If you cannot afford to go on an elemental diet, or pay for the targeted healing supplements for IBD or IBS, or you prefer to stick with whole foods (and your system can tolerate them), then I have a few options for you that will not cost more than your regular grocery bill and should go a long way toward providing foundational healing for your digestive system and your whole body.

Ayurvedic IBD Diet

Black-BananasThis diet was given to me in London, UK, by an Ayurvedic physician from India. A friend of mine had used one of his other diets to cure her asthma and so he came highly recommended. He told me to eat NOTHING but black bananas and live yoghurt for six weeks. By ‘black bananas’ I mean normal, yellow-skinned bananas that have been left on the counter to ripen until their skin turns black.

At the time, he didn’t explain, and I had no idea why this should work. But I went out and bought the stuff – and even managed to find home-cultured, live yoghurt at Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. I managed one day on this diet. Because I positively gagged eating those black bananas. I’m texture-sensitive and have never liked thick, slimy things. Plus, I had never liked bananas (except in muffins or pancakes) and I never ate yoghurt!

It was a classic case of “if I knew then, what I know now…”

Here’s the thing that would have made this diet work for me: Throw the bananas and yoghurt in a blender on low speed and sweeten with stevia if required. Add liquid extracts (these are elemental) of caramel, chocolate, or strawberry for extra flavor variety. Voila!

The bananas need to be black, because in this state they are naturally pre-digested and so absorption is enhanced. They are also very alkaline.

Bananas are often called a “perfect food” and have a long history of use for digestive upsets. Bananas contain tryptophan; a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. Bananas are also very high in potassium, yet low in salt, which helps with blood pressure. In fact, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke. Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system (which directly benefits the gut by lowering stress).

Live (or homemade) yoghurt contains live enzymes which help with digestion. It also contains a good level of probiotics. So this is the best way to improve your gut microbiota if you cannot afford probiotics. Conventional store-bought yoghurt will not work for these purposes. So you either need to make it yourself, or buy it from a farm or other specialized vendor who uses the same culturing process you would use at home. If you ferment (culture) the yoghurt for 24 hours, it will also have no lactose remaining.

Blend together on low speed:

  • 1 black banana
  • 1 cup of live yoghurt
  • Add a tablespoon of organic, cold-pressed flax oil if you can afford it
  • Add stevia to sweeten if needed

*Dilute with water if you want a thinner texture.

Bone and Vegetable Broths

As I recommend in The IBD Remission Diet, also drink homemade bone broths between shakes to provide the healing gelatin for the GI tract and to provide taste variety (sweet-salty-sweet-salty etc.) and keep your appetite stimulated. If you’re vegetarian, or for variety, you can also drink homemade vegetable broth.

A great way to get in those extra healing fats is to leave some or all of the fat in your bone broth, or, stir in olive oil, coconut oil, or ghee (butter that has the lactose and milk proteins removed) to your soup. You can also add hydrolyzed collagen (use grass-fed only).

Now, let’s say you hate bananas and you cannot eat any dairy.

Jini’s Vegan IBD Diet Shake

In that case, I would try making shakes from avocado, fresh raw coconut water and a clean veggie protein (with no additives) with stevia for added sweetness if needed.

Avocados are very low in LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and rich in Omega-3’s. They contain more than 25 essential nutrients, and are a very good source of vitamin E, good amounts of vitamin C, containing credible amounts of thiamine and riboflavin (B vitamins). Compared to the banana, an avocado has 60% more potassium. It is very low in sodium and very low in sugar.

Coconut water is such an amazing substance that it is used to replace blood plasma in third world countries where there is no blood bank available. Yes, you can hook coconut water up to your IV and put it straight into your veins! it is also higher in potassium than a banana and contains a near perfect balance of electrolytes – hence you can put it in your veins.

BUT you must make sure the coconut water you buy is fresh and raw – not from concentrate. They basically have to open the coconut and pour it in the container, then sell it to you. Sometimes you have to go to the company’s website to verify this as many use the words “fresh” and “nothing but fresh coconut water” on the label, but when you go to the site, they are either high-heat pasteurizing it, or it is from concentrate. A really good way to tell in the store, is if it says something on the package like: “Use within 2 days of opening” THEN you know it’s the real thing!

Blend together on low speed:

  • 1 cup fresh, whole, raw coconut water
  • 1 scoop clean vegan protein (no added greens, superfoods, fibre, etc.)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 avocado (if you need to gain weight, add more avocado)
  • Add stevia to sweeten if needed

Alternate these shakes with homemade vegetable broth. You can use any vegetable broth recipe you like, but Bieler Broth and the Medicinal Mushroom broth recipes from my IBD Remission Diet book are very good ones.

Variation: If you can eat bananas, but not dairy, then either replace the avocado in the recipe above with 1 banana and alternate between the two shakes, OR use this recipe:

Blend together on low speed:

  • 1 cup fresh, whole, raw coconut water
  • 1 scoop clean vegan protein (no added greens, superfoods, fibre, etc.)
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 black banana
  • Add stevia to sweeten if needed

One More Addition To All The Shakes

If you can afford about $14 for 50 servings, then also add 1/2 tsp (2,000 mg) of L-Glutamine to each of your shakes – it’s pretty tasteless, so easily tolerated. L-Glutamine is a free-form amino acid that’s very healing for the gastrointestinal tract. It is the primary nutrient for the mucosal lining of the intestine, so you get a lot of ‘bang for your buck’ with this supplement. If you’re suffering from diarrhea, then take the L-Glutamine between shakes, on an empty stomach – it causes water to be re-absorbed from the bowel.

What About Raw Juicing?

As I write in my books, it usually doesn’t work for people with inflammatory bowel disease to consume raw fruit or vegetable juices – because it causes diarrhea. Hence the absorption of nutrients is low and people often continue to lose weight and don’t have sufficient energy on a raw juice diet. And healing takes a LOT of energy! And protein.

