the hypoallergenic dietThe Hypoallergenic Diet, aka Elimination or Brown Rice Diet, is a diagnostic and therapeutic diet based on research and clinical successes by Naturopathic and Medical Doctors.
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how can a hypoallergenic diet help you?The purpose of following a Hypoallergenic Diet is to determine if there are any foods in your diet that may aggravate or be the cause of your specific condition or symptoms. In addition to reducing or eliminating your symptoms, you will also become more aware of which foods optimize your own individual health.
what is a food allergy?Food allergies, just like other allergies, are controlled by your immune system. The immune system uses antibodies (protein complexes used by the immune system) to attack any foreign material in your body. It is unknown as to why you may be allergic to one thing and someone else may have no reaction to the same thing and may even have an allergy to something entirely different than you.
what is a food sensitivity/intolerance?Sensitivity to food is much more subtle and difficult to determine than a frank allergy. Food sensitivities do not necessarily involve responses from the immune system. Rather they are mediated by physiological responses to the offending foods and are undetectable by blood tests or skin scratch tests. Food sensitivities are a common trigger for a wide range of physical and emotional disorders.
hypoallergenic dietary guidelinesIt takes approximately 6 to 12 weeks to properly complete a Hypoallergenic Diet. For some conditions it may take longer.
The diet is divided into three phases:
1) the food elimination phaseThis phase lasts for 3 weeks. During this phase you will stop eating the most common foods that have been shown to cause allergy or sensitivity. These are foods that are harder to digest and/or have a high allergenic potential.
2) the food challenge phaseWhen your symptoms have decreased and your gut has had enough time to repair, the eliminated foods are reintroduced into your diet one item at a time. This reintroduction will reveal the foods that are the potential cause of allergy or sensitivity in your specific case.
3) the food retesting phaseOnce you have reintroduced all the various foods into your diet, you need to try eating those foods that you were had a reaction to and stopped eating during the Challenge Phase. See how you react to them again. If you have any adverse reactions to that food or food group, then you should avoid that food or eat it sparingly.
It is advised to follow the diet under the supervision of a trained Naturopathic or Medical Doctor. Your doctor can modify the length of the diet and restrict or expand the eliminated food lists to reflect your specific needs and condition. Additional therapies and supplements may also be used to facilitate your healing process.