Having Difficulty Getting in Enough Fluids After Weight Loss Surgery?

Having Difficulty Getting in Enough Fluids After Weight Loss Surgery?

2 glasses of infused water makes a delicious and healthy summer drink.

Have you tried infusing your water?

Immediately post op it may be difficult to get in sufficient fluids.  You may find yourself feeling too full or your tastes have changed so drinking plain water may now be a struggle.

Dehydration is one of the main reasons patients get readmitted after weight loss surgery.  One of the keys to preventing dehydration is drinking plenty of fluids, including water. This is especially important as the temperatures rise during the summer months.

Many patients get bored of drinking just plain water.  Also, some patients are sensitive to artificial sweeteners that are in the flavored drink mixes, but yet can’t stomach plain water.  So what is one to do to get in adequate fluids after weight loss surgery?

Infusing water with a little flavor is quite simple.  You can make a natural flavored water by infusing it with fruits, vegetables and some herbs.  Fill a pitcher or water infuser bottle (found at Bed, Bath and Beyond or on line at Amazon or other retailers) with thinly sliced fruit, herbs, or vegetables and chill in the refrigerator.  You can make several different combinations of flavors and experiment with different fruits and vegetables.  If you want the flavor to be stronger, leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

Infusing your water can help you stay hydrated, avoid artificial sweeteners, and add some additional health benefits.  Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, and some berries are great sources of vitamin C.  Ginger and mint can soothe an upset stomach.

If you infuse your own water, you can avoid unneccessary added sugars, preservatives or chemicals that are in alot of drink mixes in the supermarkets.

 

Below are a few simple recipes to get you started. But don’t be shy, try some of your own creations!!

 

Watermelon Mint

1 cup cubed watermelon

1/4 cup mint

 

Raspberry and Lemon Mixer

1 lemon, sliced

10 raspberries

 

Strawberry Lemonade with Basil

1/2 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 lemon, sliced

1/8-1/4 cup fresh basil

 

Minty Cucumber Lime

1/2 cucumber, sliced

1/2 lime, sliced

1/4 cup mint leaves

 

Pineapple-orange with Ginger

1/2 cup cubed pineapple

1/2 orange, sliced

1/2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger

 

Grapefruit, Orange, and Lime 

1/4 grapfruit, sliced

1/2 orange, sliced

1/2 lime, sliced

a few mint sprigs

 

Now go get hydrated!!!!

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