If you tend towards constipation, you can definitely give raw juicing a try and throw in a scoop of whey or vegetable protein with each shake – to be used for wound repair and building muscle.

Once your digestive system has healed and you do not have diarrhea, you can definitely try juicing vegetables (not too much fruit due to the sugar content). Here is one of my favorite juicing recipes, simple, but delicious:

  • 1 small fennel (bulb, stalks and fronds)
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 apple (cut into wedges)

How To Store Fresh Cut Avocado Without Browning

If you’re only using 1/4 avocado per shake, then you’ll want to know how to keep your cut avocado fresh between shakes.

Lemon juice stops avocado (and other cut fruits like apples or pears) from browning. If you squeeze some lemon juice in a small dish and place the avocado (cut side down) in the lemon juice, you will not need to use plastic wrap. As long as the entire cut surface of the avocado is flush against the lemon juice in the dish, it will stay fresh and green for a few days.





I understand that therapeutic quality probiotics can be very expensive and people on a tight budget often cannot afford to ingest them for the amount of time necessary to establish a good gut flora (which is crucial for healing IBD or IBS).

In that case, or if you want results faster, I urge you to consider using Jini’s Probiotic Retention Enema. This email from a reader shows the value of this protocol:

“The second positive impact was the implementation of Jini’s probiotic retention enema protocol. I first tried it after completing a 9 week stint on the absorb plus elemental diet. Despite the diet and the use of other supplements suggested in the LTYG book, I was still having some persistent physical symptoms (loose stool, blood, urgency) so I decided to give the probiotic enema a try. This protocol provided me very fast improvement of physical symptoms. Within a week my stool quality improved demonstrably and within a month my stool was fully formed and solid and there was almost no blood! I should also mention that the die-off symptoms lasted for an entire week after doing the enema so my gut must have been really toxic. I hope this feedback will be helpful. Thanks to you, Jini, and the entire LTYG team!”
– G.Z.

Use Common Foods To Heal Inflammatory Bowel Disease

101 thoughts on “Use Common Foods To Heal Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Jini,

    What would you recommend for someone who is hypercalemic? I have kidney disease and Crohn’s. I am limited to 1,000 mg of potassium per day. Bananas and avocados are extremely high in potassium.

    Thank You,
    Brett Williamson

  • BRETT – post a list of foods that you are allowed to eat AND you can tolerate and I’ll tell you what I think would work best.

    Also, let me know whether you need to gain weight, or not.

    1. Jini,
      I am in the same boat. I was doing the yogurt and banana snoothie, or with avacado. When my blood was taken after 2 weeks of doing that, and then 2 weeks on clear liquid broth, oregano oil 1to drops 3x daily and the Natren probiotics, it showed my potassium level was slightly over the high normal. The doctor advised me to find other alternatives. He also prescribed an antibiotic, as it appears the oregano oil is not touching it. I have diverticulitis and IBS, which I thought were beginning to show signs of improvement until this bout raged out of control.
      The CT scan showed moderate diverticulitis, and last week I had a fever, but it went down after 48 hours on Oregano Oil. Then the 4th day on it, my insides felt like they were on fire, and I bloated out again. That feeling stayed for 3 days, and I tried to go to ER to get scan faster, but did not as it was packed. The burning went down after drinking the solution for the CT, and having chronic clear diarrhea for the rest of the day and night. Pain went down to a 4, but that lasted only a day, until I tried to go back on Elemental diet again.Now I am in agony again. I did stop taking the Oil before I had to do the prep, and did not restart. I have continued probiotics, and also take pure aloe Vera capsules with Lglutimine.
      So I sit here torn. Do I take the Oregano oil, even though it appears to have not been strong enough for this bout, or give in and take the awful harsh antibiotics? I have meditated and prayed, and out of that came this message to you.
      Thank you for all the information you share. That, your books, and products have helped me over the year I have been using them. I am just discouraged as this bout is one of the longest I have had. I have been out of commission for 2 weeks and counting.

  • It’s so hard to get a diagnosis that I’m just down to trying diets and stuff to see if pain goes away. Had it since 7 or 8, bloating, trapped gas, stricture and a bit prolapsed I think…am wheat free, avoid dairy (mostly)but still symptoms come and go, active and ok times. Worse if I don’t eat in the mornings. Since I have nothing to lose I’m ordering the squatty potty and doing on the Ayuvedic black banana diet above…will let you know at the end of 6 weeks!! Have to gear up for this diet…bye tofu, stir fry, miso, rice…oats, ginger tea…tangerines…

    1. Hi Julie,

      We wish you all the best on your healing journey and would love to hear how it all works out for you. The squatty potty is brilliant in its simplicity – we think you’ll find it very useful!

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Amazing Freudian slip above after the mention of squatty potty…’I’m doing on the black banana diet…’ the mind boggles!!! I don’t think wholesome food deserves that!

  • Yes…gearing up for this banana diet…but have found squatty potty type arrangement (at the moment using two cheap 9 inch plastic stools) has really helped the gut pains. I wonder how many people stay on exclusion diets for years and the problem is basically bad posture on the toilet? Not saying that it’s completely better but hardly any pain since I tried the squatty posture a few days ago. Jini, thanks so much for your clip about experimenting with pooing positions. Usually it’s something we just like to get out of the way and ‘get on with our lives’ but hey, it’s part of life, isn’t it? Jini, do you do a version of fissure heal for external areas? I get a split in the skin from my anus up almost to the tailbone area which hasn’t been helped in the long run by steroid creams over the years. Sometimes just heals up naturally but sometimes I reach for the steroid cream it can be so painful… Thanks, Julie ps I’m not saying that with gut problems we should eat any old rubbish but I was wondering how many people have tried loads of diet modifications (like me for the last 20 odd years) but who haven’t thought of changing their pooing posture? Thanks so much for the info Jini xx

  • Thanks Justin. Sounds good. It’s not that the steroid creams don’t give results, they do, but weaken the skin…I think this split is 75% steroid induced, it probably started off as something very minor but skin is damaged by steroids. I use the cream about 2x a month but would like to use it far less and only in total emergencies. Thanks so much, it’s a relief that there’s a welcoming place to go for help, these topics are never discussed out there in the world and I’m sure many people suffer in silence! best wishes, julie ps will see what works and write a report!

