What are they:Electrolytes/Hydration Salts.
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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