Functional Formularies Liquid Hope and Nourish are designed to have a shelf-life of up to 2 years from the date they are cased based upon how the product is stored and handled over the time period. Under guidelines of our research laboratories, if Liquid Hope and Nourish are stored and handled properly at ambient temperatures of 60º to 70º degrees Fahrenheit the maximim shelf-life of 2 years is within the maximum time frame for use.
Is it OK for Liquid Hope/Nourish to sit outside in the heat for short periods of time?
YES! Exposure to higher heats (75-100º+) for short periods of time will not negatively affect the nutritional values. The only time the nutritional values will begin to be affected is if the products are stored at high heat for extended periods of time (6-12+ months). If exposed to high heat for an extended period, the nutrient value may be decreased over time.
My Liquid Hope/Nourish was delivered and sat outside in freezing temperatures and is frozen. Is it OK to use?
YES! When Robin was making Liquid Hope for her father she would make a weeks worth of food for him in advance and freeze it. Then she would pull out a portion to thaw as needed.
Freezing can be a very good way to preserve the nutritional value, texture and flavor of many foods. As long as the food was grown in a high-quality way (for example, organically grown) the overall nutrient retention in a frozen food will remain high. In other words, the vitamins and minerals will keep well when food is frozen.
If you do find that your Liquid Hope/Nourish has been frozen just store at ambient room temperature and it will thaw naturally. If you need a pouch right away, please thaw unopened pouch gently.
Once you receive Liquid Hope or Nourish please open the cases and check for damage that may have occurred during shipping and if damage has occurred due to shipping, please contact us or your DME immediately for replacement.
If you receive ANY units of Liquid Hope or Nourish that appear to be bloated, damaged or leaking to any degree, please contact us immediately at 937-433-4673 and/or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not open, consume or wash any product that appears to be damaged. Though rare, damage may happen during shipping; under those circumstances, and with sufficient proof of damage, your product will be replaced by either your Durable Medical Equipment Company or Functional Formularies.
Liquid Hope: LHWS124
There are between 341 and 355 mL in each pouch of Liquid Hope and Nourish. By law, we are required to list the "ounces" and "grams," which are measures of weight, not measures of volume, on the food label. Because the formula is made from real food, its density can vary and, as such, so can the volume of the formula in each pouch. Rest assured, each pouch of Liquid Hope and Nourish contains 341 grams as measured on a gram scale.
Liquid Hope and Nourish undergo regular nutritional assessment and lab testing. However, as with all real food products, the nutrient levels may vary a bit due to growing season, soil, and weather conditions. If you have a specific medical condition that requires you to be exact with certain nutrient levels, please discuss the use of this product with your medical team.
What the medical profession has forgotten for the most part is that feeding tube formulas used to be prepared from real food and used to be the standard of care in hospitals and long term care facilities. It was only after having conversations with various medical professionals who remembered and understood this did I feel safe in setting out to make my formula and bring it to market. Liquid Hope and Nourish meet all food safety requirements and meet all GRAS, HACCP, and CGMP standards. Liquid Hope and Nourish are produced in an FDA/USDA registered facility with a USDA inspector on site. They undergo thorough testing before they are released from the manufacturer. They are both shelf-stable, require no refrigeration, and have a two year shelf life. After eight years of extensive research and development, we believe we finally have the perfect real foods formulas that are a true meal replacement and can be someone's sole source of nutrition.
Yes, Liquid Hope and Nourish have been tested extensively in the lab, as well as with many customers over the course of its development. We launched our shelf-stable Liquid Hope formula in January 2013. Since the launch of Liquid Hope, the market has changed considerably. There are now thousands of people using Liquid Hope and hundreds of health care practitioners recommending it.
I remember many years ago, when I first started in the food business, it seemed pesticides were the only thing I had to be worried about. For that reason alone, I made the decision to use only organics, both personally and for my customers. Fast-forward years later, with many more things to be concerned about most all of GMOs, I still would never sacrifice quality for cost. I feel that my customers understand how deep and serious the issues are with our food supply, and they are willing to spend a little more to get quality ingredients.
There are a lot of products out there, some labeling themselves as real food and/or organic. These companies are using either a lot of sugars, oils, or a very limited ingredient profile that creates more of a supplement than a true meal replacement. Even though I have whole-foods nutrition in my background as well as being a chef, it still took eight years of research and development to get this formula to the point where I felt comfortable we had a product that would actually help people — one that could be used as a sole source of nutrition. With 16 different whole-food ingredients put together in a way to keep high nutritionals, yet be thin enough to flow through a feeding tube, it was no small feat. But we did it!
At just $7.99 per serving, we have decided to put our customers before our bottom-line and have purposefully priced Liquid Hope and Nourish to be available to people of all means. Also, consider this: How much would you be spending per meal if you or your loved one were still able to eat by mouth? What would the quality be? If you were making it yourself, how much time and money would you be spending on getting the ingredients and putting together the meals?
In our experience and vast amount of research, we believe sugar contributes to many of the disease processes. Because we work with a large number of folks who have compromised immune systems, are at risk for infections, have cancers, etc., we have made a very strong effort to provide the best nutritional support humanly possible. To this end, we consciously avoided the use of sugar in Liquid Hope and Nourish. If we would have chosen to use the sugar from fruits — as well as other ingredients many suppliers are using to get their seemingly adequate nutritional profile — it would have made us just like everybody else … and in our opinion, less healthy. Sometimes you have to look beyond the numbers on the label to understand whether you're getting the best possible combination of ingredients for your real, whole food tube feedings.
I set out to create better meals for my father, and make them in a way he could have them. I wanted him to have real, whole food tube feedings — not chemicals and sugar. First, I had to run this idea by many people, including a doctor who I had enlisted to oversee the process of creating a better liquid diet for my dad. Then, I began to look at all of the issues my dad had begun to experience as a result from the brain injury. This led me to research the concept of "food as medicine" and "functional foods." I found an amazing book, "Healing with Whole Foods," by the brilliant Paul Pitchford. With the help of Paul and some other inspiring minds, Liquid Hope was created!
Six weeks after starting my father on this formula, his health was definitely improving, whether it was by way of modern medicine, the grace of God, or anything in between — so much so that his doctor phoned to tell me it was "a miracle." My reply? "No, not a miracle. Simply nutrition." This was the first real glimmer of hope we'd had in a very long time, so my family began to refer to this real, organic whole food feeding tube formula as Liquid Hope.
Someone will be available to take your calls Monday - Friday 9-5pm, EST (excluding major U.S. holidays). Your call is very important to us, so if you receive a recording please leave us a message with your name and number and we will return your call within 24 hours. We can also be reached by email.
Due to the nature of our product we cannot return the item to stock. After Liquid Hope leaves our facility we can not control how it is stored or cared for. We would never ship previously sold formulas to customers and we feel that you would not want us to. We would recommend donating your unopened Liquid Hope to someone else who could benefit from it or using it to make a great protein shake for yourself. Replacement of damaged goods on a per case basis.