    1. Hi Julie,

      You’re very welcome! We would certainly love to hear how the comfrey cream works out for you if you decide to try it.

      Customer Care

  • Yes I will report on comfrey and abide by the rules for using it. THIS FOLLOWING STORY MAY BE OF HELP TO OTHER IBS SUFFERERS AND SIMILAR… I was doing fine (fresh ginger tea, non-gluten food, lots of fluid) as reported above, then took painkillers for migraine (paracetamol and codeine, I had to go to work), ate risotto (never again!!) and have zoned back into discomfort and gas. Risotto seems to be a no no, all that sticky rice, plus codeine, what a horror show. To all IBS folks, better to go to bed and suffer the migraine, take it easy if you can, lay off the ‘medicines’, side effects take days if not weeks to wear off! I think it’s better people just leave the chemical medicines alone and just tell folks at work they’ve got migraine. It’s a condition that should be RESPECTED, not suppressed. Trouble is, those who haven’t had the experience tend to be less than sympathetic!!! julie

  • Thanks again Jini!

    I’ve been doing a breakfast smoothie for well over a year now with banana (ripened so it has some black spots but not solid black as in your picture), yogurt, flax oil, coconut milk, spirulina, cinnamon and 1Tbs chia seeds soaked overnight in 1C filtered or alkaline water. I found the yogurt/flax oil combo in the book Cancer-Free I believe, referred to as the Budwig Diet if memory serves me right, it’s a recommended cancer prevention combination. The author claims that something about the combination of the two seems to negate the common lactose issues some people have. I’ve been using coconut yogurt though in an effort to reduce dairy to a minimum if not completely eliminate it.

    Will definitely look into adding the L-Glutamine though I’ve gotten my diarrhea under control thanks to several of your protocols and lifestyle changes.

    Keep up the flow of great info! Especially appreciate the effort to find more affordable alternatives for so many of us with financial challenges. 🙂

    Health & Happiness,

  • Hi I am new to this website I need help to make my mind up. I suffer with crohns and have had surgery in the past to remove strictures. Now I really want to try for a baby but I have bad stricture pain in the lower right side. I massage it to get rid of the pain. Please can ou suggest any thing I should do or try before trying for a baby. I have 2 children 11& 12 year old. After my second child I got my first crohns symptoms and am very scared to try now for a baby as I don’t know what will happen gp is not very helpfull.

    1. Hi Anna,

      The best information Jini has about healing strictures naturally can be found at her symptom page for that at the link below:


      You may also want to check out her Crohn’s page while you’re at the site since it might have some ideas for you:


      We don’t recommend using the StrictureHeal protocol while pregnant due to the ingredients required. If you have any additional questions about any of Jini’s products or protocols, feel free to reply here or e-mail us at service@listentoyourgut.com to continue the discussion privately.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Has any of this worked for a child? My 5 year old has just been diagnosed with Chron’s/colitis (the dr’s still aren’t sure which one) and I do not want to start her on steroids as they want to. She currently has c. diff too and we’re treating that with antibiotics before doing anything else. Any suggestions are appreciated.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Amber,

      We’ve had a number of customers put their children on elemental diets and report good results but we haven’t yet had any feedback from parents of children who have tried the common food protocols mentioned in this blog post. If you decide to try any of Jini’s suggestions we’d love to hear how they work out for you!

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Would homemade raw kefir be just as good as homemade yogurt? I have a constant supply of kefir, as it is easier for me to make than yogurt.

  • I am in Metro Detroit Area/Up-North in Michigan. My first surgery was to correct a rectal prolapse – since then I have developed a Rectovaginal Fistula. I had Vaginal Replacement Flap surgery which failed within 2 weeks?? What is the right surgery to fix this?- and is there anyone in Michigan that is highly recommended/qualified???

    1. Hi Danielle,

      I’m afraid we’re not qualified to comment on or advise you about any surgical procedures and we’re not aware of any specific practitioners in Michigan to whom we would refer you. If you are looking for a new opinion about your condition, Dr. Paul Goldberg shares methods and protocols with Jini and has read all of her books. He is a very rigorous practitioner and like Jini, has healed himself of a serious chronic illness, so he understands firsthand what you’re going through. We can highly recommend him.


      You can also watch this video for a detailed description of how Dr. Goldberg works and what’s involved with his healing approach:


      Dr. Goldberg is physically located in the Atlanta area but he uses the telephone and Skype to interact with clients all over the world.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Does any fermented food qualify as elemental, since they are pre-digested by the bacteria? I am wondering if this would help in me being able to eat a wider variety of things while on a homemade elemental diet. Yogurt, kefir, lacto-fermented veggies or veggie juice, etc.

    1. Hi Marie,

      Jini highly recommends all of the things you mentioned and, if you’re able to tolerate them without any issues, they’re fine as a supplement to an elemental diet.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

    1. just a note. Did you know that black (overripe) bananas have tons of dopamine in them! I read that on the net..interesting. Some folks feel good on dopamine, others dont.

