Elimination Diets

Using this Precision Nutrition quick guide to elimination diets you can suss out whether you have some sensitivity to certain food produce quickly and simply.

We all suffer from food sensitivity from time to time, but an increasing number of us are developing symptoms that are more than uncomfortable and the cause of anxiety or further stress.  Because the healthcare really only has the capacity to solve serious problems, symptoms ranging from IBS, rashes, migraines and other related disorders are left to be solved by the pharmacy and the pharmaceutical products they sell.  Thus it can be an expensive route solving the problem, costly products that might not really work on the symptom you are experiencing and in our experience never being resolved.

For example, food sensitivities/reactions and other gastrointestinal disturbances have been linked to:

  • asthma and allergies
  • autoimmune disorders
  • skin conditions
  • arthritis
  • atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases
  • neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia
  • mood disorders
  • narcolepsy
  • addiction
  • migraines
  • kidney problems

So if you want to take your gut health into your own hands, try a simple elimination diet.  You are more likely to solve your problem this way, whilst finding our more about yourself and your resolve.  A great way to empower your own nutritional journey.

Obviously there’s no such thing as a perfect diet.  Biochemically, we’re all unique and have individual needs for how much to eat, what to eat, and when to eat.  Not to mention the fact that there are social and psychological components to eating well.  So we also have to do our best to find the best nutrition/lifestyle match.

However, when suffering from GI-related complaints, the elimination diet is one approach that’s extremely useful.  It addresses many of our individual needs, and benefits nearly everyone who tries it.  Plus, it’s sorta fun.  It’s like planning your own research project – on yourself.

Again, if you don’t have any gut-related complaints, there’s probably no need to experiment with an elimination diet.   Nevertheless, if you’re suffering from food sensitivities, following an elimination diet for a few weeks could be the most profound dietary change you’ll ever make. For some people, the results can feel nothing short of miraculous.

So what is an elimination diet?

Well, it’s all in the title: you eliminate certain foods for a period of time, usually three or four weeks, then slowly reintroduce specific foods and monitor your symptoms for possible reactions.

Why not just get food allergy testing done?  Well, it’s often expensive and unreliable.  Seriously, despite the multitude of currently available food allergy tests, the elimination diet still remains the gold standard for identifying food sensitivities.

As with all allergy tests, it too has its flaws.  But it’s inexpensive, easy to do, empowering (you do it, not a lab) and you experience the results first-hand, which can be a more powerful stimulus for dietary changes than a lab test.

Obviously its a good idea to speak to your doctor to rule out intolerances when symptoms are acute or last for a week or two.

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