Your stomach is smaller after bariatric surgery and chugging 64 ounces of fluid in one sitting just isn't happening. These pro tips to avoid dehydration are helpful in keeping you from a post surgery return trip to the hospital.
You see, your body’s need for fluid doesn’t change just because the size of your stomach is reduced.
Dehydration is the #1 cause of readmission post op. And who wants frequent flyer miles at the hospital?!
Think water is just bland and tasteless? No wonder you have trouble staying hydrated!
It's time to upgrade to the good stuff! Water may all look the same, but don't let appearances deceive you. It doesn't all taste the same.
The pH level (1-14) plays a huge role in determining its taste. Alkaline water, with a pH level above 7.0, is the key to unlocking a whole new world of flavor.
If you test drinking water- bottled or tap- with pH drops (like you use to measure pool water), you can physically see the difference.
So say goodbye to the days of barely tolerating water, and hello to a newfound love for hydration. Trust me, once you've tried alkaline water, you'll never go back. Its one of my top tips to avoid dehydration...Because if you like water, you'll drink more water!
I have a perfect track record of converting self proclaimed "water haters" to consistent "great water drinkers" after suggesting alkaline water.
And once you realize you're a convert, you can easily have a machine installed at your tap so you don't have to lug those heavy water bottles and jugs anymore!
Are you ready to taste the difference?
A Reusable Water Bottle.
A water bottle (or two, three, or four) is your new best friend on the journey to staying hydrated.
INVEST in a bottle. You're more likely to keep track of it! Disposable water bottles are too easy to leave behind. We've all been there...Start a bottle of water, don't finish it, then lose it, then get another. It makes it impossible to keep track of how much you actually drank.
So ditch the disposable water bottles and invest in a reusable one that fits your lifestyle. Not only is it better for the environment, it takes the guesswork out of your fluid status.
Choose a Water Bottle You Can't Resist
The bottle you choose to drink from makes a BIG difference in how much you drink...or don't drink.
Sometimes it's just as simple as picking a great color, a shape that fits just right in your hand or your cup holder, or the right cap/lid that makes drinking easier.
There are endless reusable water bottles to choose from. You're bound to find one (or a few) you love!
Small and Frequent is Key
When it comes to hydration, small and frequent wins over large and overwhelming.
It's easier to drink smaller bottles, more frequently, versus larger bottles. A smaller bottle is less overwhelming.
Don't believe me? Try it and see!
Carry Your Bottle With You Everywhere
You can't drink what you don't have. 'Nough said.
Think water is the only option for hydration? Think again, my friend! While water is still the boss of all beverages, there are plenty of other low-calorie, sugar-free drinks (under 10 calories) that can help you reach your daily fluid goal of 64oz.
If everything is tasting "a little too sweet" for your post op taste buds, try these tips to avoid dehydration by going au natural or diluting things a little:
No need to limit yourself to just water. Hydrate in style!
Water or any low calorie, sugar free beverages "count" toward the 64oz daily fluid goal.
Sip, don’t gulp. Drinking too fast can cause stomach pain, bloating, nausea, or vomiting after surgery.
You must be wondering then, how to fit 64 ounces of H2O in that tiny tummy of yours without chugging like a champion?
Here's a smart solution:
Drinking 1 ounce every 15 minutes = 4 ounces per hour = 16 ounces in 4 hours = 64 ounces in 16 hours
So sip, sip, sip all day long in the early post op period! With time, drinking larger volumes at once will become a breeze.
Use a child sippy cup in the beginning. If you're a guzzler, it will force you to sip!
“Failing to plan is planning to fail!” Plan to drink a certain amount within a certain time frame.
This requires knowing:
Water Drinking Schedule
6am-10am: 16oz bottle
10am-2pm: 16oz bottle
6pm-10pm: 16oz bottle
1. Set a Timer to Remind you to Drink:
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Thirst is NOT the correct cue. Simply drink because you have to…even if you’re not thirsty.
2. Stay Accountable by Using an App:
It's a well-choreographed routine.
What I Do:
6am-10am: Yellow bottle 1st- A bright sunny color to start the day.
10am-2pm: Green bottle 2nd- A healthy color to remind me to eat healthy green foods during the day too!
2pm-6pm: Orange bottle 3rd- An energetic color to get me through the afternoon.
6pm-10pm: Lavender bottle last- A nice calming color to help me end the day.
Kinda silly, I know…but I have to tell you…It works like charm!! 😉
Q: What About Caffeine, Carbonation, and Using a Straw?
Q: Do You Have Any Other Water Tips?
A: Yes! See my video tutorial on Fluid Drinking Strategies for more tips that cover the common post op barriers to drinking.