What Is Involved in the GAPS Diet?


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The Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet is a seven-stage plan developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, and it is intended to cure several health ailments through nutritional modifications aimed at healing the intestinal system. The argument is that a damaged gut is unable to utilize vitamins and minerals for the body's well-being.

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The large majority of the body's immune system is believed to function from the intestinal tract, according to Campbell-McBride. When the gut flora in the stomach, intestines and colon are compromised, the body is unable to process nutritional requirements and efficiently clear waste. When this occurs, a person becomes deficient in several vitamins and minerals and builds an unhealthy amount of waste within the intestines.

In the first stage of the GAPS diet, people are only allowed to eat nutrient-rich foods containing several strains of probiotics, such as bone broth, soups and tea. After this stage, people continue to eat the original bone broth, but they are able to add in various fruits, meats and vegetables. Some doctors and nutritionists argue that the GAPS diet is too restrictive and deprives people of several essential nutrients and that it may be enough to remove processed foods from the diet and incorporate more whole foods, probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

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