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If you experience digestive upset after eating certain foods, or if you develop rashes when in contact with various ingredients, your doctor might suggest you follow an elimination diet. If you and your physician suspect that you have gluten or lactose sensitivities, you may be placed on an elimination diet. Issues like enzyme imbalances, decreased physical performance, digestive system problems, and inflammation can all be attributed to a food allergy or sensitivity, and elimination diets can help pinpoint the foods that cause these symptoms.

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1. What Are Your Symptoms?

Different food allergies and sensitivities have different symptoms. Elimination diets are most beneficial when you keep a food log of what you eat and the amounts, as well as your digestion status and any symptoms or anomalies. Symptoms of intolerance to certain of proteins, such as gluten or lactose, include gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. You might also experience flare-ups of some immune disorders, such as eczema and rheumatoid arthritis, or migraines. These symptoms often indicate a medical need for the supervised elimination diet. If you simply wish to clear your mind of fog or improve the condition of your skin, then eliminating added sugar or processed food might be more helpful than a medical elimination diet.

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