3 steps gastric bypass patients can take to avoid calcium deficiency


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3 steps gastric bypass patients can take to avoid calcium deficiency

  1. 1. Source: www.FatLossProducts.org/Articles/Article/1/59www.FatLossProducts.org3 Steps Gastric Bypass Patients Can Take to Avoid Calcium DeficiencyMost Americans do not get enough calcium in their diets; the average daily intake is 500milligrams shy of the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams.Gastric bypass patients are even more unlikely to intake adequate dietary calcium andwithout supplementation they may become calcium deficient which ultimately results inosteoporosis. Weight loss surgery patients are limited by the volume of calcium rich foodsthey may consume. In addition, the malabsorption issue resulting from gastric bypasspresents another problem. Since the bowel does not readily absorb calcium and the stomachis drastically shortened there is limited opportunity for the calcium to be absorbed in thebody.Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body ? we have two or three pounds of it, mostof which is located in the bones and teeth. In addition to building bones and teeth, calcium isan electrolyte required for transmitting nerve signals, water balance, acid/alkaline balanceand maintaining osmotic pressure. It helps the blood to clot and is necessary for the heartmuscle function. Its long been known that calcium will aid in the prevention of osteoporosis,but new studies are identifying calcium for its anticancer actions within the colon.Most dietary calcium comes from dairy products but can also be found in sardines, cannedsalmon, green leafy vegetables and tofu. The National Academy of Sciences has raised thecalcium guideline to 1,000 milligrams a day for people under 51, and to 1,200-1,500milligrams a day for people over 51.Gastric bypass patients can do three things to better assimilate calcium in the body:First, take a chewable calcium supplement twice daily.Second, exercise consistently.Third, enjoy sunshine every day.Chewable supplements taken twice daily will more rapidly dissolve and assimilate into thebody than hard pills. They should be 500 milligrams each; the body cannot absorb more than500 milligrams at a time. The best supplements are calcium citrate, calcium carbonate andcalcium lactate.Next, studies show that people who exercise regularly better assimilate calcium into the bodythan sedentary individuals. Even though US Astronauts take calcium supplements in orbit,they return to Earth calcium deficient; NASA believes lack of physical activity prevents theirbodies from assimilating the calcium.Finally, get some sunshine. Twenty minutes a day of direct or indirect sunlight will give thebody plenty of natural vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin", which is necessary for calciumassimilation.Doing these three things will make you feel great today and will contribute to healthier aging.Osteoporosis is an epidemic in this country and is directly attributed to calcium deficiency.We all know that when an elderly person falls and breaks a hip death is imminent.Osteoporosis is nearly always the reason why hipbones break when older people fall. In thecase of osteoporosis there is nothing the body can do to defend itself from the loss of calcium
  2. 2. associated with aging. Supplementation is necessary throughout adulthood to preventchronic calcium deficiency.Kaye Bailey is a weight loss surgery success story having maintained her health and goalweight for 5+ years. An award winning journalist, she is the author and webmaster ofhttp://www.livingafterwls.com and http://www.livingafterwls.blogspot.comFresh & insightful content is added daily, check in often.To subscribe to the LivingAfterWLS monthly newsletter "You Have Arrived" click onhttp://www.livingafterwls.com and enter your details in the subscription box.