Food Elimination Plan
We typically see our customers have success with an elimination diet. There are two types of elimination diets, and you are welcome to choose the one that will best suit your lifestyle.
The first type of elimination diet focuses on foods with high or moderate reactivity first. It is only after those foods are eliminated for several weeks (3 weeks) that they begin to introduce one food back into their diet at a time. If physical symptoms return after re-introduction then you've identified a food that you are intolerant to and can choose to avoid it after that. It's good to wait 3 days before you move onto the next food but simply repeat the process until you've reintroduced each of the high or moderate reactivity foods. It is up to you if you want to repeat the process with low reactivity foods as well. I personally think it's difficult to avoid all 96 foods for weeks at a time.
The second type of elimination diet requires you to remove ALL food with any amount of reactivity (1, 2, or 3) for 30 days. When you begin to reintroduce foods, it is a slow process, and you always start with the class 1 foods first followed by class 2 then 3. The process of reintroduction for each food is the same, and foods are introduced one at a time over 4 days. On day #1, you should eat as much of the food added back as you want. On days #2-4 do not eat that food again but pay close attention to your symptoms. If you are feeling good after 4 days, then start the process over again with the next food. While this type of diet is tedious, it is very accurate at pinpointing which foods are causing you the most symptoms.
IgG reactivity level does not always directly correlate with physical symptoms: some people can have highly reactive foods causing little to no negative symptoms in their body, while others can have mildly reactive foods causing strong negative symptoms in their bodies. Figuring out which foods are problematic for you is the ultimate goal. Elimination diets, such as the ones explained above, are the best way to determine which foods that your IgG reacts to are the ones causing the negative symptoms you experience.
Below you will find the reference ranges which we use for each marker. There are three classifications of reactivity, 0-3, with 0 being normal and 3 being highly reactive. Remember, you can click on each food to see more details about that food and actually see your score. Once you know all the foods you have a Class 1-3 reaction to, you can choose how you want to proceed with an elimination diet to determine which ones are problematic.
- Class 0 (Low Reactivity) - less than 0.200
- Class 1 (Mild Reactivity) - 0.200 - 0.299
- Class 2 (Moderate Reactivity) - 0.300 - 0.399
- Class 3 (High Reactivity) - greater or equal to 0.400