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GAPS: ‘Gut & Psychology’ or Gut & Physiology’ Syndrome

The GAPS protocol offers food- and lifestyle-based support for

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)GAPS
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bi-polar disorder

Physiological Disorders

  • Digestive problems including diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and flatulence
  • Eczema / Asthma / Hay fever
  • Regular infections

The ‘GAPS’ approach establishes a connection between the state of your gut and the health of the rest of the body.

It is a nutrition-based protocol that is designed to support those with digestive and/or mental health disorders.

A GAPS diet may be beneficial for adults or young children. My approach is to support interested clients to implement the GAPS protocol, in a way which suits their particular needs, health concerns and symptoms.

Common patterns in ‘GAPS’ patients are:

  • Normal development in the first year of life, followed by autistic, hyperactive, defiant, oppositional, aggressive, obsessive, compulsive or other challenging behaviours
  • Babies with colic, loose stools, constipation, eczema, asthma, ear infections or chest infections treated with antibiotics
  • Digestive problems, allergies and fussy eating in childhood, followed by anorexia or bulimia in teenage years
  • Childhood tummy aches, dyslexia, dyspraxia or anaemia
  • Urinary infections or acne, treated with antibiotics, followed by bloating, abdominal pain and diagnosis with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Failure To Thrive in babies
  • Lack of breast milk as a baby
  • Tendency to catch colds and infections, followed by OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
  • Food allergies / intolerances, painful or irregular menstruations, migraines or depression
  • Chronic cystitis, mood swings, anxiety, poor memory, or difficulties in concentrating
  • Difficulty putting on weight despite being under-weight
  • Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or any other digestive disorder

If any of the above situations apply to you or your family, you may consider adopting the GAPS protocol, in a form individualised to suit your unique needs and health history.

You can find out more about GAPS diet by clicking here.

Please contact Emma if you would like to discuss GAPS further.

History of GAPS

Gut And Psychology/Physiology Syndrome was first articulated by the Neurologist and Neurosurgeon, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride. Dr Natasha’s journey started when her own son was diagnosed with autism. Finding no answers in conventional medicine, Dr Natasha pursued a master’s degree in human nutrition and researched various successful diet protocols.

She went on to see her son recover from autism. After his symptoms abated, he went to university, got married, and now leads an active life. Dr Natasha has since worked with thousands of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric disorders.gaps-stories-book-stack-e1355578685538[1]

In 2004, Dr Natasha wrote a book to explain the medical theory behind GAPS.  She has also published a book of “GAPS stories” with many of her patient’s testimonies.  It is well worth a read.

As a registered GAPS practitioner, Emma has been trained by Dr Natasha to support and coach her clients through the GAPS protocol, while providing additional dietary, supplementary and lifestyle advice that is tailor-made to suit the individual.


Emma hopes to set up a GAPS support group soon.  Do contact her to find out more.

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