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 questions about the body’s intolerance vs Herxheimer reaction to an Elemental Diet.

Check out the video below:

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding an Elemental Diet and Gut Health

Q: What are elemental diets good for and what do they help with?

A: Elemental diets play a crucial role in resetting your gut flora. When individuals embark on an exclusively elemental diet, for a duration ranging from two to six weeks, it serves as a reset button for the microbiota within the gut. This reset extends beyond the gut, impacting the entire body.

Bowel Model and Variety of Healthy Fresh Food

Moreover, elemental diets prove particularly beneficial for specific digestive conditions such as SIBO, and inflammatory bowel diseases, like Crohn’s, colitis, diverticulitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

By eliminating conventional foods and opting for an elemental diet, you can address and manage the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.

Note: It’s much better when you’re on an elemental diet, to simultaneously supplement with a therapeutic grade probiotic such as Natren Probiotic

Q: Can elemental diets address severe bleeding in conditions like Crohn’s or colitis?

A: Yes! elemental diets help to stop intestinal or colonic bleeding, by providing bowel rest.

In the video, I share my personal story to underscore this point. I recount a challenging episode where I used an elemental diet to heal from severe bleeding in my colon. Colonic or small intestine bleeding are  associated with conditions like Crohn’s or colitis.

In the video, I describe the severity of the situation… Mentioning blood clots the size of my thumb, a hemoglobin drop to 2/14, and the imminent risk of bleeding out.

Ulcerative colitis in the intestine

What happened to me shows that elemental diets can really help when dealing with serious bleeding linked to digestive diseases.

However, it’s essential to know that what worked for me might be different for others. I suggest you consult and work with a supportive physician. Getting professional advice is crucial to ensure what you’re doing is right for you.

Q: How can elemental diets help with intestinal obstruction?

A: Elemental diets prove to be highly beneficial when it comes to intestinal obstruction. This includes specific health issues like Crohn’s disease, colitis, or diverticulitis, where the accumulation of scar tissue becomes a significant concern.

As I explain in the video, conditions like Crohn’s or colitis involve a cycle of repeated wounding and healing, resulting in the development of scar tissue in the intestine. This scar tissue, over time, can narrow and restrict the passage of food, causing obstruction.

Moreover, diverticulitis – another condition I mention –  involves inflammation and the formation of pockets in the intestine. These pockets (diverticulae) can trap food and lead to infection, creating a feedback loop of complications.

Elemental liquid diets offer a practical solution in such circumstances. I share insights from my readers who have faced similar issues; highlighting that switching to an elemental diet for as little as 3 – 7 days can bring significant relief.

This simple approach aids in clearing obstructions and allows individuals to return to easily tolerated foods.

portrait of a woman in the kitchen holding the bowl with raw vegetables

Q: Is there a role for elemental diets in stress management?

A: Certainly, elemental diets are a tool to help manage stress effectively. When facing high-stress situations like a divorce, a move, or coping with loss, stress can impact our digestive system.

In response, elemental diets offer a quick and straightforward solution. These diets provide the necessary support without the extra pressure of focusing on maintaining a healthy diet during stressful times.

In addition, during stressful times, digestive and absorptive capability is reduced. But an elemental shake, like Absorb Plus, is instantly absorbed to your bloodstream (within 20 minutes).


In conclusion, elemental diets offer a versatile solution for various gut-related challenges. This includes a gut flora reset, dealing with bleeding episodes, intestinal obstruction, and stress management.

Stay tuned or make sure you’re subscribed for Part 3 in this series…