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An elemental diet is a completely liquid diet with pre-digested nutrients that are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream (within 20 minutes). It gives your gastrointestinal system a rest from passing normal bowel movements, which can allow your colon and bowel to heal faster but still supplies your nutritional needs (also referred to as a bowel rest diet).

Elemental Diet – Exclusive diet, Half diet – What Should I Do?

Must I do an Exclusive Elemental Diet? This is Part 3 of my Elemental Diet Series. I outline your options for the different ways you can use an elemental diet to facilitate bowel rest, gut healing, and a microbiome reset. I tell you when it's best to go on a 100% exclusively elemental diet (pre-digested [...]

By |2024-01-29T21:07:38-08:00April 10th, 2024|

How Can an Elemental Diet Help My Gut & How do I Use It?

Elemental Diet for Gut Issues! In this video - or read the text below - we're going to talk about the purpose, effectiveness and applications of an elemental diet in restoring a damaged gut to good health. This is Part 2 of my Top Elemental Diet FAQs. For Part 1, click here where I answer [...]

By |2024-01-22T14:07:31-08:00February 14th, 2024|

Elemental Diet: A Guide for Understanding the Body’s Intolerance vs. Herxheimer

The Only Elemental Diet Guide You Will Need! Embarking on an elemental diet can be transformative, but questions often arise about tolerances and healing processes. Let's explore insights from a recent video I released on YouTube, where I answered my TOP reader questions about the Elemental Diet. Check out the video below: Frequently Asked Questions [...]

By |2024-01-22T14:02:05-08:00January 31st, 2024|

Why You Must Clear Pathogens Before or During an Elemental Diet

This reader's experience shows why it is absolutely crucial to use Jini's Wild Oregano Oil Protocol - or the anti-pathogen treatment of your choice - before, and/or during an elemental diet. "I started the Elemental diet for over 7 weeks. I experienced persistent weight loss and eventually could barely stomach water. I was offered hospitalization [...]

By |2023-09-29T11:11:15-08:00October 25th, 2023|

Challenges & Solutions for Elemental Diet Success

Join me in this video as I speak with Dr. Roy & Debbie Steinbock on the challenges and solutions for elemental diet success. Roy & Debbie have been prescribing and supporting thousands of clients through an elemental diet for over 15 years. They have tons of experience dealing with all the challenges people face and [...]

By |2023-06-26T13:17:00-08:00March 28th, 2023|

Which Version of Absorb Plus Elemental Shake Should I Use?

We often get this question - which version of Absorb Plus elemental shake should I use? Absorb Plus is an amazingly delicious, elemental diet shake comprised of the highest quality, natural, elemental (pre-digested) ingredients. Formulated by Jini Patel Thompson, Absorb Plus can be used for many purposes - allergy testing, clearing intestinal obstruction, bowel rest [...]

By |2024-02-26T11:21:07-08:00March 23rd, 2023|

How To Gain Weight Using Absorb Plus

There are a few different ways to gain weight using Absorb Plus elemental diet shakes - and the methods differ depending on whether you need to keep the shakes elemental (enteral diet) or whether you can add regular foods and liquids to the shakes (half elemental diet, or just using as a supplement to regular [...]

By |2023-03-29T12:03:28-08:00February 10th, 2023|

Which Elemental Shake Formula is Best for SIBO, Crohn’s, Colitis?

Best Elemental Shake for SIBO, Crohn's & Colitis If you're thinking about going on an exclusively elemental diet for bowel rest (where you do not consume any regular foods, only elemental shakes) you might be wondering WHICH type of elemental formula is best to use? As I already wrote about, many doctors and scientists cannot [...]

By |2023-02-21T12:23:52-08:00December 20th, 2022|

Absorb Plus Amino Elemental Shake

I'm thrilled to announce the NEW Absorb Plus Amino, a low-carb addition to the Absorb Plus family line! Absorb Plus Amino is a 100% natural, elemental (pre-digested for maximum absorption to the bloodstream within 20 minutes of ingestion) liquid protein shake. It is classified as an Elemental free-form amino acid formula because the protein component [...]

By |2023-04-14T11:22:16-08:00December 14th, 2022|

Digestion & Absorption Rate of Enteral or Elemental Formulas

I formulated Absorb Plus for Imix Nutrition, back in 1998, after devising my own elemental shake formula that I used to heal myself from a severe flare of colonic hemorrhaging, brought on by mercury poisoning. My hemoglobin was 2/14, I weighed 99 lbs (I'm 5'7") but within 6 weeks of ingesting only my elemental shake, [...]

By |2023-04-14T09:44:51-08:00September 6th, 2022|

What Magnificence Podcast: Jini Patel and Absorb Plus

In Episode 16 of the What Magnificence Podcast, Jini tells the story of her mercury poisoning that led to a massive hemorrhage; which resulted in her creating Absorb Plus. She describes her near-death experience (NDE) and gives her advice to people who are terribly sick. Exploring the difference between escapism and dissociation and a deep [...]

