Enjoying our favourite foods may begin to pose a challenge with swallowing difficulties, otherwise known as dysphagia
, a condition which may lead to unplanned weight loss as well as coughing and choking. It usually is caused by problems with your throat or oesophagus, thereby making swallowing quite strenuous. Nonetheless, it is still essential to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Despite having dysphagia, leading a healthy life with proper food intake is still viable and more accessible than you may think.
The simplest and straightforward way to bypass swallowing difficulties is to use a blender. Get creative! Many foods can be blended to provide a hearty meal. Albeit, the food may not be in the consistency you like or are used to, you can put a range of foods from different food groups to cover the variety of different types of nutrients
, allowing your body to function normally and well. You may also want to avoid large meals and instead opt for smaller but more meals per day to keep discomfort at a minimum.
Healthcare experts have devised diets based on the level of swallowing difficulty one is experiencing. Dysphagia diets range from 1 being the worst to 7 being normal swallowing. For example, if you are on a level 1 dysphagia diet, you are allowed to eat pureed bread, meats, fruits and such, but must avoid whole fruits and grains, non-pureed soups, usual meats, etc.
For more details about the dysphagia diet, below are links for further reading:
For sample meals, visit https://www.gicare.com/gi-health-resources/dysphagia-diet/
Focusing on Asian dining, we may be unable to prepare separate dishes for the individuals at eating home. As a result, special care needs to be given to the design of the menu so that food preparation is suitable for everyone around the table. When it comes to those with swallowing difficulties, we can provide a great selection of recipes
; from Pumpkin and chopped pork porridge
to Durian pudding
allowing everyone at the dinner table to enjoy such dishes whilst giving variety to your palette.
It goes without saying, call 999
if you are choking.