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How to uncover Food allergies & sensitivities

Do An Elimination Diet to Uncover Food Allergies or Sensitivities

By Jillian Levy, CHHC

March 20, 2019

Original article and page source found here.

Think you might have a food allergy, but aren’t sure what exactly could be to blame? Experiencing digestive issues or skin flare-ups, but can’t seem to figure out the solution to make them go away? Well, an elimination diet might be exactly what you need.

An elimination diet is a short-term eating plan that eliminates certain foods that may be causing allergies and other digestive reactions — then reintroduces the foods one at a time in order to determine which foods are, and are not, well-tolerated.

The main reason for doing an elimination diet is to pinpoint exactly which foods are the culprits for digestive and other health-related issues when someone is experiencing ongoing symptoms, and she can’t seem to figure out what’s causing them. Symptoms that might drive someone to do an elimination diet include persistent diarrhea, bloating, constipation, eczema and acne.

It’s estimated that 15 million adults in the U.S. alone suffer from food allergies about 4 percent of the adult population and about 8 percent of children. (1) But these numbers don’t even take into account food “intolerances” or food sensitivities that don’t show up on allergy tests, so this means the real numbers are likely a lot higher. It’s just another reason to test an elimination diet.

Foods to Remove During Elimination Diet

Eight foods account for about 90 percent of all food-allergy reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, wheat/gluten, soy, fish and shellfish. (2)

Elimination diets range in terms of what exact foods are permitted and eliminated, but most will cut out all common allergens, including: