“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.”

― Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting

I recommend first reading  The Benefits of an Elemental Diet and Who Should Try It.

All 5 elemental diets take into account lectins, histamine, and salicylate sensitivities, among others.

The modified elemental diet still has some lectins and salicylates, but they are in lower amounts. You’d need to do a real elemental diet to be certain that you aren’t sensitive to these proteins/compounds, but I feel for most people modified elemental diets are good enough.

Stick to the first 2 diets to do a real elemental diet.

I present 5 options for people so that they have more freedom to do what works for them.

However, I can’t tell you which one you should do unless I know more of a history.  If you’re a client/former client, you can email me and I’ll let you know.

I recommend to keep these diets for a minimum of a week and ideally for 2 weeks.  Perhaps you can try one version one week and a different version another week.  This will make the results more meaningful and certain.

No matter which diet you do, include chewing gum before every meal, since you need to for cognitive health and digestive support.

1) Mediclear SGS

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The easiest and most convenient option is:

Mediclear-SGS (Quasy Elemental Shake by Thorne)

This is not as good as some of the other options, but it should take care of most food sensitivities.  It has all the nutrients and protein that you need, most of it in the form of pea and rice protein.

You might want to add Caprylic acid for fats.

2) Elecare Jr: Amino Acid-Based Formulas

This is meant for people who don’t have issues with microbial overgrowth.

This tastes overall pretty bland, with a slightly negative twist and some post-consumption nausea, but it’s very mild. Overall, I am happy with this product.

Honestly, though, this was too hard for me to follow and I caved after a day.  I’m of average willpower, so I assume compliance will be low. This is why I’m recommending some more foods to consume – especially chicken, avocado and cod liver.

  • Elecare Jr

Think about adding to Elecare:

Other allowed foods:

I recommend adding  Extra virgin olive oil, since this formula is too low in fat.

Scoop out 6 scoops of the powder and put in a tbsp of the safflower oil.  Mix it with 2-3 cups of water and drink according to hunger.

The ingredients are free of lectins, harmful proteins, salicylates and histamine.  This formula can be distinguished from the Vivonex by the fat and fructose content.

This formula has more fat (Vivonex only contains maltodextrin/glucose). The serving size is 100g, which yields about 4 servings per a container.  Each serving has 469 calories.  That means this should last you about a day, especially if you add safflower oil. Therefore, you want to buy 7 of them to last you a week. The benefit of this is the convenience of not having to buy a whole bunch of ingredients. Take a serving with water and take as many servings as your hunger dictates.

Ingredients of Elecare Jr

Corn Syrup Solids (55%), High Oleic Safflower Oil (9%), Medium-Chain Triglycerides (8%), Soy Oil (7%), L-Glutamine (2%). Less than 2% of the Following: L-Asparagine, L-Leucine, DATEM, L-Lysine Acetate, L-Valine, Calcium Phosphate, L-Isoleucine, Potassium Phosphate, L-Arginine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, L-Threonine, L-Proline, L-Serine, L-Alanine, Magnesium Chloride, Glycine, L-Histidine, L-Methionine, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, L-Cystine Dihydrochloride, L-Tryptophan, Magnesium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, m-Inositol, Ferrous Sulfate, Taurine, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Zinc Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, L-Carnitine, Niacinamide, Salt, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Biotin, Phylloquinone, Chromium Chloride, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Sodium Molybdate, Vitamin D3, and Cyanocobalamin.

3) A Real Elemental Diet: For Chron’s, SIBO and Candida

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This is the worst tasting option.  This will surely test your resolve.  It wasn’t easy even consuming one meal.  Maybe people get used to it.  But this elemental diet has unique properties that the others don’t have.  I’ve tried Vivonex and it was pretty bad.  A client who has tried Tolerex has informed me that it tastes better than Vivonex (I may order it to confirm).

You want to use this if you have SIBO or candida as the carbs won’t reach your small intestine and will eventually starve the pathogens.  It’s also useful in cases with gut damage that’s pretty bad that you can’t metabolize fat well.  A bad case of chron’s is an example.

If you have a confirmed candida case, then I would take fluconazole and anti-candida supplements while you’re doing this.

