The GAPS diet was derived from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) created by Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas to naturally treat chronic inflammatory conditions in the digestive tract as a result of a damaged gut lining. SCD gained great popularity after a mother, Elaine Gottschall, healed her own child of Ulcerative Colitis and became an advocate for SCD. Elaine Gottschall is also the author of the popular book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet. Through years of research and clinical experience, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride M.D. took the Specific Carbohydrate Diet a step further and adjusted her protocol to fit the individual healthcare needs of her patients suffering from a variety of intestinal and neurological conditions as a result of an imbalanced bacterial ecosystem within the GI tract which is described in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome™. The GAPS Diet focuses on removing foods that are difficult to digest and damaging to gut flora and replacing them with nutrient-dense foods to give the intestinal lining a chance to heal and seal.
“The purpose of the treatment is to detoxify the person, to lift the toxic fog off the brain to allow it to develop and function properly. In order to achieve that we need to clean up and heal the digestive tract, so it stops being the major source of toxicity in the body and becomes the source of nourishment, as it is supposed to be. As more than 90% of everything toxic floating in our blood (and getting into the brain) comes from the gut, healing it will drop the level of toxicity in the body dramatically.” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD.
It is our experience that the GAPS™ Diet and its accompanying nutritional program is the most effective way to heal the gut and bring an end to chronic intestinal illnesses, autism, learning challenges, ADD/ADHD, skin disorders, asthma, allergies, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, autoimmunity, and many other disease states. GAPS success stories are listed on GAPS Stories.
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