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Hydration is a key part of losing weight and staying healthy. This is not only because drinking enough water is important for vital body functions, but thirst can often be perceived as hunger. After bariatric surgery it isn’t uncommon for individuals to have an aversion to plain water, especially if it is extremely cold (like ice water) or hot. Room temperature water is normally well tolerated by all and is actually better for quenching your thirst.
Quick Ways to Rehydrate for Dehydration After Bariatric Surgery
- Diluted juices
Going to the hospital isn’t fun, but dehydration is not something to mess with either. Don’t hesitate to go and get rehydrated at the hospital if you are having trouble doing it at home.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), it is important to drink 64 ounces of fluids every day after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or any other weight loss surgery to avoid dehydration. Some of the symptoms of dehydration are:
- Hard stools
- Dizziness, especially when sitting down or standing up
Some of the other symptoms of dehydration are a white, slimy coating on the tongue, lower backache, and dark colored urine.
It is important to note that loss of fluids on account of vomiting can result in dehydration and may require administration of fluids intravenously.