How to do an elimination diet

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

First things first: You shouldn’t go on an elimination diet without consulting your doctor, who may recommend a dietitian to help support you through the process. There is a risk of developing nutritional deficiencies with any major dietary change and it is important to ensure that you are following an effective diet for the best results. Many foods contain ingredients you wouldn’t expect, which can derail your elimination diet, so keeping a food diary and working with a dietitian can make the process easier.

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