Glossary Term: G
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
A digestive disorder in which the stomach acid leaks backward from the stomach into the esophagus. GERD can irritate the food pipe and cause heartburn and other symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, the feeling of having a “lump in the throat,” chest pain, and more.
The decline in stomach function over time that occurs in both men and women, particularly a reduction of stomach acid secretions. Can cause hypochlorhydria and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS)
Defined by Hans Selye as a predictable, psychophysiological response to stress.
The study of genes and their function.
Morphine-like opioids formed from the digestion of wheat protein that are sedating and addictive.
A sulfur-containing compound found especially in the brassica vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and radishes. It reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet
Developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the GAPS diet is used to treat children (and adults) with the autism spectrum disorders (ADD/ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, and schizophrenia), but may also benefit anyone with dairy and gluten sensitivities. The GAPS diet aids in detoxification and repopulation of healthy gut bacteria and may reduce inflammation and improve mental health. Consists of a series of stages, beginning with the restriction of all grains, starches, and sugars, and a focus on easily digestible foods like broths, fats, boiled meats, and fermented vegetable juices. Foods are slowly added back into the diet as digestion improves.