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Making your own electrolyte mix

Discussion in 'Problems Standing: Orthostatic Intolerance; POTS' started by Vincent, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. Vincent

    Vincent Senior Member

    Baltimore, Maryland USA
    Has anyone tried making their own? Right now I drink gatorade, and a TON of it. I would like to switch to something with little to no sugar. I actually can't drink just normal water, it makes me nauseous most of the time. If I add salt it's much easier. I have powdered magnesium and sea salt and want to know the ratio I should add things to the water.
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  2. SOC

    SOC Senior Member

  3. perchance dreamer

    perchance dreamer Senior Member

    I had to stop using the Electro-Mix. It worked great for my mild OI, but it made my teeth very sensitive even though I rinsed with plain water afterward. Now I'm using coconut water for electrolytes, but it doesn't work as well.
  4. health_seeker


    US Pacific North West
    Water by itself doesn't work very well for me in large quantaties either, especially during the day.
    So I drink a homemade lemonade to supplement my salt as I need several teaspoons a day in order to retain fluid and maintain my blood pressure. I enjoy the taste and it does the trick for me. This is what I do:
    1 16 oz glass seltzer, a teaspoon of sea salt, two table spoons lemon juice and anywhere between a half and a full teaspoon of liquid stevia. I've found there's a lot of difference in taste depending on the brand of Stevia I use. I like Stevita. A 3.3 oz bottle costs $7.20 and during the summer months when I'm having an average of three of these drinks a day it lasts about two weeks.
  5. Sparrow

    Sparrow Senior Member

    Someone mentioned once that Dr. Klimas was recommending Nuun tablets. I've used them and like them okay. The "regular" one is the best for me (not the all natural one, and not the all day one), as the others have traces of zinc, b vitamins, etc. and sometimes my body does not like that. It's got sorbitol in it as a sweetener, though.

    There was an article around here once that mentioned glucose potentially being an important part of optimal electrolyte absorption. But at least some seems to be absorbed fine without it, from my experience.

    There's another thread here somewhere with recipes for homemade Gookinaid or whatever Vitalyte used to be called (I've tried the Vitalyte powder and it's fine, but it has sugar). I believe it was 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp potassium chloride (you can get crystals where you buy supplements) to 2 cups of water. An herbal tea bag or something might be a good idea, since potassium tastes nasty. :) I don't think a splash of juice would hurt much either, just maybe skew the balance a bit towards the potassium side.

    For comparison purposes, my nuun drink has 172.5 mg sodium, 48.5 mg potassium, and 12.5 mg magnesium (so that's probably not a bad ratio).
  6. Allyson


    Australia, Melbourne
    Vincent there are heaps of post and the recipes for gookinaid on the Not Crazy ME website

    Basically though about 600 mils of water
    half to one teaspoon of salt to taste

    half a teaspoon of potassium powder - but fro iherb as a powder for about6 dollars ai thin now foods wasw th brand I got

    the trouble with gatorade is it is high in fructose so will exacerbate IBS which this home brew does not

    I think you can add sugar or glucose or d ribose to taste if you prefer a sweet taste

    also I find the vietnamese soup Pho to be great a san electolyte drink ...just let it coool first asn the heat causes abdominal vasidiilation which will exacerbqate OI POts EDS
  7. adreno

    adreno PR activist

    My favorite at the moment:

    Per liter of water:
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/4 teaspoon potassium citrate
    1/4 teaspoon magnesium citrate
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  8. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

    Would Potassium gluconate powder be OK to use in an electrolyte solution? That is what is available locally.

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