I swear the summer is never ending.
"Don't wish away my summer!" I can hear the naysayers now. Sit down, Susan, I know you love the heat. But, if you suffered from a chronic illness then you would understand. The summer is too damned hot.
POTS and the Summer Heat
I have POTS, or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. The summer heat can be a challenge no matter how well I'm managing my hydration levels. My body is working harder to maintain my blood pressure and the heat is not helping.
Here's what I've learned: It's important to stay hydrated, especially when you're going to be spending time outdoors.
Oral Rehydration Salts and POTS
ORS, or oral rehydration salts, can be a lifesaver for people with POTS. ORS is a powder that you mix with water to create a solution that contains electrolytes. They are considered a medical grade electrolyte. Electrolytes are minerals that help your body function properly, and they can be lost through sweat. When you're sweating a lot, it's important to replace these electrolytes to prevent dehydration.
Oral rehydration salts, like NormaLyte, have been clinically proven to manage symptoms of POTS.
NormaLyte is a great way to get both fluids and electrolytes. It's easy to drink, and it's portable, so you can take it with you wherever you go. If you're going to be spending time outdoors in the summer heat, be sure to pack NormaLyte. It could be the difference between feeling normal or feeling miserable.
Beat Summer Heat When You Have POTS:
- Drink NormaLyte throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty.
- If NormaLyte is too salty tasting (everyone's taste buds are different) then add more water to the solution.
- Keep NormaLyte on hand. This is especially true when you are exercising or working outdoors.
- If you are experiencing any symptoms of dehydration, drink a full 16.9oz bottle of water mixed with NormaLyte immediately.
Doing this will allow you to feel your best and enjoy the summer weather.
Staying Hydrated During the Summer
The summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also be a difficult time for potsies who struggle with hydration levels even in the most mild temperatures. When the weather is hot and humid, we sweat more, which can lead to fluid loss. If we don't replace the fluids we lose, we can become dehydrated.
Be aware of the symptoms of dehydration which can be similar to POTS symptoms. Dehydration can cause:
- Muscle cramps
In severe cases, dehydration can even be life-threatening.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of dehydration drink an ORS immediately. Consult your physician if you're not sure how many Normalyte's you should consume in a day. They can help you find the best option for you.
How do you stay cool in the summer heat? Share your hacks in the comments below.