Can an elimination diet hurt me? - Aspire Natural Health

Can an elimination diet hurt me?

In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-Whether an elimination diet could hurt you?
-What an elimination diet is and why you would do one?
-Why you might be more sensitive to something after an elimination diet
-The critical factor that must be addressed for food sensitivities



Hey Folks,

It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health

And in this quick video I want to talk to you about a question that we recently got here at Aspire Natural Health and it was… can an elimination diet hurt me?

That’s a great question and it’s natural to wonder since on elimination diets people are often cutting out foods that they’ve eaten for a long time.

The first thing we need to do is take a second to talk about an elimination diet. What is it?

An elimination diet is where one, several, or a bunch of foods are taken out of a person’s diet, or eliminated, for a period of time to see if it makes any difference in their health.

In our work with people with digestive issues and autoimmunity, we’re often having people eliminate foods for 2-4 weeks, and the most common time-frame is 4 weeks. That almost always gives the immune system enough time to calm down and the body to begin rebalancing itself.

What foods can be eliminated?

Well, since the immune system is able to react to basically any food we put in our mouths, technically any food could be eliminated.

But there are a handful of foods that tend to be the biggest offenders for most people and that’s where most elimination diets start.

Would you like to know the most common problematic foods for people?

Grab a pen and write this down.

The most common problem foods are:
1. Wheat & gluten
2. Dairy
3. Soy
4. Eggs
5. Corn
6. Peanuts
7. Tree nuts
8. Citrus fruits
9. Colorings, flavorings and additives

Now it’s not uncommon for people who haven’t been educated on this topic to tell people that elimination diets could be dangerous.

After all we’ve been told for decades now that grains and dairy foods are important for our health.

And they can be healthy for some people.

Just because they are common problematic foods, does NOT mean that everyone needs to avoid them or that they’re “poison”. That’s people going too far in the other direction!

But if you take grains and dairy out of your diet are you hurting yourself?

And the short answer is no!

No, if you’re replacing dairy and grains with whole foods like fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and meats. All of the nutrition that’s in grains and dairy can be found in other whole foods.

So you are not hurting yourself by doing an elimination diet.

Now I do have two quick caveats to what I was just saying…

The first is that many people find after avoiding a problem food when they do eat that food they find that it bothers them a lot more than it used to, and it’s natural to think that the elimination diet made them more sensitive to the food.

That’s almost never what happened. What happened is that the elimination diet unmasked those symptoms that either were not as clear before or the person wasn’t even aware of. It did not create those symptoms.

The second is that a long-term elimination diet can become problematic if the underlying problems aren’t taken care of.

This is one area I see a number of holistic practitioners falling down for their patients. For a lot of people taking out one or more problem foods can make a really big difference for people. And they or their practitioners stop treatment at that point, essentially saying “just don’t eat that food and you’re fine.”

But while taking out a food helps, it often doesn’t fix the underlying issue and as long as that issue is there, things will get worse.

We often see this an an ever increasing sensitivity to foods. Where someone will take out one or a couple of foods and feel better for a while, then find they need to remove more and more foods. Often they can get to a place where they can only eat a few foods, or in some cases everything they eat causes them reactions.

But again this isn’t the fault of the elimination diet, but that the underlying issues haven’t been properly addressed.

So there you have it…

Can an elimination diet hurt me?

And the answer is…


If you are replacing the eliminated foods with nutritious whole foods, and addressing the underlying causes of those food sensitivities than an elimination diet isn’t going to hurt you.

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Until next time folks…Take care!


At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at helping people suffering with digestive issues and autoimmunity.

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The first step of our process is to see if we’re a good fit for one another. If we are, we’ll talk about next steps. If not, that’s okay, and we’ll do our best to help you find the right person.

Everything is no-obligation and no-pressure, so you don’t have to worry. You have nothing to lose!

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