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Elimination Diet
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Elimination Diet?

An elimination diet is a way to test yourself for food sensitivities. With this method, you deliberately eliminate specific foods to see if your health improves when you don't eat those foods. After a specific period of avoidance (typically 7-14 days), you reintroduce the suspected food(s) into your diet and see what symptoms, if any, you experience.

People use elimination diets to test for sensitivities to gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, specific fruits, and other foods. This can be a low-cost, low-tech way to understand more about how your body responds to different foods and substances.

Elimination diets are for testing yourself for food sensitivities, not food allergies. Some food allergies can be life-threatening, so do not experiment with foods that you know or suspect you might have a severe reaction to.