Health & Wellness Magazine Live + Thrive Magazine - Summer 2018 - Page 31

There are some supplements that are almost universally recommended even without a blood test. So what essential supplements should you be taking? • A multivitamin • Vitamin D—2000 IUs per day If lab values show a deficiency, you may need to have a shorter period of a higher dosage to reach maintenance levels. • Calcium—1200 mg a day • A B- complex, with special attention paid to B12 • An iron supplement As with any dietary or exercise program, it is essential that you follow your primary care doctor’s or bariatrician’s orders and recommendations as well. Some of these vitamins are not going to show up on normal lab work that you get with your primary care physician, so it would be a good idea to request them. If you notice any issues, you can correct course and increase the frequency of bloodwork until you reach a baseline level again. Over-the-counter supplements are fine. There is no need to get a prescription- level supplement pack. Expect to be on most of these supplements for life. Individuals who have had lap band surgery or sleeves may be able to skate by without supplementing if their diet is healthy and they are eating the right foods, but it is often better to be safe than sorry. Have you had bariatric surgery? Are you experiencing any unusual symptoms in your day-to-day life? It may be a deficiency that you simply don’t know about. Again, your body isn’t going to be absorbing everything the way that it used to. Compounding the issue, typical blood tests usually don’t include information about the vitamins and minerals that you may be deficient in. Take your health into your own hands. Request the right panels on your blood tests, take a good look at your symptoms (or lack thereof), and take the simple steps of beginning a supplement regime. 31