The Gut and Psychology Syndrome and Gut and Physiology Syndrome (“GAPS”) are conditions of abnormal gut flora which create a damaged gut lining. GAPS is another term to describe a “leaky gut” or “intestinal dysbiosis”. Many of these words get thrown about in the natural health community, however the symptoms of these various termed conditions are essentially the same and revolve around the effects of a damaged gut lining.
Holes or permeability in the gut lining create a domino effect of poor health. The below domino effect takes centre stage:
- Nutritional Deficiencies: A gut with holes in it does not allow minerals and nutrients to absorbed properly creating food cravings, hormonal imbalances and weaknesses in the body’s energy production system
- Food Allergies and Intolerances: Permeability in the gut lining enables large particles of food to penetrate the gut wall. The body mounts an inflammatory or immune response to these food particles triggering allergies and intolerances, pain and swelling.
- Detoxification System: The next domino to collapse when the gut lining is comprised is the body’s detoxification system. The liver is faced with an increased toxin load and starts to falter in its functions, creating brain fog, auto immunity, anxiety, depression and general malaise.
- The Brain: When the gut is permeable, food proteins and particles cross the blood brain barrier, often binding to receptor sites for key neurotransmitters leading to anxiety, depression and panic attacks. Ky minerals and vitamins required for neurotransmitter synthesis such as zinc and B6 are also not absorbed properly exacerbating the symptoms of altered mood.