The health of your digestive tract is key to your overall health and your quality of life.
That’s a strong statement, but it’s true!
Most people don’t give this a lot of thought until problems occur. As you know, when digestion goes awry it doesn’t feel good, and it certainly isn’t pretty!
The time to do something about the health of your gut is now.
I use the Elimination Diet with all my clients to help them figure out which foods are best for their body. My interest is helping clients identify the foods that give them the most energy and vibrant health, and which foods knock them for a loop, zap their energy and cause allergies, rashes and moodiness. And as a by-product we identify the foods that cause digestive symptoms.
In order to have a strong immune system you must have a healthy gut.
During an elimination diet, you start by eliminating common food allergens listed below:
Grains: Though grains have been foundation of the Food Pyramid for decades, it has now been discovered that many people have a hard time digesting grains, including corn.
Processed Foods: There are many toxic chemicals (like MSG, artificial colors, and flavorings) and other undesirable ingredients (like GMOs, trans fats, and HFCS) in processed food that can impede digestion and even cause disease.
High Glycemic Foods: Large amounts of starches and added sugars can feed a bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and other gut dysbiosis problems.
Gluten: Found in many grains, gluten has been found to be one of the causes of leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases.
Unrefined Oils: These can cause inflammation throughout your body.
Commercial Meats and Dairy: Meats and dairy from the conventional food system are full of hormones, antibiotics, and even poisons such as arsenic.
Eggs, Peanuts, and Shellfish: All are common food allergens.
Gut Irritants: Caffeine and alcohol can wreak havoc on your gut.
There is a 3/3 guideline for adding foods back into your diet:
“Do not conclude a food causes symptoms, unless symptoms occur within 3 days of eating the food and occur consistently on 3 separate occasions after eating it.”*
You will know, as you begin to add foods back in, what works and what doesn’t. I suggest starting slow; give the diet a few weeks to work, and start adding foods back in one at a time. If a food causes symptoms on 3 different occasions, you will know that you are sensitive to that food and to avoid it for a while and try again later. Eventually you will come up with a plan that your body will love. Everyone is different and finding your own unique way of eating to feel good will change your life.
*Heizer, W D., Southern, S, McGovern, S. The Role of Diet in Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults: A Narrative Review. JADA 2009; 109: 1204-1214