GAPS Diet: Is it Right For Your Child?
Gut Associated Psychology Syndrome, a term used by Dr Campbell-McBride.
We are in the midst of the worst epidemic of countless illnesses (Autism, ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression) this country has ever seen.
Think of your gut as your foundation of health. It has its own immune system known as GALT (Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue). This special lymphoid tissue belongs to a special family of tissues that help to protect your body from attack by pathogens.
If you were to open out all the villi, small, finger-like projections that protrude from the epithelial lining of the intestinal wall, in your small intestine they would cover a surface area the size of a tennis court. This is a huge surface area that must do the job of distinguishing from friend or foe. The intestines and colon of adults have 2-5 pounds of bacteria in them. Without the adequate number of healthy bacteria, you won’t make enough B6, B12, and vitamin K2. These are every important for calcium and magnesium balance, as well as neurological and immune function.
Start establishing good gut flora before or while pregnant. Strive to develop a great ecology in your gut, the foundation for health. Add good probiotics and avoid pesticides, including GMO foods. For carbohydrates, use honey, ripe fruit, and fermented dairy. Try to get your protein from free-range animals. Fats should come from organic butter, avocado, and extra-virgin olive oil.
Dr Campbell-McBride does a wonderful job of explaining all of this in the GAPS Diet book. For more details I recommend this book and the following web sites: