How to do an elimination diet

An elimination diet can be a useful tool for controlling uncomfortable symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Often the symptoms can be intense, painful, and even confusing if you’re not sure what’s triggering them.

First things first: you should not attempt an elimination diet without consulting your doctor, who may refer you to a nutritionist to assist you through the process. There is a risk of developing nutritional deficiencies with any major dietary change, and it’s important to ensure you’re following the diet effectively for best results. Many foods contain ingredients you wouldn’t necessarily expect, which could derail your elimination diet. Therefore, keeping a food journal and working with a nutritionist can make this process easier.

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