elemental-dietThis is a great teleseminar with me (Jini Patel Thompson) and my assistant, Nicole Paull, called All About Elemental Diets. This is from our LTYG Wellness Circle, but we decided to make it available to everyone since we get these questions all the time.

We discuss the most common questions, difficulties, tips and tricks for people wanting to go on an elemental diet.

We also discuss viable alternatives to an elemental diet – for people who don’t have the money, or the time, or the willpower to do an exclusively elemental diet. We even tell you who should not go on an elemental diet!

Nicole and I have been answering questions on the forum and doing private consults with people on The IBD Remission Diet for years (in addition to having both personally been on the Diet) – so we pull from a huge pool of experience with hundreds of different people.

This is definitely information and insight you won’t find anywhere else – by the end you’ll likely know more about bowel rest diets than your GI! Just click below to download both the mp3 audio recording of the teleseminar and the written transcript.



Or, see my other blog post for a quick overview of how an elemental diet is used in place of steroids to induce remission in Crohn’s, colitis, or diverticulitis.

Soar higher,


All About Elemental Diets

31 thoughts on “All About Elemental Diets

  • While we’re on the topic of elemental diets… I just had to post this email I just received from a reader – it’s my new favorite!:

    Hi Jini

    I switched from Ultra Inflamx (Metagenics) to AbsorbPlus a couple of weeks ago. I started with the sample pack then ordered 1 French Vanilla and 1 Chocolate. There is no comparison in taste; I was chasing the Inflamx with cookies it tastes so bad. I love the taste of both the vanilla and chocolate. I thought the berry tasted like childrens cough syrup. I am so pleased with this product.


  • I ordered Listen to your gut book and have read it cover to cover …I am booked for a scope in feb to see what I have. I want the diet book and absorb plus but the deal for 12.00 bucks on your site is not coming through . I had to pay another fee on top of the book fee and shipping to FEDX so it costs alot for me to get your stuff to canada …can I buy absorb plus here in canada…? maureen

  • Hi Maureen,

    The sample pack promotion you’re talking about can be added to your cart from the link below:


    There is one option for purchasing Absorb Plus in Canada if you want to avoid the duties and expensive international shipping charges; a pharmacy in the Vancouver area called Finlandia carries our product and you can visit their website below:


    If you have any additional questions, feel free to e-mail me directly at service@listentoyourgut.com.

    Have a great day,
    Justin Wade
    Customer Service Manager
    e: service@listentoyourgut.com

  • Hello, our sister suffered a hypertension bleed in the left back hemisphere.. She’s on the road to a slow recovery and we’re looking for an alternate gastro-tube food formula to give her than the junk the pharma/medi groups use which contain canola oil a bunchy of chemical preservatives and miniscule nutrition.

    Do U have a formula that will be healthier for her and have the brain nutrition she needs to reformat her mainframe?

    ty and appreciate Ur website/information.

    blessings, anna:)

  • ANNA – Absorb Plus is our elemental diet product, but it doesn’t really work well in a feeding tube. People have tried diluting it with a LOT of extra water, but they still have to massage/shake the bag regularly while it’s going in and it may clog the tube.

    However, many have used AP to get OFF tube feeding very quickly. So you may want to give that a try:


  • I’m starting the Elemental diet and I was wondering is that the only thing I eat? Do I take my normal vit/min? Thanks

  • In The IBD Remission Diet book there are lists of what is allowed. So yes, vit/mins are allowed – but make sure it does not contain anything that causes diarrhea – esp. high levels of magnesium. See my LTYG Shoppe for brands I recommend (all include ingredient lists too, so you can cross reference with your current brand)

  • I purchased your book that is a great help to me. I really appreciate what you have done and the years you have spent on your research. I have been diagnosed with crohns. I have followed your advise with a fantastic result. I want to go on elemental diet I had horrible mouth ulcers that scared inside of my mouth and throat (cant talk and eat because of choking). There is one problem however, that is the mounting cost, especially for the person who is not working. I cannot buy more at this point.
    You need compensation for your effort and I understand that.I respect you since I have benefited a lot. Just maybe more compassionate and les expensive approach will serve sick more efficiently in their time of illness. In the essence I believe that the basic elemental diet should be part of the book “listen to your gut” I don’t mention your products that I cannot buy because the cost of it.
    You are definitely gutsy and very determined lady. I learned a lot and I want to thank you for it. Unfortunately, I don’t have support and resources to do everything and pay additional money for it. But I know you got it right.

