As a greater percentage of diabetes patients require enteral support for an additional disease or condition, the nutritional qualities of a formula are pivotal.  While most enteral formulas are comprised of heavily refined carbohydrates (ranging from fruit juice concentrates to corn syrup solids) and industrially processed seed oils (corn, soybean, sunflower, and canola), there is only one whole food, high fermentable fiber, and no added sugar option. 

Many RDs and clinicians ask us if Liquid hope is suitable for those with diabetes.  Absolutely.  I think the question is asked so frequently because Liquid Hope does not state anywhere on its package or in its literature that it is designed specifically for diabetes. 

In addition to the primary challenge of compromised lung function, cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are presented with several metabolic hurdles.   These issues exacerbate pulmonary symptoms and may be involved with the primary etiology of the disease.  There is unequivocal evidence that the majority of cystic fibrosis patients suffer from one form of malnutrition or another (1).

Bile is an essential component of digestion.  It is basically the body’s detergent that emulsifies dietary fat, making it less hydrophobic so that we can absorb it.  In addition, it likely helps with some aspects of protein digestion as well. 

With a CDC estimate of 7% of Americans suffering from the flu this past month, it is a good time to identify some significant dietary influences on our immune function.  Of course quality sleep, staying well rested, getting regular exercise and fresh air are all equally important.  When it comes to food...

A recently completed study at University of Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital provided significant insight into the protective role of an organic, whole food enteral formula on the GI. Mice with colitis were fed either Liquid Hope or one of two other polymeric enteral formulas for one week. 

If an individual is obese it is most likely that they suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD.  There was a time when this condition was quite rare. Now it appears that more than half of Americans have it and more than a third of American children suffer from it.  The condition is generally a function of a diet rich in refined carbohydrates and the concomitant gut problems such as dysbiosis and bacterial overgrowth that feed off the sugar. 

It has been brought to our attention that some RDs (Registered Dieticians) and other health professionals consider Liquid Hope and Nourish to be very similar to Real Food Blends or Kate Farms products. 

Ileostomies are quite common in both short and long-term care.  They are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but they often present very similar challenges to the overall health of the patient.

As with anything else, usually quality varies widely.  With supplements it is essential to know the details for each.  There are many versions of some nutrients.

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