Weight loss surgery can be a transforming experience for those who undergo it as the answer to battling obesity and the host of diseases and chronic illness that comes with that. Unfortunately, it isn’t always successful with some patients re-gaining the lost weight or developing complications. Proper nutrition and diet following gastric bypass surgery is imperative for those who want to be healthy and maintain an ideal weight for life.
The stomach is obviously smaller after this surgery, reducing the absorption rate of the nutrients the body needs. Coupled with the patient sometimes not being able to tolerate certain foods post-surgery, it can make it doubly difficult to get all of those essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients increasing the risk of malnutrition.
For those who hope to have a life time of successfully keeping weight off, choosing the right bariatric vitamins can be a key factor. What should patients look for when making this crucial decision? While it’s important to speak with your surgeon, many are not up on the latest research when it comes to vitamins, and even if you have a dietician it’s always a good idea to do your own homework in order to have control of your own life.
Designed specifically for bariatric patients
Choosing a multi-vitamin that is designed specifically for patients who have had weight loss surgery is a good place to start. Some, like the Bariatric Fusion Multivitamins are formulated and designed by a Bariatric Surgical Team, obviously familiar with the important nutritional needs of their patients. Their nutrients will prevent malnutrition that can lead to serious issues including permanent nervous system damage and anemia in addition to the loss of muscle which slows the metabolism resulting in weight gain.
With iron-deficiency anemia one of the most common health issues following weight loss surgery, it’s especially important to make sure you’re getting enough iron – part of the intestine responsible for absorbing iron is bypassed during the procedure. If you choose bariatric vitamins specifically made for the bariatric patient, they will likely include iron – but be sure to verify this by reading the nutrition label carefully.
No added sugars
It’s hard enough to avoid sugar in a daily diet, and most patients are advised to avoid or at least severely limit sugar following surgery so the last thing you want is sugar in your bariatric vitamins. Fortunately, Bariatric Fusion’s multivitamins are available in several different flavors like strawberry, tropical, wild cherry and orange cream making them taste great without the unwanted sugar.