  • Hi LO,

    Thanks for taking the time to write in – it’s great to hear that you experienced fantastic results! Absorb Plus is actually cheaper per serving than most of the similar products out there but we do have some things in place to mitigate the cost:

    1. Free shipping for orders within the continental US for orders over $99.

    2. Listen to Your Gut Wellness Circle Membership: Receive a 10% discount on orders at Jini’s shoppe for only $9.95 (or 15% for $26.95). This one pays for itself and then some if you purchase even two Absorb Plus tubs at a time, For more info, visit this link: http://www.ltygwellnesscircle.com/

    3. 7Plus loyalty program: Get a free 7th Absorb Plus tub for every 6 tubs you purchase on a single order. Click here for more information:


    If the cost is still too high, you may want to check out the blog post below where Jini talks about using common foods instead of Absorb Plus:


    And here is another post which may be of interest where she talks about which foods to use when transitioning off an elemental diet:


    Kind regards,
    Customer Care

  • When I said “health business”, I meant the people in the colonoscopy and endoscopy business. Because they will never talk about all the risks, and those doctors that will just prescribe antibiotics like crazy.

  • Hi I’ve been diagnosed with U.C three years ago. I’m eating the organics, grass Fed meats and now gluten free diet. Still have flare ups due to eating things I shouldn’t. Looking to try the absorb plus to get the nutrients that I may need. Need to know the source of this product and will this help eliminate some of most of my symptoms? Please help I am 38years old and need to be fully energetic. Thank you

  • Hi Michelle,

    Absorb Plus is Jini’s formula and we have it manufactured to her strict specifications so that it is ideal for people with UC, Crohn’s, or any of the other forms of IBD or IBS. A good place to start for information regarding UC and the use of an elemental diet is at Jini’s UC symptom page at the link below:


    Make sure to sign up in the little pink box on the left side of that page and we will send you Jini’s Colitis Quick-Start Guide with even more free info. If you have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can reply here, email us at service@listentoyourgut.com, call 888-866-7745, or visit the live chat in the little blue box on the bottom right of this page (8am -3pm PST).

    Kind regards,
    Customer Care

  • hi there,
    is there a way of getting the ebook on elemental diet for free and receiving the 2 samples here in Canada?
    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but the shipping on the samples is 60$.

    Would I be able to sample the berry?

  • I also would love to know what supplements to add to my elemental diet journey!

    that is why I was thinking I should get the book.

    from what Ive read so far, it’s going to be wild oregano, probiotics, vitaminC powder, AMINO? and Oils… Can I supplement a quality fish oil? I have a severe inflammation reaction to all nuts and seeds.

    LAST QUESTION… one tub is 10 meals? so that could potentially last 2 days only?

  • Hi Elissa,

    Unfortunately shipping is very expensive from the US to Canada but we’ve just emailed you with some other information and options so we look forward to your response.

    Regarding supplements, this is all detailed out in Jini’s Listen to Your Gut and a lot of what Jini recommends has to do with the condition you might be dealing with (i.e. Crohn’s, UC, mild IBS, etc).

    Each 1kg tub of Absorb Plus does contain 10 servings so it would be 2 days of shakes if you were taking 5 per day.

    If you have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can reach us here at the blog, by email at service@listentoyourgut.com, toll-free on the phone at 888-866-7745, or via live chat in the little blue box on the bottom right of this page (during normal business hours).

    Kind regards,
    Customer Care

  • After reading the transcript with questions from a caller about probiotics, I think I know the answer to this person’s problem. Many probiotics on the market contain hidden gluten, including those which are labeled as “gluten free.” Here’s an article from the NYT which discusses this problem:

    A member of my family has celiac, proven by intestinal biopsy. She finds that she cannot tolerate many brands of probiotics, and now she understands why not. The best way to learn which brands of probiotics are safe is to join one or more celiac groups on the internet where patients report their personal experiences with different brands of probiotic products.

    The reason that we purchased Absorb Plus is for emergency use for times when she gets accidentally glutened, as for example when finding a crouton down in the bottom of her salad bowl in a restaurant after ordering from their gluten free menu. Obviously, a waiter thought that it was OK just to lift the croutons out of a pre-mixed salad, instead of making a fresh salad in a clean area of the kitchen without any trace of cross-contamination from gluten. Even though she was careful to pick out the crouton herself, this kind of exposure to cross-contamination with gluten is enough to put her in bed for several days.

