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The Elimination Diet

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Do you think you might have a food allergy or sensitivity, but you aren't sure which foods to blame? Are you experiencing skin flare-ups, digestive issues, moodiness, or brain fog after meals? An elimination diet might be just what you need. Elimination diets are "short term eating plans that eliminate certain foods that may be causing allergies and other digestive reactions--then reintroduce the foods one at a time in order to determine which foods are, and are not, well-tolerated." It's estimated that over 15 million adults in the U.S alone suffer from food allergies and sensitivities. An elimination diet can help you pinpoint what is causing yours, and guide you in taking steps to heal your digestive system.

Which foods are removed during an elimination diet?

Eight foods account for almost all food reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, wheat/gluten, soy, fish, and shellfish. Though elimination diets can vary in terms of exactly what foods are excluded, most will cut out:

  • gluten
  • dairy
  • soy
  • refined/added sugar
  • peanuts
  • corn
  • alcohol
  • eggs
  • all packaged, processed, and fast foods

How long does an elimination diet usually last?

Most diets last about 3-6 weeks. Antibodies--the proteins your immune system makes when it reacts to food--take about three weeks to dissipate. This is the minimum time needed for someone to fully heal from sensitivities, and notice improvements.

What are the benefits of an elimination diet?

There are so many benefits to doing an elimination diet. Here are just a few:

  • uncovers unknown food allergies
  • helps reduce digestive syndromes such as IBS and Leaky Gut
  • relieves skin irritations like eczema and acne
  • can help treat disorders such as ADHD, ADD, Autism, anxiety, and depression
  • calms inflammation, boosts your body's energy, and strengthens your immune system
  • increases awareness of the foods you eat, and which ones work best for your body

Elimination diets are not for losing weight, so don't think of them as quick ways to drop pounds. The goal is to heal your body.

This diet shouldn't last for more than 6 weeks--stay on it just long enough to pinpoint foods that aren't working for you. Continuing to follow such a strict diet for longer than 6 weeks can begin to deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to keep functioning at 100 percent.

Not sure how it's possible to cut so many foods out of your diet for 3-6 weeks, without running out of meals to make? There are tons of good websites that have elimination diet recipes, tips, and advice available to you for free. Or, you can stop by Nature's Finest Nutrition--we're always happy to help!

 

Sources:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24175/10-compelling-reasons-to-try-an-elimination-diet.html

https://draxe.com/elimination-diet/

Winter, Probiotics, and Acidophilus Plus

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With winter come brisk weather, weakened immune systems and sickness. Since eighty percent of your immune health lies in the gut, it only makes sense to ensure you give your gut the best nutrition you can, especially during these cold, chilly months. Probiotics take the top spot on a list of supplements for gut health. There are lots of them out there, lining the shelves of pharmacies and supplement stores, but only one will give you the full nutritional support you need.

GNLD’ S ACIDOPHILUS PLUS™

GNLD’s supplement of beneficial bacteria, Acidophilus Plus, combines potencacidophilusy with technology to guarantee that  live  microorganisms  survive  the  stomach  acid and reach the intestine to deliver viable  organisms to support optimal digestive and colon health.

  • Each capsule is filled  with five billion  live  microorganisms—as many as in 10 servings of yogurt—all in one daily serving!
  • You receive  beneficial  bacteria isolated  from  cultured  dairy foods,  so  you  get  the  benefits without  the  extra  calories  from these foods.
  • Acidophilus Plus  provides an  exclusive  blend  of  five types  of  clinically  provenlactic  acid-producing  bacteria: lactobacillus  acidophilus, lactobacillus bulgaricus, lactobacillus  casei,  Bifidobacterium bifidum,and streptococcus thermophilus.
  • The exclusive  Gel-Gard  enteric protection system guarantees deliveryby protecting against  harsh  stomach  acid and  ensuring  that  maximum numbers  of  live  bacteria  are delivered in the intestine.

GEL-GARD PROTECTION:

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This technology involves wrapping the bacteria in a special gel-forming polysacharide, which is insoluble in acidic conditions of the stomach. This is then enclosed in a gelatin capsule. When the capsule reaches the  stomach,  it  dissolves and the contents of the capsule form an insoluble matrix called Gel-Gard.

HOW PROBIOTICS WORK FOR YOU:

Metabolism:

  • synthesize b-vitamins
  • lower levels of toxic/mutagenic compounds
  • reduce risk of colon cancer
  • promote long-term colon health

Digestion:

  • produce enzymes to digest lactose
  • improve lactose intolerance

Immunity:

  • strengthen innate immunity
  • reduce food allergy symptoms in children
  • keep “bad” bacteria in check
  • prevent travelers’ diarrhea
  • control irritable bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: CAN I TAKE ACIDOPHILUSPLUS™ IF I AM LACTOSE INTOLERANT?

A: Yes.  Probiotics in Acidophilus Plus, though derived from cultured dairy foods, are purified so that the amount of  lactose  remaining  is  insignificant  to  create any undesirable effects in lactose intolerant individuals.

In fact, lactobacilli are capable of producing lactase, an enzyme that helps break down lactose and helps the digestion of these foods.

Q: DO INEED TO TAKE ACIDOPHILUS PLUS IF I CONSUME DAIRY PRODUCTS?

A: Some, but not all, dairy products contain live, active cultures and many are sold suggesting that they are beneficial for our health. Most of these are fresh products requiring refrigeration, and there is considerable doubt as to how many of the live bacteria actually survive in the stomach acid. Taking Acidophilus Plus guarantees that a significant number of live beneficial bacteria are delivered to the intestine.

Q: THE PRODUCT LABEL SAYS ACIDOPHILUS PLUS CONTAINS STREPTOCOCCUS. ISN’T THAT THE HARMFUL BACTERIA RESPONSIBLE FOR CAUSING STREP THROAT?

A: No. Some good bacteria have names that sound like bad bacteria. Streptococcus refers only on the shape of the bacterium, and has nothing to do with its ability to promote health or cause disease. (strept means “twisted” and coccus means “round.”) Streptococcus thermophilus—the species included in Acidophilus Plus—has been safely used for centuries to produce cultured dairy products.  The bacterial species associated with causing strep throat is streptococcus pyogenes.

Q: DOES ACIDOPHILUS PLUS NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED PRIOR TO OPENING THE BOTTLE?

A: Although not necessary, keeping Acidophilus Plus refrigerated prior to opening the bottle may further increase the shelf life of the product. It must be refrigerated afteropening the bottle to ensurethe potency of the beneficial cultures.

Q: CAN CHILDREN USE ACIDOPHILUS PLUS?

A: Yes. Anyone who can safely swallow the Acidophilus Plus capsule can take the product and enjoy its benefits.

Have any other questions? Want to place an order?  Contact us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com). Or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Sources: Acidophilus Plus. "http://us.gnld.com/en-us/product/NeoLifeNutritionals/All/AcidophilusPlus"