What is the GAPs Diet?

GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome which is a diet that has derived from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Super high level, the GAPS diet includes foods that are easy to digest and removes foods that are hard to digest and may be impacting gut flora.

What You Can't Have:

  • processed and refined carbohydrates

  • dairy

  • grains

  • starchy vegetables

How Does it Work?

There are six stages to this diet which are the following (2):

  1. Consuming homemade bone broth, probiotic food juices, ginger, mint tea and chamomile tea between meals

  2. Add ghee, stews with vegetables, meat fish, and raw organic egg yolks

  3. Everything from stages 1 and 2 as well as fermented vegetables, avocado, and "GAPs" pancakes and scrambled eggs which are made with ghee and duck or goose fat

  4. In stage four you can add grilled and roasted meats, vegetable juice, cold-pressed olive oil and "GAPS" bread

  5. Add raw vegetables (lettuce, peeled cucumber, fruit juice, some raw fruit but no citrus), and cooked apple puree

  6. Lastly, more raw fruit and citrus fruit

Who Is It For?

This diet was intended for individuals experiencing "autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, and schizophrenia" (1).

If you go to the official GAPs website they also recommend taking certain supplements, such as:

  • Probiotic

  • Essential Fatty Acids

  • Vitamin A (do no take if you are pregnant or planning to conceive)

  • Digestive Enzyme

Final Thoughts:

This is a very strict diet that requires the assistance and guidance of a professional who works in this field. There is also a lot of controversy in the medical field about this diet, so please do your research before putting yourself or your child on it.


1. http://www.gapsdiet.com/gaps-outline.html

2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gaps-diet#section2

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