Rotation Diet getting more attention

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Allergists are increasingly recommending what is known as a "rotation diet."

For those with mild allergies, this can help allay some of the responses associated with those allergens by helping expose, in frequent small amounts, the patient to the allergens as well as pinpoint specific allergens that may be the cause of reaction. It should not, however, be undertaken without professional supervision.

The basic goal of a rotation diet is to identify allergies or sensitivities not already known, prevent more from developing, and develop tolerances to more types of food.

How does it work?

A rotation diet basically rotates biologically-related foods (foods from the same "food family") into and out of the person's diet on a set schedule. This allows for not only the intake, but the controlled "testing" for allergies without undergoing long, often painful, and drawn-out blanket-style allergy testing through skin piercing. The variance in the rotation period will depend on the rotation plan set up by the allergist, but usually follows a "one day on, several days off" formula.

Allergists have found that with many allergies, this can narrow the potential allergens down over time and make specific allergen testing by other means more productive and more comfortable for the patient.

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