If you are thinking about starting an elimination diet, there is a high chance that you are suffering with health concerns you are attempting to solve. Finding the ideal diet for you, may in fact help you finally be relieved of a certain health issue. Here are some of the most common health problems which elimination diets are often useful in helping to solve:
Acne and Other Skin Conditions
Acne and skin conditions such as eczema are not always, but can often be, related to your diet. Many teenagers experience acne solely as a part of adolescence, while some people can’t seem to do anything to get rid of it. Eczema, another common skin condition, often appears in young children and can come and go in cycles of approximately seven years.
An elimination diet is useful for acne and other skin conditions such as eczema since they are often caused or exacerbated by an allergy to, or an excess of, dairy. Many people have noticed significant positive effects on their skin after just cutting down on dairy products, and even more so when cutting it out completely. This doesn’t mean that other ingredients may not be contributing to your skin condition, but dairy is among the most common.
If you are suffering from diarrhea which just doesn’t seem to be going away or seems to be returning on a regular basis, an elimination diet could help you to figure out what’s causing it. While there are other health conditions which can cause diarrhea, and it’s important to visit your doctor if it has been going on for more than a few days, there are foods which are notorious for making diarrhea worse or bringing it on.
Foods which contain high amounts of sugar are just one of the culprits when it comes to diarrhea, and if your stomach is more sensitive than average they may affect you particularly badly. The body can only digest a certain amount of fructose at one time. Consuming more fructose than the body can absorb, may cause diarrhea. Some examples of foods high in fructose include: apple juice, grapes, agave and soda.
Another common health problem which many people experience regularly is bloating. Unfortunately, many of the main ingredients we eat can be a problem when it comes to bloating, so an elimination diet is often a good way of figuring out which ones are an issue for you.
Gluten (or more to the point how wheat is processed) is a common problematic ingredient when it comes to bloating, followed closely by dairy products, including eggs. Of course fried and highly processed foods are usually culprits also.