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Staying Healthy with Hydration
Staying Healthy with Hydration

Staying Healthy with Hydration

Water is the basis of life, so it is not surprising that it is an important part of leading a healthy one! Water plays an integral role in many bodily functions, some of which include joint lubrication, temperature regulation, and soft tissue protection. Without water, we can become dehydrated. Which, if left untreated, can lead to some serious consequences. Being dehydrated can also make us feel hungry, which may lead to eating other foods when you only needed water. To stay hydrated, especially after bariatric surgery, we recommend 64 ounces of fluid per day. Although, you may need more than that if you exercise strenuously or spend a lot of time in the summer heat.

After surgery, you should take slow, small sips throughout the day to ensure you reach your fluid goals. At first, you may find it difficult to create a hydration schedule, but there are plenty of tools and tricks to help you succeed!


Arguably the most important step. Be sure to always have a filled water bottle with you wherever you go. Always keep your water bottle in sight; the more you see it, the more you are reminded to drink. While it is not necessary, it may be useful for you to purchase a water bottle with measurements on the side so you can track your fluid intake throughout the day (buying a new, cool water bottle may also make hydrating more exciting).


As stated before, it is important to take small sips throughout your day. Sometimes life and work can get busy! Be sure to set reminders throughout your day if you are having a hard time remembering to sip. Your Baritastic app has a timer that you can set and schedule throughout your day to remind you to drink. This may take some trial and error to find out what works best for you, and that is okay!

REMINDER: Be sure to avoid drinking any fluids 15 minutes before, during, and 30 minutes after meals.


After you find out which routine work best for your schedule and life, start implementing it daily. Congratulations, you just conquered a behavioral change!

Best Options for Hydration

Water is the best option for hydration. If you want to jazz it up, try adding slices of your favorite fruits or vegetables to your water for a refreshing sip! You can also add herbs like mint or basil for an extra layer of flavor.

If you are struggling to find ways to meet your hydration goals, make an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians who can work with you and help you achieve these goals!

Written by: Katie Obojkovits, MS, RDN, CDN

Sources: Water and Healthier Drinks | Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity | CDC