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Doctor insights on: Ensure Vs Boost Nutrition Drink

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more


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How many calories are there in this nutritional drink called 'boost? Manufactured by glaxosmithkline

How many calories are there in this nutritional drink called 'boost? Manufactured by glaxosmithkline

Read the label: This information should be marked on the label on the back of the bottle, if you read it. Information I found online shows that each bottle of the "original" formula contains 240 calories. This could differ by specific product. ...Read more

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How long can a person survive on only nutritional drink like ensure in lieu of food if you can't eat solid food?

How long can a person survive on only nutritional drink like ensure in lieu of food if you can't eat solid food?

Liquid Diet: Ensure is a complete human diet and can sustain life indefinitely if adequate amounts are consumed, retained and digested. Some patients may need additional water or variations that supply more protein or fiber. In a bedridden patient, as little as 1200 calories per day may be needed. Each patient's needs should be assessed by a dietitian or physician. ...Read more

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Not a good eater! Have MG & osteoporosis. Take LOTS of meds. Wonder if any nutritional drink would help? If so, which would b best?

Not a good eater! Have MG & osteoporosis. Take LOTS of meds. Wonder if any nutritional drink would help? If so, which would b best?

Nutritional drink: _42? F Minn MG (I not do not know what this is)! &osteoporosis & takes lots of meds/ asks if nutritional drink would help? My 1st plan would b to review ur Medical Hx n detail. In general if someone tells me they r taking LOTS of meds my first step is 2 consider decreasing them in a systematic fashion based on history. A nutritional drink will not help unless u have nutritional deficiency. ...Read more

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Is there any nutritional value or any benefit a to drinking lemon watter?

Is there any nutritional value or any benefit a to drinking lemon watter?

Lemons in general: Can trigger digestive juices. So, having some w/or during a meal may be marginally beneficial. If you have digestive issues please see your doc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can I get any nutritional benefit from drinking freshly ground flax seeds in hot water?

Can I get any nutritional benefit from drinking freshly ground flax seeds in hot water?

Sure: You can add ground flax seed to lots of foods & beverages. Flax seed can help to lower cholesterol & low-density lipoprotein levels & help reduce the risk of heart disease. Because your body can digest ground flaxseed better than whole flaxseed, the ground flaxseed is preferable. This will provide more of the benefits from the lignans and the omega – 3 –fatty acids in the flaxseed. ...Read more

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Is wheat grass safe to drink in a powdered form? And is it less nutritional?

Is wheat grass safe to drink in a powdered form? And is it less nutritional?

Cows like it!: But they prefer the natural form. I don't think wheat grass has any "special" nutritional value in any form. It helps the seller much more than the buyer/user. Honest. There are many claims of healthy benefits ranging from heavy metal detoxification to preventing cancer. I think this is just a relatively (bad tasting) harmless form of modern snake oil. Sorry. ...Read more

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Hello, is it good eating cheese and drink tea with it, I just heard that it's will destroying the nutritional value of the both, is it right? Thanks.

Hello, is it good eating cheese and drink tea with it, I just heard that it's will destroying the nutritional value of the both, is it right? Thanks.

It depends: You might be referring to milk possibly inactivating the flavonoids (catechins) or antioxidant effects of tea. Some studies show this, even though in many parts of the world it's common to have milk with tea. Http://www. Npr. Org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/27/161895873/health-benefits-of-tea-milking-it-or-not the same might be true with eating cheese. You still get some, if not as much, benefit. ...Read more

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I take citalopam, is there an over-the-counter diet pill and/or nutritional drink I can take?

I take citalopam, is there an over-the-counter diet pill and/or nutritional drink I can take?

Balanced diet: Your best bet is a reduced calorie/fat diet and an exercise plan. However, orlistat (sold under the brand, Alli) is available over the counter in the US which might help. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I am feeling week so I drink milk thrice a day but that is causing indigestion is there any way to avoid indigestion or better nutritional source?

I am feeling week so I drink milk thrice a day but that is causing indigestion is there any way to avoid indigestion or better nutritional source?

Too vague: This is difficult to adress online. In general, think about getting plenty of rest, eating a balanced diet, at least 4 glasses of water per day, multivitamin, exercise. If you are doing all of this and still feeling weak, go see your family doctor for a checkup! ...Read more

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I weigh 264 lbs and I wanna go on a juice diet so how much juice should I drink a day I tried eating nutritional food like a lot of fiber, small meals but it seem not to work.

I weigh 264 lbs and I wanna go on a juice diet so how much juice should I drink a day I tried eating nutritional food like a lot of fiber, small meals but it seem not to work.

