Today we are going to share some potentially life-changing information with you. We will be discussing how to do an elimination diet for food allergies. Imagine discovering that certain foods like dairy or gluten were the cause of your eczema or asthma?
Whilst this sounds somewhat far-fetched, food is either working for you or against you. As the old saying goes, you are what you eat! Chances are your red face and bloated body are linked to a food intolerance or sensitivity of some sort.
What Is An Elimination Diet?
So what is an elimination diet exactly? Basically, it’s just as it sounds – it’s about eliminating foods that negatively affect general health and specific conditions.
There are lots of reasons why people start elimination diets and it is usually to see if they are allergic or intolerant. There is a difference. Other reasons included the following.
- Finding foods that trigger migraines, fatigue, eczema, and acne.
- Autoimmune or hormone-related disorders.
- To help IBS symptoms
- To find the foods that trigger behaviors like ADHD and Autism
Benefits Of An Elimination Diet
via Dr. Axe
The benefits of finding out the foods that trigger negative reactions are plentiful. Food can hugely affect your mood and even cause depression. Another giant benefit is that it can help to heal a leaky gut and also skin irritations.
What Types Of Foods Are Eliminated?
via Dr. Axe
There are a number of foods that are almost always eliminated in the diet. These are known trigger foods that result in allergies and food sensitivities. These should be the very first that you start with.
- Sugar (Added or refined sugar, not natural sugars)
- Eggs (sometimes)
- Most processed foods
Most elimination diets last three to six weeks. You will then begin adding one food group back at a time. After having eliminated those foods for so long, you’ll get immediate symptoms once you start consuming again.
Food Sensitivities Vs Allergies
Once you begin to reintroduce eliminated foods to your diet, you can tell whether you have a food sensitivity (or intolerance) or a full-blown allergy. You’ll find, as outlined above that reactions to food allergies can be a lot more severe. Sensitivity reactions cause issues too.
So what is the difference between the two? Basically, if you have an allergy to a certain food you’ll most likely need to remove that food from your diet completely.
If you have a sensitivity, you might indulge in that trigger food on special occasions. Ideally, you should shy away from it in most cases as it still negatively impacts your body.
The best part of an elimination diet is that you can control it depending on your own goals. Listen to your body, and take your time assessing how you feel. If you follow this path, success is inevitable.
Elimination Diet Video
via Dr. Jockers
We are including this very helpful video from Dr. Jockers who explains how to do an elimination diet. He discusses how to observe yourself and try the same foods in different forms.
We highly recommend that you take a few moments to hear what he has to say. Press play above now ^