Elimination Diet

Dietary plans are provided with permission from the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Elimination Diet
Why the elimination diet?
Do you suffer from any of the following conditions:
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Chronic Sinus Drainage
  • Low energy
  • Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Eczema
  • Skin Irritations
  • Joint Aches
  • Asthma
  • Weight gain
Health problems such as these may be related to a specific food or foods eaten frequently. Many people with food sensitivities don’t even realize how awful they feel until the trigger foods are removed from the diet.

Food reactions are a frequently overlooked cause of chronic health issues. Some reactions occur immediately after eating the food (allergy), but in other cases, symptoms may be delayed by several hours or even days (referred to as food sensitivity or food intolerance). Removing specific foods from your diet will allow the body to recover and begin to function efficiently again.

These adverse food reactions are common because the same foods are eaten day after day, resulting in greater sensitization to these foods. If the right foods are not eaten, digestion and absorption may be impaired. Additionally, those with weakened immune systems may be more prone to food sensitivities.

The Elimination Diet helps to uncover food(s) that may be the culprits. It is a very useful tool for diagnosing adverse food reactions, whether true allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity.

Often, symptoms that have failed to respond to conventional medical therapy will resolve by following an Elimination Diet. After the initial period of eliminating foods, many chronic symptoms should improve or disappear. When the burden on the immune system is decreased, the body has an opportunity to heal. Along the way, it is important to learn how to eat an enjoyable and nutrient-dense diet while starting on the road to optimum health!

Downloads
Elimination Diet Comprehensive Guide
Comprehensive Guide
Elimination Diet Weekly Planner
Weekly Planner
Elimination Diet Food List

Elimination Diet Food List

Food Reintroduction Symptoms Tracker
Food Reintroduction Symptoms Tracker
Phytonutrient Spectrum Foods
Phytonutrient Spectrum Foods

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