The Elimination Diet (sometimes called exclusion diet) is not a diet devised to lose weight, but to determine whether your current diet may be the factor creating unhealthy symptoms or even worsening your condition. These adverse symptoms may be the consequence of food allergies or sensitivities, or merely a metabolic response to excessive toxins in the body. For example, this diet can be used by patients with irritable bowel syndrome to find out what foods are safe to eat. Once you can establish which foods are critical, then they can be avoided and symptoms eliminated or at least controlled.
This is basically a diet of trial-and-error. The principle of this diet involves eliminating specific foods during the initial two weeks (termed the elimination phase), which are then re-introduced one by one (re-introduction phase) during a period which can last a few weeks. This may apply to common food types, such as milk or eggs, or more specifically to non-nutrients, such as food additives or colourings. It’s expected that detrimental symptoms disappear once foods are eliminated. However, if symptoms re-appear during the challenge period, it can be assumed that it is a case of food allergy or intolerance. This is a very good method for mild cases, with ambiguous symptoms.
This can be a lifestyle change or just a “treatment diet”, used by some doctors to diagnose whether allergies are related to specific foods.
It’s understandable if you’re unsure about what to do next, but we believe this ebook can provide you with all the information you need regarding this diet as well as a comprehensive list of allowed and forbidden foods and suggested menu ideas.
Hypersensitivity to certain foods ranges from mild cases of intolerance to more severe cases of food allergies. A food allergy is characterised by a response from the immune system as if the body is being attacked by intruders. It really is just an over-active defence mechanism. Most common food allergies include milk, soy products, seafood and shellfish, eggs, wheat, nuts and peanuts.
In contrast, food intolerance or sensitivity is not merely a milder case of allergy, as the same immune response is not present. It produces similar symptoms, but usually a bigger exposure is necessary. In this case, you need to eat more to start a reaction, whereas with allergies, the smallest amount can trigger a response. Although both cases are easily confused, the actual mechanism that starts the response is different. It’s believed that the problem with food intolerance emerges from the digestive system, due to a difficult absorption of nutrients particularly in the intestine.
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