The Elimination Diet for Detoxing

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The allergens and chemicals that can precipitate bodily toxicity do not only originate from external, environmental toxins found in places like the air. Damaging substances also comprise the chemical makeup of many of the foods individuals regularly consume. One method people often employ to eradicate these substances is a multi-step process referred to as detoxification. 

A nutritional plan known as the elimination diet is among the first steps taken in the detoxification process. The following short piece examines the elimination diet and describes how this undertaking correlates to detoxification. 

What Is the Elimination Diet?

This nutritional plan requires the participant to gradually eliminate foods believed to contain chemicals, toxins, and allergens that could harm bodily tissues and result in pain and illness. The elimination diet is not only beneficial to those determined to rid their systems of harmful substances but can also aid dieters in identifying the specific edibles that trigger allergies and digestive problems. 

What Foods Are Eliminated While on The Elimination Diet?

Dietary participants are expected to gradually stop consuming a wide range of foods representing every food group. Examples include:

  • Fruits and vegetables: Citrus products, tomatoes, eggplant, and potatoes. 
  • Meat, poultry, and fish: Chicken, pork, beef, processed meat products like hot dogs and cold cuts, eggs, any type of canned meat, and shellfish.
  • Nuts and seeds. All kinds.
  • Legumes: Beans, peas, and all products containing soy. 
  • Starches: Oats, barley, wheat, corn, and all foods containing gluten. 
  • Dairy products: All should be eliminated, especially milk, cheese, and ice cream. 
  • Spices and condiments: Relish, mustard, ketchup, and barbeque sauce. 
  • Sugar: Anything containing this substance should be eliminated entirely.
  • Beverages: Alcoholic drinks like wine, beer, and liquor; soda, coffee, and green tea. 

What Foods Can Be Consumed?

It may seem as though nothing remains. However, there are still many different types of food elimination dieters can enjoy, including:

  • Fruits and vegetables: Most fresh fruits and vegetables. 
  • Meat, poultry, and fish: Lamb, turkey, and all fresh fish.
  • Starches: Rice.
  • Spices and condiments: Pepper, sea salt, and herbs and spices like garlic, parsley, and oregano.
  • Beverages: Water and herbal teas. 

How Long Should an Elimination Diet Last?

This will depend upon the dieter’s age, as well as what he or she hopes to accomplish. Young people will typically only need a week to a week-and-a-half to start reaping the benefits. However, adults and/or individuals seeking to identify food allergies and/or resolve digestive issues will likely need anywhere from three to four weeks. 

Must These Dietary Changes Be Permanent?

A pleasing aspect of the elimination diet is that the changes made do not have to become a permanent lifestyle fixture. Proponents of the diet recommend, perhaps even encourage participants to gradually reintroduce foods previously eliminated. However, reintroduction should be undertaken at a slow pace. This practice enables individuals to monitor their bodies for adverse reactions following the ingestion of specific foods. Should there be none, another previously eliminated edible can be reintroduced. As the reintroduction process moves forward, participants can garner a better understanding of which foods negatively impact them and can thus eliminate them for good.

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