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IFM’s Elimination Diet: Personalized, Optimized Nutrition


Nutrition plays an important role in health and in most disease states. Optimizing a patient’s diet for their individual needs can be one of the most important interventions for health.

IFM’s Elimination Diet is a three-week program designed to identify and tailor a person’s diet for their unique physiology. After the three weeks are complete, a careful reintroduction of foods can identify previously hidden food triggers that may have been contributing to illness, causing fatigue, and reducing overall vitality.

As a short-term intervention, the Elimination Diet has several benefits for helping patients to:

  • Identify food triggers
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Support the microbiome
  • Increase phytonutrients
  • Promote body awareness to food

For many patients, the Elimination Diet has been a cornerstone of identifying a path to increased health. An educator at IFM’s GI Advanced Practice Module, Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, LDN, describes the effectiveness of this tool:

One of the creators of the Elimination Diet, Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, LDN, explains why the Elimination Diet is a cornerstone of her treatment plans.

Although short-term, the Elimination Diet requires careful planning for success. Nutritional changes can necessitate learning new cooking skills and experimenting with new ingredients. This can lead to challenges with adherence. Some of the most common pitfalls are described in this article by mindbodygreen.

IFM’s Elimination Diet is available to all members in the IFM Toolkit, along with a wealth of other resources. Learn more about Functional Nutrition in our free online course, Introduction to Functional Nutrition: Clinical Solutions for Addressing the Underlying Causes of Disease.

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