Hypoallergenic Diet

Posted on May 24, 2012

Well folks I’ve been in clinic for 2 weeks now. I’m getting to know my patients and supervisors, getting into the swing of charting and researching, and finally figuring out what paperwork goes where and when!

One observation I’ve had over the past few rotations is how applicable the hypoallergenic diet is to patient care. I’ve already suggested it for 2 of my patients, hence introducing you to this concept today.

The hypoallergenic diet removes common allergens from the diet for 1 month and then follows a specific reintroduction schedule of each food to see where the trouble lies. Offending foods might cause any range of symptoms from bloating to poor sleep to hyperactivity. It’s cheaper than expensive (and often inaccurate) food-allergy testing, but it can also be quite time consuming and restrictive. You have to be dedicated to the plan otherwise it really holds no benefit.

Having followed it myself for 3 months I was able to determine my offending foods, too. It’s not easy, but it’s certainly effective.

I have suggested this plan to a patient looking to increase her chances of conceiving. I want her to start on the right foot before welcoming a child into her womb. I  have also suggested it for a patient suffering from ulcerative colitis. Cleaning up the diet is absolutely crucial for digestive ailments. A hypoallergenic diet is also extremely helpful for individuals struggling with atopic skin conditions, food allergies, seasonal allergies, heartburn and even conditions such as chronic fatigue, hypertension, ADD and ADHD.

Are you bloated, gassy, burning, cramping or nauseas? This might be the place to start.

Simple enough right? In fact, it can be a little complicated figuring out what all of those allergens are. At the RSNC we offer a wonderful and simple guide to getting started. Here’s a brief, but not comprehensive, list of offending foods:

  • tomatoes
  • corn
  • peppers
  • potatoes
  • bananas
  • strawberries
  • melon
  • gluten containing foods
  • soy
  • peanuts
  • red meat
  • dairy
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • caffeine
  • alcohol

Hypoallergenic eating is just what the (future) Naturopathic doctor ordered!

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