You've taken the brave step of undergoing weight-loss surgery for a healthier life. But how do you ensure you remain fit and balanced, especially long after surgery? WLS vitamins are here to assist. Find out how they work and which WLS multivitamin is right for you.
A WLS multivitamin is packed with all the crucial vitamins and minerals needed post-bariatric surgery. A WLS vitamin typically includes Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, folic acid, zinc, and iron – nutrients essential for maintaining physical and mental fitness. Taking a daily WLS vitamin complements your diet and supports your health optimally.
Many people with obesity suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which can be due to:
Deficiencies are not always immediately noticeable, but they can have negative long-term effects. Starting a WLS multivitamin like WLS Start before surgery can help reduce or prevent deficiencies. Post-surgery, the risk of deficiencies increases for several reasons.
Stomach acid is necessary for releasing vitamins and minerals from food and converting non-heme iron into heme iron, the form we can absorb.
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FitForMe develops multivitamins based on scientific research. Thanks to working closely with doctors and hospitals, we understand your post-operative needs. After weight-loss surgery, you may absorb some vitamins and minerals better, while you'll need much more of others. That's why correct dosages are essential. Furthermore, the form and ratio of a vitamin or mineral are crucial.
For example, organic minerals are absorbed better than non-organic ones. Also, vitamins and minerals can interact to improve absorption, like calcium and vitamin D. However, they can also impede each other, like iron and calcium. A standard multivitamin can't meet these specific needs, but FitForMe does take care of that.
Besides a WLS vitamin, it's essential to monitor your protein and calcium intake. Protein contributes to muscle maintenance, building, and strengthening, as well as muscle recovery after physical activity. Calcium supports your digestion, bones, and muscles. As you age, your calcium absorption decreases. After weight-loss surgery, this risk is even greater. If you have (other) deficiencies, always check with your doctor which supplements you may need.
Take a WLS vitamin during or right after your lunch or dinner, not on an empty stomach. This minimises the chance of feeling sick. To ease swallowing, moisten the capsule with a bit of tap water. Swallow the capsule with a sip of water, a sugar-free drink, or with your meal's last bite. Do not take a WLS vitamin with calcium (dairy or supplements) as it can reduce iron absorption from the WLS vitamin. Therefore, allow a 2-hour gap between taking the WLS vitamin and calcium. If you struggle with capsules, opt for a WLS chewable vitamin if available for your surgery type.