Did you know that a slight redness and a few bumps on your face could actually indicate health problems?
Sometimes, minor issues such as a tiny skin bump could be ignored, as it doesn’t seem to be important and dangerous as it looks.
But what many do not know is that the slightest change in our body could actually point to something else bigger. In this case, inflammations and allergy in the systems of our body.
What you may not understand is that some of the foods that you’re eating each day could actually be ruining your health and well-being. Worse, it happens in a gradual manner to the point of shortening your life span.
It is especially difficult to assess and detect which foods are harmful or toxic to our body. This is despite how healthy our meals appear to us every day.
For instance, a leaky gut could actually be indicative of certain food intakes that your digestive system hates.
So how do you solve this?
The simple test to know which foods can cause problems to our health is to eliminate certain foods in your diet. Specifically, look for foods that trigger inflammation, skin breakouts, irritable bowel, and all these. And after cutting back on certain foods, make a journal of how your body is reacting every day (say, lesser joint pains, lesser skin breakouts, etc).
This process is called the elimination diet.
Here are the steps to start the food elimination diet for a healthier you:
1. Observe your body from head to toe and internally and externally
Make a checklist for changes or issues in your skin face, skin complexion, etc. Then check if you have any digestive problems like gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, etc. Often, these are indicative of allergy or sensitivity to certain foods.
For many people, foods like nuts, fishes, dairy, soy, and wheat are common causes of allergy. If you are unsure of what your body is sensitive about, start from any of these foods.
Take careful note of your mood, energy, and feelings as well. How are they? Do you feel good? Are you stressed? Do you feel tired or weak?
Your starting point is writing down all these observations in your body.
2. For 23 days, start the elimination diet: the culprits of those issues that you have observed. Begin with your diet!
You might still be in the dark as to what causes some adverse reactions with your body from food. Or, otherwise, you had already pinpointed them. After a few weeks of careful assessment about yourself, finding what ticks your body off should not be much of a problem.
Regardless, remove all foods which contains gluten, abstain from eating fast foods, and avoid alcohol, dairy products, and eggs. If not being too specific, these are the type of foods which cause allergy or sensitivity to many people.
Be very observant still about yourself during these days. Every second that you try to observe yourself is a chance at finding the culprit which causes abnormalities in your body. Expect to see changes and improvements, and write them down.
3. Go for the organic foods
Eat organic foods such as organic proteins (grass-fed, hormone-free, lean beef, chicken, wild fish, and shellfish). Moreover, vegetables, legumes (beans, lentils), nuts, seeds, seaweeds, and quinoa (gluten-free grains) are good for you, too.
Unlike processed foods, organic foods ensure that what you are eating is what Mother Nature intended. Foods that are rich in nutrients and free from artificial additives.
For a balanced meal, divide your diet in a proportion of 7:3 veggie to protein ratio.
4. What are the other foods to eat and not to eat?
Include in your diet foods that are high in fiber, fresh, and definitely unprocessed meals prepared by you. Also, include healthy fats like avocados, flax oil, olive oil, and coconut oil.
Do eat fish. White meats such as most fishes are clean sources of protein. They are relatively free from saturated fats which could accumulate in the body. While cholesterol play important role in the synthesis of certain hormones, too much of it could contribute to heart-related problems. Commonly, it start off as a simple case of hypertension, then develop into more serious forms of diseases.
But avoid fish like tuna and swordfish which contain high mercury. Mercury is toxic for the human body. At the wrong dosage, it can kill a person when consumed.
Do not eat foods that are processed, fast foods, microwaved, high in refined sugar, and gluten-containing foods like in oats. Foods of these nature are laced with ingredients that pose harms to the human body which it cannot easily removed.
For example, fast foods contain too much fat which requires intensive exercise to burn. Microwaved foods contain traces of radiation which results to cancer. Gluten, on the other hand, poses sensitivity to certain people, particularly those with Celiac disease.
Avoid crackers, cereals, and bread which are gluten-free but packed with refined carbohydrate. Refined carbs break down into sugar which risks you of going hyperglycemic. At extended period, elevated blood sugar level is indicative of pre- or actual diabetes which is a metabolic disorder in the body.
5. Then after 24 days, try to reintroduce back the foods that you have eliminated one by one (e.g., eggs first) and check how your body reacts for the next 48 hours
If there are no changes, gradually reintroduce them and make a journal of any reaction seen from your body. From then on, you could decide which food to include and which food to exclude.
As surmised, the elimination diet process can be time-consuming and boils down to the idea of trial-and-error. Unless you are aware of what you do throughout its procedure, you could be spending time trying to find a problem and not find any.
Despite what its name might imply, the idea behind elimination diet is not to restrict you from consuming foods. Rather, it is meant to free you from consuming foods that pose as detriment to your health.