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Surgical weight loss is becoming increasing popular for its effectiveness in dealing with obesity and improving ones overall health.
Reaching certain dietary protein goals post-surgery is one of the largest hurdles many patients face. However, along with this come other common nutritional deficiencies that some may experience due to the limited amount of nutrients that can physically be consumed during this recovery period.
If you have recently had this surgery, or looking into it, here we address the best nutritional and supplemental strategies to maximise your recovery and get you feeling good again!
This important essential vitamin found in meat and dairy is involved as a cofactor in hundreds of enzymatical processes. These include repairing of cells, metabolism of protein, regeneration of nerves etc. Common side effects of B12 deficiency include anaemia (general lethargy and weakness), neuropathy (numbness or weakness) and cognitive decline (brain fog).
Bariatric patients are at an increased risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency because their digestive tracts are now unable to naturally absorb this vitamin. Generally, vitamin B12 is broken down in the stomach. Intrinsic factor—released by the parietal cells in the stomach—binds with vitamin B12 in the duodenum. The bonded vitamin B12 is then absorbed in the ileum. In patients who have had gastric bypass surgery, most of the stomach and duodenum are bypassed, limiting the absorption of vitamin B12 and its subsequent binding with intrinsic factor.
The best form of B12 is Methylcobalamin. This form is considered bioactive and does not require further methylation which can be limited post-surgery. You will find it in AMINO SWITCH at 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 found in green beans, walnuts, meats, eggs and fish.
It is involved in collagen production which is critical post-surgery since the damaged smooth muscles of the GI tract are predominantly made of collagen like, connective tissue, hair, skin and nails. It’s not uncommon to see patient’s post-surgery have brittle hair that falls out because of protein, B6 and Zinc deficiencies.
The best form of B6 is the bioactive P-5-P (Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate) which is what you will find in AMINO SWITCH at the necessary levels to correct a deficiency and improve recovery.
These essential minerals are super important for recovery and leading an active healthy life. Close to 75% of the population is deficient in Zinc and Magnesium and they are involved in over 300 biological reactions in your body every day.
Literally, getting sufficient ZINC and MAGNESIUM will make the difference between simply surviving surgery and actually thriving post-surgery. Both minerals are involved in the metabolism of fats for fuel and the energy of your body. They also assist with immune support and detoxification.
You will recovery quicker and lose weight faster if your energy metabolism is supported with Zinc and Magnesium. The best form of Zinc is Zinc Aspartate and Magnesium is Magnesium Citrate. Both of these forms are found in ADRENAL SWITCH at levels that will support recovery, energy, metabolism and relaxation.
Due to the inability to eat large enough portions of food many WLS patients end up with muscle loss, fatigue and hair loss due to protein deficiencies.
Even the traditional meal replacement shakes are too thick or filling to get the job done, not to mention many have dairy protein or plant protein that can be incredibly difficult to digest.
There are 2 types of protein that are critical post-surgery:
Collagen – This form of protein is found in the bones and houves of animals or skin and bones of fish. It is why bone broth is making a comeback. The hyaluronic acid matrix found in collagen is great for rebuilding the GI tract, skin, hair, nails and connective tissue.
The best form of collagen is Marine Collagen as its small molecular weight allows for 150% better absorption over beef or porcine (pig) collagen.
You will find this form of high quality collagen in VITALITY SWITCH (coming soon!) along with a healthy dose of additional super foods to support your immune system, detoxification, reduce inflammation and balance hormones.
Essential Amino Acids (EAA’s) – These 9 amino acids can not be made by your body and must be consumed from food or a supplement.
The problem is you need 70 – 80g of chicken, meat, eggs or 30g of whey protein to get enough of them. In healthy adults that wouldn’t be a problem but WLS patients have difficulty digesting that amount of food.
AMINO SWITCH is a super concentrated Essential Amino Acid (EAA) supplement that is equivalent to the food portions discussed above.
AMINO SWITCH doesn’t require digestion because it is already in the simplest, most absorbable form. It is 100% natural and it tastes just like cordial or your favourite juice.
AMINO SWITCH is colour free, sugar free, fat free, gluten free, soy free, dairy free and vegan friendly. It has everything you need for recovery post surgery.
With the addition of VITALITY SWITCH (coming soon) you will reduce inflammation, balance your hormones, enhance gut health and boost your energy all day, every day.
For more information about these easy to use affordable and great tasting supplements, click here for our specialised WLS RECOVERY PACK.
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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