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Our US-registered nutritionist talks about the importance of hydration after bariatric surgery and some hacks to meet your daily fluid goals. Also note that hydration after dehydration is very important!
“I have got some tips and tricks that I want to show you for things that you can do… whether you are a week post-op or a few years post-op and are trying to stay healthy and continue with your weight loss journey through this whole process.
Hydration in the Summer
Let’s talk about hydration. As the summer months roll in, it can be a lot harder to meet your fluid needs. Your body typically requires a lot more fluid with the warm weather.
You’re sweating more and you are usually more active. You are also getting in more exercise, working in your yard and so, it can be a real challenge to meet those fluid goals.
Meeting Fluid Requirements After Bariatric Surgery
It is important to make sure that you always carry a water bottle with you, whether it has plain water in it or it has infused water with a little bit of lemon or lime, pineapple… you can also have some tea or a decaf coffee, a low sugar juice… you just want to be careful with those added sugars and that your beverages are decaffeinated.
The caffeine from coffee and different kinds of sodas can actually cause you to urinate more, which makes you lose fluids. So, especially in the summer months, you have to be very mindful of that.
Fluid Intake for Early Post-WLS Candidates
If you are early post-op, that pouch is so small. At times, it can be really difficult to get in enough fluid at one time. So, you really have to focus on taking small sips over the course of half an hour or an hour.
Also, that timing… waiting half an hour after meals to merely begin drinking again so you don’t either stretch your pouch or make it uncomfortable. If you have had a bypass, it can also lead to dumping syndrome.
So, there are all these kinds of challenges in meeting your fluid needs.
I’d like to Hear from You!
I’d love to hear from some of you what you have done… whether you are early post-op, late post-op… things that have helped you out… maybe you like warm beverages or cold beverages… I have heard from a lot of people that room temperature fluids tend to be the best tolerated.
If you have noticed a metallic-y taste, let me know, with your water. It is a common effect with a lot of bypass patients that I have had in the past.
So, I am curious to see what you are doing, how you are doing it and what has helped.