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What Is Thick Water?

What Is Thick Water?
Kevin Cleary

Thick water is a type of drink used for dysphagia, a swallowing disorder. It helps prevent pulmonary aspiration during the act of swallowing in those with that condition. Foods can also be thickened to make swallowing safer. Everybody has had food “go down the wrong way”! HPFY has five thickened water products that prevent a person from choking on water.

What is thick water used for?

Most people have probably never heard of thick or thickened water – not until it becomes a necessity anyway. Thick or thickened water is used most often for a swallowing disorder called dysphagia. Swallowing involves using several muscles and nerves to get the food or drink from the mouth into the stomach. A person with swallowing difficulties may feel it hard or even impossible to get the food down their throat or esophagus due to some blockage in the esophageal tube or neuromuscular weakness in the tongue or mouth.

Dysphagia can be mild or severe and, in certain cases, cause pulmonary aspiration (i.e., food or drinks making its way into the lower respiratory area), leading to a cough or potentially even pneumonia. Patients who had been extubated are often advised to use food thickeners.

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) addresses the appropriate viscosity and consistency of thick/end water. According to which the thickness of a liquid is evaluated by the amount of liquid that pours out of a 10 mL syringe in 10 seconds. 

Who can benefit from thick water?

People experiencing difficulty swallowing may benefit from the use of chunky water. But, before the administration of food thickener, it is recommended to consult a medical professional. Usually, swallowing is diagnosed by a speech-language pathologist. The specialist assesses the facial and oral structure and watches the patient eat and drink. The most common medical conditions that can cause swallowing problems are - 

People living with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s, Dementia, or Alzheimer’s may develop swallowing problems.

Why use thickened water?

Thick water purpose entails offering individuals the control of the liquid in their mouth, which often gets lost due to a stroke or any other medical condition that induces temporary or permanent Dysphagia. Thick water helps slow the flow rate of liquids, lessening the chances of the food or drink making their way into the airway. Dysphagia patients are often dehydrated, and the use of thick water helps patients stay hydrated. Many people undergoing certain treatments complain about having a dry mouth. Thickened liquids make their mouth feel moist and salivated.

Where can I buy thick water?

Thick liquid tastes very similar to regular tap or bottled water; the only real difference is the consistency. Since thick water has a thicker consistency, many people feel satiated quicker. Thickened fluids also come with added flavors such as lemon and honey for a better taste. HPFY offers some great chunky water products with amazing textures.

1. Hormel Thick & Easy Hydrolyte Nectar Consistency Lemon Thick Water

Thick & Easy Hydrolyte Nectar Consistency Lemon Thickened Water offers a dignified and flavorful drinking experience for those with dysphagia. Thickened with clear thickener for natural water appearance.

Features of Thick & Easy Hydrolyte Nectar Thick Water

  • Provide 100% of the RDA for Vitamin C.
  • Releases 98% of available fluid after consumption.
  • Reliable consistency with every serving.
  • Easy to handle packaging.

2. Hormel Thick & Easy Hydrolyte Honey Consistency Lemon Thick Water

Thick & Easy Hydrolyte Honey Consistency Lemon Thickened Water meets the special needs of individuals with swallowing difficulties, i.e., dysphagia. Thick & Easy Hydrolyte Honey Lemon Water provides 100% recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C.

Features of Thick & Easy Hydrolyte Honey Consistency Lemon Thick Water

  • Thickened liquid releases 98% of available fluid after consumption.
  • Reliable consistency with every serving.
  • Refreshing thick Water with a hint of lemon for those with dysphagia.
  • Thickened with clear thickener for natural water appearance.
  • Calories per Serving:15 Calories.

3. Kent Thick-It AquaCareH20 Thick Water

This chunky Water is calorie, sugar, and carbohydrate-free. Thick it is artesian mineral water with no lemon flavor or sweeteners added. Thick it provides proper nutrition and hydration for people with swallowing disorders.

Features of Thick-It AquaCare H20

  • Kent Thick-It AquaCareH20 Thickened liquid is clear and thickened with xanthan gum.
  • Appearance and natural taste may improve intake and hydration.
  • Retains proper consistency when chilled, frozen/thawed, or heated.
  • Use it with infants and newborns after consultation with a physician.
  • Thick & Easy Thickened Water does not mix with liquids or liquid concentrates.

4. Kent Thick-It Clear Advantage Thick Water

Kent Thick-It Clear Advantage Thickened Water is made with pure artesian mineral water and is flavorless so that one can enjoy it alone or with a hot or cold beverage. Thick-It Clear Advantage is a xanthan-based thickener that offers pure hydration and results in a soft consistency, making it easy to swallow. The thick liquid mixes easily with powdered drink mixes, cocoa, laxatives, and supplements without altering the flavor or color.

Features of Kent Thick-It Clear Advantage Thick Water

  • Flavorless.
  • Calorie-free.
  • Ready to drink.
  • No added flavor.
  • Honey consistency.

5. Hormel Thick And Easy Thick Water Hydrolyte Lemon Water With Honey Consistency

Thick and Easy is designed for people with swallowing issues and people who suffer from dysphagia. Hormel liquids are thick liquids that do not enter the airway easily and reduce the problem of malnutrition by providing necessary nutrition.

Features of Thick and Easy Thickened Water

  • Hormel thick water offers a better drinking experience.
  • It saves time for care providers.
  • It has reduced carbohydrates.
  • It has a safe and reliable consistency.

People with swallowing difficulties can make drinking easier with thick water. Thick water allows for safer swallowing and helps improve the quality of life, and makes being nourished much easy despite their swallowing disorders.

5 Food & Beverage Thickeners

Many have asked, “how do I make thick water?” If you are searching for a food or beverage thickener, choosing one may seem complicated and confusing. At HPFY, we have these 5 great food thickeners to make life easier.

1. Simply Thick EasyMix Instant Food Thickener

The pre-measured packets allow for fast and easy preparation of beverages anywhere. This FDA-approved thickener does not continue to thicken over time and uses 60% less gel to achieve the desired thickness. The single-use packaging does not require spoons or scoops while eliminating open packaging. As a gel, it does not lump and only adds 1-3 g of carbohydrates.

2. Kent Thick-It Original Instant Food and Beverage Thickeners

Ideal for those with dysphasia and other swallowing disorders, this cornstarch-based thickener sets within 30-60 seconds and can be used in both hot and cold foods to any desired thickness without affecting the flavor. It gives the body caloric intake, nutrients, and hydration.

 

 

3. Nestle Resource Thicken up Instant Food and Drink Thickener

Designed to rapidly thicken liquids, food, and other oral nutritional supplements for those with swallowing disorders, this thickener is an innovative thickening agent made from xanthan gum that is more concentrated and so requires less powder than other starch-based thickeners and is ACBS approved.

4. Hormel Thick and Easy Instant Food & Beverage Thickener

This food/beverage thickener can be added to all types of hot or cold food, liquids, and supplements without affecting taste. The powder of this thickener blends quickly and smoothly to achieve nectar, honey, or spoon thick consistency while releasing 98% of available fluids after consumption. Gluten and lactose-free, it leaves no aftertaste and stops thickening after one minute.

5. Simply Thick Easy Mix Gel Thickener Bottle with Pump

Designed to thicken any liquid (hot or cold), this thickener gel is perfect for those with swallowing difficulties and thickens in seconds instead of minutes. The flexibility of this thickening agent allows users to add body to foods to make processing easier without affecting the color of the final product.

 

Those who suffer from swallowing difficulties can make eating and drinking fun again with thick water and food thickeners. Visit Health Products for You to purchase all your thick water and food thickening agents.

 

 

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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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