There are thousands of vitamins and supplements to choose from, but are they good for you? In this article, you’ll learn how to analyze any vitamin supplement to see if it’s right for you after bariatric surgery.
If you’ve had bariatric surgery you already know you need to take your vitamins. Everyone in your entire world has told you that a million times.
Your surgeon told you, your nurses told you, your dietitian told you — EVERYONE has told you. But being told “you need to take vitamins after bariatric surgery” really isn’t helpful. The intentions are good – they want you to realize you need vitamins.
“Take vitamins after bariatric surgery”
Why is this bad advice? You ARE supposed to take vitamins after bariatric surgery, right?
The problem is that all vitamins are not created equal, and not all vitamin products are designed to serve everyone’s individual needs.
Vitamins: Substances that your body needs to grow and develop healthily.
But how much?
“Take vitamins” is an incomplete directive to ANYONE, especially bariatric patients, plus vitamins come in numerous forms and quantities…
“Take vitamins” could mean 10 IUs of Vitamin D, or it could mean 3,000 IUs of Vitamin D. In both scenarios you’re technically taking vitamins, get it?
There are many types of specialty vitamins
There are prenatal vitamins, adult vitamins, senior vitamins, women vitamins and, yes, bariatric vitamins.
All of these different subcategories are designed to serve a very specific population.
For the purpose of this article, we’ll zero in on Bariatric Vitamins. Bariatric Vitamins are specifically tailored to meet the needs of bariatric patients. After bariatric surgery your body has needs, and those needs are different than non-bariatric people.
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