If you plan on doing this for months then you should monitor your liver function tests because when consuming fully broken down amino acids, the digestive loading is shifted from the gut to the liver.

  • Tolerex
  • Vivonex Plus Elemental Powder

Tolerex and Vivonex are considered a true elemental diet.  The benefit of this is the convenience of not having to buy a whole bunch of ingredients.

I would also add a Probiotic to this regimen.

Here’s a description of Vivonex by the company, which is pretty accurate:

  • This high-protein , low-fat beverage is a nutritionally complete, elemental diet.
  • High in glutamine an important nutrient for the health of your digestive system it also helps improve protein retention.
  • 100% free amino acids for better tolerance and easy absorption.
  • Contains arginine, a building block of protein important for healing.
  • Low in fat (6% fat) which makes it easy to digest.
  • Mix with Vivonex Flavor Packets for variety and great taste.
  • Vivonex Plus is a medical food-please consult with your health care professional on the use of this product.
  • Vivonex Plus is commonly recommended to people with: Major intestinal surgery, Cancer treatment, Poor digestion, Surgery, After surgery, Clear liquid diet, Crohn’s disease, Pancreatic and intestinal disorders.

Ingredients

Maltodextrin , L-Glutamine , Modified Cornstarch , L-Leucine , L-Arginine Acetate , Soybean Oil , L-Lysine Acetate , Magnesium Gluconate , L-Isoleucine , L-Valine , Calcium Glycerophosphate , L-Phenylalanine , L-Threonine , Potassium Citrate , L-Cysteine Hydrochloride Monohydrate , Citric Acid , L Methionine , L-Tyrosine , L-Histidine Monohydrochloride Monohydrate , L-Aspartic Acid , L-Proline , Sodium Citrate , Sodium Phosphate Dibasic , L-Tryptophan , Potassium Chloride , Choline Bitartrate , L-Serine , L-Alanine , Glycine , Ascorbic Acid , Potassium Sorbate , Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids , L Carnitine , Zinc Sulfate , Niacinamide , Ferrous Sulfate (Iron) , Alpha Tocopherol Acetate , D-Calcium Panthothenate , BHA-BHTto Preserve Freshness , Alpha Tocopherolto Preserve Freshness , Copper Gluconate , Pyridioxine Hydrochloride , Manganese Sulfate , Vitamin A Palmitate , Riboflavin , Thiamin Hydrochloride , Folic Acid , Biotin , Chromic Acetate , Potassium Iodide , Sodium Molybdate , Sodium Selenite , PhytonadioneVitamin K1 , CyanocobalaminVitamin B12 , CholecalciferolVitamin D3

4) DIY Elemental Diet

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This is an elemental diet that is nutritionally superior, yet it takes more time and money to implement.

This isn’t quite a real elemental diet because the real ones don’t include little fat. But for what I intend people to use this diet for, it’s good.

Be forewarned that this diet is tough since the essential amino acids taste horrible (nonessentials like glycine and glutamine taste sweet).

But this is the most accurate of the diets  that  check for sensitivity to proteins or other compounds that cause problems in food.

If you think you won’t be able to hack this, I recommend trying one of the other options.

I’ve designed this option to be particularly useful if you have a bad case of SIBO or candida.

If you have hypothalamic dysfunction, you might get a bit tired from the glucose, but this will subside.  Just make sure to sip the glucose instead of gulping a large amount down in one shot.

Feel free to be a bit creative.

