No matter your age, weight or fitness level, keeping your body hydrated is critical for your health. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body depends on water to survive. Water helps your heart more easily pump blood throughout the body, maintains a healthy body temperature, removes toxins and waste and even keeps joints lubricated.
If you’ve had weight loss surgery, staying hydrated is key to your recovery and weight loss. Most bariatric surgeons recommend patients drink 64 ounces of water per day after surgery, but drinking water after bariatric surgery can be challenging for some patients. Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and gastric banding are all procedures that limit the capacity of the stomach, allowing you to lose weight by eating less. But this reduced stomach capacity also limits the amount of fluid your stomach can hold.
Dehydration is one of the leading reasons patients are readmitted to the hospital following weight loss surgery. If you are preparing for weight loss surgery or have had weight loss surgery, here are some tips to help you stay hydrated.
Know the signs of dehydration (dry mouth, fatigue, thirst, decreased urine output, headache, dry skin, dizziness) and take steps to ensure you are properly hydrated. McCarty Weight Loss Center in Dallas, TX provides pre- and post-op support for patients to ensure they are getting the proper nutrition to reach their health goals.