What is an Elimination Diet?
An elimination diet is a diet that involves removing certain food groups from the diet for a certain period of time, then gradually adding the removed foods back to the diet one by one, and monitoring for possible reactions. It is based on the principle of removing the foods that are seen as antigens from the body in order to support you to get rid of serious diseases such as autoimmune or chronic inflammatory diseases and to heal the destruction in the intestines, rather than the purpose of losing weight.
In the first stage of the elimination diet, foods that harm the body and disturb the person are excluded from the diet. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks. Throughout the diet, one should avoid even a speck of eliminated foods.
The second phase of the elimination diet is called reintroduction, and the eliminated foods are reintroduced into the body one by one to observe possible reactions for a day or two. If symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, diarrhea and constipation occur in the body after consumption of these foods, the last consumed food should be avoided.
Food groups prohibited in the elimination diet:
-Sugar and sweeteners (Fructose syrup, sucrose, sugar)
-Gluten grains and flours (wheat, barley, rye, etc.)
-Dairy products (Milk, yogurt, cheese)
-Processed meat products
-Alcohol, coffee and chocolate
-Tomato, pepper, eggplant, potato (not required)
Who is the elimination diet suitable for?
This diet is suitable for individuals who experience digestive and excretory complaints such as constant indigestion and swelling, reflux, stomach complaints, abdominal pain, frequent diarrhea.
It is also a viable diet type for people suffering from chronic fatigue, migraine attacks, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome.
What should be considered when applying the elimination diet?
One of the things that should be considered when applying an elimination diet is that there may be a lack of vitamins and minerals, since this diet has serious restrictions. In order to prevent such problems, the person should be followed by a specialist and the blood values of the person should be kept under control.