The term GAPS which stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome, was created in 2004 by Dr Natasha McBride after working with hundreds of children and adults with a range of conditions including autism, ADD/ADHD, depression, psychiatric conditions and many other disorders.
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Gaps is explained as a condition and treatment protocol as it has established a connection between the digestive system, the brain and the immune system.
GAPS has since then also come to incorporate Gut and Physiology Syndrome because of her findings that all auto-immunity begins in the gut.
These conditions can include:
The gut wall is made up of a single layer of tightly packed, tiny cells which allow nutrients and water in while keeping a host of other things out. Our modern foods, tap water, prescription and over the counter medications, lifestyle and stress can all influence the lining and therefore the permeability of the gut.
These tight junctions in the lining of the gut become damaged and separated and allow things through that would otherwise never enter our bloodstream. This includes undigested foods, micro-organisms, parasites and other toxic substances.
When these foreigners enter our blood-stream our bodies will defend itself against them by initiating an immune/inflammatory reaction, which consistently over time can result in arthritis, migraines, chronic fatigue, allergies and many other symptoms and syndromes.
The damaged cells of the intestines are then not absorbing nutrients properly or producing what we need to be healthy and the balance of good and bad bacteria/ micro-organisms is also thrown out.
So a GAPS client may present not just with joint pain or migraines but also allergies, rashes, poor bowel habits, reflux, depression/anxiety etc all of which have a common starting point of a leaky gut.
As a Gaps Practitioner I can help you address these issues by assisting you in choosing the right foods, avoiding those that promote inflammation, and support your individual progress back to a healthy, happy gut which means a happy, healthy you!
And with the inclusion of kinesiology balances and body work/physiotherapy progress can become much quicker than just a change in diet alone.