Gut and Psychology Syndrome and Gut and Physiology Syndrome – both known as GAPS – refers to a condition whereby the way that the gut works is related to mental health and brain functioning of an individual. Diet, anorexia, and fussy eating in childhood along with digestive problems have all been linked in this regard. GAPS as a term was introduced in 2004 after Dr Campbell-McBride’s experiences of working with children with psychiatric conditions showed that there was also a prevalence of physical illness amongst the children.
The GAPS syndrome sees the diet anorexia link as preventable only by working on the way that the digestive system works. This notion is based on the view that problems with diet anorexia, and fussy eating start in childhood. This might start with a poor diet or nutritional deficiency or even the onset of vegetarianism, avoiding meat etc. GAPS is developed as a condition and poor diet anorexia or other eating disorders become a potential problem in adolescence. In fact, diet anorexia and other eating disorders are becoming a problem that pre-adolescent children are suffering with. The idea of GAPS as a cause of eating disorders takes the view that diet anorexia and other similar problems are a result of digestive problems and that they are all related. Restoring the health of the gut is the best way to treat diet anorexia and eating disorders if we are to agree with this notion.
The GAPS diet looks at toxicity levels and the amount of toxins that we are exposed to in our lives. By removing these toxins through a detoxification process we should be able to restore the health of our gut and treat problems associated with diet anorexia and eating disorders in general. By then supplementing our diet with the right vitamins, enzymes and fats, we might help to treat diet anorexia and eating problems.