Jacqui Lewis - BHSc Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine
The Importance of Hydration After Weight Loss Surgery
Dehydration after Bariatric Surgery is a significant issue. With stomachs drastically reduced in size, drinking large "gulps" of water is no longer possible. Bariatric patients need to consume a gallon of water per day.
This is accomplished by making sure you take sips as frequently as possible.
Water affects the functionality of your body, so it's critical to monitor your fluid intake after Bariatric Surgery (and before). Your weight is composed significantly of water - 65% for men and 55% for women.
How does your body use water?
- Your brain consists of 75% water
- Regulates body temperature
- Helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Makes up 83% of your blood
- Moistens oxygen for breathing
- Helps convert food into energy
- Helps flush out waste products
- Makes up 75% of muscles
- Accounts for 22% of bones
- Helps the body absorb nutrients and protect vital organs
- Lubricates joints
Left unchecked, advanced dehydration will lead to FALSE HUNGER signals being sent.
This is a survival mechanism – the body's trick to get you to eat more in the hope that your food will provide the necessary water your body needs to keep functioning correctly.
Drink at least 8 Glasses
If you are hungry all the time, try increasing water (away from meals) and also increase your protein intake. They both will help stabilize your weight and keep you satiated. Proper hydration also prevents low energy levels.
75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated
3 Easy Steps to Drink Water
STEP 1: Begin starting your day with at least 8 ounces of quality filtered water.
STEP 2: Buy yourself a BPA-FREE insulated water bottle to keep your water from getting too warm when traveling.
STEP 3: Drink up!