Traditional Elimination Diet
Food intolerances and sensitivities are extremely common, and an elimination diet is considered the Gold Standard for helping to identify food sensitivities. This is because it is an inexpensive and effective method to pinpoint food intolerances, sensitivities, and allergies.
A traditional elimination diet can be helpful in identifying food intolerances, where certain foods are processed differently by your body and can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort or other symptoms. It has 3 phases and can last between 2-6 weeks. 3 weeks is the most popular time frame.
The low-FODMAP diet is another dietary approach, primarily used to help diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This particular diet restricts specific carbohydrate types known to trigger gastrointestinal discomfort in those who have IBS.
An elimination diet is commonly used to identify various food triggers that can cause a range of health issues and symptoms. These include but are not limited to bloating, brain fog, diarrhoea, fatigue, headaches, inflammation, joint pain, and rashes.
It’s important to understand that food intolerances and allergies are NOT the same. While food allergies can trigger a potentially harmful immune response, food intolerances don’t usually involve this reaction. When following an elimination diet, specific foods you suspect your body may not tolerate well are removed. Afterwards, the foods are reintroduced gradually, one by one, while keeping a close watch for any signs of adverse reactions. When following elimination diets, it is crucial to work with a nutrition professional to prevent potential nutritional deficiencies that may arise due to the diet’s restrictive nature.
Please remember that an elimination diet is a temporary solution to pinpoint the specific foods contributing to your symptoms. The aim is not to implement a permanent restrictive diet.