As the days pass, I’ve been thinking more and more about how to make the most of the situation we are in.
For the first time in YEARS, I have no plans on the calendar for the next month.
No dinners, no weddings, no work functions. It’s just me, my husband, and the cats for the foreseeable future.
Which means I have NO excuse to not start the Elemental Diet.
What does that mean? Why would I be trying a diet right now? (It isn’t about weight loss)… and why do I think it might be the perfect time for you, too? Let me explain…
What Is An Elemental Diet?
The Elemental Diet is the only diet that can actually resolve SIBO completely, and it’s one of the most effective treatments we have available. Elemental diets starve bacterial and fungal overgrowths. They’re easy to digest, giving your gut a chance to rest and repair. And they reduce exposure to irritants.⠀
The Elemental diet is an all-liquid diet that can help repair the gut, kill bacterial overgrowth, and reduce inflammation. On the Elemental diet, you’ll drink a specially formulated blend of nutrients to get your daily calorie needs met.
This isn’t a regular protein powder, though: the proteins in the Elemental diet are broken down into the most elemental form – amino acids. The carbohydrates in the Elemental diet are fully digested, and so it essentially contains no fiber which can be very helpful for sensitive guts.
I think of it as eating all your nutrients “pre-digested” to both completely eradicate bacteria (which feast on undigested carbs) and give your gut a much-needed break.
3 Ways To Use The Elemental Diet
There are 3 ways to use the Elemental Diet:
#1 Gut Friendly Meal Replacement
You can use the Elemental Diet to replace any meal with highly digestible nutrients and give the gut a break. If you’ve been looking for SIBO-friendly protein powder or meal replacement shake, this is it!
Use as a gut-healing meal replacement shake. Elemental Heal can be safely used long term to replace 1-2 meals per day. It’s a complete meal replacement but also predigested, giving your gut a chance to rest and heal.
#2 Gut Reset: 2-4 Days
This is an easy way to stop a flare of gut symptoms and give your gut a rest. Suggested use is to replace all meals and snacks with Elemental Diet for 2-4 days.
#3 SIBO Healing: 1-3 Weeks
When used for 1-3 weeks, the Elemental Diet can resolve even stubborn SIBO cases. Suggested use is 1-3 weeks of replacing all meals and snacks with Elemental Diet.
Why Now Is A Great Time For The Elemental Diet
If you decide to use the Elemental Diet as a SIBO treatment, the hardest thing about following it for most people is fitting it into a busy schedule.
Right now, many of us have clear schedules… which can make 1-3 weeks on the Elemental Diet perhaps feasible for the first time ever.
Even if you don’t want to commit to a full Elemental Diet, having it on hand right now makes sense. It’s a simple meal replacement that won’t flare up symptoms and make you feel worse.
I’ve seen several people posting in the facebook group about struggling to find SIBO-friendly foods right now… having the Elemental Diet on hand means you always have something SIBO safe ready to eat.
Choosing The Right Formula For You
Until recently, there were two options for the Elemental Diet:
- Prescription mixes (require a doctor’s order and many taste disgusting)
- Homemade recipes (require specific ingredients and a lot of prep work)
Luckily, SIBO expert Dr. Michael Ruscio has now developed a third option for all of us: Elemental Heal.
Elemental Heal is by far the best tasting and easiest elemental diet option… it’s a powder (in chocolate or vanilla) that you mix with a small amount of oil and water.
It’s available without a prescription, so you can keep it on hand for meal replacements and “gut resets.”
And no matter your needs, there’s an option for you:
- Traditional, which comes in Chocolate and Vanilla
- Whey-free, for those who don’t tolerate whey protein
- Low-Carb, which has just 20 grams of carbohydrates per serving
These new formulations have been in the works for months, and are finally ready to ship. I’ve been looking forward to sharing this new resource with you, and the timing couldn’t be better.
How To Learn More & Get 15% Off
I’m taking this time to focus on my health, and there has never been a better time for the Elemental Diet than right now.
If you’re interested in joining me on the Elemental Diet, I asked Dr. Ruscio for an exclusive discount for you. Right now, the SIBO SOS® Community can get 15% OFF all Elemental Heal (including low-carb and whey free!).
→ Check out all your options here & Use code SIBOSOS-ELEMENTALHEAL for 15% OFF
Want to learn more? Watch this Q&A with Dr. Ruscio
7 thoughts on “Why Now Might Be The Perfect Time To Try The Elemental Diet”
Is it ok for lactose intolerant people?
Hi my name is Eric, I have used absorb plus in the the past to heal from malabsorbtion syndrome, I weighed 87 lbs when I left Stanford hospital, using absorb plus and vsl # 3 I regained all my weight to 155 lbs, I’m 5 ft 10 in tall. My question is now I live in costa rica and have relapsed and am down to 120lbs, I can’t find any elemental formulas here,and can’t afford the shipping and customs fees to get it here,thank you so much for any help
I hope Costa Rica is treating you well outside of the fact that you’re struggling to get access to the formula you previously did so well on… I’m so sorry to hear that!
Have you had a chance to look into Dr. Siebecker’s Homemade Elemental Formula? I think that might be a great place to start… keep us posted!
My question is about needing an elemental meal replacement that is low in arginine, which this is, but also I am sensitive to dairy. what do you recommend?
Dr. Allison Siebecker has an elemental diet formula that you can customize if you find none of the commercial/practitioner option works for you.
I tried the code for the essential diet. It just gave me free shipping. Is there another code?
I’m sorry you’re having trouble applying the discount. I checked this… and I’m sorry, but I can’t replicate the issue you’re having. It looks like it is in good working order. Please make sure to enter the correct discount code SIBOSOS-ELEMENTALHEAL during checkout to get 15% off.