Bariatric Surgery Vitamins & Nutrients
Are you considering bariatric or weight loss surgery or have you recently begun the lifechanging post-surgery journey? If you’ve had your surgery already, your bariatric team has undoubtedly provided aftercare guidelines for achieving the long-term results you desire, including diet and the required lifelong routine of vitamin supplements.
Why Do I Need a Multivitamin?
An easily absorbed, once-daily daily multivitamin is vital to staying healthy when you’ve had bariatric or weight loss surgery. For the average non-bariatric patient, it is challenging to get all the recommended daily nutrients just from food alone; now that your stomach or “pouch” is smaller and you’re eating much less than before, a high-quality specific bariatric multivitamin is even more critical to optimal health.
Proper Nutrients & Health
Our complex bodies have a delicate and fine-tuned balance of what is needed to regulate brain health, gut and digestive health, our electrical system and organs, and our overall immune and nervous systems. When the proper nutrients to support those intricate systems are insufficient, there can be a domino effect of health issues, as one system leans on the other for optimal performance.
For example, not enough magnesium and your heart can feel the effects; not enough vitamin D3 with calcium and your bones may weaken; not enough minerals or electrolytes and your body can suffer on a cellular level. And the blend of B vitamins is critical to nearly every physiological need in the body, including healthy brain function.
According to The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Nutritional Experts Committee, the basic vitamin requirements include but are not limited to:
- Bariatric-specific multivitamin
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B12/complex
When your body absorbs the recommended balance of nutrients from your new healthy food plan plus the right kind of multivitamin supplement, you will feel the positive effects emotionally and physically. And, sticking to your new vitamin regimen means you can feel confident knowing you’re doing all that you can to stay well.
Benefits of Vitamins & Minerals
A few of the benefits of getting enough vitamins and minerals from a mix of high-quality, healthy food and your daily supplements, include:
- A better functioning metabolism for energy and weight control
- Brain function for “all-systems-go!” clarity
- Appetite and hunger control for fewer cravings and stabilized blood sugar
- Maximum absorption of the proper nutrients that work together for improved immunity
- Thyroid and nervous system performance helps with weight, energy, and overall well-being
- Improvement in sleep and stress control
- Feelings of emotional wellness
- Promotes healing and strength
- A more youthful feeling inside and out
Who Needs a Multivitamin?
As stated before, all healthcare professionals recommend you try get as many nutrients from your food and diet as possible; food and beverages are the most bio-available and used by your body quickly. However, most of us don’t eat enough or simply can’t eat enough to get our full daily recommended amounts of balanced nutrients, so we must turn to multivitamins.
Not all multivitamins are created equal and everyone is different in their dietary needs. If you’re someone who eats a lot of restaurant food, you’re a perfect multivitamin candidate.
If you’ve eaten a lot of processed foods over the years or have a high body fat mass, most likely you have some serious nutrient deficiencies and can benefit from a high-quality, easily absorbed daily multivitamin.
Other criteria that may lead to nutrient deficiencies and the need for vitamin supplementation include:
- Bariatric or other weight loss surgery
- A restricted calorie food plan
- Cutting out entire food groups like meat or grains
- Women who plan to get pregnant or are pregnant
- Women who are peri-or post-menopausal
- Anyone suffering with an auto-immune disease
- Those with food sensitivities, allergies, or intolerances
The Importance of Bariatric Vitamins & Supplements
Bariatric surgery can lead to malabsorption (failure of the GI tract to absorb nutrients) from changes to your digestive system, changes in “gut hormones,” and less food intake of either certain food groups or all food in general. Not being able to absorb nutrients causes deficiencies that can be dangerous (including a chance of death) and need to be taken seriously.
Depending on the type of weight loss surgery you have, a variety of vitamin and mineral deficiencies can become present; you should strictly follow your doctor’s recommendations for supplementation, including a complete, easily-absorbed multivitamin.
The good news is that with the proper food intake and dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and for some, protein supplements, nutrient deficiencies post-surgery can be avoided.
Because not all multivitamins are the same, be sure to seek out one that is considered “complete” and easy to digest for bariatric patients. The minimum requirements for you, based on your blood-work and dietary needs, should be defined by your doctor and monitored closely.
However, the rule of thumb post-bariatric surgery, is to look for a multivitamin, like ProCare Health’s Mulitvitamin, that has the following 22 nutrients, (13 of which are at 200% the daily RDA):
|Vitamin A||Folic Acid||Magnesium|
|Vitamin C||Vitamin B-6||Selenium|
|Vitamin E||Vitamin B-12||Manganese|
It is recommended that your Iron and Calcium be taken at least 2 hours apart from each other. This allows for the maximum absorption of both supplements, so finding a vitamin that has one or the other is preferred. A vitamin that has both may cause deficiencies depending on your surgery type and how your body functions. Calcium is generally tasteless so you can find it in many different forms to make taking it 2-3 times a day easy, and even as a tasty treat!
A higher-quality, easily-absorbed multivitamin is best with minimal fillers and additives and reliably tested for efficacy. ProCare Health offers several multivitamin options for different needs, such as with or without iron, with probiotics, prenatal, and chewable. We also have a full line of high-quality supplements that are typically recommended in addition to a multi, such as dark chocolate calcium bars with D, and all-natural sea salted caramel calcium chew, B-12, Proteins, and more.
Help Choosing a Multivitamin & Supplements
There are many new lifestyle changes to make in preparation for and after weight loss surgery. Your doctor, surgeon, and weight-loss surgery team will help guide you every step of the way and create a plan that is customized to you and your needs.
When it comes to nutrition, vitamins, minerals, and other supplements, it is best to follow their recommendations and be sure to take your nutritional needs seriously. It is far easier to avoid dangerous nutritional deficiencies than to try to correct the sometimes-permanent damage to your system should a deficiency occur. Taking vitamins for the rest of your life is a small price to pay for a healthy, fit lifestyle.
At ProCare Health, we consider what we do of vital importance to your health, and only provide the best quality, accuracy, and bio-availability possible so that you get the most from every supplement you take.
If you need additional help or have any questions about our Bariatric vitamins or supplements, our team is here for you. We celebrate that you’ve chosen to get healthy and would be honored to be part of your weight loss and new life journey! Please contact us today with questions or to place an order. 877-822-5808
Please note: the information contained within this article is in no way to be considered medical advice nor is it meant to replace your medical team’s recommendations. We gain no benefit from the resources listed here nor do we promote any of their products or services. This article’s purpose is to educate and allow the reader to make informed decisions with the help of his or her medical team.