Pre-Thickened Liquids – Dysphagia Drinks
People who have dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, are unable to drink thin liquids which can enter the lungs and cause choking. Because of this, they are often at risk for dehydration and malnutrition. Our pre-thickened liquids combat that risk by providing sufficient hydration in an easy-to-consume formulation.
Nutra Balance pre-thickened water
We offer pre-thickened water in nectar, honey or pudding consistency, or thickness, to accommodate all states of dysphagia. We make it as convenient as possible; you don’t need to measure or mix ingredients.
Cellulose gum: a healthier thickening agent
We use cellulose gum as our thickening agent; it is a clear, tasteless and odorless non-digestible carbohydrate which provides a stable consistency in any liquid. You can also choose from different consistencies – whether you prefer honey thickened liquids or even nectar thickened liquids.
Other products often use cornstarch or food starch to pre-thicken liquids, but they leave a starchy aftertaste and become thicker the longer they sit.
Cellulose gum is a healthier option – and, unlike starches – it contains no calories.
Who needs pre-thickened liquids?
Some diseases create a short or long-term condition where people develop a difficulty swallowing. This condition can result from strokes, mouth or throat cancer, nerve disorders, including Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ALS. It can also be a side effect of dementia or Alzheimer’s because patients can forget how to swallow. Dysphasia patients can be older adults, babies, and people who have problems of the brain or nervous system.
How we make our products
Nutra Balance collaborates with doctors and dieticians in the formulation of our products, and many physician partners or doctors recommend our pre-thickened water as part of patient rehabilitation programs and post-treatment care.
We are your one-stop-shop for easy-to-absorb and digestible medical food supplements in liquid and powder forms. Our other dietary supplements include fortified beverages, egg protein, and protein cookies, that support a range of health conditions.