Although it sounds terrifying it can be extremely beneficial and it’s something I would recommend for anyone who’s struggling to get to the root cause of a problem. Food isn’t just food and nourishment its also information! Every bite we take sends messages to our body and then responds accordingly.
These messages are then transmitted through our gastrointestinal (GI) tract and it is the interface between food and body. And this huge organ system – the size of a tennis court when stretched end to end – is responsible for converting our food into chemical messages through the processes of digestion and absorption.
However, the GI tract doesn’t just digest and absorb food. Your GI tract also has its own independently working nervous system . Therefore, the GI tract is rich in neurotransmitters, hormoness, chemical messengers, enzymes, and bacteria. And as you may have already heard t’s even home to 70 percent of your body’s entire immune system.
Its crucial that to have a truly healthy functtioning body we need to have a healthy GI tract! A lot can go wrong with our guts and some of the following below can wreak havoc on our GI health-
• enzyme deficiency
• microbial imbalance
• motility issues
• detoxification abnormalities
• intestinal permeability
Food intolerances, sensitivies and allergies can contribute to all of those problems above directly or in directly. Food allergies and sensitivities can harm your body in so many unwanted ways. Some symptoms maybe the following-
• asthma and allergies
• autoimmune disorders
• skin conditions
• cardiovascular diseases
• neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia
• mood disorders
• kidney problems
So anyone who feels that something isn’t quite right with their body and (a great place to start is the GI tract/gut!) then I can highly recommend an elimination diet. There are lots of ways to treat gut related health problems but a simple, easy and effective way is to start by eliminating and removing certain foods from your diet that maybe causing the problem.
For some people the results can be instant and feel miraculously simple but for some it may take some consistency and a couple of weeks to really feel a difference, this is why I recommend a 4-6 elimination diet to see some results. Then you can slowly reintroduce foods and monitor how you feel with them!
The best type of an elimination diet is a strict one… The more restrictive the better!!
Foods to exclude-
• The nightshade family- Tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, goi berries, aubergines
• Wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, non GF oats, all gluten-containing products
• White flour sugary goods- pastries, cakes, biscuits
• Legumes like soybeans, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, all beans, peas, lentils
• Nuts and seeds (peanuts and almonds especially)
• Beef, pork, eggs, processed deli meats like ham and bacon, hotdogs, canned meat, sausage, shellfish, meat substitutes made from soy/processed fake meats.
• Milk, cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, sorbet, margarine, butter, processed and hydrogenated oils, mayonnaise, spreads and shop bought condiments (try making your own salad dressings or stick to lemon juice and cold pressed olive oil)
• White and brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, processed and packaged treats!
So what can you eat?? Don’t panic…
See below my go to guide of what your diet can consist of-
• Almost all fresh fruit, but go easy on the citrus ones (these are high in histamines)
• Almost all fresh veg, you can get creative and roast, steam or bake them
• Rice, buckwheat, quiona or millet (These are gentle gluten free fibre rich grains) If you suspect grains maybe the culprit remove these to.
• Wild caught fatty fish, organic turkey and lamb
• Unsweetened organic rice milk or coconut milk (always unsweetened and the fewer ingredients the better)
• Cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil
• Drink plenty of fresh water, herbal teas (eg. rooibos,fennnel, peppermint, always decaf etc.)
• Sea salt, fresh pepper, fresh herbs and spices (eg. garlic, cumin, dill, ginger,,oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, turmeric)