The Importance of Supplements
So, you’ve decided to take control of your life through bariatric surgery, and today begins a journey to a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle. As you know, bariatric surgery is an incredible tool that will help you lose and excess weight through restriction and removing the hunger hormone; creating and supporting the healthy body you’ve long desired for. Your body will require a large degree of maintenance in order to support these new conditions… and that comes in the form of SUPPLEMENTATION.
Now, more than ever, it is crucial for you to nourish your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to prevent nutrient deficiencies that often develop after surgery.
Think of your body like a brand-new car. Although it may run on conventional oil and regular octane, the need for synthetic and premium will prevent long term complications and optimum health.
What Are The Primary Concerns?
Muscles, bones, neurological, and blood. If I elaborate on each, this article will turn into a book. Let’s hit the main points: Losing weight is typically a primary goal as a result from bariatric surgery. But I want to remind you that weight loss is not necessarily fat loss. If you don’t consume an adequate amount of protein, you can sacrifice muscle instead of fat. Food sources alone may not give you the required protein to avoid muscle wasting, so supplementing with a high-quality protein like 100% whey isolate may be beneficial. Up to 90% of patients are vitamin D-deficient prior to bariatric surgery. After surgery, your body may face challenges absorbing calcium, vitamins D and K, as well as other nutrients involved in the maintenance of bone health. Deficiencies from certain B-vitamins and copper can result in post bariatric neurological conditions such as encephalopathy, myelopathy, and polyneuropathy (brain, muscle, and nerve conditions). After most bariatric surgery procedures there is a decrease in the production of stomach acid. This will result in a reduction of absorption for many nutrients as well, which makes it very difficult to get these nutrients from food alone. You’ve already taken the biggest step toward taking control of your health. Support the core health components (muscle, bones, nervous system, blood) by supplementing what you cannot obtain from food alone! We recommend the following supplements for post-op clients:
- Bariatric Multi Vitamin w/ Iron
- Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D
- Omega 3
For nutrition and fitness questions, contact AlexC@BlossomBariatrics.com