What Is Enteral Nutrition?
When you aren’t able to get the nutrition you need through conventional methods, your doctor may recommend enteral nutrition therapy. Enteral nutrition therapy relies on consuming a liquid formula (an enteral formula) for nutritional sustenance, greatly reducing the work your digestive system performs when absorbing nutrients. This is often the case for patients with compromised GI systems or digestive dysfunctions.
HOW DO I ADMINISTER ENTERAL NUTRITION?
Enteral nutrition can be administered orally (i.e. drinking the enteral formula), or via use of an enteral feed (tube feeding).
WHAT TYPES OF ENTERAL FORMULAS EXIST?
The primary types of formulas include elemental diets, semi-elemental diets, polymeric (also referred to as “intact” formulas), and specialized.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE ENTERAL PRODUCTS OR FORMULAS?
Enteral formulas are available through licensed healthcare practitioners. Because it’s often being used as your sole source of nutrition, it’s critical to be used under the guidance and supervision of a healthcare practitioner.
Why Physicians’ Elemental Diet?
With Physicians’ Elemental Diet, you get a versatile, customizable powder that helps with the dietary management of a wide range of GI issues including IBS, IBD, and SIBO. Also available in a Dextrose-free version, practitioners can easily modify Physicians’ Elemental Diet to best fit the needs of their patients.