Dysphagia and the Need for Thickening Liquids
If you have difficulty swallowing, you’re not alone: infants, children, and adults of all ages–especially the elderly–can be afflicted with Dysphagia, a condition that causes swallowing issues or difficulty. Certain diseases can instigate its onset, including:
- Neurological Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Esophageal Cancer
Whatever the cause, difficulty swallowing means you shy away from drinking and eating what you need, and this could lead to malnutrition and dehydration.
Thickened liquids prevent this by facilitating a chewing motion that eases swallowing. In a Dysphagia diet, various liquid consistencies create appropriate textures for this purpose.
Nutra Balance Thik & Clear Thickener for Dysphagia
Some manufacturers use cornstarch or food starch to thicken liquids, which are inexpensive, but they leave a starchy aftertaste and typically continue to thicken the longer they set.
We want you to enjoy eating and drinking as much as possible. That’s why we use cellulose gum and maltodextrin in Thik & Clear, which has no preservatives and nothing artificial in it.
Thik & Clear can be used in any hot or cold beverage (water, tea, coffee, milk, juices, supplements, infant formulas and breast milk, etc.). It mixes instantly, fully hydrates within five minutes and remains stable, without separating or settling out. Thik & Clear comes in convenient portion control packets: yellow for nectar consistency (when mixed with 4 oz. of fluid), green for honey consistency (when mixed with 4 oz. of fluid) and an 8 ounce can serving, which allows you to mix any consistency and any size portion ( 4 oz. , 8 oz., 12 oz., or larger).
Nutra Balance is your one-stop-shop for easy-to-absorb and digestible medical food supplements in liquid and powder forms. Our other dietary supplements, including pre-thickened water, fortified beverages, egg protein, and protein cookies, support a range of health conditions.
Let us help make eating and drinking easier for you. Contact us directly at 800.654.3691 or 317.356.5478 to order by phone or learn more.