Could an elimination diet be right for you?
There are many types of elimination diets out there. Gluten free, dairy free, comprehensive elimination plans, low FODMAP diets, and on and on. If you are interested in figuring out what might be causing your symptoms, how do you go about choosing which plan is right for you?
First off, there are specifically targeted elimination diets. You can have food sensitivity testing to determine what specific foods might be triggering your symptoms. At Weigh to Wellness Denver, we use ALCAT blood testing for this purpose. You can choose to test anywhere from 50-237 foods to see if you have a mild to severe inflammatory reaction. We can then do a specifically targeted elimination plan based on these results. There is recent research showing that ALCAT testing can be beneficial in relieving the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Check out the Yale Study.
A low Fermentable Oligosaccharide Disaccharide Monosaccharide And Polyols (FODMAP) diet can be a useful plan for patient’s with IBS and/or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). If you are someone struggling with gas, bloating and diarrhea, this may be a good option for you. FODMAPs are carbohydrates which cannot be effectively absorbed. Bacteria can then feed on these unabsorbed molecules leading to the byproducts which cause these uncomfortable symptoms. By eliminating these carbohydrates, you can essentially starve these potentially overgrown bacteria of this fuel.
A limited or comprehensive elimination diet may help to pinpoint triggers for a long list of health conditions ranging from mood disorders to weight gain or digestive issues. Sometimes we don’t even realize that foods we are consuming are contributing to our symptoms until we eliminate and then reintroduce them. This type of plan may include eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, alcohol, beef, chocolate, coffee, corn, eggs, peanuts, pork, processed meats, shellfish and/or sugar. You can work with your practitioner to figure out which foods may be worth trying to eliminate in your diet.
Elimination plans can last anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months depending on the severity of the symptoms and ease of the plan. We then work with you to “heal your gut” before attempting to slowly reintroduce foods overtime. Some foods may be easily added back, whereas others may always cause a problem and need to be avoided indefinitely.
We would love to help individualize a plan just for you!