By |2023-01-09T13:54:43-08:00March 27th, 2022|

Why You Should Be Consuming Broth With An Elemental Diet

If you’ve been following LTYG for a while, you’re probably already familiar with what an elemental diet is and how it can be used for bowel rest to help promote gut healing. And if you’re new, welcome! You can learn all about an elemental diet here, as well as in the elemental diet section of [...]

By |2023-04-18T10:18:54-08:00September 15th, 2021|

Intestinal Bleeding Diet vs. Elemental (Bowel Rest) Diet

Intestinal Bleeding Diet vs. Elemental (Bowel Rest) Diet - which diet is best for your symptoms? Hi everyone! Linsy here, and I'm back to answer another great question sent in by one of our LTYG readers. This week's question is from a reader who has been dealing with intestinal bleeding, and it reads: “Hello, Jini. [...]

By |2023-03-28T10:43:20-08:00September 6th, 2021|

Bowel Issues On An Elemental Diet

I continually get questions from my readers who are either drinking a few Absorb Plus Elemental shakes per day (along with their normal diet) OR they are exclusively on an elemental diet and not eating any normal foods. One of the most common concerns are bowel issues they are experiencing on an elemental diet. Bloating [...]

By |2024-04-18T18:33:20-08:00August 4th, 2021|

Carbohydrate Intolerance/Sensitivity – Advice for Trapped Gas?

Hello! Linsy here, and I'm back again to answer a great question from one of our readers! This week’s question reads: "Do you have any advice for carbohydrate intolerance/sensitivity? I have been experiencing trapped gas that causes pain in my middle back that circles around to the front of my stomach - and can last [...]

By |2023-04-19T08:06:36-08:00July 18th, 2021|

Why Use Maltodextrin in Absorb Plus?

If you try to do a bowel rest diet using only whey protein (no carbohydrate component) you will quickly surpass your maximum daily protein limit whilst still feeling really hungry and tired. But more importantly, you will likely not gain any weight, so will remain very thin and weak, with low energy and lots of [...]

By |2023-04-18T08:05:47-08:00July 6th, 2021|

How & When to Use Bowel Rest for IBD

When is the best time to use bowel rest for IBD, and how does bowel rest work? An elemental diet is a completely liquid diet with pre-digested nutrients that are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream (within 20 minutes). This gives your gastrointestinal system a rest, but still supplies your nutritional needs - also referred to [...]

By |2023-03-28T10:44:04-08:00May 23rd, 2021|

Is Honey Elemental (Monosaccharide Only)?

We recently received a question from a reader which we wanted to address here on the blog - as it's a good one! The question was whether honey is elemental (monosaccharide only), and if it can be used when on a fully elemental diet. Well, the answer is actually...NO! When taking a look at a comprehensive [...]

By |2023-04-18T08:06:21-08:00January 13th, 2021|

Reader Story: My Success using a Half-Elemental Diet

This is a FANTASTIC example of using a half-elemental diet to provide bowel rest and heal an abdominal abscess and fistula. Remember, not everyone needs to go on a full-elemental diet (or has time, or can afford it!). There have been studies of the benefits of a half-elemental diet -  but I suggest if you [...]

By |2023-04-17T09:31:05-08:00October 21st, 2020|

When You Cannot Afford an Elemental Diet

We often receive emails and messages from readers who simply cannot afford the cost of Absorb Plus. Remember, that to go on a completely elemental diet (to provide bowel rest) most people need to consume between 4 - 7 servings per day - and that adds up VERY quickly! Then there is the cost of [...]

By |2023-03-29T12:00:44-08:00September 14th, 2020|

Absorb Element+ Now Available in the UK!

Absorb Element+ is the EU version of my elemental diet shake, Absorb Plus. It is now available in our newly launched UK LTYG Shoppe for all of our lovely UK and EU readers! Absorb Element+ is almost identical to the US version, Absorb Plus, it just does not contain vanadium or boron - as EU [...]

By |2023-04-12T10:20:37-08:00August 26th, 2020|

Insider Stories: How & Why Jini Formulated Absorb Plus Elemental Shake

One of my favorite bits from this video is when Dane says, "Every single person on here has the ability to be a leader for their community and live their best lives ever - BECAUSE of their pain! You're now listening to two who went through some of the worst pain. That's why we're here! [...]

By |2023-03-28T10:46:34-08:00August 18th, 2020|

Absorb Plus Taste Test!

Absorb Plus Elemental Diet Shake Taste Test! Join us as holistic health coach Dane Johnson does a live taste test of both the vegan isolate and whey isolate versions and flavors of the elemental shake, Absorb Plus! He tells us which flavors are his favorites, and which he could live without. As the formulator of [...]

