"That for one - food, for another - poison." The ancient proverb of Lucretia is more relevant than ever. And this is not surprising, because the food (especially its modern version with a high degree of processing) is the biggest challenge for our immune system.
You can not imagine how muchPeople suffer from allergies or hypersensitivity to certain foods, without even guessing about it. Symptoms are very different, but among them, migraines and constipation are more common, less often gases, bloating and diarrhea. All these reactions of the body can be manifested immediately or within a few hours after ingestion.
How do you know if you have food intolerance?And what exactly does your body dislike? One of these methods is the elimination diet. This is a fairly strict type of food, cutting off from the daily diet all potential allergens.
The essence of the elimination diet
Instead of taking medicine, tryingTo overcome the symptoms, it is necessary to abandon certain foods for a while (usually three to four weeks), and then to turn them back in the diet one at a time, closely watching the possible reactions of the body. Thus, it will be possible to solve the problem itself, not its consequences.
Why not just do a test for foodAllergies? Because it is expensive and unreliable. Despite the wide variety of all kinds of analyzes for allergens, the elimination diet is still the gold standard for determining food sensitivity.
Which foods should I remove?
The more products can be limited, the more accurate and better the result will be.
Very good, if you can exclude from your daily diet:
- Everything that contains or can contain gluten
- Soy and soy products
- Fish and seafood
- Beans and lentils
- green tea
- citrus fruit
- Nightshade vegetables
Perhaps it looks a little frightening, but in fact, there are not too few allowed products. Among them: rice, turkey, fish, lamb, most fruits and vegetables.
Another important piece of advice: Try also to abandon often used products. Do you eat turkey or spinach every day? For the duration of the elimination experiment, find a replacement for them. It is likely that because of the frequency of use, you become sensitive even to diet foods.
Elimination diet vs. Migraines and constipation
Surprisingly, between migraine and foodThere is a direct connection. Some products cause a headache, while others can prevent or even cure it. In those who are susceptible to food sensitivity, allergic triggers dilate the blood vessels, which leads to a migraine attack.
Getting rid of the active allergens, obtained with food, you with great probability forget about unbearable headaches.
With regard to constipation, then if present in the bodyInflammatory processes (hidden or obvious) the constant use of gluten or other doubtful products threatens with continuous intestinal disorders. Elimination diet is the safest, but very effective way to fight inflammation regardless of the true causes of the disease.
Re-introduction to the diet
Elimination diet does not involve lifelongRejection of excluded products. That would be cruel! The bottom line is to exclude, and then re-enter them slowly, one at a time. Thus, it is easiest to control yourself for the presence or absence of unpleasant symptoms.
After three weeks of elimination diet,One day, enter the forbidden product (or their group) in the menu, and then monitor the body's reactions within two days. For example, if on Monday you try to "milk", then eat cheese, ice cream and drink a glass of milk. Then two days to return to a restricted diet by watching out for any health changes. If Tuesday and Wednesday was no any adverse reactions of the body, on Thursday boldly enter another product (such as eggs). 5-6 weeks of such alternations can get a lot of valuable information about the body's reaction to different foods.
The exclusive diet is useful and very instructiveExperience in the study of the needs of the body. Temporary rejection of products, although it causes some inconvenience, gives valuable knowledge about one's own health in the long term.