    Jini gave the right answer by suggesting that the patient switch brands of probiotics, but a more complete answer would have been to learn which brands of probiotics that other gluten-sensitive patients have found to be safe before recommended such high dosages of probiotics.

    BTW, SIBO is just one of the numerous terrible symptoms that our family member experiences following any accidental exposure to hidden gluten or to cross-contamination with gluten. It can take several days to get over a simple accidental exposure to gluten. We are expecting that having Absorb Plus on the shelf for such emergencies will shorten her recovery time significantly after being glutened accidentally because she often gets too weak to be able to prepare food or to take care of herself without help from a caregiver for several days or even longer.

  • Hi Elizabeth,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to write in. That’s one reason why Jini recommends Natren probiotics: Natren is committed to delivering products that are gluten free, soy free, and non-GMO. Plus, their quality control is excellent. We hope that Absorb Plus is working well for your family member and if you ever have any questions or concerns please let us know.

    Kind regards,
    Customer Care

  • hi, I have been sick for 30 years and I just got tested for SIBO and I tested positive. I am thinking of going on the elemental diet for 2 weeks. Have you seen this help SIBO? What other herbals could I take to get rid of the SIBO? How much oregano oil would I take?
    I appreciate your help.

  • Hi Barbara,

    Jini wrote a blog post about a clinical trial which showed evidence that elemental diets are effective with SIBO. You can check out that post at the link below:


    Regarding wild oregano oil (and probiotics) dosage, Jini outlines all of her recommendations for that in her wild oregano protocol which can be found in her Listen to Your Gut book or her Natural Treatments for Gut Infection book. You can find both in physical or eBook versions at this link:


    Kind regards,
    Customer Care

  • Hi,
    I’m getting all prepped to start my elemental diet. I know most plant-based supplements aren’t allowed. But I was wondering if Milk Thistle would be allowed? It’s only Silymarin, nothing else is added to it. I use this for gallbladder support.

  • Hi Heather,

    If you’re absolutely certain that milk thistle causes zero issues for you then go for it!

    Kind regards,
    Customer Care

  • I tried the AbsorbPlus sample with my DD who has Crohn’s colitis and is currently flaring – bloody diarrhea that we can’t seem to rein in. She is on an SCD diet, a 5-ASA Lialda and VSL-3 probiotic. This combination seemed to have been working for 9 months until we saw blood in her stool over 3 weeks ago. Her GI upped her Lialda (max dosage) and VSL-3 (225 billion) but she keeps getting worse daily – progressed to bloody diarrhea. She is out of school and resting but to no avail.

    She is basically on chicken soup, some steamed zucchini and cucumbers but nothing seems to help. We want to try an elemental diet instead of stronger drugs.

    Anyway, I split the AbsorbPlus sample in 3 shakes to test it and each time in 2 minutes, she had to go. Is that normal? Would you suggest trying the Absorbplus if it cannot even stay in her system for 2 minutes? She would need to be having at least 5 shakes and that would mean she may in the bathroom all the time. She does not have any pain per se on having it.

    Also, I have the IBD Remission Diet book and it lists al lot of supplements. My DD is very sensitive to supplements. Are they all necessary? We were think of trying a highly reduced WOO along with some elemental shake and maybe gelatin (healing) and chicken broth and her VSL-3 to see if that alone works?

    And has anyone tried a probiotic enema using the probiotics they are already on? I don’t think her system reacts well to too many changes.


  • Hi Yasmin,

    If VSL #3 is giving you good results then you may want to continue with that but Jini does not recommend VSL #3 for reasons detailed at this link:


    Regarding the Absorb Plus sample, one third of a serving would not have an effect like that within two minutes of ingestion. People on elemental diets tend to have more frequent bowel movements, especially at the beginning, but it should normalize a bit as the body acclimates to it. The goal is to stop the bleeding and any other symptoms that one might be suffering from and achieve a state of stable remission from which regular foods can be gradually introduced.

    As far as the supplements mentioned in The IBD Remission Diet, each has its own purpose and Jini would not recommend them if she felt they weren’t necessary. However, some of them may not be applicable based on your particular health situation (more details about that in the book). If you have any additional questions about any of the protocols please don’t hesitate to ask!

    Kind regards,
    Customer Care

  • Hi Paul,

    We wouldn’t recommend leaving it for any longer than a few hours because the product tastes best when mixed fresh. No matter how long you leave it in the refrigerator, make sure to shake/mix/stir it up again before you drink it because the powder will likely settle at the bottom of the container.

    Kind regards,
    Customer Care

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