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iVillage.com: Always Tired? Stomach Upset? Try This Diet to Find Your Food Sensitivities

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How an Elimination Diet Works

In a nutshell, an elimination diet works like ripping off a bandage. Instead of tweaking your diet slowly, week after week, trying to figure out which foods agree with you and which ones don’t, you simply knock out the top seven troublemakers for one solid week, then gradually add them back one at a time. If your symptoms come back, you’ve identified a food sensitivity.

“Some people feel headachy, stiff or tired for the first few days,” says Brenda Powell, M.D., an integrative medicine physician at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. “But soon they notice that they have a lot more energy, they’re clear-headed, their aches and pains have eased, and they feel a lot healthier and happier!”

Bonus: If you have food sensitivities, you’re lugging around at least 10 pounds of trapped fluids -- bloating and tissue swelling caused by those allergy-like food reactions, say Stanford University researchers. “Remove troublesome foods from your diet, and you’ll flush out that fluid in the first week,” says Dr. Haas.

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