  • Hi Jini! Absorb Plus is amazing and I have gained 6 pounds since starting it. Unfortunately, as I try to add in normal meals I find that I have no appetite for them. I eat a small breakfast, drink a shake, and sometimes another, then hardly any lunch, another shake, and a small dinner. If I don’t want to lose weight, I need to have another shake at bedtime. My appetite for real food is much diminished, even if I reduce the number of shakes. Any suggestions? I have malabsorbtion from a condition called Common Variable Immune Deficiency but it acts a lot like Chrohns. Thanks so much! Cindy

    1. Hi Cindy,

      Thanks so much for sharing a little of your story! It’s great to hear that Absorb Plus is working well for you and you’re gaining some weight. One thing you can do (if you aren’t doing it already) to get more healthy calories without having to consume more shakes is supplement each shake with a healthy oil like Udo’s flax oil blend (which will bump the amount of calories per shake by 33%):


      Another thing you may want to try is homemade broths as Jini talks about at the two links below:


      They are healthy and we’ve received some feedback from Jini’s readers that they can potentially stimulate the appetite. Plus, the serving size is as flexible as it gets. We’d love to hear more about your progress as you continue on your healing journey and if you ever have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • I’m very new. Just diagnosed with Diverticultis. Never had any bowel disease that I knew of. Dr. wanted me to take antibiotics, but after seeing side effects, I declined & asked if I could just continue on the clear liquid diet.

    Mild pain in my sides is nothing compared to harsh bloating when I eat anything or drink vegetable juice. You mentioned hersh something – a medical term maybe? (didn’t see it in book, but I am still reading thru it). Because where I work they don’t seem to recognize this as a true disease, I have to continue to work, and I fear I may have to do half Elemental at some point in near future, but am I wrong in thinking I should NOT try to force food with the harsh bloating and reflux conditions it brings? I definitely don’t want to force food in colon and rupture colon.

    Will be getting Absorb Plus in 2 days, as well as oregno oil and probiotics. I have lost 30 lbs in 10 days, and while I can stand to lose the weight, I know this is NOT helping my metabolism, and my energy level is very low.

    1. Hi Mel,

      Jini refers to the Herxheimer Reaction which is a die off effect. It occurs when the body detoxifies rapidly
      as a result of a quick, massive die-off of pathogenic microorganisms. If you are going for a partially elemental diet, you’ll only want to eat food that you are sure will not exacerbate any symptoms you are experiencing. A full elemental diet is great for giving your bowels rest and establishing a starting point where you can introduce regular food after you have achieved remission. If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to post here or you can contact us at service@listentoyourgut.com.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hi, I am about to start bringing spotted bananas and ripe avocados back into my diet. I am following the food re-introduction chart form the IBD Remission Diet book. I did the IBD remission diet with great success and I have been eating solid food for about a month now. I am curious about proper food combining. From what I have read, fruit is to be eaten with other fruit only. But you seem to recommend blending bananas and/or avocados into shakes with protein powder? This seems delicious and I would love to try it! I am just curious about the food combining issue. I have also been eating fish and chicken with rice, and it feels wonderful. So maybe the food combining is not really something that I need to consider. Just wanted to get your take on the matter. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Joseph,

      We’re very happy to hear that the IBD Remission diet worked well for you and that you’re able to eat solid food! Food combining is just a different approach to food that some people use; while there may be certain times where Jini’s suggestions are in line with the decisions people make using that approach, she is not an advocate of the food combining approach in general.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hi Joseph, Yes that’s correct. I have an entire section on food combining in my Listen To Your Gut book and while it’s a very helpful practice, it really depends on whether you need it, or not. You have to listen to your own gut and see how it responds to each method.

    1. Hi Erin,

      Absolutely. A number of Jini’s readers do exactly that so if you find that you can tolerate it, go for it.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

    1. Hi Skott,

      There are a few factors: your current weight, activity level, and whether you are trying to gain or maintain weight. In general, you can use them as meal replacements or to supplement foods that you know you are able to tolerate but if you are trying to gain healthy weight then you may want to have additional shakes each day.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hi Jini, do you recommend taking additional L-Glutamine to stop diarrhea. My son takes about two absorb plus shakes a day. He is having diarrhea with intermittent small amount of bleeding.

  • Thanks so much Justin. I have one more question? What kind of dosage Jini recommends for olive leaf extract(I know she gives detailed dosage for the oregano oil for her wild oregano oil protocol) but seems like it is not working that good for my son, so I want to start him on olive leaf instead but couldn’t find the dosage in her book like how many times a day and how many drops in the beginning. Will really appreciate your guidance.

    1. Hi Inder,

      Jini recommends olive leaf extract as an interchangeable (but less potent) alternative for people who aren’t able to tolerate wild oregano oil so you can use the same dosages listed for wild oregano oil in Jini’s protocols.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • I’m having a bit of trouble finding live yoghurt or raw kefir in my area. Would the kefir that Lifeway has in stores be a viable alternative? Any other suggestions/alternatives would be appreciated.

  • Hi. I’m hoping to start my elemental diet in 2 weeks. I’ve spent HOURS researching where to source all the nutrients here in South Africa (too expensive to buy Absorb+ with our weak currency). I’m almost there. Still looking for some amino acids. I am a little concerned about all the sugar though. I’ve got maltodextrin, fructose and dextrose and will interchange them. I want to put on about 5 kg (10 pounds) Nice to hear I can use black bananas and avocado too. And kefir. I presume I could then also use dry curds made from Kefir?? Or would I then be compromising my elemental diet?

    1. Stellie, you cannot eat ANY of those normal foods if you want to maintain a strictly elemental diet. Please see The IBD Remission Diet book – it has a list of the only forms of food that qualify as elemental. HOWEVER, if you want to do a half-elemental diet (which has also shown good results) then you can use all the foods you listed and you may even tolerate some of these low-residue foods (this post will give you links to details on everything):


  • Hello Jini,

    I was wondering if Elemental diet will work for someone with severe constipation and continuous abdominal discomfort/pain. Intestinal distention, erosion/thin lower bowels/leaky gut – wishy/washy colon. Will appreciate a response.

