Elimination Diet

elimination dietThere are several methods an allergist has for diagnosing oral allergy syndrome and food allergies including:

Following evaluation of your medical history and food diary, the allergist may ask you to do an elimination diet before further testing.

How do you do an elimination diet?

An elimination diet is where you avoid eating the suspected trigger food or foods from your diet and then add them back one at a time. This process allows you and the allergist to see which foods in your diet are causing the allergy symptoms. In the beginning it may be necessary to avoid the suspected trigger foods from 1 week to 1 month to make sure all the suspected trigger foods are cleaned out of your body. Then, under an allergist’s supervision, you can begin adding the suspected trigger foods one at a time back into your diet. During this process make sure to keep a food diary to keep track of the foods you are eating and the symptoms they are causing. The food diary will help the allergist diagnose oral allergy syndrome, food allergies, or food intolerances.

Is an elimination diet safe?

While the elimination diet is safe there are possible side effects such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as headaches
  • Symptoms related to the elimination of nutrient rich foods in your diet

Though safe it is important to remember that an elimination diet for allergies should always be done under the direction and supervision of an allergist or a dietician.

 

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