At least once in our lives, we’ve all been told to take our vitamins, most likely in our early child years. While chewing our tasty Flintstones vitamins, we probably were unaware of the health benefits that these candy-like vitamins possessed. As adults, we have a far better understanding of the importance of taking our vitamins […]
What Makes a Chewable Bariatric Vitamin “The Best?” What are the criteria for a chewable bariatric vitamin to be considered the best? There are several factors that I consider: Taste: Does it have a pleasing taste like food rather than minerals? Mouthfeel: Is the texture pleasurable? Quality: Does it meet the ASMBS nutritional guidelines? Ingredients: […]
Bariatric multivitamins are a combination of many different vitamins, and often contain minerals, that are normally found in foods and other natural sources. DEKAs Bariatric Multivitamins are formulated to include vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin A. In such cases where people may be prone to deficiencies in these nutrients owing to illness, […]
Amino acids are the basic building blocks of life as they always say. But did you know that amino acids can help one lose weight? It’s true, but of course with all weight loss secrets comes a variety of pros and cons important to keep in mind before jumping on the bandwagon. Let’s see what […]
The phrase ‘You Are What You Eat‘ means that it is important to eat good food in order to be healthy and fit. Well that is true! But it is even more correct to say, “You Are What You Absorb.” That’s because as we age we absorb less nutrients from the foods we eat. And those […]
I am a huge fan of the Celebrate Multivitamin for bariatric surgery! That’s because it is one of the very few brands that meets the ASMBS Nutritional Supplements Guidelines. Buyer beware, in truth there are few multivitamins that meet the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) guidelines but unfortunately are labelled and marketed […]
The gastric bypass dramatically improved my well-being. So I am grateful I finally had the surgery after chickening out and cancelling my first surgery date. Months later I would reschedule and this time go through with the surgery on account of my worsening health. Read: My Gastric Bypass Story. And while I am pleased with the outcome such good fortune requires constant vigilance. Gastric bypass vitamin […]
A reader emailed My Bariatric Life and asked bariatric dietician Elizabeth Anderson about nutritional needs for persons more than 12-months post-op. Learn how to get your question answered. Dear Elizabeth, I’m almost a decade out from having weight loss surgery. Are my nutritional needs the same now as early post-op? What should I be eating, drinking and taking […]
A reader emailed My Bariatric Life and asked bariatric dietician Elizabeth Anderson for her perspective on bariatric vitamins. Learn how to get your question answered. Dear Elizabeth, It’s been 10 years since I had my gastric bypass surgery. I’m confused as to which bariatric vitamins I should be taking and which ones are best? I can’t swallow large tablets so […]
Bariatric surgery can be a conduit to remarkable health improvements. But it is not an “easy pass” to remaining fit and trim. There is work to maintain the new health status quo, and the labor of “not being obese” lasts for a lifetime. While we are absolved of former health risks, new ones are introduced. […]
The daily hustle and bustle was tiring in and of itself. Throw in the holiday season, complete with a family visit that included my high-energy 2-year-old granddaughter, and I was not at all surprised at just how exhausted I was feeling. Later I would learn this was the beginning of my battle with iron deficiency anemia. Winter […]
Feeling weak and tired, or fatigue after bariatric surgery is not normal and may be a sign of a vitamin or mineral (micronutrients) deficiency. Micronutrient deficiencies after bariatric surgery can and will develop unless a tight treatment protocol is followed that involves nutritional supplements and regular monitoring of levels. The need for essential vitamins and […]
Importance of Bariatric Vitamins and Minerals Vitamins and minerals are essential for nearly all biochemical processes. Vitamins and minerals are needed to produce energy, fight disease and repair injured tissue. People who have undergone gastric bypass surgery and other weight loss surgeries have an increased need for bariatric vitamins and minerals. Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies […]
Iron deficiency after gastric bypass is a problem for fifty percent of patients and is connected to anemia in one third of the cases. A 1998 study found that women were more than two times more likely than men to have an iron deficiency after gastric bypass. Women who are pregnant or having heavy menstruation are […]
To any who have had gastric bypass surgery or to those considering gastric bypass surgery, you should know that intestinal calcium absorption is effected by weight-loss surgery. Forty-eight percent of patients who have had malabsorptive bariatric surgery develop a calcium deficiency and may need calcium citrate after gastric bypass. Importance of Calcium Calcium is an essential […]
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