Wake up & put the caffeine to the side

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You may think it is impossible, but you can survive a life without caffeine.   If you are considering bariatric surgery, this is an absolute must.

Along with alcohol, carbonated beverages and non-prescription and illicit drugs, the Ontario Bariatric Network  advises all patients to avoid caffeine for a minimum 2 months prior and lifelong following bariatric surgery.

So, why the pass by your favorite coffee shop?

Caffeine irritates the stomach lining. And after a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, the lining of the stomach is much more sensitive. Exposure to caffeine can lead to stomach ulcers. It can increase acid production in the stomach and increase symptoms of eating discomfort and reflux (‘heartburn’). Further, it is a diuretic (causing your body to lose more fluid) and lessens iron absorption. In all, caffeine after bariatric surgery does not offer a healthy boost. 

How can you get that same morning satisfaction or mid-day lift?

Try one of these caffeine replacements:

  • 10 minute walk
  • 5 deep breaths
  • Herbal tea (hot or iced)
  • Balanced breakfast : protein + vegetable or fruit + whole grain
  • Go to sleep 15 minutes earlier
  • Relaxation breathing 10 minutes before rising out of bed

It will be new and different and uncomfortable for a while. But, go ahead, change one thing today that leads to a lifetime of a healthier you.