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What is Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight Loss Surgery is a surgical procedure performed when all other weight reduction methods have failed. After surgery, patients can only eat small amounts. This means a lower calorie intake resulting in weight loss, but also a reduced absorption of nutrients. To supplement possible shortages and support your health, a daily multivitamin supplement is necessary.

Which types of weight loss surgery are there?

There various weight loss operations, some are restriction operations and others are malabsorptive operations. Gastric Band and Sleeve Gastrectomy are considered as restrictive operations. These types of operations restrict and therefore reduce the amount food patients can eat.
The malabsorptive operations reduce the amount of nutrients that are absorbed. These types of operations Include Gastric Bypass, Duodenal Switch or the Biliopancreatic Diversion.

What is the advantage of taking FitForMe supplements?

After your operation you can only eat small amounts. This means a lower calorie intake resulting in weight loss, but also a reduced absorption of nutrients. To supplement possible shortages and support your health, a daily multivitamin supplement such as FitForMe is necessary. FitForMe supplements contain all the vitamins and minerals that you need for your daily intake.

What is the difference between the capsule and the chewable tablet?

The capsule is to be swallowed with a sip of water or a sugar-free drink while the chewable tablet can be chewed on its own.

The compositions are the same, with the exception that the chewable tablet does not contain iron. High dosages of iron have a very unpleasant taste and chewing on it can hurt. That is why the chew tablet is sold with a separate iron tablet. It is important to leave two hours between taking iron (either as separate tablet, or as part of the capsule) and the consumption or supplementation of calcium, because calcium decreases the absorption of iron.

How can I best take my FitForMe multivitamin?

The best time to take your FitForMe multivitamin is after lunch, dinner or just before bedtime. The best way to take your FitForMe Multivitamin capsule is with a sip of water or sugar-free drink. The FitForMe Multivitamin chewables are easy to chew. The Ferro tablet can also be taken with a sip of water or sugar-free drink

I have trouble swallowing pills, what can I do?

Sometimes swallowing your capsules can be challenging so here are some suggestions that might help you out;

  1. You can take your capsule with water or other sugar-free drinks.
  2. Moisten the capsule in the mouth so that the outer layer does not stick. This way, the capsule slides more easily.
  3. When you swallow the capsule, it is best to place your chin to your chest instead of backward.
  4. Do not drink and eat large quantities immediately before, during and after taking the capsule. This way you avoid feeling nauseous.
  5. The capsule can be easily taken with the following foods and quantities: a sip of water or other sugar-free drinks or a tablespoon sugar-free fruit puree or other liquid foods.
  6. If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, you can also slide the capsule open and use only the content (in powder form) with the aforementioned liquid foods.
  7. We advise that you start your supplements when eating solid food confidently. Please discuss with your doctor or specialist first.
  8. If you are having trouble with your capsules, please contact FitForMe Customer Service and you can always try the Opti Chewables with a Ferro Tablet (Iron supplement).
I have dark stools since taking FitForMe multivitamins. How is this possible?

The dark colour in your stool is generally caused by the high iron content in the multivitamins

Are FitForMe products Halal certified?

Yes, all of our products are Halal certified. We have received an internationally recognized certification. This means that the entire production process and all materials we use meet the requirements.’

How do I store my vitamins?

Store your FitForMe supplements in a cool and dry place away from sunlight. Do not store them next to the microwave or oven. Try not to open the jar too often and tightly close the lid after each use. If your supplements are in blister packs, don’t take them out of the packaging too long before use. Follow these guidelines to ensure your supplements remain fresh until the expiry date.

How often do I need to take the multivitamin?

You need to take the multivitamin once a day. The FitForMe products are developed in such a way that just one capsule or chew tablet a day is sufficient to decrease the risk for developing deficiencies.

When do I need to take the multivitamin?

The capsule, or chew tablet with the separate iron tablet, should not be taken on an empty stomach, to prevent irritation of the stomach. Therefore, we advise you to take the capsule or chew tablet just after a meal. You may also take the capsule or chew tablet just before going to sleep.

For how long do I need to take multivitamins?

You need to take the multivitamin for the rest of your life. The permanent changes to your body cause a decrease in absorption of vitamins and minerals. To decrease the risk of deficiencies, bariatric patients will need lifelong supplementation.

How long after the surgery should I start taking multivitamins?

It is recommended to start taking the multivitamin two weeks before the surgery, to get used to taking the multivitamin. Your stomach and/or digestive system change after the surgery, and this can affect how well your body tolerates certain foods. It will be easier to continue taking your multivitamins if you have already started before your surgery. It is best to stop taking your multivitamins in the first two weeks after your surgery as your body still needs to get used to the new digestive system. After this break, you should re-start again.

Why is it important to take multivitamins after a bariatric surgery?

Supplementation after a bariatric surgery is necessary because the surgery causes a decrease in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. The most important causes for malabsorption are:

 

  • Smaller stomach:
    A stomach reduction causes you to eat less. However, it also means that your body absorbs less nutrients out of food.
  • Food intolerance:
    This is a possible complication after the surgery. Some patients can no longer handle certain food such as red meat and dairy products, high in protein, vitamin B12, and iron.
  • Fewer/no production of gastric acid:
    Gastric acid is responsible for retracting vitamins and minerals from your food.
  • Fewer/no production of intrinsic factor:
    Intrinsic factor is a type of protein that transports vitamin B12 and enables its active absorption. .
  • Bypass of the first section of the small intestine (this is not the case in Sleeve Gastrectomy):
    The absorption of nutrients mostly takes place in the first section of the small intestine. However, in all bariatric surgeries (except for the Sleeve Gastrectomy) this section is bypassed. So, the vitamins and minerals no longer pass through the section where they are actively absorbed.

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