Gut And Psychology Syndrome
Sophie Croiger, GAPS practitioner certified by
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride and Sophie Croiger
GAPS stands for "Gut And Psychology Syndrome", a term coined by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.
GAPS links a person's bowel health to the rest of the body’s and the brain’s.
It is implemented as a protocol over a specific duration to restore balance and promote well-being.
What exactly is GAPS ? It addresses :
- Abnormal intestinal flora,
- Abnormal digestion that leads to nutritional deficiencies,
- A damaged intestinal wall causing food allergies,
- Toxins produced by bowel pathogens that are absorbed and spread throughout the body, causing various symptoms,
- A collapsing detoxification system,
- Problems that are compounded by autoimmunity,
- When brain functions are impacted: Enteropsychological Syndrome
- When the body is impacted: Enterophysiological Syndrome
- Both GAPS syndromes always occur together.
mental disorders such as autism
and many other conditions that affect brain functions.
Many of these conditions have no clear diagnosis and present as a combination of so-called mental illnesses: mood swings, memory and cognitive problems, behavioral and social problems, panic attacks, anxiety, involuntary movements, tics and sensory seizures and more.
autoimmune diseases = celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, autoimmune skin problems, etc.
atopic conditions = asthma, eczema, various allergies
food allergies or intolerances
chronic fatigue syndrome
broad chemical hypersensitivity
premenstrual syndrome and other menstrual disorders
various endocrinological disorders = thyroid, adrenal and others
all digestive disorders = irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis and various colitis’s
as well as many ailments with no specific diagnosis, that may present as a combination of symptoms such as digestive problems, fatigue, muscle weakness, cramps and abnormal muscle tone, joint and muscle aches and pains, skin problems, hormonal abnormalities.
In almost all cases, the symptoms of the two GAPS syndromes overlap.
People with mental illnesses ("brain fog", inability to concentrate, mood swings, sleep disorders, memory problems, anxiety, tremors, tics, seizures, etc.) also suffer from physical symptoms (painful joints and muscles, fatigue, skin problems, asthma, hormonal problems, autoimmunity); and vice versa.
A malfunctioning digestive system turns from a source of nourishment into a source of toxicity in the body, which no longer operates normally.
Any organ, system or cell can show symptoms of distress. Generally, most respond with a few symptoms.
Based on three major components:
1- GAPS diet
2- Smart, high-quality supplements
3- Detoxification, lowering of the overall toxic load, sunbathing & lifestyle changes.
These three components rebalance the intestinal ecosystem to provide proper nourishment to the body and restore digestive functions.
The diet, which is rooted in quality foods prepared with care, supplements for foundational support and useful bacteria, and detoxification, which is the safe and gentle removal of toxic overload, all work together and make the GAPS program extremely effective.
Why work with a certified GAPS practitioner?
Most people who attempt GAPS without the guidance of a practitioner usually discontinue the program after a few months and fail to reach their goals.
They see moderate improvements initially, but progress tapers off, or worse: They start to decline.
The GAPS plan needs to be tailored and constantly adjusted to guarantee success.
Keep in mind that we are not all the same and have different needs.
A certified GAPS practitioner with extensive practical experience can assess your situation objectively and provide you with a set of tools, strategies and potentially fix mistakes you’re making unknowingly.
A GAPS practitioner to guide you through the process is like a personal trainer when you first join a gym.
A vast amount of input is not required, but it does need to be tailored specifically to help you with the equipment and exercises required while on the GAPS diet.
The GAPS practitioner provides support, answers to questions, comfort, encouragement and motivation, especially in moments of doubt.
You will find me on the official website of Dr Natasha Campbell Mc-Bride "GAPS me", under section: GAPS PRACTITIONER for France :