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electrolyte drinks

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by leaves, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. leaves

    leaves Senior Member

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    Im my last visit Dr Klimas recommended me to take electrolyte drinks to increase blood volume, as PWC have low blood volume, and I also have hypotension.
    So these can be expensive but i found a jummy recipe I'd like to share:

    -2 cups young coconut water (e.g. vitacoco) for potassium and glucose
    -3-1/3 cup water (to make one quart
    -bicarbonate teaspoon ( baking soda)
    -1/4 teaspoon salt

    Enjoy!!
     
  2. Sushi

    Sushi Senior Member Albuquerque

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    Hey Leaves,

    That sounds great!

    But, if you don't have the ingredients on hand and need a potent "quick fix," generic, unflavored Pedialite (CVS & Walgreens) is a wonder. It has saved me when I could only crawl to the fridge, so I keep a liter on hand.

    Sushi
     
  3. flybro

    flybro Senior Member

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    I live inthe UK and am wondering if aby one knows of one of these drinks,

    2 cups young coconut water (e.g. vitacoco is there a UK equivelent of this) for potassium and glucose
    -3-1/3 cup water (to make one quart
    -bicarbonate teaspoon ( baking soda)
    -1/4 teaspoon salt

    better still is there a UK equvelant of this ' generic, unflavored Pedialite (CVS & Walgreens)

    Cheers
     
  4. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    This is interesting - does anyone have any UK suggestions for electrolyte drinks? I also have to try and up my blood volume.
     
  5. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    When I've looked for electrolyte drinks, they all had sugar in them. Are there ones without sugar? Even a box of coconut water seemed to be high. I would like to find a source that would work while fighting candida.
     
  6. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    Yes! Gracenote try looking for Knudson's Recharge. It's all natural from fruit juice and its electrolyte balanced. A natural food store could order it for you. ~Fern
     
  7. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    Emergen-C Lite has very low fructose--I think 7 grams. That's what I use in combo with some magnesium.
     
  8. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    Thanks Fern. I just looked it up. Eight ounces of Knudsen's Recharge has 17g of sugar. (I do cheat a little, but I save my cheating for dark chocolate!)

    Thanks Dreambirdie. I'll check out Emergen-C Lite.
     
  9. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    5 calories with 1 gram of sugar--even better than I thought! I drink 2 at a time.
     
  10. natasa778

    natasa778 Senior Member

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    I have this one:

     
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    natasa778 Senior Member

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  12. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    gracenote:
    That's odd, it didn't used to have sugar. There are many different flavors so it may be that some do and some don't. I used to get the "tropical" flavor. I don't have any around right now so I can't check, but I'd assume the sugar listed might just be the natural fruit juice sugars? ~Fern
     
  13. leaves

    leaves Senior Member

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    Watch out when you make it yourself: there has to be potassium in it, hence the coconut juice...
     
  14. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    Fern,

    It's not added sugar, I'm sure. But I have to watch the fruit I eat.
     
  15. Sunday

    Sunday Senior Member

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    Thanks for all these good suggestions. I used to be a fan of Alacer Emergen-C for this, though as someone pointed out the sweeteners weren't so great. Still, an excellent quick fix for electrolytes (and, in healthier times, an excellent cold-preventer, not only for me but for most of the people I recommended it to. By healthier times, I mean, I'm one of those whose immune system just kind of stopped reacting). I mostly stopped using it because of the expense.

    I have used just plain coconut water/juice for electrolytes and it seems effective. I'll be interested to try the other ones here. You've all really reminded me how important it is for my energy level to keep up on this. Thanks!
     
  16. _Kim_

    _Kim_ Guest

    How timely that this recipe showed up. Just today, I was telling someone about my love of young coconuts. I used to be a young coconut fanatic, but the Asian grocery store in my neighborhood closed down and that was the only place around to get them.

    A few years ago, I went into remission and one of the things that did it was a homemade electrolyte drink.

    1 quart H20
    liquid potassium
    liquid calcium/magnesium
    sea salt
    juice of limes
    pomegranate extract

    The other thing that helped was eating fried eggs atop cooked young dandelion greens that I gathered fresh from my lawn and sauteed with sweet onions in coconut oil.

    5Young%20coconut..jpg
     
  17. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Great thread, this! Thanks for starting it, leaves. Does anyone have a link to some basic info about the principles about electrolyte drinks & blood volume etc.? I'd like something I can show to my doctor. I have orthostatic intolerance and need to increase my salt load but want to do it under his supervision (generally advised, I think, in case blood pressure goes up too much). I also want to understand what I'm talking about when I'm with him!
     
  18. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    I found this site talking about electrolyte drinks for people with CFS. One of the things mentioned is:

    "Why electrolytes? Electrolytes are salts. FMS/CFS [Fibromyalgia Syndrome/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome] patients are often low in salt and often that lucky part of the population that can enjoy a high salt diet. Your physician can perform electrolyte testing to make sure you are in this percentage group. If you are, electrolyte drinks will
    Improve the oxygen carrying capacity of your blood and
    Give you relief from fatigue and muscle pain."
    And another is:

    Recommendations:
    Note: Please read the section Nutrition: Water: Too Much Water before deciding to try the recommendation below.
    Also, you may want to consider that most rehydration drinks alone are not commonly considered to be an ideal breakfast. Most people recommend consuming a breakfast that contains complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber.

    Drinking Electrolyte Liquids, Treating Orthostatic Intolerance:
    "To counteract the symptoms of low blood volume many CFS/FMS specialists including: Cheney, Bell, and Streeten, recommend drinking one quart (950 ml or 32 US fluid ounces) of an electrolyte solution [e.g Gatorade] daily on an empty stomach.
    There are more medications to treat orthostatic intolerance, but if drinking electrolyte liquids help part of the problem, it is a subject worth exploring with your physician."​

    Is electrolyte testing a pretty routine thing? If I go to my doctor and ask for it, will he think I'm a nutter?

    Is a litre of electrolyte drink first thing really a good recommendation? It seems a heck of a lot (I don't think I could drink a litre of anything straight off).

    I'd like to find some info written by a doctor for other doctors if possible, or by a CFS specialist for patients, so that I can show my doctor something that he'll find credible.

    Aagh, so many things to learn about!:confused:
     
  19. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    I just got some coconut water to try and took about 250ml and found it made me thirsty. I took another 250ml about an hour later and now I've got a headache. Should I have been drinking loads of water with it?

    I've just read your recipe, leaves, and I didn't add the baking soda or salt either. Just rushed in...
     
  20. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    I'm just about to try this and was trying to do the metric conversion. 1 cup = 250 ml and 1 quart = 4 cups = 1 litre. So with 2 cups of coconut water, doesn't it need 2 more cups of water to make up a quart, not 3.3? Maybe I am misreading something!
     

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