  • Hi how would fecal transplant work for crohn’s has anyone used that treatment?

    and I just spent a lot of time on your website and watched you videos and would like to do the Natural Treatments for Intestinal Strictures. I’m confused on which products I would buy. would they be the some products that are listed in the IBD REMISSION DIET book?

    thank you

    1. Hi Chris,

      For a lot more info about fecal transplant/infusion, check out the blog post at the link below. There’s a free teleseminar there as well that you can listen to:


      If you are dealing with an intestinal stricture then a good place to start for more information is with Jini’s eBook for that here:


      You probably won’t need The IBD Remission Diet book unless your stricture is severe enough that you need to resort to a liquid diet. If you have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

    1. Hi Darla,

      Some people have told us that they have had success finding a holistic dentist by using Google with the following search:

      holistic dentist STATE

      You would then just replace STATE with the state that you live in. Sometimes holistic dentists refer to themselves as Biological Dentists as well so you’ll also want to keep an eye out for that.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hi Jini
    Having BMs 4times in a day…first 3wud b normal..hav to experience pain after 4th or 5th BM..is dis IBS?if so can u plz suggest me how to buy and proceed wit ur elemental diet..

    1. Hi Zak,

      I’m afraid that we’re unable to assist you with a diagnosis as we are not qualified to do so but you can find out more information about elemental diets at these links:


      If you obtain a diagnosis from your doctor and want to learn more about healing your condition naturally, you can visit Jini’s symptom section at the link below and use the dropdown menu to select the option that applies to you:


      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Need a little feedback. How many glucides are in each scoop. I am prediabetic and my sugar is high 7.9 -13. Need desperately to gain 15 lPounds. I now added a glass micro ionized greens to daily regimen. I need energy. Any suggestions?

  • I am on Day 5 of the elemental diet. I have SIBO, hashinoto’s and cleared my gut of several parasites 6 months ago. I am doing great so far on the diet. I did just read in the IBD remission ebook that I can have bone broth in between shakes and gelatin. Am I right about that? If so, what kind of juice do I make the gelatin out of? I went to find clear, natural, organic fruit juice and it had 39grams of sugar per serving. So each serving would still have 10g of sugar. That just seems counterintuitive. There has to be something else to mix with the gelatin. Any suggestions? What about aloe Vera juice? Help, please!

    1. Hello Michelle,

      Thank you for your interest and question. I believe you may have gotten gelatin confused with jello. Jini was referring to the gelatin that is generated as a result of making bone broth when the mixture cools. For more details, check out Jini’s blog post about that here: http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/the-health-benefits-of-broths/

      Please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

      1. The book does say to make jello (out of gelatin – nothing to do with bone broth). I would also like to know what kind of juice she recommends for this. I know scd recommends grape juice.

        1. Hello Laura,

          We recommend to make the jello out of clear fruit juices. Our best recommendations are apple and pear juice, which can be found in the baby food area at the stores. If you decide to do the grape juice you may want to try the white grape juice first. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

          Kind Regards,
          Customer Care

  • In Jini’s book, the IBD remission ebook on page 102 she does talk about making natural jello that can give you some other texture while only consuming liquids.

    My question… When on the elemental diet using the absorb plus, is it ok to have bone broth between shakes? And the same with the natural jello? And if natural jello is ok, what kind of juice is she saying to get because the juice I found contained so much sugar even though it said no sugar added. It seems very counterintuitive to be using premade fruit juice of any kind while on the elemental diet. Please advise. Thank you!

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Yes the home made bone broths and jello between shakes is highly suggested between the Absorb Plus. Helps to have a different taste in between especially a not as sweet taste with the bone broth. As long as you don’t have problems with sugar the juice for the jello should be fine as long as it is natural, unsweetened, clear, fruit juice (preferably certified organic). It is just natural sugars that all fruits have. Also the Aloe Vera Juice is a great idea to use as well if you don’t want as much of the sugar from the fruit juice. We would love to hear how that works out if you try that. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

      Thank you,
      Customer Care

  • Hi. I am on elemental diet for two weeks and was fasting the week before. I would like to take more oil and was thinking on walnut or coconut oil. Is it also working for an elemental diet? And how much fat should I take. I have been taking 3-4 tbsp Udo’s choice blend, but seems to less.
    And thanks a lot for all this incredibly mountains of helpful stuff! 🙂

    all the best,

    1. Hello Clair,

      Thank you for your question. Coconut Oil can be used as a oil base in the full elemental diet. The walnut oil we do not have experience using, but it made me too strong for the elemental diet, so would recommend not adding it in until you are past the elemental diet part. We recommend 1 tablespoon of the oils per shake. However you can adjust that either if it bothers you, or you are trying to gain or loss weight. If you are trying to gain weight and it doesn’t seem like it is bothering you could add more for the healthy fat. Please let us know if we can help with anything else.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • hi jini, i am a crohns patient since 2006, now i have ileostomy for 2years waiting for the reversal but my bowel is fully inflammed. currently am taking immunosuppressent and on vidoliximab injfusion therapy. i really dont know how can i stick with your treapy. please help me

    1. Hello Livya,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Jini has a lot of information on the website and in her books on how to heal Crohns naturally. You can see the basic steps here: http://listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/14/crohn-s-disease.html
      You can sign up for some free information and the first chapter of the Listen to the Gut book on the left side in the pink box.
      The book Listen to Your Gut gives a lot more detailed information on Jini’s protocols you can see more about here: http://listentoyourgut.com/healing-resources/6/listen-to-your-gut-the-complete-natural-healing-program-for-ibs-and-ibd.html

      You can also search through the blog and symptoms pages for a lot of useful information as well:

      Please let us know if you have any other questions. You can also contact us through chat, email, and phone: http://www.listentoyourgut.com/contact.html

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hello. I looking for some information and some hope. I have autoimmune disease of the liver. I’ve had it for about 8 years now. My blood work shows high liver and muscle enzymes. Now i have started to have diarrhea with bloody stool, its been going on for 2 months. GI doctor says i have colitis. Its like a snowball effect now. Can you help with a direction before i start to Meds.