Option A Ingredients

  • Glucose (carb source).  You want to put 10g of glucose per 8 oz of water and sip throughout the morning, according to thirst or cognitive energy demands.
  • Palatinose (carb source).  Useful as a low glycemic index carb and also protects the gut (R).
  • Essential Amino Acids.   This tastes pretty bad.  Have one serving in the morning and one in the evening.  Take this with as much glucose as you need to get this down and exercise to blunt the insulin spike.   This is the only gulping of glucose that I’d recommend.
  • High-Oleic Safflower Oil (fat source) – high in MUFA and low allergenic potential.  Olive oil has salicylates.  3 tbsp per a meal and have as many meals as your hunger dictates.
  • MCT Oil – this is pretty pure and can be added to the mix.  This can be useful if you want to use your mornings to get into ketosis.  Not more than 1 tbsp at a time (spaced by 3 hours).  Just use MCT oil and water.
  • Nonessential amino acid: Arginine protects mucosal barrier (R) Use 2g throughout the day. 1g 2X a day.  Not needed with Jomar labs.
  • Nonessential amino acid: Glycine protects the gut (R).  Use 6g throughout the day.  3g 2X a day. Not needed with Jomar labs.
  • Nonessential amino acid: Glutamine protects the gut (R) Use 10g throughout the day.  5g 2X a day. Not needed with Jomar labs.
  • Nonessential amino acid:  L-Tyrosine 1g 2X a day. Not needed with Jomar labs.
  • Nonessential amino acid: NAC. Not needed with Jomar labs.
  • Arabinogalactan for fiber
  • Multivitamin by Thorne for nutrients.
  • Potassium gluconate for potassium.
  • Vitamin K1 and K2 (not needed if you get the pure encapsulations one)
  • Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin D.
  • Alpha-GPC Choline
  • Fish oil 
  • Table salt
  • Scale for measuring powders
  • Probiotics

Option B Ingredients

  • Glucose (carb source).  You want to put 10g of glucose per 8 oz of water and sip throughout the morning, according to thirst or cognitive energy demands.
  • Palatinose (carb source).  Useful as a low glycemic index carb and also protects the gut (R).
  • Jomar labs amino acids.  You want to take 30g per a meal, 2X a day.  This tastes pretty bad.  Have one serving in the morning and one in the evening.  Take this with as much glucose as you need to get this down and exercise to blunt the insulin spike.   This is the only gulping of glucose that I’d recommend.
  • High-Oleic Safflower Oil (fat source) – high in MUFA and low allergenic potential.  Olive oil has salicylates.  3 tbsp per a meal and have as many meals as your hunger dictates.
  • MCT Oil – this is pretty pure and can be added to the mix.  This can be useful if you want to use your mornings to get into ketosis.  Not more than 1 tbsp at a time (spaced by 3 hours).  Just use MCT oil and water.
  • Arabinogalactan for fiber
  • Multivitamin by pure encapsulations
  • Potassium gluconate for potassium
  • Calcium, Magnesium
  • Alpha-GPC Choline
  • Fish oil 
  • Table salt
  • Probiotics
  • Scale for measuring powders

What I recommend is using pure glucose and water for the first 8 hours in the day.

Alternatively, you can try ketosis with the MCT oil for the first 8 hours of the day.

The reason I recommend this is so that if you have some intestinal overgrowth of bacteria, the glucose won’t reach the small intestines, but if you add fat then some may reach it.

Since you’re only doing this for one meal in the day, if you have a serious case of overgrowth, then I recommend doing the first elemental diet.

“Meal 1”

Sip glucose water (10g per 8oz) until 8 hours after awakening.  Put 2 capsules of the multivitamin in the water.

“Meal 2”

  • 3 tbsp safflower oil
  • 30g of essential amino acids (35g if option B),
  • 20g of glucose,
  • 20g palatinose
  • 5g glutamine, (exclude if option B)
  • 10g arabinogalactan,
  • 3g glycine, (exclude if option B)
  • 1g arginine. (exclude if option B)
  • 1g L-Tyrosine (exclude if option B)
  • 2g potassium gluconate
  • 2g salt
  • 2 capsules of the multivitamin
  • 1 capsule Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin D (replace with 3 caps calcium, magnesium if option B)
  • 1 capsule Alpha-GPC Choline
  • 1 capsule NAC (exclude if option B)
  • 1 capsule K1+K2 (exclude if option B)

“Meal 3”

  • 3 tbsp safflower oil
  • 30g of essential amino acids (35g if option B),
  • 20g of glucose,
  • 20g palatinose,
  • 5g glutamine, (exclude if option B)
  • 10g arabinogalactan,
  • 3g glycine, (exclude if option B)
  • 1g arginine. (exclude if option B)
  • 1g L-Tyrosine (exclude if option B)
  • 2g potassium gluconate
  • 2g salt
  • 2 capsules of the multivitamin
  • 1 capsule Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin D (replace with 3 caps calcium, magnesium if option B)
  • 1 capsule Alpha-GPC Choline
  • 1 capsule NAC (exclude if option B)
  • 1 capsule K1+K2 (exclude if option B)

“Meal 4” optional a few hours before bed

If you’re craving another one of these delicious meals, who can blame you??? That’s why I have an optional fourth meal.

