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POTS Treatment / Salt Tabs & Electrolyte Powder

Discussion in 'Problems Standing: Orthostatic Intolerance; POTS' started by Dakota15, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Dakota15

    Dakota15

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    Hey PR - I just had a quick question.

    My CFS/ME Specialist advised me to take Metoprolol for POTS and also suggested to increase my salt intake to 2-4 grams a day with increased fluids. Specifically she suggested for me to add in electrolyte powder or to add in salt tablets.

    Does anyone have any experience with using electrolyte powder or salt tablets? Just looking for any recommended brands or such.

    Thanks so much for any help!

    Best,

    Dakota
     
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    robinhood12345 Senior Member

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    Sodium, and potassium exist in balance so if one is taking in more sodium taking in more potassium is a good idea also. Potassium chloride is sold at shops or online. For POTS there is studies showing choline helps.
     
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    I’ve found Nuun tablets to be the best for my needs, they dissolve in water and were reccommended by my POTS consultant who said some of his other patients rated them. Hope this helps!
     
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    I use electral powder. I found it better than salt alone as glucose helps in absorption of sodium. Plus you get potassium also.
     
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  5. Sushi

    Sushi Moderation Resource Albuquerque

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    Most doctors who treat POTS recommend added salt, fluids and electrolytes. I didn't tolerate salt tablets but I do tolerate sprinkling a high quality sea salt on food generously. I use ElectroMix electrolyte powder though there are other good ones too.
     
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    For pots which needs a lot of sodium: 500 sodium from 1270 sodium chloride/100 potassium citrate per 2 caps but is buffered also.
    https://www.amazon.com/SaltStick-Vitassium-Buffered-Electrolyte-Supplement/dp/B01MQWGTUO/

    Adrenal Cocktail: 2-3 times a day... 3 oz Orange Juice, 3 oz Coconut Water, 1/4 tsp Himala Salt (Himalayan Sea Salt), 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar (Potassium).. About 550mg sodium per 1/4 tsp, 500 mg potassium, plus several electrolytes in the coconut water, and whole vitamin c for the adrenals. You can adjust the sodium as well for pots.

    Plantation Blackstrap Molasses - 1 tbsp has 600mg potassium, has calcium,mag and others....

    Dr Berg Electrolyte Powder: 1 scoop in 16oz water has 1,000mg Potassium Citrate plus trace minerals and some other electrolytes. This form will digest well even with low stomach acid. Many use potassium bicarbonate which is 45% potassium of the amt it has, plus doesnt digest well without stomach acid. RDA is 4,700

    Potassium wont enter cell without mag... Bioschwartz Magnesium Bisglycinate has 200mg per tiny capsule and very absorbable even with low stomach acid. Magnesium Chloride Oil (topical) will get mag into you when gut is poor. If your really low, Boiron Magnesia Phosphorica 30c starts working in minutes on symptoms and helps kickstart your system. I needed it after exhaustion to restart things with mag.

    Betaine HCL to help digest meals and increase stomach acid to help absorption.
    Boron 6mg - Boron is needed to prevent mag wasting, and its also a needed cofactor for ceruloplasmin for copper.
     
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  7. keenly

    keenly Senior Member

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    What is causing the POTS in the first place?
     
  8. datadragon

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    Santa Claus didnt like that I was making so many of the NICE girls end up on the naughty list so much after my divorce and it threw the ratios out of whack. He needed to put me out of action for a bit to restore them. Just my theory lol. ;)

    One good overview of some of it:
    https://mybiohack.com/blog/postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome-pots-intolerance
    My Nitric Oxide booster is: L-Arginine 1.7-3g + Vitacost pine bark extract or pycnogenol 100.

    The root cause to me seems to all be related to adrenal function and the magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium that regulate that. Stressors on the body ongoing will throw all of that out of whack, as would mercury or excess copper which inhibits NO and also metals can accumulate from the stressors. Sodium and Potassium for example need Mag to activate the atp pumps.
     
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    A significant part of POTS patients are suspected to have autoimmunity (source). Autonomic neuropathy is also very common in POTS, which may directly cause many of the symptoms. Nitric oxide boosters never gave any permanent improvement for me, they were of mild help for a couple of days and then stopped working.
     
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    Are you going post these risible theories that every medical condition is caused mineral deficiencies all over this forum? The idea that you can explain all medical conditions in terms of mineral deficiency theories is quackery.
     
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    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24366986

    Abstract
    OBJECTIVE:
    Vitamin B12 is involved in the production of adrenaline from noradrenaline. It is the cofactor involved in catecholamine degradation and plays a role in myelin synthesis. The current study aimed to investigate the association between vitamin B12 levels and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) during adolescence when accelerated myelin synthesis increases the vitamin B12 need.

    METHODS:
    One hundred twenty-five patients (mean age 11.1 ± 2.3 years; 60% female) reporting short-term loss of consciousness and diagnosed with vasovagal syncope based on anamnesis with a normal distribution and 50 control subjects (mean age 10.94 ± 2.5 years, 62% female) were included in this study. Serum vitamin B12, folic acid, and ferritin levels were measured prospectively in addition to other tests. We defined vitamin B12 deficiency as a serum level <300 pg/mL.(1-4) RESULTS: Vitamin B12 levels were significantly lower in the patient group compared with the control group (47.2% vs 18%, P < .001). In the patient group, children with the POTS pattern had significantly lower vitamin B12 levels compared with children without the POTS response (P = .03).

    CONCLUSIONS:
    Vitamin B12 deficiency in patients with POTS may lead to sympathetic nervous system baroreceptor dysfunction.
     
  12. Sushi

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    Quote from the opening post which "defines" the subject of the thread.
    What does this have to do with using electrolyte powder and salt in POTS patients?
     

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