If there is a food that bothers you and you eliminate it for say a year and then reintroduce it, will you now:
- Be able to eat it without getting bad reactions because you've healed?
- react even more because your body is not longer used to it?
Let me first say that I don't think there is one answer to this question. I'm sure it both options are sometimes true.
In some cases, removing a substance from your diet lets you heal. This means that the underlying problem was that there is some sort of damage caused by X. Remove X. Let the sore heal. Now that you don’t have an open sore, so to speak, you can handle small amounts of the offending food. This is the idea behind the GAPS diet.
In another scenario, a person react to X because they don't have enough of something like, for instance, and enzyme to digest it. You remove food X and later re-introdunce. Now you REALLY don’t have the missing enzyme/receptor/whatever after not needing it for a year. Dr. Ayers is against avoiding dairy. He says you should eat a small amount of yogurt daily to build up tolerance.
What about FODMAP foods? Has anyone eliminated them and reintroduced? Did the sensitivity increase or decrease?
Thanks in advance for any insight.