  • 2 tbsp safflower oil
  • 10g of glucose,
  • 10g palatinose
  • 5g arabinogalactan,
  • 3g glycine,
  • 1g arginine.
  • 2g potassium gluconate

These meals and soages are just templates for you to start with.  Feel free to be creative and switch up the dosages to suit your needs.

Carbs with a lower glycemic index:

If you have a bad case of SIBO, I’d stay away from all of these temporarily and just use glucose.

  • Hi-Maize resistant starch
  • Waxy Maize (must be by now foods)
  • Trehalose
  • Palatinose

These are recommended but not necessary.  I separated these from the other suggestions so that it doesn’t cause the reader to think they are absolutely necessary.

You want to start with 30g of hi-maize 2X a day ramp it up slowly until you’re getting 30g 4X a day.  This is in addition to the above meals and not instead of.

For the WM and Trehalose , you want to use close to an equivalent dosage instead of glucose. So instead of 25g glucose, you can use 10g waxy maize, 10g trehalose and 10g glucose.  This will give you more of a steady energy, but the other recommendations are good enough because this is only a short term diet.

5) A Modified Elemental Diet

This is a good option if you just want to avoid lectins or other harmful proteins, but don’t want to throw up from the diet.  This is a more doable version.

Feel free to be a bit creative.

Ingredients

Meal 1

Sip glucose water (10g per 8oz) until 8 hours after awakening.  Put 2 capsules of the multivitamin in the water.

Meal 2

  • 35g pea protein
  • 30g hi-maize (not necessary if you can’t get it)
  • 3tbsp Safflower oil
  • 12g collagen
  • 10g waxy maize
  • 10g glucose
  • 10g trehalose
  • 10g fructose or palatinose
  • 10g arabinogalactan
  • 2g potassium gluconate
  • 2 caps multi vitamin
  • Vitamin K1 and K2
  • Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin D

Meal 3

  • 35g pea protein
  • 30g hi-maize (not necessary if you can’t get it)
  • 3tbsp safflower oil
  • 12g collagen
  • 10g waxy maize
  • 10g glucose
  • 10g trehalose
  • 10g fructose
  • 10g arabinogalactan
  • 2g potassium gluconate,
  • 2 caps multi vitamin
  • 5g lecithin

Use stevia and xylitol as needed. Any other meal is optional- just use the same ingredients. The last meal could contain cod liver and some carb source, in addition to some pea protein.

Pea Protein

Pea protein isn’t normally part of an elemental diet, but since elemental diets are tough, anything that makes them easier should be explored.

I’ve experimented with all of the protein powers on the market and pea protein didn’t cause me any noticeable inflammation.

It’s possible to be sensitive to pea protein powder, but it’s unlikely the case for most people.

Upon researching if pea protein has lectins, I was glad to find out that it doesn’t contain any lectins (R).   Trypsin inhibitors were also reduced by 46% (a new process might reduce that by more) (R).  In the pea protein linked.  The pea protein is treated with phytase so it has very little phytic acid (R). See the full study: Pea protein

Antinutritional Factors Pea protein Pea (Seed)
Trypsin inhibitor (TIA/g protein) 2.5 8.1
Lectins (HU/mg protein) Approx 0.2 37.1
Tannins (mg cat eq/g protein) None detected 0.96
Phytates (mg/g protein) 1.2 101.1
Saponins (mg/100g) 1 2.5

Checking For Lectin, Histamine and Salicylate Intolerances

It’s pretty easy to check for sensitivity to salicylates and histamine.  For salicylates, just take an aspirin and see if you have an adverse reaction.  If yes, then salicylate sensitivity should be suspected, but this isn’t definite, since aspirin usually has other excipients.

For histamine, you can take an enzyme that breaks down histamine called DAO or you can take an antihistamine like Benadryl.

Lectin sensitivity is a bit harder to check for since the damaging effects last for days.  However, 2g NAG and 4 caps Sialic Acid before every meal should lessen the response to lectins and you should notice some improvement with these supplements.