By |2023-10-17T21:58:06-08:00July 29th, 2020|

Easy Ways To Transition Off An Elemental Diet

This is a question I've been wanting to provide a good solution for, for a LONG time: I'm ready to come off the elemental diet (IBD Remission Diet) but I'm not ready to be completely on solid foods yet, what should I do? So here's the thing: Absorb Plus is an expensive product, because it [...]

By |2024-02-13T03:34:33-08:00July 20th, 2020|

Started an Elemental Diet and Feel Worse

It's difficult for the body to adjust to a completely new food source (liquid, pre-digested) so expect an adjustment phase when you begin an elemental diet. At the same time, you need to be alert for signs of intolerance. Unfortunately, although no one wants to hear this, those two things can look/feel the same. "My [...]

By |2023-05-02T14:12:04-08:00June 1st, 2020|

Should I Add Oil to my Absorb Plus Shakes?

We often receive this question from our readers: Should I add oil to my Absorb Plus shakes? What exactly are the benefits? Will it still be considered elemental? Cold-pressed oils are all compatible with the elemental diet, but look for one that is high in omega-3‘s for the anti-inflammatory effect. Most of the fat we [...]

By |2023-04-18T08:06:54-08:00March 11th, 2020|

My Experience of an Elemental Diet for Crohn’s Remission

When your digestive tract is inflamed or ulcerated, it becomes very difficult for your body to digest food, or to absorb any nutrients from your food. Your diet can become so restricted that you can only tolerate five to ten foods. In extreme states, you cannot eat any normal foods at all. I have gone [...]

By |2024-02-27T10:38:48-08:00December 18th, 2019|

Next-Level Elemental Diet for Crohn’s, Colitis, Diverticulitis, SIBO and IBS

Clinical trials may show that an elemental diet doesn't work too well for inducing remission in Colitis. But yet, I've had thousands of readers use my version of an elemental diet to heal their colitis and achieve complete remission. Why the difference? A standard elemental diet used in a clinical trial only tests ONE element [...]

By |2022-12-29T13:58:19-08:00December 11th, 2019|

Elemental vs. Semi-Elemental vs. Polymeric Diets

As elemental diets grow in popularity - especially for use with SIBO - I've received a few emails from people (and doctors) suggesting that Absorb Plus (Original formula) is not actually an elemental diet product. And that only products with free-form amino acids as their protein source qualify as "elemental". So what's the difference between [...]

By |2023-03-29T11:46:22-08:00November 28th, 2019|

Beef Broth for an Elemental Diet

As mentioned in the Health Benefits of Broths blog post, if you've read the IBD Remission Diet then you know Jini strongly advocates that people drink meat and vegetable broths in between the Absorb Plus shakes on the Diet - mostly due to the amazing health benefits of homemade bone broths, but also to alternate [...]

By |2023-03-29T13:46:55-08:00November 15th, 2019|

Vegetable Broths for an Elemental Diet

Those of you who already have my IBD Remission Diet book, have these recipes already. But for those of you who don't, or who are vegetarian so don't want to use my chicken broth recipe (with it's healing gelatin), here are two ways to prepare a healing vegetable broth. Henry Bieler recommended this first broth [...]

By |2023-03-29T13:48:03-08:00November 12th, 2019|

Absorb Plus — How to Mix Your Elemental Shake

We often receive questions from readers who are trying Absorb Plus, with no prior experience using an elemental diet. In the below featured video, I get hands on and show you how to mix Absorb Plus properly for best tasting results and maximum efficiency. I also talk about the different types of healthy oils you [...]

By |2023-03-29T11:47:27-08:00November 5th, 2019|

FINALLY – Elemental Diet Shake in Australia!!

We finally have an elemental diet shake (that Jini helped formulate) available in our Australian LTYG Shoppe for all of our lovely Australian and New Zealand readers. It's called ElementGold and it has FSMP approval - so you might be able to get it covered under your health insurance plan. Your doctor can also order [...]

By |2023-03-29T11:49:11-08:00September 4th, 2019|

Flushing Intestinal Obstruction With A Liquid Diet

Flushing Intestinal Obstruction With A Liquid Diet For the best treatment and management of diverticular or obstructive GI disease, your diet should vary according to your symptoms. During good/calm times, it's best to eat a diet that promotes easy digestion and absorption and tonifies the intestinal wall. But during a flare-up (diverticulitis or acute stricture), [...]

By |2024-01-08T22:35:24-08:00August 1st, 2019|

How to use an Elemental Diet to Treat SIBO & IBS

Join me as a guest on The SIBO Survivor Show, as I discuss with Josh Sabourin the various ways to use an elemental or semi-elemental diet with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)! What is an elemental diet? An elemental diet is made of the essential nutrients - protein (predigested; di-peptide [...]

