You have heard me talk about my weight loss journey, now let me talk about something critical to my success and the success of anyone who has had or considering bariatric surgery… taking vitamins. In the past, the medical labs from my yearly physicals have always been great. I was getting all the right nutrients from the food I ate, or so I thought. Well that was until this year. Almost 12 months after surgery (VSG: 7/2016) my labs did not come back good. I was lacking in many areas, ok, ok … lacking in almost all areas despite losing over 100lbs. Like many of you, I am learning throughout my weight loss journey. I may be an expert in women’s shapewear, but not vitamins. Laura Preston at Celebrate has been instrumental in teaching us the importance of vitamins especially with bariatric patients. She has a Facebook Live broadcast every week (with free giveaways too). Make sure you follow them. Here is a great article from Celebrate on Why Bariatric Vitamins are essential.
Dawn Hurlebaus, CEO
Bariatric Vitamins – Why?
by Celebrate Vitamins
While many people take a multivitamin for general health, they may not understand how nutrients truly help their body function to its fullest potential. It is critical for your body to have the right amount of vitamins and minerals to function properly, assist in keeping you healthy, and may potentially assist with reaching weight loss goals. Vitamins and minerals help regulate your body’s systems, such as:
- Metabolic rate
- Brain activity
- Appetite and hunger
- Metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, including sugar
- Absorption of other nutrients
- Thyroid and adrenal gland function
- Storage of energy
- Assist with healing
The ideal way for the body to get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals is through food. However, this may not always be achievable after bariatric surgery (also called weight loss surgery). It is important to keep in mind that getting your vitamins and minerals from food also provides other health benefits, so it is still important to follow a healthy eating plan. Compared to 50 years ago, individuals do not currently achieve the recommended intake of vitamins and minerals due to eating highly processed foods, selecting poor food choices, and a decreasing quality of food. In addition, when individuals have extra fat mass certain nutrients are utilized differently in the body creating potential deficiencies. Read More >>