How To GAPS Diet - Natural Cure Autoimmune Disease

How To GAPS Diet – Natural Cure Autoimmune Disease

In this article on how to gaps diet, you will read about how to natural cure autoimmune disease, what the disease is and what foods to avoid and which foods to eat.

GAPS Diet is based on the 100-year-old scientifically supported diet, named SCD.
It was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD based on her clinical experience with hundreds of patients. (GAPS).

The GAPS book is an eye-opening that reads about how the microbial environment in the gut can affect a person’s neurology and physiology.

This post discusses how to use GAPS diet to reverse conditions that are autoimmune in nature.

Examples of GAPS conditions include cancer, allergy, eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, ADD / ADHD, autism, asthma, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, IBS, celiac disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and the list goes on.

These conditions can all be traced to adverse conditions in the intestine that cause undigested pieces of food as well as toxins and pathogens to be spilled into the blood, causing an unpredictable mixture of autoimmune symptoms in the body.

That’s right – everything autoimmune disease is rooted in the gut!

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD GAPS diet recommendations restrict food intake to the items that can be digested even within a compromised intestinal environment, thereby healing the guts abdominal wall. When the gut wall is finally allowed to heal by removing foods that cannot be completely digested, the gaps in the gut wall and the toxins that cause autoimmune symptoms, re-occlude in the blood and cause chaos in the body.

Which foods should people on GAPS diet avoid
By first reading, the GAPS diet may seem quite complicated. In fact, it’s surprisingly simple.
There are two types of food molecules that people in the process of healing their bowel need to avoid:

Starch (+ resistant starch)

Disaccharides or double sugars are present in many carbohydrates, including ALL grains. The compromised intestine is unable to digest double sugar molecules because of the lack of beneficial intestinal flora compromises the function of the enterocytes.

Enterocytes are the cells that reside on villi in the intestinal wall and produce the enzyme disaccharidase that degrades the disaccharide molecule into readily absorbed monosaccharide molecules. When the enterocytes are not nourished and properly strengthened by sufficient beneficial flora, they become weak and ill and may even be carcinogenic. They do not perform their tasks of digesting and absorbing food properly.

The Importance Of Enterocytes To Our Health.

Weak and diseased enterocytes also have problems digesting starch molecules that are very large with hundreds of mono sugars linked in long stretches. People with poor digestion due to an imbalance in intestinal flora and ruptured enterocytes have a terrible time digesting these complex molecules that leave large amounts of the undigested – the perfect food for the pathogenic yeast, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens to thrive.

Even the starch that manages to digest results in maltose molecules, which is – you guessed it – a disaccharide! This maltose also goes undigested due to the lack of enzyme disaccharidase and becomes additional food for intestinal pathogens.

The Bottom Line GAPS Diet

All foods containing disaccharide and starch molecules must be removed from the diet of a GAPS child or adult to allow the enterocytes to strengthen and cure the wall of the gut.

Dr. Campbell-McBride MD writes that clinical practice has shown that, given enough time, the intestine will normally be able to digest these foods without adverse effects
(aka, autoimmune diseases) in the person using them.

The GAPS diet is not an eternal thing. It is a temporary measure to cure the intestinal wall and limit the enterocytes so normal life can be recovered without the burden of autoimmune disease. These GAPS recipes can make the implementation of the protocol much easier.

Food To Eliminate

The GAPS child or adult should avoid any grain and food containing them.
This includes wheat, oak, rye, rice, corn, oats, amaranth, kamut, spelled, triticale, barley, buckwheat, millet, teff, bulgur wheat, quinoa.

Additionally, starchy vegetables such as white and sweet potatoes, tapioca, cassava, pastin, arrowroot, and taro must be removed from the diet for some time.

Starchy beans and peas are also to be avoided, which include virtually all with the exception of green peas and marine beans.

All sugars, including lactose in cream and milk, must be avoided. Raw honey, date syrup and sugar, and very ripe fruit would be the only sweets allowed. Fermented dairy such as kefir and yogurt as well as ghee and butter are permitted unless there is a severe GAPS condition.

How Long to Heal on GAPS?

Dr. Campbell-McBride says that on average, a child aged 6-18 months on the GAPS diet for intestinal healing. For an adult, it may take longer.

Note that it will not necessarily take so long for symptoms to decrease, however. It is possible for symptoms to be significantly removed within a few weeks of removing these foods from the diet. Subsidy of symptoms does not mean that the person is ready to consume cereals and starches again, though.

Each individual and the severity of her or his imbalance will determine how long it takes for the enterocytes to recover, the intestinal wall to heal and seal, and the ability to digest disaccharide and starch molecules.

Probiotics Alone Will Not Cure Your Bowel

I have made people tell me that they do not need to go on the GAPS diet as they daily take a probiotic and eat probiotic rich, whole foods.

Be aware that switching to even a completely unprocessed, full diet and taking a daily probiotic will not necessarily cure your intestine!

This approach alone will not cure your enterocytes and cure / seal the intestinal wall from many years of misuse of antibiotics, birth control pills, other drugs, and processed foods.

The reason is that the enterocytes are on the gut wall, and the flora’s balance on the gut wall cannot be changed. A probiotic supplement is unable to colonize this area of the gut again!

