Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride could be the book you’ve been waiting to find. Her concept of disease and gut relationships is not new, but she has her fingers on the pulse of wellness and knows it all starts with a healthy gut.
Aches, pains, gastrointestinal upsets, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, autism, chronic fatigue, arthritis, IBS, diarrhea and anxiety is just the beginning of an arm’s length list of conditions that poor gut health can cause. It is likely that you have lived with many of these conditions or have had them so long, they are just accepted as a normal part of life. They are not.
The concept of gut health seems weird and no one talks about it. Because it has no pharmaceutical committed to it specifically, it is disregarded in favor of more popular diseases and conditions that do have pharmaceuticals. The fact that there is no commercial advertising for gut health, does not make it less real.
The progression of poor gut health, which most Americans have, is referred to as “leaky gut” or “leaky gut syndrome.” The process can take years to develop and slowly shows itself as food allergies, pains and symptoms that resemble other diseases. A sick gut can be ever changing and cause loads of confusion in the process, but ultimately it is a gut that is unhappy with what you are putting into it.
When the gut can no longer process a poor diet it becomes compromised and develops areas of irritation which create permeability of the intestines. Once the intestinal wall is sick enough, food and nutrients meant for your body are leaked into the bloodstream. This is where the trouble begins. Not only do you become sick, but eventually you can become malnourished.
The leaking gut slowly begins to diminish your body on so many levels it is impossible to track what will happen next with any certainty, Ever changing and evolving symptoms start to become more than annoyances and begin to take over life with fatigue, weakness, food senstivities and more.
Diagnosis will take you to a range of possibilities and very few of them will be focused on the gut. It is likely your symptoms will be treated without regard for the cause. Medicating symptoms will make you a bit happier in the moment, but it is not likely you will be cured.
For Western medicine, finding the right pharmaceutical for management of symptoms is often the end of the search. This is a huge disservice for those who aspire to be well, as the cure for leaky gut lies in food choices. Since modern, traditional medicine avoids nutrition as a healing tool, it is not likely a Western medical doctor would, or could, attempt to heal a leaking gut.
Natasha Campbell-McBride has developed the GAP diet as the counter attack to a leaking gut. It can feel like shocking deprivation for those who eat fast food and sugar, while seeming fairly reasonable for those who already attempt to eat healthfully. The diet is a common sense approach which is truly the only cure. Her concept of deleting sugars and flours, which feed intestinal candida bacteria and become the precursor to a leaking gut, is what has to happen to heal the body.
What is not simple about healing a leaky gut is the tenacity it takes. Eating “better” is usually not enough for a gut in trouble. It takes time for it to heal and even allowing small amounts of the wrong foods can be enough for candida and gut problems to sustain themselves.
Remembering that your intestines, unwound, could line the perimeter of a tennis court is a good thought to keep in mind. There are endless twists and turns for bacteria to hide and cause recurring issues. The name of this game is sticking to it long enough to let the intestinal walls healed and allow the rest of the body to rejuvenate.
If you are sick and have never investigated gut issues, it seems a reasonable step in the process of getting well.