Full Elemental Diet
An elemental diet is also referred to as a bowel rest diet. An elemental diet is a liquid diet that contains all the basic nutrients your body needs.
The nutrients are in pre-digested form so they require very little digestion and the nutrients are easily and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. In this way an elemental diet supplies your nutritional needs whilst giving your digestive system a rest.
The stool that results from an elemental diet is greatly reduced in volume and usually liquid, therefore, it also gives your colon a rest from passing normal stool and thus allows colonic wounds to heal faster.
For extensive info on how to implement an elemental diet and tips and tricks to make it easier, download our free report, All About Elemental Diets.
Also, check out our customer feedback from people who have already been using Absorb Plus as an elemental or semi-elemental diet.
To figure out how many shakes per day you will need on an exclusively elemental diet, see our Product Use guidelines.
Half Elemental Diet
In a 2006 clinical trial, they assessed 26 patients with Crohn’s Disease, who used a combination of an elemental diet for half of their food intake (900 – 1200 calories per day) and then whatever they wished for the other half (”free diet”). The control group consisted of 25 patients with Crohn’s Disease who just consumed an unrestricted diet, whatever they wanted to eat (100% free diet).
Then, they measured the recurrence of relapse (symptom flare-up) over a two year period. The relapse rate in the half elemental diet group was significantly lower – only 34.6% – versus a relapse rate of 64% in the free diet group.
So if you don’t have the willpower, or need, to do a full elemental diet, this study shows you still have a good chance (70%) of avoiding flare-ups from only a half-elemental diet.
Learn more about a half-elemental diet and how to use Absorb Plus along with your regular diet.