Are You Ready for the Elimination Diet? – Part 1

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted August 24, 2021

Dear Longevity Insider,

It's not always easy to figure out what is causing your health issues. Sometimes, it might seem like everything you eat leaves you feeling bloated or tired. That can be frustrating! If you're looking for a way to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms, then, an elimination diet could be the answer. Elimination diets are different from exclusion diets because they remove certain foods from your diet rather than adding them. This week , we will discuss what elimination diets are, how they work, and how beneficial they can be for people with food sensitivities, intolerances, and allergies!

It is estimated that over 20% of the worldwide population experiences food sensitivities. The phrase "food sensitivity" is often used to describe a number of different things. A common misconception is that they are one of the same. In reality, they are two separate things with different symptoms and causes. It is important to know the difference so you can take appropriate precautions for your lifestyle.

A food allergy occurs when your immune system recognizes an allergen (a protein in the offending food that elicits an allergic response) and triggers an inflammatory response in which antibodies bind with mast cells causing histamine release in tissues throughout the body. Food allergies are typically more severe than food sensitivities, as they cause a physical reaction in the body within seconds of eating an allergenic food. The most common signs of a food allergy include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling around the face or mouth. In contrast, people with food sensitivity may not have any immediate symptoms, but they may later experience things like bloating or feeling tired after eating certain foods that contain those ingredients which have been identified as problematic for them.

 A food intolerance does not have such severe symptoms but rather results from difficulty digesting certain foods like gluten. Food intolerance is a term used to describe the body's inability to digest certain types of food. One of the most common causes for poor health is food intolerance. Food intolerance can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including but not limited to bloating, gas, diarrhea, headaches and more. The most common cause for this type of reaction is lactose intolerance due to low levels of lactase enzyme. There are many reasons for developing food intolerances including genetics, lifestyle changes (such as eating too much processed foods), or even an underlying medical condition such as celiac disease or Crohn's Disease. For those with milder cases of food intolerances, there are many ways to manage symptoms such as drinking more water and limiting consumption of offending foods. If you have more serious symptoms, it may be necessary to consult your doctor about other treatments available that can help. One way to know if you have a food intolerance is by doing an elimination diet. It is important to note that if you think you have either condition, you should consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet plans since there could be serious health risks!

If you do an internet search, you will find hundreds of elimination type diets... On Thursday, we'll talk more about them!

To your longevity,

Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

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