A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Gastric Bypass
I had a question the other day about gastric bypass.
Gastric bypass surgery shrinks the size of your stomach, so you can’t eat as much as you used to.
Part of your digestive system will also be re-routed, or bypassed, so you don’t absorb as much food.
There are several types of gastric bypass surgery:
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: This is the most common gastric bypass surgery in the U.S.
It can be done through a small cut, which lets you recover quicker than more complicated surgery.
First, a small pouch is made by stapling part of your stomach together or by banding.
This limits how much food you can eat.
Next, a Y-shaped section of your small intestine is attached to the pouch.
This creates a bypass for food, so it skips part of your digestive system.
As a result, you absorb fewer calories and nutrients.
Extensive gastric bypass: This is a more complicated surgery.
The lower part of your stomach is removed.
The small pouch remaining is connected directly to the last part of your small intestine, completely bypassing the first two parts.
It works for weight loss, but it’s not widely used because it can leave you short on nutrients.
Because these surgeries change how your body handles food, you need to be careful to get all the nutrients you need.
To deal with gastric bypass it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 10 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins (whether thirsty or not).
*Aloe vera juice improves digestion and cleanses your digestive tract.
*Amla is an Ayurvedic herb helping to increase lean body mass and reduce fat.
*Astragalus increases energy and improves nutrient absorption (don’t use if you have a fever).
*Butcher’s broom, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, Garcinia cambogia, ginger, green tea and mustard seed are thermogenic herbs improving digestion and aiding in the metabolism of fat.
*Chlorella, gudmar, schizandra, and suma help with glucose utilization, hormone production, neural regulation, and digestion.
*Fennel removes mucus and fat from your intestinal tract and is a natural appetite suppressant.
*Fenugreek is useful for dissolving fat within your liver.
*Gotu kola helps reduce body mass and metabolize carbohydrates. It also increases energy.
*Siberian ginseng helps move fluids and nutrients throughout your body and reduces the stress of adjusting to new eating habits (don’t use if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder).
*Be sure to eat a variety of foods, especially an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Eat meals consisting of a balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates, and some fat. By eating balanced meals you get steadier blood sugar levels and the ability to burn stored body fat for long-term weight loss. Make sure you have some protein at each meal and snack to keep you feeling full until the next meal.
*Eat more complex carbohydrates with protein, like tofu, lentils and other legumes, plain baked potatoes (no toppings, except for vegetables), and sesame seeds. Other foods good to include in your diet are brown rice, whole grains, skinless turkey or chicken breast, and seafood. Poultry and fish should be broiled or baked, never fried.
*Eat fresh fruits and an abundance of raw vegetables. Use low-calorie vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, green beans, kale, lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach, and turnips. Low-calorie, low-carbohydrate fruits include apples, cantaloupe, grapefruit, strawberries, and watermelon. These are higher in calories and should be eaten in moderation: bananas, cherries, corn, figs, grapes, green peas, hominy, pears, pineapple, sweet potatoes, and yams.
*Eat foods raw, if possible. If foods are heated, they should be baked, broiled, steamed, or boiled. Never eat fried or greasy food.
*If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation only. Alcohol provides lots of calories, but few nutrients. Wine and beer or a spirit with soda water are better choices than a Mai Tai, for example, which is made with juice and other ingredients adding additional calories.
*Limit your intake of foods and beverages containing added sugar. Fat-free and low-fat foods aren’t calorie-free. To add taste, food manufacturers often add sugars. Always check the nutrition label on products before purchasing them.
*Don’t eat any white flour products, salt, white rice, or processed foods. Also, avoid fast food restaurants and all junk foods.
*Don’t eat sweets like soda, pastries, pies, cakes, doughnuts, or candy. Omit all forms of refined sugar (including white sugar, brown sugar, and corn sweetener) from your diet.
*Relax, eat slowly, chew well, appreciate your food.
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