Still, I recommend elemental diets to be more certain.

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49 COMMENTS

  • Medina S Dugger

    So grateful for this site! I’m on day 3 of the Integrative Therapeutics (tastes great!) and have started having symptoms of histamine reaction, (I usually eat lower-carb) and am suspecting I have a problem with carbohydrate metabolism (I’m taking extra coconut oil with each drink) but it seems to be getting progressively worse. Is it possible for sugar in this diet to create a histamine reaction? Do you know of any packaged high fat low carb varieties? I have DAO I wonder if I can keep it at bay…if the benefits of resting my gut out weigh the neg effects of a subtle histamine response.

  • TW

    Do you still have Trouble? Was ED worth it?

  • Joel Sprechman

    Thoughts on Integrative Therapeutics Elemental Diet? Looks like a cleaner version of the above(Nestle, Thorne etc.). I’ve been on it two weeks, so far a miraculous turnaround!

  • Jen

    Hi Joe-
    I just ran across this article, as I have SIBO and the prescription protocol of Rifaximin and Neomyacin did not work at all. I happen to have free access to EleCare Jr and was wondering if this can be used for 2-3 weeks as an effective elemental diet for SIBO or not? Thanks so much!

    1. Nattha Wannissorn

      You are working with a practitioner, right?

      Also work on vagus nerve tone. See this post: http://selfhacked.com/blog/28-ways-to-stimulate-your-vagus-nerve-and-all-you-need-to-know-about-it/

  • Matt Demko

    Hey Joe, could you provide some more information on the Mediclear SGS diet? I’ve been doing that with a tbsp of the caprylic acid you suggested but now I’m at such a huge caloric deficit that I can’t really tell if my symptoms are improving. I’m even doubling up on my servings (to about 1600 a day w/ the acid) yet that still is nowhere near enough. Is there something cheaper that I can add to the shakes to make them more filling? At this rate, I’m spending about 100 for four days of food. I can’t sustain that for the two weeks that you recommend.

  • Frederik Emil Hanfgarn

    How do you maintain a steady caloric intake? The first option contains 145 calories per serving (2 scoops) and at least 50% RDA of all vitamins and minerals, so you could at maximum do 4 scoops and then you get into hypervitaminosis area.

    1. Richard Rosen

      That would only be true if the RDA constituted the maximum safe levels of vitamins. Many people believe that many of them don’t even come close to meeting our real needs.

  • D

    What is the difference between the recommended waxy maize and the hi-maize resistant starch?

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      hi-maize is a resistant starch

  • Health Vibed

    Interesting, I might try this diet after learning more from you about Lectins. I have been following the SCD diet for about 5 months now, and I think it’s helped, but honestly this stuff can be REALLY hard to quantify as I’m sure you can relate too.

    Anyway, I’m basically going to go through your whole list of things to do to overcome brain fog, and eventually i’ll beat it. Prob get some coaching from you too Joe!

  • AD

    Does anyone know of similar products for the elemental diet that can be procured in New Zealand? I cannot seem to get any of these products here?

  • Johnson

    An Elemental diet fired my SIBO but made my symptoms worse. Now I have problems swallowing as well.

  • Caleb

    Hi, unless I am missing something I can’t find an iron source in the DIY diet. why is this?

  • Chana

    what about tapoica maltodextrine as carb ?

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      Glucose is better

  • Jerry

    Do you see any issues with the vanilla version of Elecare Jr? Also wondering if aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen need to be avoided while trying an elemental diet. I get headaches, and stopping the caffeine is going to be rough.

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      No

  • Kate

    Isn’t high oleic safflower oil really high in PUFA? I tried the DIY version and became quite ill. I’ve started reading some of Ray Peat’s work and now I’m wondering if I did some damage by consuming 9+ tbsp of the oil a day for 2 weeks.

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      I don’t recommend more than 2-3 tbsp a day. The dose makes the poison.

      1. Richard Rosen

        Your plan calls for 3 tbsp per meal, as many meals as hunger dictates. That’s a lot more than 2-3 tbsp.