    1. Hello JW,

      Thank you for the inquiry. We are not medical professionals and cannot comment on the high liver and muscle enzymes. However, we can give you our recommendations for the diarrhea, bloody stool, and the colitis. Please see these links:

      You can also see all of our detailed advice in the Listen to Your Gut book: http://listentoyourgut.com/healing-resources/6/listen-to-your-gut-the-complete-natural-healing-program-for-ibs-and-ibd.html

      Hope this helps, and please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hello- I have been in an ulcerative colitis flare for several months now. I an on day 7 of an all liquid diet consisting of homemade bone broth, fresh mostly vegetable juice (a little apple added here and there), and homemade nut milk made with fresh, soaked nuts. I rotate between almond, cashew, walnut, and pumpkin seed milk. I have been drinking about a quart a day of the stuff because of the feeling of satisfaction it gives me. I am starting to feel much better, but I have been looking for feedback on whether the nutmilk is a healthy part of this diet. I know nuts are a concern, but I am mostly eliminating the fiber, and soaking for 12-24 hours before making the milk. I would love to hear any thoughts you may have on this approach. I am determined to stay off meds as much as possible (I haven’t much result with those I’ve tried anyway), and also prefer to avoid consuming processed foods. Thank you so much for your time and for all the information you share! ~Judy

    1. Hello Judy,

      It sounds like you are off to a great start to help you feel better. If a person’s symptoms are severe enough that they feel they need to do a full elemental diet, then the nut milks would not be a part of that at first. However, if a person just feels they need or can do a partial elemental diet then nut milks are normally ok for most. If you decide to continue to use them we would recommend to just keep a food dairy to try to pinpoint if anything you are still eating or drinking is still bothering you. You can search the website more about the elemental diet or buy the book with more detailed information here: http://www.listentoyourgut.com/healing-resources/5/the-ibd-remission-diet-achieving-long-term-health-with-an-elemental-diet-and-natural-supplementation-plan.html

      We would love to hear how it works out for you, and please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hi Jini
    I’m excited to try your banana diet. I’ve been sick sense I remember, the worst of all symptoms is my bad breath that I can’t control. I’m on a dairy, grain, sugar, meat free diet. Crazy, right?! I do feel better but I still get inflammation in my body and even after eating all that fiber and drinking ton of water I have to use laxatives to be to go. And that breath!
    Just won’t go away. My dentist said my mouth is
    very clean, so that’s definitely not the problem. This controls my life, stopped me from enjoying people and life. Your diet is the only thing I have not try yet so I’m excited to do it.

    1. Hello Carol,

      Glad to hear you are hopeful in the diet helping you. We can’t say for certain on its effects on bad breath, however bad breath can be caused by gut problems. You may also want to research the elemental diet as well, which you can see more information on here: http://listentoyourgut.com/healing-resources/5/the-ibd-remission-diet-achieving-long-term-health-with-an-elemental-diet-and-natural-supplementation-plan.html

      Also, Jini’s information concerning vegetarian and vegan diets may be helpful as well: https://blog.listentoyourgut.com/dangers-of-vegetarianism-vegan-long-term/

      AS well as check the symptoms on constipation and other items here: http://www.listentoyourgut.com/heal-your-symptoms.html

      We would love to hear how it works out for you, and please let us know if you have any questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hello, what would you expect bowel movements to be like on this type of diet compared to an elemental shake diet? And would one consume just these shakes? Or other foods as well – in essence, how much of a bowel rest protocol can this be?

    1. Hello Emily,

      Thank you for the inquiry. We cannot say for certain how these diets will affect bowel movements as everyone’s bodies and needs are different. Sometimes people may have diarrhea or constipation as a die-off effect, and sometimes they are perfectly normal, or help people normalize out their bowel movements again. These shakes can be a great replacement for those unable to afford all that is needed for the full elemental shake diet. We cannot say for certain if they will work for everyone as well as the elemental shake diet does, but they have for many. If your symptoms are severe enough that you feel you need the full liquid diet, we would recommend just doing the shakes for the amount of weeks you feel like you need to do the diet. However, if you do not feel you need the full bowel rest than doing these shakes along with a healthy diet could be beneficial as well.
      We would love to hear how it works out for you with whatever diet you decide to do. Please let us know if we can help with anything else.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hi Jini, I have had ileostomy surgery at Mount Sanai Hospital, Toronto in 1991. I have had a successful career in my wife’s award winning Indian Restaurant here. I have recently seen blood in my always soft stool and my GI-specialist says it’s Crohn’s at the ileum end section. I am starting your Ayurvedic IBD Diet within next 2 days,I do not want a surgery again. I will follow your suggestions, is there anything different I should be doing because of the ileostomy ? Your response will greatly be appreciated

    1. Hello Ramesh,

      One of Jini’s readers contacted us some years ago and told us that Absorb Plus had been working well for him post-ileostomy and he added a couple of suggestions based on his experience as well. Jini wrote a quick blog about that here:


      Here’s another post she wrote which might have some useful information for you:


      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hello Jini,

    I’ve got my bananas, live yogurt and organic cold pressed flax seed oil. Can you be so kind to advise on how many times per day you would recommend to have it? Should I do it for the whole six weeks or until I see an improvement?

    I have ulcerative colitis and have mild bleeding and tummy discomfort at the moment?

    I have also send a more detailed email asking more advice on which products to buy from LTYG.

