How to Use ElementGold
Although specially formulated, ElementGold is still food. Like any food, the amount needed will vary from person to person and some days you may feel you need more or less. Unless specifically directed by your healthcare professional the number of servings you use is not critical and can be adjusted. To get a starting point, a "typical" adult usually consumes 5-6 serves worth a day.
Sole Source vs Partial Source vs Casual Use
How you use ElementGold will depend on your condition and the reason why your health care professional recommended the food to be part of your diet.
There are three main ways it is used:
ElementGold is suitable for casual use, such as for times when you experience flare ups of your condition or if you want a safe food when travelling. In this case the amount you use usually will be based on how hungry you are.
Partial Source of Nutrition
A partial elemental diet is one where only part of your energy needs are provided by ElementGold for a period of time. You will normally be looking to replace a number of meals or portion of your usual energy intake with ElementGold.
Sole Source of Nutrition
When used as a sole source of nutrition, ElementGold will be the only food you consume for a period of time. Many protocols in the scientific literature recommend this type of elemental diet, in order to induce healing, for between 14 and 21 days. Use of ElementGold as a sole source of nutrition must be done under the guidance of a medical professional, who will specify the period of use and determine the number of serves you should be consuming per day.
How Much ElementGold do you Need?
The primary factor for determining how much ElementGold you need is the amount of energy you are looking to supply by consuming ElementGold.
The average adult daily energy requirement is often stated as 8700 kJ per day. Your personal energy requirements will be based on many factors including your age, gender, lifestyle and whether there is a need to gain or lose weight. If you are unsure, your healthcare professional will be able to help you set your daily energy intake and it may be adjusted over the course of your diet.
Once you know how much energy you are looking to consume daily, you can figure out how many serves you will need per day.
Directions for Use
Add 4 level scoops (100 g) 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. 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. Safety sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal is broken or missing. Not for parenteral (intravenous) use.