Gluten Intolerance does not only cause digestive issues. Many people with depression, ADHD, joint pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue may also be gluten intolerant. How do you know if you are gluten intolerant? One of the most commonly used methods is to do an elimination diet.
The Elimination Diet is a process of isolating foods that could be potentially causing the immune system to over react by taking them out of your diet for a period then reintroducing them. The purpose of the Elimination Diet is to avoid all problematic foods. The top problematic foods are gluten, dairy, eggs, yeast, and soy.
When you eat foods that you are intolerant to, they cause inflammation in your body. With the elimination diet, by cutting out these intolerant foods, you are eating to calm inflammation and balance the body. Once the body is calm, the symptoms diminish and it will become noticeable to you when a “trouble” food is eaten because the symptoms will come back. Incorporating a detox with the Elimination diet helps to heal the inflammation and support you through the process.
A sample guide for the Elimination diet can be found here: Elimination Guide