Are you taking your vitamins after your weight loss surgery ? What happened ? In the beginning clients are so very concerned about which vitamins to take and their formulations and how much they should take of each one. Why is it that a few months post surgery, those same vitamins take a back seat ? Is it because they don’t like the taste, or the size of the pill, or the price of the formulations ?
I am going to give a gentle reminder and let everybody know that they should be taking their vitamins after surgery. I am also going to tell them which vitamins they should take and I will add the links below where they can be found at an affordable price.
I know you are trying to eat well and that you are balancing your macronutrients and doing your best to eat all your veggies but the fact is that we are not perfect and that we have days where all we have is a bagel with cream cheese for lunch. You no longer have the capacity to eat larger meals so how will you get in the micronutrients which your body requires ?
If you had the sleeve procedure, your main tool is the restriction and if you are full after eating a small portion and if that small portion wasn’t perfectly designed with vitamins and minerals, then where are you going to get them ?
If you had the mini gastric bypass or full gastric bypass procedure, then you are dealing with restriction PLUS malabsorption. Even if you have a perfectly designed plate, your body is not absorbing all of those wonderful nutrients.
The signs of nutrient deficiency are not obvious but it looks something like this …
- You are lacking in a specific nutrient.
- You do not have the specific nutrient stored in your body.
- Your body begins to have difficulty working properly.
- You are not feeling 100% and you have a nutrient deficiency.
Sometimes it takes weeks and sometimes it takes months to start feeling “unwell” due to a nutrient deficiency. Let’s say that you stopped taking your multivitamin which contains iron. You wouldn’t know the next day that you are developing a deficiency. It will take time but eventually, you will feel burnt out and you may blame it on your lifestyle or work schedule. You continue feeling poorly and consider that you are not getting sufficient sleep. Next you see that your hair doesn’t have that same shine it used to and you feel increasing exhausted. A visit to your doctor and a blood test will show the signs of anemia. Sure, you will once again begin to take your supplements but trying to reverse this when you have it can take months. This is the cascade of nutrient deficiencies.
Why put your body through all of this ? Just be kind to it and take your vitamins. Take the type of vitamins which are best absorbed and assimilated by your body and take the type of vitamins which have a better taste. A better taste means that you will actually look forward to taking them each day.
Try the line “Bariatric Food Expert” Take a high quality specialized bariatric multi-vitamin, take vitamin D3, take biotin. Sure, there are plenty more things that you can be taking but make sure that you start there. Once you have developed a regular pattern of taking your bariatric vitamins, you can add from there.
Reach out with any questions. I am your biggest cheerleader.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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