Health Notes

Vitamins for Better Bariatric Health

by Dr. Gary Anthone on August 26, 2015

Bariatric VitaminsBariatric surgery changes a lot of things about the way your body behaves when it comes to food. And while many people have losing weight on their minds, they’re also losing something else their body needs more of: vitamins and minerals.

Gastric bypass and duodenal switch surgeries alter where and how well your body absorbs nutrition – and that’s not always for the better. You will definitely need to boost four essential vitamins and minerals to maintain your good health after surgery:

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black bean salsaAre you looking for a recipe to use all your beautiful, red ripe tomatoes? This salsa recipe is high in fiber and low in calories and sodium.

Tomatoes are also good for you in many other ways. They are low in calories and rich in Vitamin A, C, folic acid, potassium and lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that may reduce the risk of cancer and stroke.

Methodist dieticians encourage you to mix up something healthy and fresh to enjoy in the heat of summer!

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Exercise: Total Body Fitness

August 6, 2015
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Many people feel the benefits of exercise without even knowing what it really does for their health and well-being.  Others continue to struggle either starting an exercise program or maintaining that lifestyle. Exercise has many hidden benefits besides losing weight and looking and feeling better.  Please, don’t just take my word for it. There have […]

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Whole Grains (And a Great Recipe) You Need to Try

July 29, 2015
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We’ve all heard time and again how whole grains are good for us. But what does “whole grain” really mean? Whole grains contain all the components of a whole kernel of wheat – bran, endosperm, and germ. These parts contain nutrients (such as B Vitamins) and fiber. Fiber keeps us feeling fuller, which is important […]

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Surgical Weight Loss – Let’s Get Real

July 22, 2015
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Let’s get real for just a moment. Having weight loss surgery will not make you supermodel thin. There’s a distinct difference between getting thin and getting healthier. It’s critical for anyone considering bariatric surgery to set realistic expectations of the outcomes from surgical weight loss. It’s something we go over right from the first appointment […]

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Recipe: A Berry Healthy Summer

July 15, 2015
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Nothing says summer like fresh berries. They make not only a sweet and delicious snack, they are good for you, too! The high fiber and lower calories you find in berries can help you feel fuller longer and maybe help you lose weight. They have an added bonus of protecting your brain! Several research studies […]

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Your Questions Answered: “What Should I Bring to My Appointment?”

July 8, 2015
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Q. Bariatric surgery is something I’ve been considering for a long time, and now I’m finally going to take the leap. I am about to have my first appointment with my bariatric surgeon, and honestly, I’m a little nervous. What do I need to bring with me? A. Your first appointment with your Methodist Physicians […]

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Exercise: It’s Even Better Wet

July 1, 2015
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When most people hear “water exercise,” they think of lap swimming. But there are many more opportunities for exercising in water than just swimming, and most health clubs with a pool will offer some opportunities to work out in the water. Being in water, especially for a person who carries more weight, offers less wear […]

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Recipe: Beginning the Day Gluten-Free

June 17, 2015
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Pancakes are a staple for any breakfast food-lover. However, if you are following a gluten-free diet, pancakes are definitely off the list. So what can you do if you want to enjoy the fluffy-goodness of breakfast while watching your gluten intake? Enjoy this gluten-free recipe.

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Your Questions Answered: “How Should I Prepare for Surgery?”

June 10, 2015
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Q. I’m so excited, my bariatric surgery date is coming up fast. I’m so ready to get my health and my weight under control. And while I’m excited, I’m also nervous. I want to make sure I’m getting off on the right foot. How can I prepare for surgery? A. First of all, congrats on […]

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