The Elimination Diet is a core part of eczema management in relation food triggers. It isn't just useful for skin conditions, but is also an important tool for any health problems believed to be triggered by food intolerances.
Whilst allergy/intolerance testing is an important tool, for many people with intolerances tests come up negative, even when a clear reaction can be observed. For example, a recent client has negative tests for tomato but if they even touch a tomato, let alone eat one, their eczema starts to flare.
What is an elimination diet? It is exactly what it says on the tin - a diet during which you strip back the foods you eat to those which are observed as being the least allergenic, for a certain about of time - I usually recommend 6 weeks - followed by a period of reintroduction of foods one by one in a planned rotation.
For some this diet not only highlights the main trigger, but the rest it gives the gut also results in some foods that were believed to be triggers to be exonerated!
Elimination diets can be difficult and it is important, particularly for growing children, that the person embarking on an elimination diet is followed by a registered nutrition or healthcare practitioner.
During the month of September I will be running a closed-group Elimination Diet programme - if you are interested in signing up, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org