Listen to Dr. Mercola interview Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride on the healing power of the GAPS nutritional therapy. This is over 2 hours in length providing a great base for understanding the GAPS protocol.
The GAPS protocol is designed to restore the integrity of your gut lining.
“Our digestive system is lined by very specialized cells, which are called enterocytes. These little cells only live for a few days,” Dr. McBride explains. “They live for two or three days. Then… they die, get shed off, and get replaced by new, healthy enterocytes. The cell regeneration process in your gut lining is a very active process.
… We have a real chance to heal and seal our damaged gut lining thanks to this wonderful process of cell regeneration. But here’s the catch: in order for your body to give birth to healthy functioning baby enterocytes, it needs two factors. It needs building blocks for them, because they’re made out of certain nutrients (proteins, certain fats, vitamins, enzymes, and other active molecules)… Second, it needs the whole process to be orchestrated by the beneficial microbes in your digestive system; by the beneficial healthy gut flora.”
People with GAPS have neither of those factors. They run out of building blocks due to improper nutrition, which prevents the proliferation of new, healthy enterocytes, and their gut lining is overpopulated with pathogenic bacteria, virus, fungi, worms, protozoa, and other pathogenic microbes. As a result, the beneficial microbes are virtually nonexistent, and the balance of good and bad bacteria is dramatically skewed.
“In animal experiments… when they sterilized the digestive tract of the animals, they found that the whole cell regeneration process in the gut lining goes completely wrong,” she says. “The travel time of the baby enterocytes doubles… Enterocytes are born already mutated, and some of them turn cancerous. They are unable to fulfill their functions: breaking down the food and absorbing the food appropriately.
We have to provide those two factors for the gut lining to heal and seal. We need to drive out pathogens and replace them with beneficial flora. And we need to provide all the building blocks for the gut lining to give birth to baby enterocytes. That’s what GAPS Nutritional Protocol does.”
After listening to this, any questions for implementation in your own life may be addressed by your local GAPS Practitioner. Call today to schedule your consultation. 224-244-7369 (Renz)