What is an Elimination Diet?
An elimination diet is a great way to test yourself for a food intolerance. The process involves avoiding certain foods completely for a few weeks, then reintroducing them into your diet one at a time to identify which foods produce a reaction in your body.
How Does the Elimination Diet Work?
The most common plan is to remove specific foods or ingredients from your diet because you think they may be the reason for your symptoms. Common symptoms include dry skin, bloating, digestive issues, fatigue, headaches, joint aches and migraines.
Once you stop eating the suspicious food(s) you’ll need to read food labels carefully and ask how foods are prepared at restaurants. Keep a food diary and write down everything you eat.
Make sure you eat other foods that provide the same nutrients as the food you need to avoid. For example, if you’re supposed to eliminate dairy products temporarily, you may want to look for foods that are fortified with calcium.
Then, slowly add suspicious foods back into your diet, one at a time. This process helps you know exactly which foods are a problem. In your food diary, note any symptoms that you get as you add each food back in.
Elimination diet or Food Intolerance Testing?
An elimination diet can take several weeks and involves keeping an accurate track of everything you eat and drink, recording it all in a food diary.
A food intolerance test is a simple finger prick blood test that can analyse your blood sample for any reactions. This testing gives you a head start in terms of what foods you should be looking to eliminate from your diet.
Food intolerance testing† to guide an exclusion diet can be a valuable tool when used in the right circumstances, and with advances in technology much more is possible. You might be wondering what can you do if you suspect you have a food intolerance? Fortunately, we have various options available at our fingertips.
It must be said that there are dubious tests on the market, such as hair analysis, that could ultimately give food intolerance tests a bad reputation. Here at YorkTest, we are in a unique position with 35 years of experience, a wealth of customer feedback, our own onsite laboratory and proven robust and effective methodologies.
† YorkTest define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction YorkTest recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking a YorkTest programme