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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!!
 

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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.
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.

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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

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I have this one:

Half a cup of welch's purple grape juice
Half a cup of filtered water
quarter a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of lo-salt.

It's given on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, no food for half an hour
 

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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
 

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

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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
Fern,

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

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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!
 
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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.

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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.
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!
 

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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:
 

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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!!
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...
 

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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!!
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!