Gut Reset: Rapid Healing & Symptoms Reduction - Dr. Michael Ruscio, BCDNM, DC

Does your gut need a reset?

Yes, I'm Ready

Do you want to start feeling better?

Yes, Where Do I Start?

Do you want to start feeling better?

Yes, Where Do I Start?

Gut Reset: Rapid Healing & Symptoms Reduction

A gut reset is the fastest way to reduce troublesome gut and inflammatory symptoms like brain fog, fatigue, bloating and digestive upset.

In fact, a gut reset can help you to reduce symptoms in a matter of days.

As I’ve seen over and over in my clinic, you can achieve significant improvements in a very short time. A gut reset is not a cure all, but by significantly reducing symptoms, it can be a very motivating starting point for improving your gut health. 

Why is a Gut Reset so Effective?

A gut reset brings quick relief because it:

  • Reduces your exposure to foods that irritate the gut. 
  • Provides a chance for the gut to rest (like staying off a sprained ankle).
  • Starves bacterial (and most likely fungal) overgrowths. 
  • Reduces gut inflammation.
  • Calms the immune system.

A Gut Reset Takes 24-48 Hours

A gut reset is a liquid fast that allows your gut to rest and repair.

I recommend using an elemental diet formula like Elemental Heal.

You don’t need to do an extensive or extreme fast. Just 24-48 hours of sipping a liquid gut-healing, meal replacement shake (similar to a protein shake). In just 1 to 2 days of resting your digestive system, your gut will undergo significant rest and repair.

During and after your fast, you may notice improved:

  • Mental clarity and mood
  • Energy 
  • Joint pain
  • Sleep
  • Skin reactions 
  • Less bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, or reflux
  • Improved food tolerance 

Think of it like this: A gut reset with an elemental diet may provide all the gut-related benefits of fasting, without being hungry. 

Scientifically Proven to be Effective

Elemental diets are one of the most effective therapies for those who don’t respond fully to other gut supports like dietary changes and probiotics. Research shows that elemental diets work:

  • Elemental diets have been shown to be an effective treatment for IBD in numerous clinical trials, decreasing inflammation, reducing autoimmunity, and preventing relapses.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]
  • While data is still preliminary data, elemental diets have been shown to improve IBS, SIBO, celiac disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.[12, 13, 14]
  • Preliminary evidence shows that elemental diets are helpful for patients with non-responsive celiac disease.[15, 16]

A gut reset harnesses the power of the elemental diet to rest and repair the gut in a very short period of time.

A Great-Tasting Elemental Diet Formula

I developed a great-tasting formula called Elemental Heal because I have seen bad tasting formulas can make it hard for patients to stick with other elemental diet formulas. I also developed low-carb and whey-free Elemental Heal formulas to make this gut-healing therapy available to more people. 

Elemental Heal is one of my go to treatments and one of our top-selling products.  Patients are finding significant relief when using Elemental Heal.

Elemental Heal is a complete meal replacement shake that provides all of the essential proteins, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins. It is a gut-friendly, hypoallergenic and scientifically validated formula.

During the gut reset, Elemental Heal shakes will be your exclusive form of nutrition. Elemental Heal is easy to mix, so you can enjoy a break from meal preparation at the same time.

Tips for a Successful Gut Reset

  • Drink as much Elemental Heal as you like.
  • It’s best to sip the solution throughout the day instead of taking “meals.” 
  • Continue to take any prescription medicinesSupplements are optional.
  • A little food if you are hungry is OK, but keep this minimal. 
  • Caffeine is OK, but keep the delivery method clean; minimal cream, sugar, etc..


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