Hey there, spoonies! Let's about POTS, or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. If you've never heard of it, POTS is a condition that affects the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for things like heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. People with POTS have an abnormally fast heart rate when they stand up, which can lead to a number of other symptoms, including dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, and brain fog.
POTS is a chronic condition, but there are things you can do to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Here are a few tips:
- Stay hydrated. This is one of the most important things you can do for your POTS. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, especially water. Bonus points if the water is filled with medical grade electrolytes like NormaLyte
- Eat a high-salt diet. Salt helps to keep your blood volume up, which can help to prevent your heart rate from going too high when you stand up. NormaLyte is a great way to keep you salt intake higher. Our PURE formulation has 862mg of sodium in each stick!
- Get regular exercise. Look, I know this isn't popular, but the fact remains that it really does make a huge difference in how you will feel. People with POTS often get deconditioned because of lack of exercise which can lead to worsening symptoms. Or worse, flares. Exercise can help to improve your cardiovascular health and reduce your POTS symptoms. Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.
- Take medications. There are a number of medications that can help to improve POTS symptoms. Talk to your doctor about which medications might be right for you.
Living with POTS can be challenging, but it's important to remember that you're not alone. There are many people who are living with POTS and thriving. There are also a number of resources available to help you, including support groups, online forums, and medical professionals who specialize in POTS.
So don't give up! With the right treatment and support, you can live a full and happy life with POTS.
Ways you know you're living with POTS:
- You know you have POTS when you get dizzy just standing up to turn off the light.
- You've mastered the art of the "POTS shuffle" - that slow, deliberate walk you do to avoid getting dizzy.
- You've learned to carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go, just in case you start to feel dehydrated.
- You've become an expert at explaining your condition to people who don't understand it.
- You've found a sense of humor about your condition, and you're able to laugh at yourself.
Living with POTS can be tough, but it's important to remember that there's always hope. With the right treatment and support, you can live a full and happy life.