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Drink UP! How to stay well hydrated after Bariatric Surgeries

Dr. Muffi's    13/10/2018   |   Saturday

Not only water is important to keep our bodies functioning but also as shown in a recent study published in the American college of surgeon’s quality and safety conference 2017, better weight loss outcomes after bariatric surgeries was correlated with proper hydration.


We are made of water! 60-70% of our body is water, water is an essential component to all body tissues, and a medium where all reactions take place, essential for digestion, absorption, perspiration …etc. without water our body will stop working properly.

We are made of water! 60-70% of our body is water, water is an essential component to all body tissues, and a medium where all reactions take place, essential for digestion, absorption, perspiration …etc. without water our body will stop working properly.

After having gone through bariatric surgery, your new stomach will not allow to drink a whole bottle of water as before, instead you have to gradually sip water throughout the day, drinking a lot at once may lead to unpleasant symptoms as nausea and vomiting.

So here are some few tips to help you increase your fluid intake:


Do’s

  • Keep a water bottle with you at all times; take small sips throughout the day.
  • Keep track of your water intake, it will help if you have a plan for example; have 200ml by 10 am , another 200 ml by noon, another 200 by 2pm and so on…Aim for 2 liters at least daily.
  • Use a mobile App or simply put a reminder every 30 minutes to remind of drinking water.
  • Try using infused water this will add flavor to your water without adding any extra calories, for example; ginger and lemon or rosemary and rose water or cucumber and mint leaves.
  • Consume herbal teas without adding sugar as chamomile, mint, fennel, etc.
  • Changing water temperature, try icy water or warm or room temperature water to see what you like best.
  • Sucking on ice cubes.
  • Consuming Chicken, beef or fish broth will also add up to daily water intake.


Don’ts

  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to catch up on your fluid intake.
  • Limit intake of coffee and teas as they have diuretic effects.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages which may upset stomach, cause nausea and gas while the stomach is still healing.
  • Don’t replace water with juices and sodas, water will keep you hydrated without the extra calories.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for 6 months after surgery, when weight loss is the fastest and drinking alcohol may reduce maximal weight loss success.
  • Stop drinking fluids 15 minutes before a meal. Drinking fluids with the meal may cause nausea, vomiting.

Watch out for the Signs of dehydration:


  • Feeling thirsty
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Dark urine
  • Constipation
  • Weakness

How much water to drink daily ?

A simple formula to calculate how much water in liters you need consume every day, multiply your weight (in kilograms) by 0.033


Water (in litre) to drink a day = Your Weight (in kg) 0.033

So for example if a person weighs 80 Kgs he or she should drink 2.6 L per day, and this requirement will increase with hot weather or exercise, and the best way to know if you drinking enough is to keep an eye on urine, if you’re properly hydrated the color should be light.