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How does the elimination diet work?

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The first step is to stop eating the suspicious food(s) and keep a food diary to write down everything you eat. Make sure you eat other foods that give you the same nutrients as the food you need to avoid.

Then, you’ll slowly add back suspicious foods one at a time to figure out which foods are a problem. Note any symptoms that you get as you add each food back in.

Lastly, you'll again stop eating the problem foods, one at a time to see if the symptoms clear up for good.

From: What's an Elimination Diet? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Summary of the NIAID-Sponsored Food Allergy Guidelines." 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Food Allergies."

Cleveland Clinic: "Food Challenge Test."

National Jewish Health: "Food Allergy: Diagnosis."

University of Wisconsin School Integrative Medicine Department of Family Medicine: "Elimination Diet."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Summary of the NIAID-Sponsored Food Allergy Guidelines." 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Food Allergies."

Cleveland Clinic: "Food Challenge Test."

National Jewish Health: "Food Allergy: Diagnosis."

University of Wisconsin School Integrative Medicine Department of Family Medicine: "Elimination Diet."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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