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Question – I have a hard time drinking water after gastric sleeve surgery. After about 3-4 swallows, it starts hurting. What should I do?
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. Trouble drinking water after gastric sleeve surgery is a very common side effect and normally goes away after a few months.
Keep the following points in mind:
- Liquids at room temperature are usually the best tolerated.
- It is fairly common for people to struggle with plain water.
- You could add a squeeze of lemon, lime or cucumber and mint
- You could also have water infused with pineapple, blueberries, and strawberries, etc.
- Protein drinks, decaf tea, milk, etc., all count towards your total fluid.
Common Signs of Dehydration
It is best to keep a tab on one’s body behavior post bariatric surgery. This way, one can catch worrisome symptoms well in time and avoid severe health issues. Some basic symptoms of dehydration are –
- Dry mouth
- Dry skin
- Dark yellow urine
- Fatigue and dizziness
- Increased thirst
- Reduced urine output
How to Avoid Discomfort After Drinking Water Post Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- Take out your teaspoon at home and take sips that are ½ teaspoon size or smaller.
- Take no more than 1-2 sips of fluid per minute.
- It might feel like you’re drinking fluids all day long but with each passing week, drinking water will become easier.
- Follow the 30-minute drinking rule and do not drink any fluid 30 minutes before and after a meal.
- One can also try drinking out of a water bottle that has ounces listed on it. That way one is motivated to hit their daily fluid goal. However, it is important to sip every slowly.
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