Saturday , 22 January 2022
Do I need to take Supplements with the BCIR?

Do I need to take Supplements with the BCIR?

So I’ve been asked a few times, “Do I need to take Supplements with the BCIR?”  Well from what I’ve heard, and from my own experiences, no you don’t need to take supplements once you have a BCIR.  Because you do lose your colon, there is a natural concern that you might be missing out on some valuable nutrient absorption.  Apparently vitamin K is/ was absorbed more-so in the large intestine, but I have not noticed any vitamin K deficiencies such as bruising easily.  A vitamin K supplement might be good to add, but as long as one is eating enough leafy greens, you’re probably getting enough.

What you do lose is alot of the healthy bacteria that grows in your colon.  To supplement this, many recommend adding some probiotics to their diet.  Again, I have not noticed any issues because I don’t take probiotics, but I’m sure my body would be healthier if I did.  I would however recommend taking probiotics if you are in the first few years with your BCIR.

Personally, I drink kombucha almost daily, as it is great for overall health and is comprised of this healthy bacteria.  I also take the normal supplements for general health, such as:  multivitamin, zinc, magnesium, turmeric, Vit-C, calcium, Vit-D, garlic, fish oil, and try to make a green smoothie often.

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o I've been asked a few times, "Do I need to take Supplements with the BCIR?"  Well from what I've heard, and from my own experiences, no you don't need to take supplements once you have a BCIR.  Because you do lose your colon, there is a natural concern that you might be missing out on some valuable nutrient absorption.  Apparently vitamin K is/ was absorbed more-so in the large intestine, but I have not noticed any vitamin K deficiencies such as bruising easily.  A vitamin K supplement might be good to add, but as long as one is eating…

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Jay is the author of the the BCIR Advocate blog and the book, "Colitis Be Gone." In 1998, I decided to have the BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir) surgery due to severe colitis. My day job is working in media and marketing, so I felt I had the tools to bring some exposure to BCIR and how it might help others. I actually get many emails about the BCIR, so I felt the blog could work as a better message board. Please note, I am not a doctor and have no medical background. Anything you read on this blog is based on my own experiences living with the BCIR. I may give advice based on my own experiences, but please consult your doctor before acting on anything you read on this site.