying one of the key aspects of my Super Life Formula, which of course is Super Food.
One of the core values of my Super Life Formula is that humans are designed to be able to eat everything that mother nature provides — with a basic foundation of good quality fats from sources like avocado, nuts, seeds, (activated, if possible) wild fish, olive oil and grass fed organic ethically sourced animal proteins, while focusing on a limited quality of grains, which are properly fermented, sprouted for easy digestion, absorption and assimilation.
The GAPS protocol also includes fermented foods to increase the levels of good bacterial growth with the likes of kefir, sauerkraut and pickled vegetables. The inclusion of pre-biotic foods such as leafy greens and low starch vegetables like carrots, fennel, celery, pumpkin, and zucchini all continue to support and maintain the integrity and balance between good and bad bacteria. I strongly agree with Dr Campbelll-McBride’s opinion that food intolerances and allergies are not a normal occurrence to humans.
Food is the foundation to absolutely everything…and then we build our lives on top of that baseline. Food actually becomes us on a cellular atomic level, so you quite literally are what you eat.
It’s important to remember that gut bacterial cells outnumber human cells. So it also follows that you are what’s in your gut!
I have mentioned numerous times that Hippocrates, the creator of the Hippocratic Oath, said 2500 years ago “All disease begins in the gut”. The reason why the GAPS protocol works so well for so many is because it focuses on the gut just like Hippocrates did — and focusing on the gut was a key aspect of how I healed myself from UC.
Find out more about the GAPS healing protocol here.
Peace, Love, Health
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