Elimination and Rotation Diet

A diet composed of whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains is normally considered healthy, but it’s not always the case. Some people suffer from chronic health problems without them knowing it’s actually that food they eat that’s causing it. Some of them have luckily learned about it and tried to remove particular food from their usual diet and they experienced total relief.

One of the top offenders is gluten. It is a protein found in wheat and related food products, which is known to damage the intestinal lining of those with Celiac Disease.

Those who suffer from digestive problems probably know a thing or two about this particular disease. Approximately 1 in 100 people have it, and many of them are still undiagnosed.

Celiac disease and other types of gluten intolerance have symptoms like fatigue, depression, and diarrhea. Totally getting rid of foods with gluten can bring unimaginable comfort to people with this condition. These remarkable changes in the body, after removing gluten from your diet, can actually be felt and seen even within 72 hours. But to some it takes a little longer to take effects, say, a couple of weeks, perhaps.

Several health problems can be related to food intake, so it’s best you keep track of what you eat especially when the symptoms you are experiencing are following a pattern.

But if your health condition is that difficult to diagnose that even doctors get confused and food log isn’t really helping, there are other options such as elimination or rotation diet.

If you believe that a certain food in your usual diet is the culprit, try to eliminate it. Elimination diet is when you narrow down your intake to a few foods that are least likely to cause these allergic reactions, say, rice. If after two weeks, nothing has changed and you are still suffering from the same symptoms, a new group of foods should be eliminated. If the symptoms go away, new foods should be added in one at a time.

A rotation diet, on the other hand, works by only having a certain food for every 4-5 days, and you should put this in your food log so you’ll be able to keep track of the connection between the food and symptoms.

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