By |2024-05-02T09:09:27-08:00February 12th, 2019|

Vegan Elemental Shake – Pros and Cons in Healing IBD

We recently received this feedback from a reader using the Vegan elemental diet shake kit to provide her body with some bowel rest and hopefully gain some weight. What I LOVE about her story, is she outlines the twisty path healing can take. And how when you're trying to heal multi-layered imbalances or dis-ease, you [...]

By |2023-03-29T11:54:56-08:00November 30th, 2016|

Elemental Diets are Highly Successful with SIBO

SIBO and the Elemental Diet Great news! We now have clinical trial evidence that a 14-day elemental diet is "highly effective" with an 80 - 84% success at eradicating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) because: "Elemental diets have been shown to reduce enteric flora." Dr. Alison Siebecker has a lot of great information about SIBO [...]

By |2024-02-13T20:22:57-08:00January 7th, 2015|

Elemental Diet for Colitis Remission

If you take a look through medical journals, you will not find a lot of information or data about the use of elemental diets with ulcerative colitis (or any form of colitis). In fact, the data you find will likely say that elemental diets are not effective for colitis. Now whilst I cannot confirm or [...]

By |2023-02-23T09:26:57-08:00September 25th, 2013|

Elemental Diets For Cancer Patients

When we first launched Absorb Plus back in 2002, we were only thinking about how it would be so valuable for my readers with Crohn's, colitis and diverticulitis - another great healing therapy to add to their toolkit. Then, we started getting emails from people who had passed on a tub of Absorb Plus to [...]

By |2023-04-12T09:08:56-08:00December 17th, 2012|

Elemental Diet Natural Treatment for Crohn’s, Colitis, Diverticulitis

An elemental diet is a liquid diet consisting of completely pre-digested nutrients that include a combination of: protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals in specific forms. It is highly beneficial to also add an ample amount of Essential Fatty Acids such as flax oil, Udo's oil, or coconut oil (MCTs). Definition of Elemental Foods: Protein - [...]

By |2023-04-14T10:35:51-08:00November 13th, 2012|

Maltodextrin and Crohn’s Gut Biofilm

A number of articles have been published recently reporting on the harmful effects of maltodextrin on Crohn's patients. The articles say that maltodextrin increases bacteria's ability to form biofilms and adhere to intestinal epithelial cells. “While dietary additives like maltodextrin are generally considered safe, these findings suggest that perhaps people who are prone to develop [...]

By |2023-05-01T14:59:02-08:00July 20th, 2012|

Using Absorb Plus as part of an elemental diet?

As Absorb Plus is a completely elemental (pre-digested) product, it can be used as part of an exclusively elemental diet. Elemental diets are used to stop intestinal bleeding, induce disease remission and heal the Gastro-Intestinal (GI) tract. For more information on following a strictly elemental diet, see Jini Patel Thompson's book, THE IBD REMISSION DIET [...]

By |2021-05-03T12:09:01-08:00July 3rd, 2011|

Who needs Absorb Plus?

Absorb Plus is a delicious tasting, dietary supplement shake comprised of the highest quality, natural, elemental (pre-digested) ingredients. Since 2002, Absorb Plus elemental nutrient shake has helped thousands of people worldwide regain their health. People with Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Colon Cancer, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. People who have trouble chewing, swallowing, digesting or absorbing [...]

By |2023-04-14T10:43:58-08:00July 2nd, 2011|

Is Whey Protein Isolate Healthy?

Since Joe Mercola has gone on a whey isolate-bashing drive (part of his materials promoting his whey protein concentrate line of products) I have been inundated with emails from my readers. This is understandable since I have always encouraged my readers to sign up for Mercola's newsletter as he is an excellent source of information [...]

By |2021-05-03T12:16:57-08:00June 7th, 2011|

Whey Protein Isolate vs. Whey Hydrolysate for Elemental Shake

QUESTION: I'm wondering which elemental shake product is better? Because Absorb Plus has whey protein isolate and Optimental by Abbott has whey protein hydrolysate. Wikipedia says that the hydrolysates are predigested, and more easily absorbed. So I'm thinking they might be better for my mom. Any comments? Well, here's what I read from Wikipedia... "Whey [...]

By |2023-04-14T10:13:54-08:00March 9th, 2010|

All About Elemental Diets

This is a great podcast 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 [...]

By |2023-10-25T21:30:40-08:00January 21st, 2010|

Half Elemental Diet Prevents Crohn’s Flares

Wow! This is great news for those of you who have been on my IBD Remission Diet - or are considering it - or for those of you who use Absorb Plus (the elemental shake product I formulated) on an ongoing basis. Dr. Silvio Najt, MD (who used my IBD Remission Diet to heal his [...]

By |2024-01-25T22:37:47-08:00December 22nd, 2009|
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