Hydration and Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Excessive weight and obesity have become global problems that some people face in their life. With the changing food culture, more and more people are searching for ways to lose weight. Some people can lose excess weight with alternative methods such as dieting and exercising, however, these might not work for everyone. Bariatric surgeries becoming more and more popular every year because they give permanent and can easily be done. One of the bariatric surgeries is gastric sleeve surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery is performed by cutting and taking %80 of the stomach and leaving a banana-shaped small size of stomach. This surgery aims to reduce the calorie intake and help the patient to lose weight by minimizing the consumption of food. Now that you have your gastric sleeve surgery, you have to follow your surgeon’s instructions to maintain a healthy recovery period. One of the most important ones is staying hydrated. Drinking water is essential for everyone, however, you must drink water regularly and stay hydrated throughout your recovery period.
Signs of the Dehydration
- Feeling thirsty
- Feeling nauseous or dizzy
- Having a headache or a rapid heart rate
- Having dark, concentrated urine
- Feeling tired or irritable
What You Can Do to Stay Hydrated
First, you should drink at least 8 cups of water which is approximately 64 ounces every day to maintain a healthy body. After your gastric sleeve surgery, you will have a small stomach, so it can be hard for you to accomplish your hydration goal first. Here are ways to motivate yourself to remind you to drink water every day:
- Carry a bottle of water with you to remind you to drink water
- Everyone has a mobile phone, set a timer for every 30 minutes to remind yourself to drink water.
- You can log your drinking times to track your water intake.
- In summer, you can turn your drinks into a snack by freezing them and sucking them on throughout the day.
Not All Drinks, Only Water
You should limit your consumption in terms of some beverages. You can drink water as much as you want but not much to fill your stomach fully. Beverages which are carbonated or contain a lot of sugar should not be consumed. Also, carbonated beverages can cause harm to your stomach as they make gas which is bad for your stomach during the healing process.