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What is the GAPS diet?

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The Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet, known as the GAPS Diet, is a way of eating that was designed to heal digestive problems. It is based on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

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The diet consists of three parts. The first part is called the Introduction Diet, and it focuses on changing eating habits. Although the diet consists of meats, fats, vegetables and fruits, the initial foods on the allowed food list are very limited. At first, participants are restricted to eating homemade meat and vegetable soups. However, new foods are added regularly.

The second part of the GAPS Diet is the necessary supplements. These are taken to ensure that adequate nutrition is achieved while following the dietary restrictions.

The third part of the diet begins after the Introduction has been completed. It involves detoxifying, so that a true lifestyle change can be made to the way the dieter eats. The GAPS Diet should be followed for at least two years to obtain all the health benefits.

The GAPS Diet is thought to alleviate food intolerances and stomach or gut problems. Some individuals also use the GAPS Diet to help with conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia, autism disorders and other neurological disorders.

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