Mind the GAPS!
6 ways the GAPS protocol unlocks gut and brain healing potential
In recent years, the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS™ [i]) protocol has gained recognition for its potential in gut and brain health. Since GAPS focuses on gut health, I often employ the benefits of this approach to support clients with gut and mood concerns, highlighting its potential for transformative healing.[ii]
So what are the 6 main ways the GAPS protocol unlocks gut & brain healing?
1. Healing the Gut:
The GAPS protocol aims to restore gut health by (a) removing foods that can exacerbate gut problems and (b) incorporating nutrient-dense, healing foods. By eliminating grains, refined sugars, and processed foods, and emphasising homemade bone broth, fermented vegetables, and healthy fats, GAPS promotes gut healing, reducing inflammation, and supporting optimal digestion.
2. Balancing the Microbiome:
A healthy gut microbiome is essential for overall well-being. GAPS encourages the consumption of probiotic-rich, raw fermented foods, such as sauerkraut [iii] and kefir, which help restore the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut. This balanced microbiome supports proper digestion, nutrient absorption, and optimal brain function.
3. Reducing Inflammation:
Gut and brain health problems are often associated with inflammation. By eliminating inflammatory foods and incorporating anti-inflammatory choices like wild-caught fish,[iv] organic vegetables, and healthy fats, GAPS helps reduce inflammation in the body. This reduction in inflammation can alleviate gut symptoms and support brain health.
4. Improving Nutrient Absorption:
GAPS focuses on nutrient-dense foods that are easily digestible, allowing for improved nutrient absorption. By healing the gut lining and optimising digestion, GAPS enhances the body's ability to absorb vital nutrients, which are crucial for brain health and overall wellbeing.
5. Supporting Mental Health:
The gut-brain connection is a powerful link, and GAPS recognises the impact of gut health on mental wellbeing.[v] By healing the gut, reducing inflammation, and balancing the microbiome, GAPS may support conditions such as anxiety, depression, and other behavioural and cognitive challenges. There is promising research for example, in PANDAS [vi], and tics [vii].
6. Personalised Approach:
The GAPS protocol offers flexibility, because it can be customised for individual needs. It can be tailored to address specific gut and brain health concerns. Working with me, as a GAPS-certified practitioner, you can benefit from personalised guidance to maximise the benefits of the protocol.
Get a taster of the 6 ways the GAPS protocol can work for you;
Come to one of my GAPS workshops and discover how transformative it can be. You can experience improved gut health, enhanced brain function, and a renewed sense of well-being. And you will go away with a roadmap of how to create the GAPS experience at home!
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