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Food Sensitive? An Elimination Diet Might Help

According to Berardi & Andrews (2013) 3 out of 4 people have some form of food intolerance. These food intolerances are uniquely individual, some of which are benign, while others can lead to serious gastro-intestinal distress, hives, headaches, ulcers, stuffy nose, mucus build up in the lungs, etc.

If you suspect that you have some of these issues and want to address them, you can have yourself tested in a lab for a lot of money. I am not judging it. It is a legit path but the food elimination diet is still the gold standard.

If you want to figure out if you have issues with some of the most common food allergies and intolerances you need to be aware of them:

Common food allergies

  • in adults:
    • eggs
    • milk
    • fish
    • nuts
    • corn
  • in children:
    • eggs
    • milk
    • wheat
    • nuts
    • soy

Common food intolerances

  • gluten
  • dairy
  • fructose
  • yeast

Food allergies are the worse of the two. Some of you might have been hospitalized because allergies to certain foods but that does not mean that food sensitivites or gastric reactions do not have severe impacts on someone’s life. ┬áHere are just some of the disorders and diseases caused or impacted by food sensitivities are:

  • asthma
  • autoimmune disorder
  • skin conditions
  • arthritis
  • ADD / ADHD
  • etc.

After you have removed the most common causes for food sensitivities, allergies for six to eight weeks you reintroduce them one by one. You might find out that you actually got rid of the issues. If your problem reappears you can simply remove the food from your diet and you should no longer have any issues.

Going in depth

I do not need to reinvent the wheel. Berardi wrote an excellent article with explanation on how to proceed best with food sensitivites. Here is the link to his article. Precision Nutrition: Elimination Diet.

Make sure to talk to your healthcare professional before embarking on this endeavor.

Yours in health & fitness,

Michael

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