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Elimination diets can uncover the foods that make you sick

"Carlo Kearns" (2020-07-27)


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An elimination diet can be helpful for 가르시니아 추천 identifying potentially problematic foods.


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If you've ever done the Clean Program, then guess what -- you've done an elimination diet. Elimination diets have been repopularized in recent years, but they've been around for a long time. Even though they're rebranded again and again in various programs (including Whole 30), there's a reason why people use them to help them feel better and why doctors turn to them again and again. They are considered the gold standard for identifying food intolerances and related health symptoms that can stem from consuming foods that are not well tolerated over periods of time.

Even though the word "diet" is involved, elimination diets aren't intended for weight loss -- though you might end up losing a few pounds. Elimination diets involve removing foods from your diet that are commonly linked to food allergies or other autoimmune diseases, migraines or fatigue. 

They were created by a doctor in 1926 in an effort to help identify food allergies in patients. To this day, they are considered the gold standard of identifying food allergies, food intolerance or sensitivities, and helping resolve other food-related health issues in the functional medicine world and beyond.

If you're curious about how elimination diets work and what they are used for, keep reading for more information.

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An elimination diet involves taking out foods that could be a problem for your health -- like processed foods and refined sugars.


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What is an elimination diet?

There is no one way to do an elimination diet, although there are standard guidelines that many practitioners will recommend that you follow. It's important to keep in mind that there are different types of elimination diets, like the autoimmune paleo protocol, which is specialized for people with autoimmune conditions. If you do an elimination diet based on a doctor or nutritionist's advice, they can help customize your diet based on your symptoms. 

These are common food groups elimination diets cut out:

  • Soy: soy beans, soy sauce, edamame, tempeh, tofu, soy lecithin 
  • Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream
  • Gluten: all wheat-containing breads, pastries, pasta
  • Eggs
  • Nightshades: peppers like bell pepper, eggplant, potatoes and tomatoes
  • Corn and corn-derived products like grits or cornmeal, corn syrup
  • Peanuts 
  • Refined sugar (like high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

These particular foods are avoided because they are either a common food allergen, you can have an intolerance to them, or you can become sensitive to them, which can cause symptoms like migraines, bloating or nausea.

This list of foods may seem long and intimidating, but you're not supposed to get rid of them forever. The idea is to remove all of the foods for a short period of time, and then slowly reintroduce them one at time to identify potential triggers for adverse symptoms. 

You can think of an elimination diet as a food investigation in which you're the detective, trying to pinpoint any foods that could be giving you problems. While removing certain foods is sometimes not the only thing that will help you feel better, knowing which foods cause unwanted symptoms is really useful for doctors or other practitioners to help you with your health condition.