ElementGold is a nutritionally complete, elemental diet shake formulated from the highest quality ingredients. Elemental diets promote rapid absorption of nutrients by presenting ingredients in forms that require the least work for the body to digest. It may assist in situations where chewing or swallowing is difficult or where digestion or absorption is compromised. It is suitable as a sole source of nutrition for adults when used as directed by a medical professional.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Add 1 serving of ElementGold to 1 cup (250 mL) of cold water and shake, stir or blend until no lumps remain. Serve poured over ice for best results and drink slowly for best absorption. If using a blender, use low speed for no longer than 10 seconds. Blending for longer or adding hot liquids may denature the amino acids. If using blended ice, blend the ice before adding it to the shake.
As ElementGold contains no fat, you may wish to add flax seed oil (linseed oil). Add up to 15 mL (or less according to tolerance) prior to blending. 15 mL of flax seed oil will add approximately 540 kJ to a serving. ElementGold contains natural flavourings. Adding milk, fruit, honey or other foods to ElementGold will enhance its taste but it will no longer be an elemental diet.
Store in a cool dry place. Use within 30 days of opening. Consume each shake immediately or cover and refrigerate, discarding any unused portion after 4 hours.
Persons with known medical conditions should consult with their medical practitioner before taking this or any other dietary supplement. ElementGold is safety sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal is broken or missing. Not for parenteral (intravenous) use.
This is a FSMP (Food for Special Medical Purposes) product.
Please Note: We strongly advise you purchase a few sample sizes of ElementGold, or just 1 tub, before buying the volume needed to do a full elemental diet. This will allow you to check for allergies or intolerance to any of the ingredients. Signs of intolerance or food allergy include: brain fog, grogginess, sore joints, headaches, nausea, skin rash, blurred vision, asthma, chest pains, edema, etc.
This is an elemental diet shake (that I helped formulate) for all my lovely Australian and New Zealand readers!
ElementGold is a very special elemental diet shake because it has FSMP approval - so you might be able to get the cost covered under your health insurance plan. Your doctor can also order it in and sell it from their clinic or hospital because it's FSMP - Food For Special Medical Purpose.
So yes, this is the Australian version of Absorb Plus (the elemental diet shake I formulated for the US and Canada), and you can use it in exactly the same way. Follow directions in The IBD Remission Diet the same way as well - the serving size is the same. The only difference is in the form and amount of some of the vitamins, minerals and aminos - because Australia has different regulations and allowable limits/forms of supplements.
You can use ElementGold as an exclusively elemental diet, or a half-elemental diet, or just to supplement your diet with highly nutritious, easily absorbed nutrients - for those who cannot digest or absorb the nutrients from whole foods.
What Is An Elemental Diet?
An elemental diet is also referred to as a bowel rest diet. It is a pre-digested, 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. It can be helpful for people with colitis, Crohn's, diverticulitis, severe IBS, AIDS, the elderly, and some forms of cancer - especially when combined with targeted healing substances and bone broths - as I show you in my book The IBD Remission Diet.
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 this helps colonic wounds to heal faster.
I used an elemental diet to recover from a bout of hemorrhaging that left me weighing 99 lbs (I'm 5'7"). In six weeks I weighed 135 pounds and was working out at the gym 3 times a week (my complete story and instructions on the type of elemental diet I used are in my book The IBD Remission Diet.)
What Is A Half-Elemental Diet?
A half-elemental diet is used when someone's IBD is still active and they are having difficulty tolerating foods and eating or absorbing adequate nutrition. But for whatever reason, they cannot (or do not want to) do a full elemental diet. So, instead, they consume half their daily calories as elemental diet shakes and the other half is comprised of easily tolerated or low residue foods.
In a 2006 clinical trial, doctors 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. (Source: Effectiveness of an 'half elemental diet' as maintenance therapy for Crohn's disease: a randomized-controlled trial. S. Takagi, K. Utsunomiya et. al. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 24, 1333-1340)
When mixing your shakes (if not elemental) I do not recommend you use soy milk (depresses thyroid function, inhibits mineral absorption) or pasteurized milk (mucous-producing and irritating to the gut). Use other nut milks, raw milk, goat, camel, etc. However, if you want to keep your shakes elemental, then mix only with water.
Important: All elemental diet shakes are VERY sticky on the teeth. So be sure to brush after each shake - pay particular attention to the gum line - to avoid tooth decay.
Transitioning Off Elemental Shakes
Please know that when your digestive system has healed to the point where you can absorb nutrition and you are no longer underweight, then it is likely time to transition off Absorb Plus and onto a whey or veggie protein shake, or easily tolerated foods.
Not only is this cheaper, but it's better for ongoing gut health to avoid simple carbohydrates (like tapioca maltodextrin) when you are able to use superfoods like chia seed and flax seed instead. Here are my instructions for transitioning off of an elemental diet.
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