Dr. Elson Haas
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Dr. Elson Haas

Mar 16, 2018

How is an Elimination Diet different from regular Detox?

There are two key levels to the Purification or Detox Process.
The first is letting go of any foods, substances, habits or abuses, even addictions in some cases. This process encourages you to take a break, which may be temporary or lifelong, from such common habits as the daily intake of what I call the SNACCs: Sugar (as refined sugar and corn syrups – the “food” industry puts them in everything, it seems), Nicotine, Alcohol, Caffeine and Chemicals (both in foods and our environment). It is also productive to ask what foods or substances would you have the hardest time giving up? These cravings are often the place to begin cleansing even though it can be a challenge. However, this is often the first step in health liberation, freeing ourselves from the emotional connection and dependence on certain substances that can negatively impact our vitality and moods, both immediately and over time. I have written extensively on this subject during my career, as in my book The Detox Diet.

The second level is identifying and addressing food reactions. This typically occurs from the foods we eat most often and the foods most commonly available in our society. I call these the Sensitive Seven–Wheat, Cow’s milk, Sugar, Eggs, Corn, Soy, and Peanuts. My book The False Fat Diet discusses this topic in detail, reviewing the many ways our bodies react to foods and the great variety of health conditions caused by these reactions. I call it False Fat because many of us carry a surprising amount of extra “weight” that is actually bloating and swelling caused by our body’s reaction certain foods. Once we identify and eliminate these foods we can loose that weight in addition to feeling better generally.

Click the link below to see my recent article about food reactions in Total health Magazine



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