An Overview of the GAPS Diet

Simplified GAPS Outline

Here is a simplified outline of the GAPS Nutritional Program.  Please refer to Gut and Psychology Syndrome for more detailed information.


1. Diet

The recommended diet for GAPS patients is largely based on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).  The main difference pertains to dairy products.

SCD permits lactose-free dairy products.  Lactose is a milk sugar.  GAPS and people with digestive problems are unable to digest it and must avoid it.

Fermented dairy products such as yogurt are largely lactose free as a result of the fermentation process where by the fermenting bacteria consume lactose.  Apart from lactose, milk contains casein, which will absorb through the damaged gut lining and act as a toxin in the body.

Another problem with dairy is how it relates to food allergies and intolerances.  A milk allergy is one of the most common allergies.  Even in breast-fed babies where the mother consumes dairy products the child may develop colic due to sensitivity to dairy antigens being passed through the mother’s milk.

For all of these reasons, GAPS children and adults should not consume dairy products until their digestive system is well enough to handle them.  The diet’s only exception to this is milk fat (ghee or clarified butter) because it contains virtually no milk proteins or lactose and is generally well tolerated.

2. Supplementation

The essential supplements for GAPS patients:

A.    An effective therapeutic strength probiotic

B.    Essential Fatty Acids

C.    Vitamin A

D.    Digestive enzymes

E.    Vitamin and mineral supplements


The first and most important thing is to remove the main source of toxicity, which means cleaning up and healing the gut.

Since this alone will not rid the body of years worth of toxic build up in the system, juicing is recommended. Juicing provides very concentrated fruit and vegetable nutrients to the body in an easily absorbed form.

Black Elderberry is also beneficial and has strong immune-stimulating properties and it is one of the most powerful anti-vital remedies known to man.

The General Toxic Load

An important part of the treatment is reduction of the general toxic load.  Keep your house chemical free and avoid bringing anything into the home which will let off chemicals such as new carpet, furniture, and paints.

Also remember that your skin absorbs just about everything it comes in contact with so be very cautious with the products you put on your skin.

Household plants are great at reducing the toxic air in our houses.  They consume the toxic gases and replace them with oxygen and other beneficial substances.

This is a brief summary of important points addressed in Gut and Psychology Syndrome.  It is very important to read the sections devoted to these areas in the book for a clear understanding of each.


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