Importance of Water (Part II)


This week we continue with our two part series on the importance of water.  My nutritionist, Karla Hamal,  who many of you have seen in the office, is once again the special guest editor for this edition.

How Much Water Should I Drink

You have probably heard that you should drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day.  How much water you actually need depends on your weight, level of activity, the temperature and humidity of the environment, and  your diet.  Your diet makes a difference because if  you eat plenty of water-dense foods like fruits and vegetables your need to drink water will be diminished.

You can do some research and use a calculator and measuring cup if you like, but nature is pretty good at letting you know the right amount to drink.  When  you drink enough water your urine will be pale yellow, though vitamins and antibiotics can sometimes change the color of your urine.  If you are dehydrated your urine will look like ice tea (slightly dark).  On the other hand you shouldn’t need to run to the bathroom too frequently.  Remember after any type of weight loss surgery dehydration is much more common than too much fluid.  When in doubt, drink a little more.

Tips on Drinking Water

Drinking other liquids also provides  your body with a source of water, but note that diuretics cause your body to expel water.  Diuretics include caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea and soda) and alcohol.

When you feel thirsty, you are already partially dehydrated.  Try to avoid this situation by drinking in advance.  This is particularly true in the first few months after surgery….you never really want to get to the point where you feel thirsty.  Be especially careful when participating in activities where you won’t be able to stop to get caught up.

You have heard countless advertisements telling you what product to start your day with.  We recommend a couple of glasses of water to rehydrate  your body….No charge!

Karla Hamal RD

Support Group Meetings

Remaining Support Group Meetings for September are:

This Wednesday the 16th which is for any patient who has had gastric banding

Next Wednesday, the 23rd, for any patient who had surgery over one year ago.

Support Groups are at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC), located at 200 South Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ.  Support Groups start at 6 pm.

Free Informational Seminar

I will be having a free informational seminar this Wednesday (the 16th) at my Millburn office. This seminar is for anyone who is interested in finding out about bariatric surgery (open to the general public).  If you have anyone who would like some more information, please let them know.

The seminar is free and will be at my Millburn office (225 Millburn Ave, Suite 204) starting at 6:30 pm.

Well, that’s it for Karla’s mini-series on water.  If you have any questions, or nutritional topics, you would like Karla to address please email them to:  For those of you who sent in questions before, don’t fret, we still have them and will be using them in an upcoming edition.

Thanks for reading
Michael Bilof

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phone: (973) 218-1990

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