I will be the first to admit that for the first couple of months after surgery, I was somewhat hit or miss with taking my vitamins. Then, until I was about a year and a half post-op, I used chewable multi-vitamins. Finally I wisened up and switched to actual vitamins, and did my best to purchase all the vitamins I would need to take every day – multi, vitamins b-6, b-12, c, and d, plus calcium and iron. But it was expensive and inefficient to purchase so many different types of vitamins. It was also a pain to sit down and organize them all in pill boxes, and then make sure I never left home without a pill box so I wouldn’t miss a dose. So I began researching bariatric vitamins, in the hopes of finding a solution.
What did I find? I found Vita4Life!, a company that specializes in making bariatric-exclusive vitamins and mineral supplements. What’s so great about their products is that they are not only specifically designed for bariatric patients, they are also free of additives, binders, and fillers. At best additives just bulk up a vitamin with unnecessary color, flavor, or smell; at worst they can inhibit absorption (as if us post-ops don’t have enough issues with proper absorption!), and in some cases even trigger sensitivities to gluten, wheat, and sugars.
Since early January I have been using Vita4Life!’s Multi-Plus Bariatric Vitamins, and I am really pleased with the results. Just four capsules twice per day, and that’s it! Once in the morning, and again in the evening. And with no fillers of any kind being in the vitamins, I know that I’m giving my body everything it needs, and nothing that it doesn’t need or would hinder the vitamins themselves. And it’s really nice to ditch the old lady pill boxes. ;)