Hydration & POTS

💧💦 Let’s talk hydration!! I was diagnosed with POTS in Phoenix, AZ. That one sentence should tell you that I’m a hydration aficionado🤣 So here is (in my opinion) the easiest and best way to stay hydrated with supplements!

Image of Sodium tablets and electrolyte drops

1: Electrolyte Drops!

In my opinion, everyone should take electrolytes!! Especially if you’re athletic, have POTS, or live in a hot climate (helllllooo AZ friends!). 

You can get electrolytes in lots of different ways. Most stores sell a variant of electrolyte drink in their sports section, but I haven’t found a powder or drink mix that I like. I also have to take into account diet restrictions and calorie intake, and drink mixes get complicated. Instead, I order these EM drops (electrolyte mineral drops) from Amazon. They don’t taste like anything! They’re super small and portable so I can bring it to class, work, or going out. I just add 8 drops every time I fill up my hydro!

You might be thinking “I’m a normal person and I just drink water” but WAIT UNTIL YOU TRY THIS! I didn’t even realize I was dehydrated until I incorporated this into my diet. You’ll probably be the same!

2: Sodium Tablets! 

This one definitely doesn’t apply to everyone. Most POTS patients need a lot of sodium, and this is the best way for me to incorporate it into my diet (other than grabbing a McDonalds 😆 ). 

I order these Sodium tablets from Amazon and I add 5-10 tablets to a Gatorade bottle once a day. This is an average-to-high dose for someone with POTS, but you should talk to your doctor about how much sodium is best for you.

I’m not going to lie to you, salty Gatorade isn’t very good, but I promise if you start slowly (like one tablet) and build up, you’ll get used to it and it won’t taste too bad! 

So why do POTS patients need so much hydration?

One of the biggest issues with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) is a rise in pulse and a drop in blood pressure when the patient stands. This leads to dizziness, fainting, weakness, and more. Increasing water intake will help anyone stand longer because it decreases standing heart rate and increases standing blood pressure. It also decreases the likelihood of anyone (healthy or not) fainting due to extended standing. That’s part of why it is so important to be hydrated for anything you’ll be standing for (DMV, Disneyland, performances, etc). Hydration is incredible for your heart and blood pressure.

POTS patients also have issues with circulation. With POTS, your blood pools in your legs and feet. Increasing sodium intake is helpful because the more sodium you have in your body, the more volume there is to circulate, and more volume means more circulation. Increasing the body’s ability to circulate can work wonders for POTS patients.

Thanks for reading, and welcome to hydration nation! 💦

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