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Five Ways To Hydration This October

 

October is Dysautonomia Awareness Month


It's time to #MakeNoiseForTurquoise

In fact, On October the first, Dysautonomia International hosted a Celebration on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to mark the beginning of Dysautonomia Awareness Month, and they lit the falls a beautiful shade of turquoise.

So in honor of this beautiful month of October, I thought I'd write a Dysautonomia themed post.


My form of Dysautonomia is POTS.

Yanno, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.  Duh.

Anyhoo, for many of us with POTS, hydration is a way of life.  

When we think POTS, we think salt and water, and awful compression tights, and a whole lot of fainting.  

 

Before I get into my hydration tips, PLEASE understand that I am not now, nor have I ever been a doctor.  I am not qualified to give medical advice.  What follows is simply my experience as someone with Dysautonomia, and what I have heard from other people with Dysautonomia.  PLEASE, discuss all treatments with your doctor before beginning or changing them. Again, I am not a doctor.

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Here Are My Top 5 Favorite Ways To Hydrate During Dysautonomia Awareness Month

1. Gatorade

Maybe the most obvious and most popular choice for hydration. 

Gatorade is full of sugar and delicious.

It certainly works as a means of hydrating and it is so much tastier than salt water.

It's also much easier on my tummy than salt tablets, although it is full of sugar which some studies have shown may worsen POTS symptoms.

2. Nuun

For a less sugary option I look to Nuun Hydration Electrolyte Drink Tablets.

These tablets dissolve and fizz in water like Alka-Seltzer.

You're supposed to dissolve them in a large amount of water, but I don't like how they taste or how they make my stomach feel in a lot of water, so I dissolve them in half a bottle of water and then drink more water after that.

I don't know if that is advisable (I'm not a doctor) but, that is what I do.

They make me feel ok especially on hot days, and I can tolerate the taste.

Thumbs up.

3. Salt Tabs

These are hard on my stomach, and I have to be careful to drink a lot of water with them, but they are very helpful in controlling my symptoms, especially on hot days.

I notice a decrease in my dizziness and fatigue as well as an increase in my ability to tolerate activity.

I use Thermotabs because they are reasonably priced and easy to find.

4. Smart Water

It makes you smart, right?

The amount of electrolytes added to smartwater are not incredibly meaningful to someone with POTS, but I figure I can use all the help I can get.

Even if it is not enough to make a huge change, I have to drink a lot of water, so it can't hurt to drink water with a little extra kick.

If nothing else, I get a placebo effect from smartwater, and I'm ok with that.

5. Banana Bag

Ok, so I am not affiliated with BananaBag Oral Solution in any way and I am not making any money or any commission off of this.  However, I have also not tried this product.

BananaBag makes my list for two reasons.

One, they took the solution emergency rooms use in IVs to treat dehydration and vitamin deficiency and made it into something you can drink at home (or on the go).

Secondly, through the month of October (Dysautonomia Awareness Month) they are donating 100% of their proceeds to The Dysautonomia Advocacy Foundation AND offering a 25% discount with code BBDAF25.

So, I think we should all try this product this October!




I hope these tips keep you or someone you love well hydrated this October.

Remember to wear your turquoise!!



 Are you Celebrating Dysautonomia Awareness Month?  What are you plans?  Do you have POTS too, or another type of Dysautonomia?  How do you usually hydrate?  Do you think it helps?

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!! And as always, if you enjoyed this post, please share it :)


Wishing You Healing Hugs And Hope,



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