There: There is not a simple answer to this question. A healthy juicing program is not about drinking a lot of juices from the can instead of eating food. There are many different juicing plans with goals that may vary from detoxifying the body naturally, losing weight to assisting with a large variety of health conditions. Juicing is also not a permanent approach when it is used as the sole source of calories. It is time limited (unless you are just using juicing to add healthy, fresh juices to your normal diet).
Juicing can have extraordinary health benefits - when done correctly. Before starting any juicing plan, it is important that you discuss it with your doctor, to ensure that it will not be problematic for you. For instance if a diabetic person drank lots of fruit juice, they might have serious problems with their blood sugar.
Juicing requires preparation. First, you will need a juicer. There a number of types of juicers, most often you will see juice extractors being used. (they extract the juice from the pulp). A regular blender will not replace a juicer (even though there are some juicers that work through pulverizing).
There are many juicing recipes depending on the purpose you are juicing for. Juicing includes fruits and vegetables (emphasis on the word vegetables). It is best to juice with organic produce, as residual pesticides can be harmful to your health. The produce needs to be washed and chopped before you juice it. You need to be knowledgable about produce because not all parts of all plants are safe to eat (i.e., rhubarb leaves/ apricot pits).
In order to get the most important benefits from juicing (enzymes); you will need fresh produce, which has not been cooked or frozen. You may need protein supplementation or supplementation with specific vitamins or minerals depending on your juicing plan.
I am sure that you have figured out from what I have already said, that a juicing plan for weight loss is more complex than finding out how much juice to drink per day. I recommend that you do not engage in a juice fast or a juice weight loss regiment until it has been planned out. Many of the major medical centers, now have alternative/ complementary medicine clinics with providers who may have expertise in juicing. Juicing can be remarkably beneficial but if this doesn't sound like something you are interested in, you might consider having your doctor refer you to a nutritionist. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mother is in desperate need of a nutritional drink without vitamin k, she is a heart patient and cannot have vitamin K in her diet, thank you.

My mother is in desperate need of a nutritional drink without vitamin k, she is a heart patient and cannot have vitamin K in her diet, thank you.

On coumadin (warfarin)?: Is your mother taking coumadin (warfarin), (warfarin) a blood thinner? If so, her doctors might warn her against vitamin k because it could oppose effects of the coumadin (warfarin). As dr. Levy correctly says, vit k is essential to life. The idea is to be consistent with intake, so that bleeding times will be predictable & Coumadin (warfarin) dose remains stable too. Consulting with a nutritionist may help you find specific products. ...Read more

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Realize best nutrients are from food, but if I'm not eating right, do you believe in the nutritional drinks like ensure, boost &etc? If so which is best

Realize best nutrients are from food, but if I'm not eating right, do you believe in the nutritional drinks like ensure, boost &etc? If so which is best

Supplements: I do think that such supplements are a good idea to enrich a diet that lacks adequate calories. Ask your pharmacist which supplement is best for you. Ensure does have a good track record but others may have less sugar, etc. Take a multivitamin daily as well. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink ensure nutrition shake if u have c. Diff?

Is it ok to drink ensure nutrition shake if u have c. Diff?

It depends: In general it is ok to drink ensure. Can aggravate your diarrhe. Do you still have diarrhea? Is your c. Dif treated? ...Read more

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Can I drink Ensure original nutrition shakes with numerous gallstones?

Can I drink Ensure original nutrition shakes with numerous gallstones?

Here are some...: Ensure is specifically formulated to offer an balanced high-protein dietary supplementary drink, which should be less likely to induce gallbladder stones as compared to high-fat diet. Remember gallstones occur more often in females, with obesity, diabetes mellitus, etc. Besides, some 80% of patients with gallstones are free of symptoms. More? Ask your doctor for more individual consideration.... ...Read more

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Can someone gets a prescription for boost (nutrition drink) and is medical Marijuana prescribed for chronic pancreatitis?

Can someone gets a prescription for boost (nutrition drink) and is medical Marijuana prescribed for chronic pancreatitis?

Chronic pancreatitis: If it's medically indicated a prescription can be written for nutritional supplemental drinks. Not all insurances will cover as it is available "OTC". As far as the chronic pancreatitis - the only literature I am aware of have found marijuana as a cause for recurrent pancreatitis so I highly doubt it's being used as a treatment (unless as marinol for appetite issues). ...Read more

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I am 61, female, vegetarian. Eat a lot of Morningstar vege protein food with Boost drink supplement & vitamins. Can I get adequate nutrition this way?