  • smurfed

    I get hypoglycaemic extremely easily, so using dextrose, table sugar etc is not an option. I understand that the total amount of Trehalose that one can consume in a day is 60g. Would I be allowed to use Palatinose up to 60g? It’s the only other slow release starch I know of and 120g is how much carbs I will need to consume per day.

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      ya

  • dan

    On the modified diet, why did you exclude N yeast?

  • Daniel Shapiro

    All DIY + modified elemental diets will cause potassium deficiency. 6 grams of potassium gluconate would only yield 33 percent of daily requirement. How do you suggest getting around this problem?

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      Up your potassium gluconate

  • Daniel Shapiro

    Hi! What is the purpose of arabinogalactan? Why is it important? Why fiber important?

  • Phil

    Joe, one of the studies you linked to mentioned that arginine worsened mucosal injury, any thoughts on this? I’m glad I read that since I was taking arginine in combo with a gut healing protocol.

    Also, I spoke to Paul Jaminet recently who mentioned that Glutamine can be problematic in gut healing because of the nitrogenous compounds it creates. Personally I was having a build up of ammonia after using it for an extended period.

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      This one says it reduce injury in response to LPS.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15555626

      Show me the one I cited.

      1. Phil

        Here’s the study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15625443
        “Arginine resulted in worsened mucosal injury, disruption of the actin cytoskeleton, decreased tissue ATP and enhanced permeability compared with glutamine which appeared protective. “

  • Jay

    Aren’t the DIY versions lacking phosphorus?

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      We usually get much more phosphorous in our diets than we need. If you go on a hardcore elemental diet for more than a month then you want to add it it.

  • Judd Crane

    I Think pea protein tastes pretty good with olive oil. Any opinions regarding rice or hemp protein in combination with olive oil (tastewise)?

  • John

    Pea protein is high in iron. For someone who is doing an elemental diet to treat bacterial overgrowth, iron could feed the pathogenic bacteria.

  • david

    Is it normal to rarely defecate during this 2 week elemental protocol? On my 5th day and have only gone twice since beginning

    1. Joe

      Normal – you’re not taking in insoluble fiber

  • Josh S.

    Any snacks allowed ? Ie. Dates, Jasmine tea, fruits, etc…

    1. Joe

      nope

  • Rollia

    If you recommend being on this diet for only few weeks (because it is unsustainable for more ) and then doing the lectin avoidance diet for long term; why not begin and stay with the lectin avoidance diet in the first place?

  • Dale

    Also. aren’t multivitamins are bad or un-effective at best? Do you take them yourself?

  • Dale

    Isn’t Potassium in supp form (even if gluconate) bad for gut?

  • Kathy

    Joe,Re: Benadryl, for several years now I have reacted paradoxically to it (causes hyperness). Would that indicate a histamine sensitivity?

    1. Joe

      I’m going to go with hyperness as a result of dopamine.

  • Kathy Califano

    Joe, am I understanding correctly that these diets entail taking the ingredients w/o eating any food for 1-2 weeks? If so, no wonder it’s tough – and I don’t even weigh 100 lbs!

    Kathy

    1. Joe

      Yes

  • dawnofeverything

    Do you have any knowledge about thyroid production? Apparently I’m low but it seems annoying to have to take thyroid medication for a while, if not the rest of my life. I think it may be genetic though, because my mom and grandma have problems with thyroid (hashimotos)

    1. Joe

      yes

  • Ola

    Pretty extreme, but I guess for desperate people, that is the only option. I plan on starting elimination diet (the lighter version, lectin avoidance, etc) as soon as I’m back from travelling, since my health just deteriorated tremendously.
    I am wondering whether you have any thoughts on DAO blood test. There seem to be some contradictory opinions – people saying that blood levels might not be indicatory of gut levels, etc. I’m thinking whether it’s worth getting it done.
    Also, I have a small problem in reading my body’s signals, and it’s hard for me to assess which food stuff I am sensitive to. (But I guess a lot since I am getting progressively worse) So I was wondering, do you think that the IgE tests for food items are an option? My IgE is generally very, very high which just indicates Th2 overactivation and allergy, but I don’t know whether it’s worth to get specific ones for specific items, and whether they would indicate my sensitivities.
    Thanks for your help!
    Best,
    Ola

    1. Joe

      do you think that the IgE tests for food items are an option? No

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