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Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) is becoming increasing popular for its ability to treat obesity while improving overall confidence and wellbeing.
However, reaching certain dietary protein goals post-surgery is one of the largest hurdles many patients face. Along with this some may experience critical nutrient deficiencies due to the limited amount of food that can physically be consumed during the recovery period.
If you’ve recently had or are considering WLS, here we address the best nutritional and supplemental strategies to maximise your recovery and get you feeling great again!
This essential vitamin found in meat and dairy is involved in hundreds of enzymatical processes within the body. These include repairing of cells, metabolism of protein and regeneration of nerves.
Common side effects of B12 deficiency include anaemia (general lethargy and weakness), neuropathy (numbness or weakness) and cognitive decline (brain fog).
WLS patients have an increased risk of developing B12 deficiency because their digestive tracts are now unable to naturally absorb this vitamin. B12 is generally broken down in the stomach so those who’ve had gastric bypass surgery now have limited ability to extract and utilise this important nutrient.
The best type of B12 to supplement with is Methylcobalamin. This form is considered bioactive and does not require further methylation, which can be limited post-surgery.
You’ll find Methylcobalamin in AMINO SWITCH at the levels required to improve cell recovery and regeneration.
B6 (in combination with B12) is a critical vitamin in the metabolism of homocysteine. If homocysteine is not broken down it can cause arterial blockages leading to poor circulation, stroke or heart attacks.
B6 is commonly found in green beans, walnuts, meats, eggs and fish. It’s involved in collagen production which is critical for healing after WLS since this is what the damaged smooth muscles of the GI tract are predominantly made of.
The best form of B6 is the bioactive P-5-P (Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate) which can be found in AMINO SWITCH at the necessary levels to correct a deficiency and improve recovery.
These two essential minerals are vital for recovery and leading an active healthy life. Close to 75% of the population are deficient in Zinc and Magnesium! This is problematic when they’re involved in over 300 biological reactions in your body every day.
Getting enough Zinc and Magnesium will make the difference between simply surviving Weight Loss Surgery or thriving post-surgery. Both minerals are involved in the metabolism of fats for fuel and they also assist with immune support, detoxification and daily energy.
You will recover better and lose weight faster if your body is supported with enough Zinc and Magnesium. The best forms to supplement with are Zinc Aspartate and Magnesium Citrate. Both are found in ADRENAL SWITCH at levels that will improve energy, metabolism, relaxation and recovery.
Due to the inability to eat large enough portions of food many WLS patients end up with muscle wasting, fatigue and hair loss due to protein deficiencies.
Even the traditional meal replacement shakes are too thick or filling to stomach, not to mention many contain dairy or plant protein that can be incredibly difficult to digest.
There are 2 types of protein that are critical post-surgery:
Collagen – This is found in the skin and bones of animals or fish, which is why traditional bone broth is making such a health comeback. The hyaluronic acid matrix found in collagen is great for rebuilding the GI tract, skin, hair, nails and connective tissue.
The highest quality form is Marine Collagen as its small molecular weight allows for 150% better absorption over beef or porcine collagen.
You will find this superior collagen in VITALITY SWITCH (coming soon!) along with other powerful super foods to support your immune system, improve detoxification, reduce inflammation and balance hormones.
Essential Amino Acids (EAA’s) – These 9 amino acids can’t be made by your body and must be consumed from food or a supplement.
The problem is you need 70 – 80g of chicken, meat or eggs, or 30g of whey protein to get enough amino acids from your meals. For healthy adults that wouldn’t be an issue, but WLS patients have difficulty digesting that amount of food.
AMINO SWITCH is a super concentrated Essential Amino Acid (EAA) supplement and one serve is equivalent to the food portions discussed above. However AMINO SWITCH doesn’t require digestion since it’s already in the simplest, most absorbable form.
AMINO SWITCH is 100% natural, colour free, sugar free, fat free, gluten free, soy free, dairy free and vegan friendly. It has everything you need for recovery after WLS and it tastes just like cordial or your favourite juice.
Combine this with ADRENAL SWITCH to get the sleep you need for repair and VITALITY SWITCH to reduce inflammation, balance your hormones and enhance gut health.
These three SWITCH NUTRITION essentials will help you recover faster from your Weight Loss Surgery to get the best results possible, while improving energy and daily wellbeing.
Disclaimer: The above article is merely a guide and is in no way a recommendation or a treatment protocol for any health conditions or diseases. You should always consult with a qualified health care provider before changing your supplement, training or nutritional strategy. Supplementation should not be attempted by pregnant or breastfeeding women, anyone on prescription medication or children under the age of 15 unless advised by your qualified health care provider.
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