GAPS diet: what is it and when to apply itÃà Joanna SochanConditions & treatments, Digestive and gut health, GAPS diet, Nutrition2 Comments

Parasite infections treatment Various digestive disorders are becoming very common in all age groups these days. This area has been of particular clinical interest in my natural medicine practice for many years and I found the GAPS diet a very effective method to deal with all digestive disorders, among other conditions also covered by the GAPS protocol. If you never heard of GAPS before or would like to find out more, I’d like to introduce you to the GAPS concept and also briefly explain how and why it works for my patients and myself.

تداول السيارات بالفوركس GAPS is an abbreviation for Gut And Psychology Syndrome and Gut And Physiology Syndrome. This concept has been created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride in 2004, when she published her first book Gut And Psychology Syndrome. Dr Natasha trained as a medical doctor in Russia and also has two postgraduate degrees from the UK: in neurology and nutrition. She is based in the UK.

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Recent research indicates that about 85% of the immune system is located in the gut wall. So, our digestive system is a major immune organ, and there is a constant interaction going on between the gut flora and the immune system. One of the major roles of the gut flora is keeping the immune system maintaining the right balance to keep us healthy and well.  In a healthy person with a healthy gut flora, this mass of microbes is dominated by the beneficial or probiotic species, which are involved in many functions in the body.

How is it done? There are two major arms of the immune system, called Th1 and Th2. The Th1 arm is responsible for normal reactions to anything in the environment such as dust, pollen, microbes, food, drink, animals, chemicals, etc. If this arm of the immunity is working well, then you can be in contact with anything in the environment and have no abnormal reactions. The problem is that the Th1 arm is kept strong and up-to-its-job by your gut flora, and if your gut flora is damaged, Th1 becomes disabled. So the second arm of the immunity, the Th2, tries to compensate for its disabled ‘brother’ and becomes hyperactive.

The Th2 is responsible for atopic/ allergic type reactions in the body and it cannot deal with the environment appropriately. So, you start developing allergic reactions to pollen, dust, animals, foods, chemicals, etc. All because your gut flora got damaged and is unable to keep those two arms of the immune system in the right balance. GAPS patients generally have allergies and abnormal reactions to environmental influences. When the gut flora is abnormal, the immune system is compromised and cannot function appropriately.  For example, asthma and eczema are particularly prevalent amongst GAPS children due to their compromised immunity.

To further understand what’s happening in a damaged gut, please read my article about binär optionen kurse Secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA), a less known but a significant aspect of having good immunity and well-functioning digestive system. sIgA serves to protect the gut and lower levels can also lead to an increased risk of ‘ check my blog leaky gut’ or dysbiosis/ SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth).

GAPS diet australiaThus, when the gut flora is abnormal the gut deteriorates because it is not looked after properly. Pathogens and toxins cause damage to gut cells (called enterocytes) and open the junctions between them, called the tight junctions. What are tight junctions? Enterocytes and other epithelial cells in the body (for example, cells which form the blood-brain barrier) are tightly ‘glued’ to each other. The foods are not supposed to absorb between them, but instead are taken inside the enterocytes, analysed, cleared as safe and then let through the other side into the blood stream. The tight junctions are formed and maintained by special proteins which are glue-like.

Unfortunately, many pathogenic microbes in the abnormal gut flora produce toxins which dissolve that glue and open the tight junctions. So, the gut becomes porous and leaky (‘leaky’ gut syndrome or intestinal permeability), allowing through substances which should not be there. Next the immune system finds these partially digested foods in the blood, doesn’t recognise them as food and attacks them. This is how food allergies and intolerances develop. So, most often find more info there is nothing wrong with the food, it is the damaged gut lining that is the cause of food allergies / intolerances and the gut symptoms.

It’s worth noting that food allergies and intolerances can cause any symptom in the body from headaches, abnormal behaviour to arthritis; and the reaction can show itself immediately, in a few hours or in a few days. As these reactions overlap with each other, it is impossible for the person to figure out what they are reacting to on any given day. Therefore the treatment must concentrate on healing and sealing the gut lining with opzioni binarie 2016 GAPS diet/ Nutritional Protocol; once the gut lining heals food allergies and intolerances will go away.

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As explained above, unhealthy gut flora produces hundreds of very toxic substances, which absorb through the damaged gut wall into the blood and get distributed around the body. When they get into the brain, they impair the brain function and cause mental symptoms: from inability to learn, poor memory, mood problems, behavioural problems to anxiety, panic attacks and psychosis. When getting into other organs/ parts of the body, these toxins cause many other problems including arthritis, skin problems, asthma, allergies, adrenal depletion and autoimmunity. Summary

We now know that in a person with abnormal gut flora the gut becomes a major source of toxicity in the body instead of being a source of nourishment. As the toxins produced by the pathogens in the gut absorb into the blood stream, they get distributed around the body causing problems. GAPS diet is a comprehensive nutrition and lifestyle protocol and its purpose is to:

  • Heal the gut and restore good digestion
  • Balance/ change the gut flora to normal
  • Remove toxicity from the gut and systemically

Please note that this protocol needs to be followed long enough for the person to heal. Depending on the severity of the condition, the age of the person, their state of health and other factors, the treatment can take from one and a half to several years. On average Dr Campbell-McBride recommends sticking to the programme for two years. During that period of time many things change in the body, a lot of healing takes place, and it becomes clearer how to proceed further.

This article is part one of a series I’m planning to write to cover this effective gut repair method in more detail to discuss a number of specific conditions caused by the damaged gut. Look for more information on my Wellness Blog soon!

I was personally trained by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride and became a Certified GAPS Practitioner (global reach). If you are considering repairing and healing your gut and may have a related health condition(s), please feel free to contact me and book a time for an initial discussion to determine if this protocol is right for you.

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2 Comments on “GAPS diet: what is it and when to apply it”

  1. Dona

    Thanks, I am a retired nurse practitioner in Colorado, USA. Trying to help my partner with chronic diarrhea and brain fog. Stool test shows secretory IGA of 17 and small about candida and 3+ Clostridium.

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