    Thank you

    1. Hello Michelle,

      The average amount of shakes we recommend on the elemental diet is 6 a day. However, it can vary per if the person needs to gain, lose, or maintain weight, age, and activity level. We would recommend calculating how many calories you are in need of and how many calories each shake would be to determine how many shakes a day you will need for your needs. Jini recommends before starting to talk to your gut to see what you feel on how many weeks it is in need of the diet. Often you may feel better before your body has healed enough and you still need to do a diet, supplement, protocol, etc. longer than just when you start to feel better. You can also see our detailed recommendations on treating Ulcerative Colitis here: http://listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/13/ulcerative-colitis.html
      Hope you are able to start to feel better soon, and please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hi Rachel,

    Yes i am following Jini’s anal stenosis protocol but yet achieving the result.
    According to both the ingredients banana and avacado, the stool should be very soft and easy to pass the stricture area. I tried the smoothy, my BM was ok on the next day however i noticed my bowel wasnt completely cleared off. I could feel pack and heavy at the sigmoid area and i was expecting the remaining stool in the colon to come out later or the following day.
    So the following day morning although i have the urge for BM but the stool seemed to bulge and stuck at the anal area. With all the squad positions and massages nothing helped. I didnt even try to strain to pass the stool out, but the fissure reopened as it was already painful. I ended up using small enema to loosen the stool. Twice i have tried the smoothy as my main meal (mixed with sun warrior protein powder and almond milk) alternate with vege broth, same situation happened. Am i missing anything? After taking the smoothy, is there a need to take magnesium and potassium?

    Also if any situation like fissure reopened, do you still recommend to apply the Rectal Stricture heal?

    Thank you.

    1. Hello Candie,

      A person is often not going to get immediate results in just a couple of day of making diet, supplements, etc changes. It can take a lot of time to heal the damage from a stricture and other bowel conditions. The change in diet, supplements, doing protocols like the StrictureHeal can often take months for the body and the gut to heal from. If you are concerned of continual constipation, the magnesium citrate and potassium citrate, may be useful for you. You can see more information on constipation here if you are concerned on that symptom: http://listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/34/constipation.html

      As for the fissure, we have a completely different formula we recommend for that condition, different from the StrictureHeal. You can see that here: http://listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/17/an-anal-fissure.html

      Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • I have ulcerative proctitus, currently really flared up with a lot of blood and mucus. I suffer more from constipation, how can I get the inflammation to go away without taking medication?

    1. Hello Lin,

      Thank you for reaching out!

      A good place to start if you want to learn more about healing your Ulcerative Colitis naturally is at Jini’s symptom section at the link below:


      During a flare-up, it’s best to consume a liquid, pre-digested diet to provide a form of bowel rest and flushing of the colon, to help prevent a blockage or obstruction from occurring. It is also easiest to heal infection or inflammation whilst on a liquid (but highly nutritious) diet.

      When you are in a Ulcerative colitis flare, it’s ideal if you can immediately consume liquid nutrients only. By ingesting only liquids, you avoid causing an intestinal obstruction through the build-up of stuck food.

      Additional substances, like wild oregano oil, aloe vera juice, probiotics and MucosaHeal can be used to eliminate the infection and heal inflammation during this time.

      For constipation, please check Jini’s Natural treatment for constipation here:


      For long-term or serious constipation where impaction is present (hardened stool deposits that are stuck to the intestinal wall) you will need to use some of protocols in Listen To Your Colon. These include special enemas, herbal cleanses, or colon hydrotherapy followed by a probiotic retention enema.

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hello,
    I have Crohn’s disease tried to use Absorb Plus. Unfortunately it makes me sick. I know for sure iron and magnesium don’t agree with me. Avocado and dairy products don’t agree with me as well. Can you recommend me ingredients I can use to recreate Absorb Pluse. I need something I can add one ingredient at the time and see if it is agree with me.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hello Galina,

      Thank you for reaching out and sorry to hear that Absorb Plus didn’t agree with you. Your other option, if you cannot tolerate a certain ingredient in Asborb Plus, is to use a vegan elemental shake. We have put together these Vegan Elemental Diet Kits specifically for that purpose.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

  • Hi,

    My son 13.5 was diagnosed with Crohn’s colitis earlier this year. He has been drinking Elecare Jr Unflavoured mixed with fresh strawberries as a supplement to other foods. I filter out the seeds from the shake once blended. We recently decided to start the IBD Remission Diet with healing broth and the elemental shakes for few weeks. He cannot drink the shake without the strawberry flavor. Do you think the fruit will impact his healing even with the seeds taken out? He doesn’t like banana or other fruit flavors.
    Should I substitute the fresh strawberries with a natural strawberry flavor or chocolate flavor? Please share your thoughts??

    1. Hello Radhika,

      Thank you for reaching out! Its fine to mixed the elemental shakes with strawberry just to add a little flavor to the shakes, as long as he can tolerate it. Or try our French Vanilla or Chocolate Royale flavor of Absorb Plus. If you have Jini’s IBD Remission Diet book, she give instructions in there for how to mix up your own shakes:


      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

  • My son (23) has be diagnosed first with UC and now the dr is saying its crohn’s. he was diagnosed 4 years ago. He changed his diet dramatically (gluten free, lactose free, minimal sugar and is also on supplements etc). He now has numerous strictures that they now want to do surgery to either remove them and or the bowel. He is doing the Castor Oil heat pack only, we are a little scared to do the internal stricture heal (we don’t want him to have a bad reaction etc). I have just ordered the Absorb plus shake and waiting for it to come in. My question……do you think this will be enough to help and is there anything else that you would recommend? He goes for his scope in 2 weeks to see what surgery they recommend! ANY suggestions would be appreciated!

    1. Hello lisa,

      Thank you for contacting us today! We have a number of options you can try that readers have experimented with:

      • Apply a hot castor oil pack to the abdomen over the affected area
      • Elemental liquid diet (such as the IBD Remission Diet) to flush the bowel and to provide bowel rest.
      • If you’re on the IBD Remission Diet liquid diet, supplement with MucosaHeal and George’s Aloe Vera juice
      • Use Jini’s Probiotic Retention Enema if you have strictures or obstructions in your colon.
      • Simultaneously begin craniosacral treatments to release and soften scar tissue.

