William Cole, DC, a functional medicine practitioner, is an expert at identifying the underlying factors of chronic conditions and offering natural, holistic approaches to optimal health. This week, we're thrilled to share his series on the elimination diet and how it can improve your overall well-being. To learn more, check out his new course, The Elimination Diet: A 60-Day Protocol to Uncover Food Intolerances, Heal the Gut, and Feel Amazing.
Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, macrobiotic, vegetarian, pescatarian, ketogenic, Mediterranean ... it can be overwhelming trying to find the right way to eat. And with all the contradicting information online, it can make us feel anxious or apathetic about doing anything at all.
So what do I recommend? In all my years as a functional medicine practitioner, I've never seen anything do as much for people's health as the elimination diet.
In functional medicine, the elimination diet is seen as the gold standard for creating a sustainable food-as-medicine plan for life. The diet involves removing specific foods that are most likely to cause you problems for a few weeks, and focusing instead on eating real, nutritious foods. Not only will you help heal your body, but you'll realize what foods are contributing to health issues.
I've done this protocol myself and saw amazing results in my own health. I discovered increased energy, better digestion, deeper sleep, clearer skin, and I finally felt like myself again.
If you're considering doing the elimination diet for yourself, here are 10 benefits you should know about: