Bariatric surgery is about weight loss, but it is about so much more. It is about gaining a healthier life through goal weight and beyond, and that means nutrition is critical. Along with getting plenty of protein and keeping sugars and starches down, vitamins and minerals are necessary for staying healthy.
The BariatricPal Store has all the bariatric vitamins and minerals you need, and it is not too complicated. These are some tips for staying nourished after weight loss surgery and for years to come.
A Multivitamin for Life
Since there are over 20 essential vitamins and minerals, it can feel overwhelming to worry about getting all of them every day. It is even harder when you may be eating a restricted diet or simply not having much food as you cut calories to lose weight. A bariatric multivitamin can take the worry out of everyday life, and most bariatric patients are supposed to take multivitamins daily for life. Our multivitamin and mineral supplements are designed to meet standards set by the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (ASMBS).
High-Risk Vitamins and Minerals
Certain vitamins and minerals are more likely to be deficient in weight loss surgery patients. Calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and iron are often trouble nutrients. It is important to be on top of them because symptoms may be mild or may not show up for years. For example, symptoms of iron or B12 deficiency can include fatigue and increased risk for infections, while a deficiency of calcium or vitamin D can lead to lower bone mineral density over the course of years.
Forms That Work for You
Capsules can be great ways to get a bundle of nutrients quickly, and we have a full range of them in stock. However, not everyone likes swallowing them, and it can be more difficult to swallow them after weight loss surgery. We also offer melts, as well as great-tasting chews in fruity and chocolate flavors, among others. You may even want to try our vitamin patches, which you can leave on for hours without ever needing to swallow a pill.
Helpful Vitamin Packs
The BariatricPal Store has put together Vitamin Packs to save you time and confusion. We have packs for the Lap-Band, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, and Duodenal Switch procedures, which include the top vitamins and minerals likely to be deficient for those surgeries. Or, you can shop by form, such as getting a Patch pack.
Additional Nutritional Supplements
Many people take additional nutritional supplements, beyond the essential vitamins and minerals. The BariatricPal Store has dietary supplements for all kinds of purposes, such as sleep support, energy boosts, mental clarity, and more.
The BariatricPal Store not only serves your protein and diet needs, but also helps keep you nourished with vitamins and minerals. With multivitamins as well as individual nutrients, you can stay healthier after weight loss surgery. Be sure to ask your doctor for recommendations and approval before starting any vitamin, mineral, or other dietary supplements.