An elimination diet involves removing specific foods that may be causing allergic reactions or signs of intolerance. Common allergens include soy, dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, caffeine, gluten, wheat, and nuts.
Elimination diets typically involve removing suspicious foods for a period of time - from two weeks to a few months - and observing how the body reacts. After the elimination phase, foods are reintroduced one at a time to see whether the symptoms resurface, signaling that a specific food is the issue.
Keeping a food diary is suggested to record any adverse reactions.
True food allergies can affect the immune system and cause immediate symptoms such as hives, rashes, puffy eyes, vomiting, and even anaphylaxis.
Many people suffer from food intolerances, and symptoms can be less severe and even show up two or three days after eating the food. Food intolerance symptoms include indigestion, heartburn, nausea, cramps, headaches, and fatigue, among others.
Elimination diets emphasize on eating whole foods, and often alleviate some symptoms immediately; while at the same time, increasing one’s awareness and mindfulness.
Recommendations suggest having full support while going through the process of an elimination diet. The support you are receiving during this process should include an experienced healthcare professional who is highly educated in holistic nutrition and elimination diets. There are often phases during this process that can be particularly challenging, however the benefits of an elimination diet far outweigh the challenges.
It should be emphasized that an elimination diet is often a completely life changing experience for many people and has been shown to not only cure many physical alignments, but one’s overall health and well-being - mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
The fact is, most of our serotonin resides in our digestive system, not in our brains. Most people, including healthcare professionals, are completely unaware of this fact. All too often, people simply accept any typical diagnose given by their Doctor, and they begin taking any medication that is thrown at them for depression, anxiety, and so on.
Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes mood, feelings of well-being and happiness. Therefore, focusing on the restoration of our digestive system is so key to our overall health and well-being.
What about that magical purple pill for heart burn? Are we looking at the root cause behind the heart burn? It is truly heart wrenching to me how many inaccurate diagnoses are being given to people, and how many unnecessary medications are being prescribed. Why are we not looking for the cause behind the symptom?
The reality is, it is often merely one’s digestive system that is the root cause of the symptoms in which one has been experiencing. People often continue to suffer with the same issues - many people suffering for several years of their lives, and yet they never find the true accurate solution as to what the cause is behind their symptoms.
Below is a list of the foods to avoid in an elimination diet, however it is suggested to have the advice and support from a healthcare professional who specializes in holistic nutrition, and has immense knowledge of elimination diets.
Foods to avoid:
*Take note that there are more strict elimination diets that exist, however these are the most common foods to avoid in this diet.
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