      Regarding Strictureheal Protocol, we recently gathered some information from those who have tried the StrictureHeal. You can see these testimonials here: http://listentoyourgut.com/testimonials/19/strictureheal.html

      As well as these survey results: http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/intestinal-strictureheal-survey-results-are-in/

      Please read through the survey respondents’ comments for yourself to help you with your decision-making process.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

  • Hi Lisa,

    My daughter is 18 and after 6 colonoscopy/endoscopy, every drug/steroid, we still cannot get her ulcerative colitis under control. Her weight is less than it should be, and she is very anemic and just had a blood transfusion at the ER. We make a few ER trips a month and her primary doctor at the University of Washington is very booked up and busy. The docs say another colonoscopy/endoscopy, but I’m not ready to do that again. I am purchasing your book and have watched your video and am a firm believer nutrition heals. I am having a hard time with her diet though because of the American food industry (which is so toxic) and she is addicted to fast food as well which may be why she isn’t healing. Any recommendations or help would be greatly appreciated. I feel desperate to get her health on track to lead a somewhat normal life.

    1. Hello Jodi,

      Thank you for reaching out. Going on elemental diet is probably the thing that would help the most at this point because her body needs more nutrition due to increase loss of nutrients, to rest the bowel, eliminate any foods that trigger inflammation, and heal the underlying infection and inflammation in the digestive system.

      A good place to start if you want to learn more about healing Ulcerative Colitis naturally is at Jini’s symptom section at the link below:

      Aside from bowel rest using Absorb Plus liquid diet, other important steps that you need to follow is to eradicate pathogenic microorganisms (like bad bacteria, yeast, fungi, etc.) using Wild Oregano and then re-populate the bowel with good bacteria using Probiotics. Many people with ulcerative colitis also suffer from anemia. But iron supplements are irritating to the gut and can trigger intestinal bleeding. The solution is to take your iron in nanoparticle, or angstrom-sized form. This means that the iron is instantly absorbed into the bloodstream and does not require digestion, therefore not irritating the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

      Also, be sure to get Jini’s Listen To Your Gut book since it contains everything you need to help heal your daughter naturally. And after reading it, you’ll have a good idea of whether you need/want to embark on an elemental diet, or not. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B,
      Customer Care

  • Ayurveda tells us that yogurt and fruit, while beneficial eaten separately, are an unhealthful combination.

    Just sayin’…

  • I go 4 to 5 days with no bowel movement. I have tried some of the sitting positions you showed in the video on my own just to get a movement. My movements are sometimes solid and somrtimes thick, but lose. After the initial movement i go a couple more times with the stool being very lose and watery. It also smells toxic. Im def going to do the exercise of moving the stool around in my belly. What do i need to try to clean myself out and to get my gut healthy. I also have started recently of having some lower left abdominal pain. I have lots gas gas and bloating between movements.

    1. Hi Sonia,

      Thanks for reaching out! It’s very important to treat all the root causes of constipation – especially if you suffer from chronic constipation. if you just have intermittent or occasional constipation then this easy constipation home remedy may be all you need:

      – Take 1 tbsp, sprouted organic ground flaxseed and raw organic sprouted chia powder (available locally and online at various sites) 1 – 3x/day to soften your stool and also act as an “intestinal broom” to sweep out toxins and old fecal matter.
      – Take 1 Healthy Trinity capsule per day for two weeks, then take 2 Healthy Trinity capsules per day for one month, then 1 Healthy Trinity capsule per day ongoing.
      – Take magnesium citrate before bed (250 – 1000 mg as needed – start low and build up if needed). Use Natural Calm if you want to take it by itself, or get magnesium citrate capsules to open and empty into a smoothie or whey protein shake. Add potassium citrate if you find it hard to relax your rectum (100 – 200 mg per day).
      – Use a Squatty Potty (recommended) or child’s stepping stool to raise your knees higher than your hips when you have a bowel movment; so your rectum can straighten and open.

      Its also important to learn how your diet affects your bowel motility (how quickly food matter moves through your intestines) and also how to use food to prevent constipation and support a healthy gut flora (good bacteria). You can request for FREE Constipation report HERE. Please let me know if you have any additional questions!

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer care

  • Hi .. I wanted to order some of the products however the delivery charges are too high. I live in the UK , is there a way to get them delivered cheaper to my home?

    1. Hi Shakti,

      Thank you for reaching out! Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about shipping costs. We don’t ship using the cheaper options since we had too many orders go “missing”. So now we only use trackable courier shipping like FedEx. We also have a partner in the UK if you’re interested with Absorb Plus. This is the exact same Absorb Plus elemental shake that you would buy from our LTYG Shoppe, imported to England and warehoused there (shipped from the UK and billed in UK pounds sterling):

      Click here to buy Absorb Plus in the UK

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

  • Hi Jini. I’m really trying to bring my diarrhea and bleeding under control very happy to say there is great improvement in both there are days when I have only two BM as opposed to having eight or more with heavy bleeding very scary the bleeding is way less sometimes none at all or very pale or just a little flaky blood here and there I am not doing the shakes right now I did them the first three weeks really gave me a good boost energy wise I think I was really getting anemic with trying to be vegetarian and this disease ulcerative colitis doesn’t work for me I need protein shakes did me good now “ MY “ MucosaHeal is working well also did the enema few times doing the Psyllium Husk Fiber now when I have a small meal from the list of things you suggest to transition back to I am also doing the banana, mangoes,papaya and watermelon I stay faithful to MucosaHeal and Aloe Vera juice I have traveled a long way to get here very grateful for for the day I found your website Surely divine inspiration led me there I remember not being able to leave my house for almost a year even with being on prescription medication and all until I was hospitalized for days then sent home on prednisone for five weeks then back on another maintenance drugs this lasted four months then another flare up I decided no more of those stuff now thanks to LTYG I’m doing so well in such short time less than two months Thanks Jini, Justin,and everyone else at LTYG may you be forever blessed

    1. Hi Lorna,

      Thank you for sharing – it’s great to hear that you experienced good results with Absorb Plus and Mucosaheal and that you’re feeling better! Each individual needs to find his or her own way to heal and we’re glad you found yours! Congratulations!!

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Cris

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