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I just stumbled across this product on the dinet website, under 'Information Resources'. I looked it over, read what people had to say in the testimony section, and then bought a few of these drink packets online through their website.

I have to say...I am excited to try these. It looks like a great ratio of sodium to potassium, with VERY LITTLE sugar.

As I read, I realized that I had completely forgotten that drinking plain water wasn't going to get me very far in the constant challenge people with POTS have in keeping hydrated. It is one of my toughest challenges, and perhaps this is why I am a forever in the washroom voiding out everything I drink almost instantly. And then the cycle of dehydration begins all over again. Every hour, every day.

I had forgotten that electrolytes will play an important role in keeping fluid in the system.

Has anyone else tried this product? Anyone have any thoughts on it? My only question is about the super high levels of B vitamins in it. Anyone turn yellow/orange? I know when I supplemented with b vitamins awhile back, I had to cut back the strength of the vitamin I was taking because I turned orange :o

At any rate, I think I will end up being very  grateful to this company for making this product. Can't wait to try it!

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I got my shipment last week and I have yet to drink an entire packet. I was apprehensive about the B vitamins as I lean towards HYPER-POTS so stimulants, including B vitamins, can make me feel bad. I wanted to just drink a little bit at a time and see how I felt. I am struggling with the taste! It’s like smelling the inside of a multivitamin bottle every time you drink a sip! I plan on mixing it with some Pedialyte and trying that. I’ll post again if I can get an entire one down! 

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I, too, forgot about the importance of electrolytes, and having a little sugar in the electrolyte water (but not as much as Gatorade includes). 

Two weeks ago I had gotten severely run down and dragged out, to the point that I was getting worried that my POTS was getting worse.  Then on impulse, on the way from work to an event I was determined to attend, I bought and drank a liter of Pedialyte.  Boy did that help!  I felt halfway better on minutes.  That was last Friday. 

Since then I have been mixing up my own using juice (enough for 80 grams of carbs or less), 1 tsp regular salt, and 2 tsp low sodium salt, then enough water to make 1 gallon.  I drink 2 quarts of that over the day every day.  Over the week I have been gradually feeling so much better.

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Funny you say that Lily....just this morning I started adding salt to my club soda/juice that I drink throughout the day...and I've been holding on to my fluids SO much better. My tongue is no longer dry as a  bone and my trips to the bathroom have been cut drastically...I think I can count 5 trips today, whereas, yesterday and every other day it would have been 15 by days' end. Amazing. My systolic blood pressure at day's end wasn't even affected...it was 118!

I think the big question to research though...is how much salt to add to my drinks every day? I've been very liberal with adding it to food since being diagnosed with POTS a year ago, but evidently, that's not enough. If I add a few tsp a day to my drinking water too -- hopefully I'm not going overboard! I feel better though :)

 

 

 

 

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It's good to talk to your doctor about how much salt to use.  I have definitely used too much at times in the past (according to my doctor).  Too much salt can cause your kidneys to waste potassium (according to my dr).  If you are already someone who tends to waste potassium (I am --and my specialist says some people are more prone to this) it's important not to overdo salt, as it could actually worsen symptoms (eg heart palpitations).  Where that line is tho may be a little different for each person.  And regardless you may want to also make sure you are eating potassium rich foods.

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  • 7 months later...

I have tried Banana Bag as well, and didn't really notice any positive effects and it's pretty expensive. I agree it doesn't taste very good, like vitamins. I usually stick to a homemade hydration drink (almost the same recipe as Lily gave above). It gets the right electrolyte and sugar ratios and actually tastes decent. 

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