When the patient’s body continually reacts adversely to something that is as yet undetermined, if follows, naturally that an effort has to be made to try to identify the sources and the causes of the allergy. One of the tools at the disposal of the patient’s physician, dietician or allergist/immunologist is a device that identifies the source of allergy symptoms through a process of elimination.
Appropriately named the ‘Elimination Diet,’ it is the managed control of the patient’s diet in which certain foods are segmented and regulated for consumption in order to identify potential allergens to the patient. The diet is divided into two different stages of implementation. The first stage, the so called ‘elimination phase,’ is one in which each food group is systematically removed from the diet of the patient for a short period of time, usually two weeks. This process allows the body to flush itself of whatever contaminants are within and permit him to begin the remaining process of the diet, the so called ‘reintroduction phase.’ Over the course of nine weeks subsequent, the reintroduction of those avoided food groups is placed back into the dietary menu of the patient and the patient’s body’s reaction or reactions to those food groups is carefully monitored in an effort to identify the source of irritation.
As recent research has demonstrated, food allergies account for a huge percentage of the population that suffers from allergies and also contributes to a myriad of afflictions as a result. These symptoms and resulting issues can range to anything from anxiety, depression, insomnia, to a mass of physical ailments such as high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, skin rashes, diarrhea, fatigue, and Meniere’s syndrome. While this is not an exhaustive listing of the possible side effects of reactions to foods and the resultant allergies, it typifies among the more serious issues that could happen.
Further, with identification of any and all allergies resulting from the identified foods, the plan will also suggest recommended changes to the diet of the patient, try eating new foods, and seek out alternatives to the foods that are causing the allergies. As the diet is carefully managed and regulated, the body, while going without consuming certain foods, will still have the necessary vitamins and proteins needed to fascilitate optimum health while the diet is underway. Through careful consultation with the patient’s physician and/or dietician, a careful journal is kept for the duration of the dietary process and that information will greatly aid in the identification and replacement diet to the foods that are causing the issues.
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