Elimination Diet

Allergies and health disorders are often triggered by intake of certain foods. An elimination diet helps to identify the allergens hidden in your diet.

By eliminating specific foods from your diet, elimination diet helps to prevent illnesses triggered by allergic reactions.

Benefits of elimination diet

If you are allergic or sensitive to certain foods, you could suffer from several health disorders after consuming these foods. Skin rash, runny nose, itching, irritation, asthma, migraine, fatigue and gastrointestinal disorders could be symptoms of food allergies. It is believed that the allergens present in the diet of nursing women could be responsible for colic pain in breastfeeding infants. Occasionally we can easily identify the specific food that triggers allergic reactions. However, in overwhelming majority of cases, an elimination diet is the only option available for identifying the real culprit present in the diet.

Elimination diet plan

Through trial and error, the elimination diet helps to detect the food items that cause allergic reactions. If you are quite certain that a particular food item is adversely affecting your health, simply remove the specific food item from your diet for a fortnight. After two weeks, reintroduce the food item in your diet. If you feel better by avoiding the specific food item or if your discomforts return after reintroducing the food, it is clear that this specific food item is responsible for your illness.

If you are unsure which food might be responsible for your poor health condition, you should follow a drastic elimination procedure by eliminating all food items commonly associated with health problems from your diet. Avoid eating foods that are associated with food allergies such as gluten, dairy products, peanuts, eggs, chocolates, tomatoes, nuts, corn, shellfish and citrus fruits.

If your baby is prone to colic pain, avoid gas-forming foods. Fruits and vegetables such as carrots, beets, avocado, peaches and grapes are sometimes associated with food allergies. Avoid the common allergy causing foods for two weeks. During this period, your diet should comprise primarily of rice, millet, potatoes, lamb, turkey and yellow or green squash. Replace cereals with rice-based products.

To meet your calcium requirement, you can take calcium supplements. After two weeks, gradually reintroduce one food at a time and check the reaction of the food on your health. Also, check the affect of a specific food item on your health by varying the size of the serving.