Food allergies and food intolerance are becoming more and more common. When your healthcare professional believes that health and wellness may be affected by foods in your diet, they may recommend an elimination diet to take care of the problem. Food sensitivity can be responsible for many issues with overall wellness, and an elimination diet can help you find out if you have problems with any food groups.
In addition, the diet can help to determine if any foods are particularly good for your body. This approach can help you build an ideal nutrition plan for keeping you healthy both in the short and long term.
Managing Food Sensitivity and Allergy
Everyone has unique dietary and nutritional needs. What is good for one person can be bad for another. When your practitioner believes that something in your diet is aggravating or responsible for a health issue, an elimination diet can help to target and remove the culprit.
These diets are followed for up to 21 days, allowing your body to clear out any residue of the eliminated food and to improve symptoms. Your healthcare practitioner will assign a diet plan with foods that you may enjoy and foods that you need to cut out of your diet. Some foods may also have special preparation instructions.
There are two levels to this diet. The first, general level, will eliminate the most common allergies such as nuts, fish, wheat and gluten, caffeine, alcohol, and similar.
The second, higher level is for those who do not respond to the general diet. This plan addresses a wider variety of food allergens if the more common problems turn out not to be the problem. This diet can address some meats, yeasts, preservatives, artificial coloring, and the like.
An Elimination Diet Can Help:
- Treat skin disorders
- Address allergies
- Improve immune function
- Treat autoimmune disease
- Improve digestive function
- Build energy
- Reduce Fatigue
- Reduce pain and bloating
- Treat mood disorders
Reducing the Symptoms
The elimination diet can be challenging. The first few days you may experience fatigue, headaches and cravings for the foods you cut out. This is normal and can be related to withdrawal from certain foods, particularly if caffeine is being removed from the diet.
These feelings of discomfort will not last long. You can always consult your practitioner if you have concerns or the symptoms persist. You should discover that after the first few days, you feel far healthier and more energetic than ever.
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