HOW TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL HEALTH POST-WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
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With recent domestic demographic studies showing that 2/3 Australians are clinically overweight, weight loss surgery has seen a steady incline in recent years. In 2019 alone, we saw over 35,000 patients turn to surgical procedures to improve their metabolic health conditions and quality of life.
As with any invasive procedure, there are risks of potential side effects, and electing for a gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or even a gastric band proves no different. However, the potential for these side effects is not only limited to the procedure itself, but post-procedure as time goes on. This includes:
Malnutrition - A lack of proper nutrition, resulting from not having enough to eat, not eating enough of the right things, or being unable to use the food that one does eat.
Hypotension - Abnormally low blood pressure.
Osteoporosis - A medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically due to hormonal changes or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.
Sarcopenia - The progressive and generalised loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength.
The issue? After this type of procedure, you cannot get all of your nutrients from food alone. It’s impossible. And not just that, you cannot maximise the absorption of the foods you do eat as there isn’t enough stomach acid to break down and digest key nutrients.
To help combat and mitigate the potential for the onset of such conditions, Stacked Nutrition created Baricare Pro as part of their clinical line to help support people choosing to take this significant step forward in improving their health. Baricare Pro is a supplement designed for those who’ve had bariatric weight loss surgery through a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.Considerable thought and research have gone into formulating this product by the team's registered clinical nutritionists, who specialise in post-bariatric care.
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Essential Amino Acids - Protein absorption is compromised with patients who've had bariatric weight loss surgery due to several factors, including insufficient hydrochloric acid in the stomach to denature protein into smaller peptides and amino acids adequately. This can lead to muscular atrophy and even sarcopenia and reduced immune function, neurotransmitter production, and nervous system dysfunction. Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) are shown to prove beneficial in assisting with muscle protein synthesis in preventing muscle wastage.
Key Micronutrients: Iron, Zinc, Calcium, D3, Folate, and B12 - Key micronutrients are prone to becoming deficient due to postoperative complications amongst patients who've received bariatric weight loss surgery. Key vitamins such as B9 and B12 rely on Intrinsic Factor released from the epithelial cells in the stomach wall for absorption, which is compromised post-op. Iron also requires a favourably acidic environment, such as adequate stomach acid for absorption in the duodenum, usually bypassed altogether in the standard Roux-En-Y gastric bypass. Vitamin D and other fat-soluble vitamins can also be affected due to impaired signaling of pancreatic lipase and bile and micelle production stemming from the liver and gallbladder's hepatobiliary duct, which is also bypassed in the Roux-En-Y procedure. Due to the potential vitamin D malabsorption, hypocalcemia, and advanced bone mineral resorption may result in diminished bone mineral density and the possible onset of osteoporosis.
Digestive Enzymes - Digestive enzymes assist with the catabolism and absorption of macronutrients, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Particularly around lipase and protease, insufficiency can burden the upper digestive tract, which can cause epigastric discomfort as well as prolonged colonic fecal transportation actuating in clinical constipation.
Ginger, Himalayan Rock Salt & Acetyl-L-Carnitine – Ginger to assist with reducing the instances of associated reflux and nausea, salt to provide more sodium to assist with electrolyte balance and adequate hydration and renal function, as well as Carnitine to promote fatty acid metabolism and cognitive function.
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While gastric weight loss surgery can undoubtedly improve chronic disease outcomes associated with metabolic obesity, there are inherent side effects with these procedures that necessitate indefinite supplementation to ensure a thriving quality of life. For more information on Stacked Nutrition's well-engineered Baricare Pro supplement, visit your local ASN store or reach out to our online team!
Note: Baricare Pro is exclusive to ASN.