Electrolytes & Hydration Salts ~ Treatments

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What are they:Electrolytes/Hydration Salts.

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Why take them: The idea behind drinking electrolytes when you have CFS/ME is to raise the level of salts in your body. This is supposed to improve the ability of your blood to carry oxygen and hopefully reverse the effects of low blood volume and orthostatic intolerance (ie. The feeling that you will faint after you stand up to quickly and one of the reasons that sitting and lying down immediately feels so much better than standing).

How Much to Have: One recommendation is to drink 1 litre of electrolytes each day on an empty stomach.

My Experience: (4/5/10) I have recently begun drinking 60 grams of Aquaforce electrolytes in 1 litre of filtered water throughout the day. I am doing this to see whether it will help reduce the effect of having a drop in blood pressure when I stand up, and allow to me to feel as good moving around as I do lying down. It also contains some glucose (a sugar) which allows me to boost my blood sugar when I feel like it. Plus its pretty tasty. Plus I feel like a professional athlete.

(9/9/11) Still using Aquaforce electrolytes every now and again. It hasn’t gotten rid of the orthostatic intolerance but can proves useful, especially before and after saunas and also on the rare occasion I do some cardio based exercise. I’ve been leaning heavily towards the natural end of the scale lately and so the electrolytes have been coming across as a little manufactured. Still tasty though. And more importantly they still make me feel like a professional athlete.

Links: Here’s a link to a useful post on Phoenix Rising containing some different home recipes and suggestions for some products that contain less sugar.

 

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Where to Next?

Electrolytes are perfect after a session in the Far Infrared Sauna.

And best enjoyed in pure filtered water.

4 Responses to Electrolytes & Hydration Salts ~ Treatments
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  2. Macca
    December 20, 2012 | 1:36 am

    Hi Joe

    Long time reader, first time commenter. Your website is great, full of interesting info and comments. I was diagnosed with CFS in Nov 2011, after getting sick in Aug 2011. In Aug 2012 I did a tilt table test (with cardiologist in Brisbane) to confirm that I had Orthostatic Intolerance and that led me to being diagnosed with dysautonomia. Specialist has prescribed Florinef for Orthostatic Intolerance and I upped my fluid and salt in-take. Florinef made me feel much better in terms of dizziness and energy levels. I’ve also been prescribed Mestinon, but haven’t tried that yet. I would recommend anyone with CFS try a tilt table test as it’s pretty definitive and can lead to treatment options for symtoms.

    • Joe
      January 13, 2013 | 9:37 am

      Thanks for the kind words mate! Appreciate it.
      I’ve heard from a few people now that tilt table tests led to progress in their recovery. Gotta love a prescription to eat salt as well hey?
      Keep us posted on other developments that unfold for you.

  3. Macca
    January 6, 2013 | 10:11 pm

    A quick update on my earlier post, have now tried Mestinon and found it useful in improving OI, sluggish bowel, and also helps with fatigue and surprisingly also with sleep. I am taking 60mg twice a day. It has a few side effects, but not too bad so far (3 days) and I have been really sensitive to other drugs I have tried since I got sick.

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Welcome! I'm Joe and my vision is to empower people with the knowledge they need to take control of their health. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) in 2003 and recently added Lyme disease to that diagnosis in 2012. I'm on a path to recovery and I invite you to join me..... P.S. It's best to never take anything I say too seriously. In fact I reckon it's best to never take anything too seriously!