Dr. Campbell-McBride MD writes that it is probably the only time in our lives that we can populate the intestinal wall with beneficial bacteria at birth.

Therefore, the only way to cure the enterocytes and intestinal wall is to remove the growth of pathogens (disaccharides and starches) so that they are weakened and the beneficial flora consumed by a probiotic can recover and restore dominance in the rest of the gut.

So, when these foods are reintroduced later, the enterocytes will be strong and able to digest and handle them properly. This will simply never happen unless a time to cure these important small cells occurs.

Also note that even after healing, the boy requires a constant infusion of probiotics daily. You can either supplement your diet with probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, homemade sauerkraut, kombucha, and others, or you can continue to take a therapeutic strength probiotic as Bio-cult recommended by Dr. Campbell-McBride.

GAPS Conclusions

An autoimmune disease commits another, so if you or someone you love has allergies or another mild form of autoimmune disease, more severe autoimmune disease is likely to address the future, unless the root problem (imbalance) is addressed.

Autoimmune disease never gets better – it only gets worse over time.

Of course, the severe autoimmune disease requires the GAPS diet as perhaps the only viable option for reversal and healing.

For this reason, it may be worthwhile considering GAPS diet as a means of correcting intestinal dysbiosis in your life.

16 thoughts on “How To GAPS Diet – Natural Cure Autoimmune Disease”

  1. Wow this is very helpful to me. Very timely. Since I was about 8 or 9 years of age, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. And it is an auto immune disease. Life with this has not been easy for me. And I have had a few set backs because of it. I am surely going to take this article to my parents. I really want to try anything that holds a promise to getting rid of this and I definitely want to try out GAPS dieting 

    1. Hi Polycarp, I am sorry to hear about your struggle with rheumatoid arthritis. I have heard about so many healing them self with the right food I hope that you will have the strength to find, plan and follow a program. There’s is a lot of motivating stories out there, also especially on rheumatoid arthritis, here is one of a young woman.

      Please feel free to ask questions if you get stuck, I will do everything I can to help you Polycarp.

  2. Heard about  the Autoimmune disease prior to this time am reading this article about it. Am very glad to come across this your post on the cure to Autoimmune disease. I think necessary considering GAPS diet as a means of correcting intestinal dysbiosis in the life of those who suffer this condition. I will bookmark this page and share to some of my folks who i know suffer from this condition. Thanks for this educative post, it will surely help livesPost navigation← Previous Post

    1. Thanks, Dapoach, I am very happy that you find my article helpful, and even more to know you share it with somebody who needs it. Have a nice day. 

  3. From this blog post, I know Natural Cure Autoimmune Disease, I live in China, which is also the therapeutic method of Chinese traditional Chinese medicine. If you come to China, you will experience how to regulate people’s body through diet therapy.My English is not very good, I don’t know if you understand what I mean, because this comment I posted using google translation.

    1.  Hi, thank you for your comment all the way from China 🙂 I think the Commons is fine Even with Google translate thank you for trying and have a beautiful day in China 🙂

  4. Hello there, thanks for sharing this health important article for people that might be suffering from GAPS disease most especially the common one to both children and adults which is cancer, I believe in the saying prevention is better than cure, so what I really gained from this article is how to prevent It from happening through diet they are taking, 

  5. Hi! Thank you very much for introducing GAPS Diet! 100 years of research is a lot! I’m really glad I found your post because you deliver very useful information concerning treatment for these conditions that I didn’t know could be improved through diet.

    I didn’t know disaccharide and starch molecules were responsible and that removing them from our diet could cure the wall of our gut.

    Thank you very much for this eye opening post!

    1.  Hi Henry I am on honert And thankful that the article open your eyes about what a clean day I can do for your health have a very very good weekend 🙂

  6. This is a very interested article. Do you mention what GAPS actually stands for? I am very curious. 

    I have been on a raw vegan/vegan diet for the last 5-6 years and that has helped me overcome many ailments that are present in today’s American diet. It semi correlates with the GAPS diet, but no animal products what-so-ever.

    I think our food lifestyle has so much to do with our health. If you can eliminate the processed and sugary foods then you will see major health improvements!

    Thanks for writing the article,


    1.  Hi and thank you I think I might have forgotten that one but GAPS  stands for : Gut and Psychology Syndrome.  You are  on point and I guess it’s the same for all western countries  we need to change our habits, and many people are already do you in it, but when we look at statistics on cancer and diabetes and so on , The numbers is still climbing. It starts in ourselves and then we spread the word 🙂 have a wonderful day and thanks again

  7. What an incredible blog post!I really love the way you outlined the review on how to gaps diet. 

    It is quite educating. As a gaps adult, i never knew its not advisable health-wise eating grains and food that contains it, now i know. I must say this is an eye opener; I cannot help but agree with everything that you had written here. This post is a good guide.Thanks for your indepth analysis.

  8. Nice article you post there on how to use GAPS diet to reverse conditions that are autoimmune in nature. This is informative and educative 

    the important aspect I like about GAPS diet is that it focuses on healing and sealing the gut lining by removing all food stressors for an extended time, and treating with foods like therapeutic bone also help the gut flora rebalance with fermented foods and probiotics and I will like to know more about it as time goes on. Well done job you put in the article 

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