Low Reactive Diet
words by Helaina Lungu
About The Diet

The aim of this diet is to gently stimulate and restore the body’s elimination and detoxification pathways. By eliminating certain foods and chemicals for a period of 1-3 weeks your practitioner can assess the impact of common reactive foods on your current health status.

Foods included in the diet outline – promote detoxification, are easy to digest, and may enhance the body’s ability to repair. A low reactive diet may therefore provide enormous benefit to treatment and management of the following common health conditions:

  • Skin conditions – Allergies
  • Digestive disorders – Sinusitis
  • Autoimmune disease – Chronic Fatigue
  • Chemical sensitivity – Weight Control


This diet is designed to eliminate:

  • Dairy products (milk, butter, cheese, yoghurt, cream, ice cream)
  • Foods containing gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley)
  • Yeasts and moulds
  • Phenolic chemicals – salicylates in fruits and vegetables
  • Preservatives (benzoates), metabisulphite, nitrites
  • Artificial colourings (tartrazine, erythrosine) and flavours (MSG – 621)
  • Biologically active amines (eg histamine, serotonin, tyramine)
  • Caffeine (coffee, tea, energy, or cola drinks)
  • Chocolate, lollies, sugar
  • Alcohol


Diet Guidelines
  1. Drink 6-8 glasses of purified water each day.
  2. Consume a glass of freshly made juice each morning with spirulina.
  3. Take a good quality multivitamin to ensure adequate nutrition for proper detoxification
  4. All foods must be rotated daily to provide a broad spectrum of nutrients and phytochemicals to assist elimination.
  5. Medium-sized meals are to be consumed every 3-4 hours.
  6. Consumption of fresh fruit between meals to prime digestion is beneficial.


Low Reactive Foods
  • FRUITS – limes, apples, banana, lychee, pawpaw, pear, rhubarb, mango
  • VEGETABLES – Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, green beans, lettuce, onion, potato, pumpkin, shallots, sprouts, sweet potato
  • MEAT – beef, chicken, fish, lamb, salmon, tuna, turkey
  • BEVERAGES – bamboo, chamomile tea, dandelion tea, decaffeinated coffee, Ecco, rice milk, soy milk
  • PULSES – soybeans, lentils, dried beans
  • SWEETENERS – maple syrup, vanilla beans
  • GRAINS – buckwheat, millet, soy flour, rice flour, rice
  • NUTS & SEEDS – cashews, poppyseed, pecans, walnuts
Words by Helaina Lungu

Words by Helaina Lungu

Helaina is a passionate and experienced practitioner who has qualifications in naturopathy, weight loss consulting, and personal training. Her experience includes educating the community and practitioners alike about the benefits of and the latest trends in the natural medicine industry. In the past Helaina has represented some of the biggest natural health brands in Australia, like Bioceuticals and Metagenics, before founding The Botaniq in 2020. Her particular fields of interest include weight management, digestive, and mental health. In her spare time, she loves to listen to music, go for long drives, head to the beach, and go for a walk with her beautiful pug.