What’s an Elimination Diet?

The idea is to change your diet for a few weeks by cutting certain foods that might be causing you trouble.
Symptoms caused by food usually go away within 4 weeks of changing your diet.
An elimination diet is both.
More research is needed, but this diet has been used as a possible way to diagnose and treat allergies, gluten intolerance (celiac disease), and more.
Just because you haven't had a bad reaction to certain foods in the past, doesn't mean it won't ever happen to you.
Even if you pinpoint a food, it can be hard to know why it causes you trouble.
Intolerance means you're sensitive to a certain food or your body has a tough time digesting it.
If you think dairy causes your gas, diarrhea, and bloating, an elimination diet can help confirm it.
Inflammation is the root cause of chronic pain. The heat, swelling, and pain are part of your body's immune response to what it sees as a threat (but sometimes isn't).
If you think you have trouble with one particular food, start with it.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a chronic condition most often diagnosed in children, but it can affect adults, too.
Common migraine triggers are dairy, chocolate, eggs, citrus fruits, meat, wheat, nuts, tomatoes, onions, corn, apples, and bananas.
>It may be very helpful for some people, but it's not easy to do.
When you cut some foods, it can affect other treatments or conditions.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on Monday, March 13, 2017

Diet and Weight Loss: What's an Elimination Diet?

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