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:
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.