Here, we begin by discussing the basic
principles for how to implement the GAPS program. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It also stands for
Gut and Physiology Syndrome.
"In terms of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, we
are talking about the functioning of the brain of the person," Dr. McBride explains. "Any dysfunction of the brain
is usually connected to what's going on in the digestive system. In Gut and Physiology Syndrome, we're talking
about the functioning of the rest of the body. Hippocrates ... made a statement that all diseases begin in the gut.
The more we learn now with all our modern scientific tools, the more we realize just how correct he
In terms of Gut and Physiology
Syndrome, we're talking about all forms of autoimmunity and inflammatory diseases and conditions, such
Chronic skin conditions
Allergic and atopic conditions
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
Inflammatory bowel diseases
If you're suffering from any of these
conditions, or virtually any other health challenge, you'd be wise to implement the GAPS program. While Dr. Natasha
Campbell-McBride's book is called Gut and Psychology Syndrome, the nutritional protocol for addressing
physiological and psychological conditions is identical.
"Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and
once you make your digestive system healthy and working properly again, you'll be surprised how many various
symptoms in your body originated from your digestive system. Most (symptoms) start disappearing, because the health
and the disease are usually born inside your digestive system. That's where they originate from." she explains.
I would recommend a balanced, nutritious vegan diet to replace the meat, egg, fish and any
dairy suggested by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's in the GAPS program.
Emotional Wellness -
Some people are more emotionally reactive than others - and it makes their lives very
difficult. Why? Because they're enslaved by their
emotions. Each person is a master of their own destiny if they choose to be. Emotionally reactive people give
up this power, to be pulled along by their unconscious reactions.
Heated arguing, indignant pontificating, and
self-righteous hell-raising aren't signs of wisdom. They're signs of weakness and servitude. Perfect examples of
people that were truly spiritual and able to be masters of their body, mind and emotions were Buddha, Jesus
and Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Wellness - Taking responsibility for our body/mind, such
less polluted air (by visiting or living in
pure uncontaminated water and/or coconut water and/or fresh juices made from: vegetables,
wheatgrass and fruits;
Getting sufficient exercise by practicing either: yoga; tai chi;
chi kung; swimming; brisk walking; weightlifting; dynamic tension, etc. Exercising outdoors
will expose you to the
benefits of more fresh air and sunlight (non-burning
A nutritious balanced diet is comprised of predominately raw organically grown
vegetables, fruits, herbs, medicinal mushrooms (shiitake, cordyceps, maitake, chaga, reishi),
naturally fermented vegetables, natto miso, raw apple cider vinegar, sprouts, sea vegetables
(kelp, dulse, nori, arame, kombu, wakame, kijiki), spirulina, chlorella, seeds (flax, chia,
sunflower, hemp, pumpkin, quinoa), nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil, cashew), greens (kale, baby
spinach, parsley, chard, broccoli), spices, aloe vera,
Try to maintain a delicate balance
of hormones in the body; a healthier pH (optimal range pH 7.36 to pH 7.42); keep
the ratio of gut bacteria at approximately 85% good bacteria to 15%
When we chew our foods properly,
more saliva is released. This contains enzymes which aids in the digestive