The GAP's Diet: Gut and Psychology Syndrome
How are the gut and the psychology of the mind related? Well to start almost 80% of the body's immune system resides in the gut and is based on the bacteria that live there. There are anywhere between 400-800 different species of bacteria living in the gut at any one time. A healthy immune system is largely based on having a thriving population of good bacteria that can keep the bad bacteria safely in check. However, for centuries our diet and lifestyle in America have contributed to an epidemic of dysbiosis; a condition of unbalanced gut bacteria where good bacteria levels are too low and bad bacteria have overgrown. Hence all this talk about probiotics in the recent years. We are beginning to feel the effects of this condition in our guts. It's become such an issue that it is also effecting the way our brain functions and in young children the way their brains develop. When food particles are not fully digested due to a lack of good bacteria, they begin to ferment in the gut and send chemicals directly into our bloodstream and up to the brain.
Frightening? Yes, it most definitely is but what is most encouraging is that our bodies are quite resilient and provided the right dietary support, nutrients, and lifestyle they have the ability to heal themselves. I have personally experienced this, as you can read about in My Story, and am here to tell you that you can too.
The Weston A. Price Foundation is hosting an event this Sunday, April 15th at 4:00pm at Motion Unlimited. The address is 333 De La Vina Street Suite E, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. More information on the event can be found here.
Meridan Grace, a Certified GAP's Practitioner will be giving a lecture and then opening up a forum for discussion. She is trained by Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of The GAP's Diet and founder of the Cambridge Nutrition Clinic where she specializes in treating children and adults with learning disabilities. You can read more about the GAP's Diet and Dr. Campbell-McBride on the GAP's Website.
If you have a child suffering from Autism, Autisitic-like symptoms or other learning disorders this lecture is a great place to start learning about the GAP's diet. Another resource will be Dr. Campbell McBride's book which you can purchase here. This book will give you greater understanding on gut and psychology issues and walk you through the healing process.
For further inquiry about the GAP's diet and how it can assist you in experiencing better health view my contact information under Contact Us to set-up an appointment for personal Nutrition Educating on this topic.