I’ve said it before – and it appears I’m about to say it again:
No. They don’t count in your hydration needs!
“They?” you ask?
“They,” I respond, “fluids sweetened with artificial sweeteners.”
If you’re a DS post-op past the 6 month post-op mark you need nearly a gallon of non-sweetened (no artificially sweetened and no regularly sweetened) fluids daily.
Because more than half of your GI system is now excluded from ingested fluids. You have to work harder to be adequately hydrated.
Why does it matter?
Because chronic dehydration can seriously mess you up.
Because kidney stones suck.
Because you want to lose your weight and keep it off.
Because you want your labs to be optimal.
Because you want all of the vitamins and supplements you work so diligently to take to be used optimally.
Because you don’t want to pass out and take a little ride in the ambulance to the hospital for IV hydration.
Because you want to live your life and enjoy it and the new found health, activity, and vitality that your post-DS life affords.
So, repeat after me…. “Artificial sweeteners are NOT my friend….”
And you know me… I’m gonna throw in – “…and neither is carbonation!”
Now go get a nice tall glass of iced tea!