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justdoingmybest

507d

Hi! So I’m a newly diagnosed potsie and I know that sodium-heavy electrolyte drinks can help with symptoms. I recently bought liquid iv even though it was very pricy for me, and I’m not much of a fan. Can’t really tell a difference for sure yet, but the texture is kind of thick if that makes sense? I’m a big texture person so it makes it very hard to drink. Anybody have a brand they like that doesn’t give that texture and doesn’t taste completely horrible?

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    • Beetlejuul

      501d

      I prefer lmnt and drip drop to liquid iv. I started out with that brand but my father has lmnt in the house and I found drip drop at Walgreens. I’m always looking for other electrolyte drinks for new flavors. Drip drop and lmnt have flavors that are meant to be made hot, hot cocoa and hot cider are my faves.

    • Beetlejuul

      501d

      I prefer lmnt and drip drop to liquid iv. I started out with that brand but my father has lmnt in the house and I found drip drop at Walgreens. I’m always looking for other electrolyte drinks for new flavors. Drip drop and lmnt have flavors that are meant to be made hot, hot cocoa and hot cider are my faves.

    • princessbun

      502d

      V8 helps me the most, and the only electrolyte mix I get is Ultimata. It's the only one that doesn't have b6 added which has really messed with my sleep. In it is stevia instead of sugar so it's not "thick" as you describe. Also try Concentrace brand mineral drops (tastless) I just put about 20 drops in my 40oz distilled water and put extra salt in my food and it seems do the trick.

    • aquietmind

      503d

      I drink celery juice in the mornings instead and it's been way better than any of the powders/liquids I've tried if you're looking for a natural approach!

    • LynnKenzie

      503d

      Pedialite was a big help for me

    • Asg

      503d

      I like drip drop hydration! Flavors are very mild, it is on Amazon, and they are not too heavy on the sugar

    • E11iefant

      505d

      Fun fact: milk is the best electrolyte drink! If you aren’t lactose intolerant I’d definitely recommend drinking a few glasses a day! Liquid IV is super expensive, you’re better off just getting some pedialite. Also be sure to add salt to every meal you eat, carry some salt packs around with you if you plan on eating out!

    • RyeRyeBread

      505d

      I do not but am interested in the comments here ☺️😅 I couldn't stand LiquidIV because of the Splenda taste 🤢🤮 every other brand I've found that could compare all use splenda or a comparable, bad tasting artificial sweetener 😷

    • GreytDood

      505d

      I literally hate Liquid IV. I use propel and it is decent, has a sort of funky taste, I imagine the raspberry one is okay, but I hate raspberry so I can't tell you lmao

    • DieselWeasel

      505d

      Personally I don't think electrolytes in abundance are safe. Unless you are sweating them out quickly you do not need to replace them. Increasing your intake of sodium can help with POTS granted you have no underlying cardiac issues or restrictions. You can try drinking 16oz of water before getting out of bed. From there maintain 8oz an hour at minimum. As far as the sodium just add some pretzels to your diet.

      • RyeRyeBread

        505d

        @DieselWeasel electrolytes in abundance are good for POTS, as is a shitload of sodium lol In fact, i don't think there's ever been a case of a POTS patient having too much of either 😂 And for most people with POTS, I don't think a few pretzels is enough salt to make a reasonable difference. Drinking water is severely important 💧

    • TunaGoon

      507d

      I also like salt stick. Just be careful because some of it has caffeine which will make you feel worse.

    • lamajama

      507d

      my cardiologist suggested drinking v8 juice everyday, along with high fluids intake and electrolyte drinks for emergencies bc apparently one serving of v8 has 600mg of sodium which is a fast and relatively cheap option to easily increase sodium intake.

    • bridgiebee

      507d

      BTW SaltStick can be found relatively cheap in Amazon for multiple months worth.

    • bridgiebee

      507d

      Your wallet will dry out from 'hydrating drinks'. My Cardiologist recommended SaltStick. It is AMAZING. It is an over the counter electrolyte supplement. I use it daily when my pots gets bad. The CHEWABLES bro! The flavored chewables are a quick burst of electrolytes. They are good for when you start feeling symptoms. I keep a packet of the Mixed Berry flavor in my purse. With electrolyte drinks, Gatorade and BodyArmor are my favorites. BodyArmors can get pricey too, but at least they all taste good.

    • auroraven

      507d

      Hi there! I've been dealing with pots for quite a while and I happen to love the odd slippery/thick texture or electrolyte drinks but I have also looked into a lot of other ways to get the electrolytes in a cheaper and more travel friendly method. First off I'd like to point out as you may already know that for many people simply increasing their fluid intake alone makes a huge difference and many people assume the improvement they see from drinking sports drinks is the electrolytes when it is often just increasing fluids. If you find you do need the additional electrolytes there are definitely many options. Out of all the drinks Powerade is the best imo for pots due to it's mix and I find it to be regularly the cheapest available. I also buy Gatorade sometimes as well due to availability of the zero sugar option mostly (comorbid prediabetes I'm managing as well). There are also electrolyte drops and tablets (although usually the tabs are mostly salt) that you can take as well. For me I also take a multivitamin with added minerals and I always have my personal salt shaker or salt packets in my purse. No shame! 😂 My DMS are always open.

    • Officialishness

      507d

      I like Kinderlyte bc it’s affordable and tastes good Most of the electrolyte drinks will feel thicker though, I believe bc the sugar content(??) you can fix this by diluting it more than what’s on the package instructions. For example I have to drink around a gallon a day - so I use one Kinderlyte stick (the advanced berry flavored one) and one “TriOral” unflavored packet (similar to NormaLyte) and it tastes decent and the texture is alright. Plus it comes out to around 3g of salt depending on how much of each packet I use. That’s just what’s worked for me so far

    • MooPigeon

      507d

      I’m picky too. I didn’t find liquid IV to be very thick, but I didn’t particularly like the flavor. I think the strawberry was the least offensive for me. You could always dilute it with more water than recommended! I ended up going with Gatorade. It does seem to help me, and I love the flavors, but it is more sugar. You can also look into buffered salt sticks if you want to help with sodium intake; or increase broth consumption through soups/ramen. Best of luck!

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