I am 61, female, vegetarian. Eat a lot of Morningstar vege protein food with Boost drink supplement & vitamins. Can I get adequate nutrition this way?

No Boost.: There's lots of very tasty protein in many Morningstar products. You do not need boost in addition. You can get what you need from better tasting food and freshly prepared fruits, grains, and vegetables, properly prepared. High protein diets are not healthy even if due to veggie sources (although High veg protein diets are better than high animal protein diets when we're talking risk of cancer). ...Read more

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For my daily workout can I drink ensure plus and boost?

For my daily workout can I drink ensure plus and boost?

Yes: I assume you are trying go gain weight or muscle mass after a workout?

Ensure plus and boost contain a large amount of calories and protein. Drinking one of each after a workout shouldn`t cause a problem. ...Read more

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Hi. ..I'm want to gain more weight. My current weight is 116 pounds. I've been drinking ensure plus and boost plus. How many should I drink a day?

Hi. ..I'm want to gain more weight. My current weight is 116 pounds. I've been drinking ensure plus and boost plus. How many should I drink a day?

Gaining Weight: Probably 2-3 bottles a day
in addition to your regular 1600 calories a day food intake to maintain 116 pounds at normal daily activities. This will add 500 extra calories per day.

There are 3500 calories in 1 pound of weight. If you add 500 calories a day in a week you will gain 1 pound of weight. 500 x 7=3500 calories ...Read more

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What can I be prescribed to make me gain weight because I been 100 pounds half of my life and im now 26 years old. I've been drinking ensure and boost?

What can I be prescribed to make me gain weight because I been 100 pounds half of my life and im now 26 years old. I've been drinking ensure and boost?

A matter of balance.: To gain a single pound, you must eat 3500 calories more than you use. This would translate to an increase in calories of 500/day to gain one pound in a week! Continue to be sure that your extra calories are nutritious, not junk. Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, almond butter on whole grain toast, smoothies are other good examples. You probably don't get much sympathy, but it can be hard to gain! ...Read more

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My appetite has been gone for 2 weeks now. I eat 1 or 2 bites and leave it. I've tried drinking ensure to boost it but it hasn't worked. What should I?

My appetite has been gone for 2 weeks now. I eat 1 or 2 bites and leave it. I've tried drinking ensure to boost it but it hasn't worked. What should I?

Appetite loss: Loss of appetite may be due to psychological or pathophysiological factors. Is pregnancy a possibility? If not, are there any concerns psychologically or emotionally? If not, and appetite loss (anorexia), and especially if there is weight loss, your physician should take a thorough history, perform a complete physical examination and order any appropriate tests in order to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a prescription for boost or ensure. I find drinking those increases my appetite if so may I get one?

Do not need one: You may by ensure at a grocery store or Walmart, without prescription. However, you probably do not need ensure or boost for your health.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How safe is drinking drinks like ensure and boost daily when pregnant? I'm almost 4 months and gained about 10 pds to 125. Belly protrudes but im thin

How safe is drinking drinks like ensure and boost daily when pregnant? I'm almost 4 months and gained about 10 pds to 125. Belly protrudes but im thin

Boost: Ensure and boost are calorie supplements which should be safe during pregnancy. However, you should only be using them if your obstetrician feels that you need to gain more weight. I would discuss it with your OB to determine whether to continue using the supplements or not. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink boost nutritional drinks? I'm 15 weeks pregnant and feel like I don't get all the calories and nutrients I need for a healthy baby

Sure: It's ok to drink the nutritional drinks. However, you only need an additional 300 calories per day during pregnancy in terms of nutritional requirements. This can be gotten with a cup of yogurt, cheese, peanut butter, etc. ...Read more

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I have low iron and vitamin d. I need to gain some weight fast. I also have IBS and night sweats every night....so should I drink ensure or boost everyday to put some ponds on (like maybe 15 to 20 pounds within a month)?

I have low iron and vitamin d. I need to gain some weight fast. I also have IBS and night sweats every night....so should I drink ensure or boost everyday to put some ponds on (like maybe 15 to 20 pounds within a month)?

Calories: Ensure and boost are good sources of extra calories, but ou must also eat plenty of good quality food on a balanced diet. Sounds like you're already seeing a doctor about your problem and they have sent lab tests. Green leafy vegetables have lots of iron. Ask your doctor for advice, or consult with dietician. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it possible to live from only drinking your nutrition and not eating any food?

Is it possible to live from only drinking your nutrition and not eating any food?

Drinking food: Yes, many individuals that loose the ability to swallow live their life on liquid tube feeds through the gut. ...Read more