What is an elimination diet?

Elimination diet is a short-term diet that consists of removing certain food groups from the diet for a certain period of time, then gradually adding the removed foods back to the diet according to the tolerance of the person, and monitoring possible reactions.

Although it is called a diet, it is not a diet. It is not intended for weight loss. But in the end it acts as a weight loss diet. It is applied for a short time. It is recommended to apply for 4-6 weeks for those with chronic inflammatory disease. However, as a result of the applications, experts state that 21 days is a sufficient process. The removal of food groups from the diet for a certain period of time, then the removed foods are added gradually and one by one.

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Purpose of elimination diet

To reduce inflammation and to increase immunity in the gut by overreacting and removing nutrients that harm itself. regulating the immune system and relieving the burden of the immune system. Heal the gut by reducing inflammation and antibody production, calm the immune system.

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Who can it be applied to?

Under doctor’s control:

  • Migraine,
  • Fibromyalgia,
  • Irritable bowel disease,
  • Pains,
  • Depression,
  • Anxiety,
  • Allergy,
  • Autoimmune (Hashimoto – Graves – Rheumatoid arthritis etc.)
  • It can be applied in chronic diseases.

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Which foods are restricted in the elimination diet?

  • All sugars and sweeteners: fructose, sucrose, sugar
  • Gluten grains and flours: wheat, barley, bulgur, rye, corn, semolina, vermicelli and anything made from them all kinds of food
  • Dairy products: all dairy products including milk, cheese, yoghurt, kefir
  • Eggs
  • Meat: all processed meats (sausage, salami, sausage) and beef
  • Seafood: shellfish (octopus, squid, mussels)
  • Soya
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine: coffee , tea, carbonated drinks, energy drinks
  • Peanuts, peanut butter

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Food groups that are free in elimination diet

  • Vegetables: all vegetables except potatoes, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and corn
  • Fruit: citrus and FODMAP if needed All fruits except fruits (organic and fresh should be preferred)
  • Rice
  • Pulses: (generally free but may be prohibited in some cases) It is necessary to pay attention to methods such as soaking for 24 hours and sprouting.
  • Gluten-free cereal: buckwheat, quinoa
  • Coconut milk, almond milk
  • Unroasted raw nuts: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts (except peanuts)
  • Lamb, turkey, goat, mutton, organic chicken
  • Some fish: in-season small sea fish such as anchovies, horse mackerel
  • Cold-pressed olive oil, avocado
  • Spices: turmeric, ginger, thyme, cinnamon, rosemary etc.

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