The Benefits of a Daily Multivitamin
Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and soon to be New Year. With the holidays comes the “the holiday weight gain” and then of course those New Year Resolutions. We all think of ways to better our life and accomplish goals with our resolutions, but I feel we always forget one thing when looking at our health in the New Year, Vitamins. As we make our resolutions to eat healthier and exercise more, we forget to include vitamins to the list. Many of us are deficient in a vitamin or mineral, whether it is Iron, Vitamin D, or a B vitamin, and we most likely don’t even know it. As we start to exercise and eat better we forget to add in a multivitamin which can help us maintain or achieve the proper vitamin levels, and thus make us more energetic and healthier. The two deficiencies we see most commonly are Vitamin D and Iron.
Vitamin D is very important in our calcium absorption and a great reason to get out into the sunshine. Studies show that up to 1/3 of adults and 2/3 of those under 18 are deficient in this vitamin, those are staggering numbers. D helps us in many ways, mostly for us to stay healthy, not only for our bones but our immune system as well. Because one of the best ways to get D is by sunlight it is estimated that the number of those with deficiencies rise in the wintertime when many people are not out in the sun due to the weather. So what can you do? Take supplements…Vitamin D3 to be exact. This can benefit you not only if you have had surgery but after surgery as well.
Iron: many of us feel fatigued and run down at times, especially with all the holiday running! But, for some of us it could be an iron deficiency, which is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide and here in the United States. Taking an iron supplement can help boost those numbers and help your overall well-being.
Now don’t get me wrong I am not saying everyone has a deficiency, but some of us might, and it is always a good idea to be on a supplement. After you have surgery it is a MUST, but prior to surgery it is HIGHLY recommended (wink, wink.) So what can you do? Begin taking a good multivitamin with iron (unless you have a medical condition and have been instructed not to take iron – then get on a good multivitamin without iron.) We have a few here in the office. We have our Perfect Pak II for Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy patients and our Perfect Pak Plus for Bilio-Pancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch patients. We also offer a chewable vitamin that is a complete multivitamin appropriate for any patient at any stage of their process. The number of chewable vitamins you would take each day is dependent on whether you are pre-op or post-op and on what surgery you’ve had.
We are always looking for ways to help improve your health and to do it in a way to fit your needs. Remember, no matter where you are in the process, in the famous words of Dr. Boyce “We are ready to commit if you are.” So to end this I wish all of you and yours a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Happy Kwanza, and a Wonderful New Year!
Sarah Grimes RN, CBN