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Healing with the Gaps Diet


The GAPS (Gut and Psychology Symptoms) diet is most commonly used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome, autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety and autoimmune disease. It is, however, effective in reversing many more conditions, including Type 2 diabetes and schizophrenia.

The diet was first introduced by Natasha Campbell-McBride, who wrote the book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It is designed to do the following:

  • Repair the gut wall (leaky gut/intestinal impermeability)
  • Improve your gut microbiome
  • Stop toxic overload from bad (unhealthy) bacteria strains that dominate the gut
  • Prevent toxins from entering the bloodstream, which can cause autoimmune disorders
  • Recommends foods that allow your gut and body to rest and heal itself

GAPS Diet Benefits

  • Improve Digestion and Elimination
  • Boost Immunity
  • Reduce Food Sensitivity
  • Improve Neurological Function
  • Heal Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Reverse Type II Diabetes
  • Improve Lactose Digestion
  • Kill Candida
  • Support Detoxification
  • Reduce Anxiety and Depression
  • Improve Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • May also help with Cancer

Foods to Avoid

  • Processed foods
  • All Grains
  • Processed sugar
  • Starchy carbs and potatoes
  • Artificial chemicals and preservatives
  • Conventional meat and dairy

Allowed Foods

  • Bone Broth
  • Steamed (non-starchy) vegetables
  • Organic wild (grass-fed) meats
  • Fish (wild caught)
  • Egg yolks
  • Fruit and Avocados
  • Healthy Fats: coconut oil, ghee and olive oil
  • Sprouted nut butter
  • Probiotic rich foods
  • Sea Salt (I prefer Himalayan or Celtic salt)

Other suggestions:

Include 1 tbsp of raw fermented vegetable juice (like sauerkraut juice) with meals. They contain vital enzymes to assist digestion of the meats.

Fruit should be eaten away from meals. Fruits have a very different digestion pattern and can overwork the digestive system.

Ghee and Coconut oil are the best oils for cooking.

Slowly add in probiotic rich foods including: sauerkraut, yogurt, and kefir.  Note that you should avoid store bought yogurt and eat only raw dairy products that have been fermented 24 hours or more.

It is recommended to take a cup of warm meat or fish stock with every meal. You can also use the  base in soups and stews.

This is the diet that I TRY to follow and feel really amazing when I do!

Dr. Josh Axe provided much of the above information. He offers a brief explanation of the diet in his video below.  If you’d like to know more, Natasha Campbell-McBride’s video follows.

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