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I have seen both to and not to drink gatorade. What have ya'll been told or found to be true? What do the specialists say in regards to this?

Also, does anyone have a favorite electrolyte/protein drink... I have tried some, but I am not sure that I have found the right one yet.

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For me for my situation, GATORADE. I don't have to drink a lot, just a few glasses throughout the day.

Recommended by my ANS doc and most all the specialist my autonomic buddies of many years were told.

It's the BALANCE of carbs, sodium and potassium, ratio of those three, that helps most to RETAIN the fluid.

But I still need the anti diuretic hormone DDAVP as well.

As a former hater of gatorade, I have LEARNED to like it but am picky about which flavors. Some are really gross. I now use the orange powdered kind and mix it myself

The orange bottles can vary too much from bottle to bottle..with all the flavors, I think they mix up the lines or something.

anyway, this is way more info than you needed.

:)

I also do well with a protein snack or good amount of protein with my meal of the day, and carefully watch the glycemic index.

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I find that Gatorade does help me,water just goes right through me.I was never a Gatorade fan,but since having POTS,I have learned to tolerate it.The only flavor I drink is the punch.Basically all I drink is water and Gatorade. Pat

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I just test-drove "Riptide Rush" Gatorade today. It's one of those "Frost" flavors. It's grape but really subtle. I like it!

I don't drink it a lot. I don't want to add too many calories, so normally I stick to water and unsweetened iced tea.

Amy

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Gatorade is really difficult to find here in the UK but we do have Lucozade Sport (I like the raspberry flavour). I keep this for when I am doing something physically strenuous or having a really bad POTS day - too easy to put on weight from all the sugar.

Hydration wise I mostly drink dilute blackcurrant squash but I have recently "discovered" fruit teas and love to drink "Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower tea" it is a refreshing combination. Can be drunk warm for a nice snug feeling but is equally nice cool or cold with ice in.

Most of the time I put ice cubes in my cold drinks as this really seems to make me feel better - I think the cold is supposed to divert the blood away from the digestive tract into the general circulation.

I avoid coffee and cola drinks unless I am really tired and need caffine to stay awake at work. The caffine doesn't make me tachy but those types of drink tend to dehydrate me.

Flop

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I drink Gatorade and water all day. I buy the Gatorade powder to use at home. It's cheaper, plus it allows me to put in the amount that I want. When I go out I always have Propel packets in my purse to add to my water if necessary. The Strawberry-Kiwi and Lemon flavors are my favorites.

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Hey, just wanted to weigh in . . .

My autonomic specialist in Birmingham told me to avoid gatorade because of the sugar - weight gain and increased heart rate.

She prefers Propel for these reasons.

I take propel powder everywhere.

I like the grape flavor best, although I was just gifted 360 packets of strawberry kiwi. Hope I like that flavor!

About all I drink is propel and water.

Dari

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For me for my situation, GATORADE. I don't have to drink a lot, just a few glasses throughout the day.

Recommended by my ANS doc and most all the specialist my autonomic buddies of many years were told.

It's the BALANCE of carbs, sodium and potassium, ratio of those three, that helps most to RETAIN the fluid.

But I still need the anti diuretic hormone DDAVP as well.

As a former hater of gatorade, I have LEARNED to like it but am picky about which flavors. Some are really gross. I now use the orange powdered kind and mix it myself

The orange bottles can vary too much from bottle to bottle..with all the flavors, I think they mix up the lines or something.

anyway, this is way more info than you needed.

:)

I also do well with a protein snack or good amount of protein with my meal of the day, and carefully watch the glycemic index.

How do you know how much? I am wondering that for others who take Gatorade also. Is it something that you just add or do you get blood tests and then add according to that?

Also I have never heard of the anti diuretic hormone DDAVP..is that to keep you from peeing too much?

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Yes the DDAVP helps me from peeing too much.

Florinef never did a THING...nor did lots of salt or even salt tablets (though the latter are not recommended as they can dissolve quickly along the GI tract and cause problems with burning)

DDAVP is only SOMETIMES mentioned over the years but for those of us who pee out water as it is INDEED a DIURETIC for some of us, DDAVP is critical med.

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In response to the "how much" question. . . I play it by ear. If my symptoms are OK, then I assume I'm getting enough. If symptoms increase I decrease water and increase propel. however, just this week I had to start florinef which neccessitated a blood check of my potassium which was low so now I have florinef and potassium . .. we'll see how it goes. The doc has said to err on the side of propel. I'm not going to get too much according to her.

However, Gatorade has way more sodium so that could be different.

I just drink according to how I feel.

No science here, really!

Dari

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My EP told me to drink Gatorade and 3 small cans of tomato/V8 juice every day (as part of trying to get 1.5 gallons of fluid a day). I tried Gatorade. We have so many different flavors because my daughter loves it. To me, it left an unpleasant aftertaste. I tried Propel because I was looking for a non-sugarfree, no caffeine, sodium and electrolyte added water. I was tired of just drinking plain old water after six straight months. My favorite Propel flavors are Grape and Lemon. I don't go anywhere without my Propel bottle. And I keep packets for the water bottles in my desk at work, and in my purse. That way I never have to go without. It makes it easier to drink my "water", but I still haven't figured out how to make it up to 1.5 gallons a day. The best I've done is 80 oz.

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I drink Gatorade and water throughout the day. Sometimes I have a Gatorade Endurance if I'm having a bad day (It has way more sodium in it but same amount of sugar). I'm waiting for Gatorade: G2 to come into stores. Apparently it is more sodium and less sugar than regular Gatorade. Gatorade came up with G2 when they found out most sports players were drinking Pedialyte because of the less sugar/more salt factor.

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Thanks for all the great info!!! I hadn't heard about using the Propel before, but unfortunatly I can't consume artificial sweetners, so it isn't an option. Also, my stomach doesn't tolerate much of anything tomatoey, so the V8's out as well.

But, have found the little Capri Sun Sport singles that you can put in a water bottle that are somewhat like gatorade (less sodium), and Powerbar annd Clif bar drink mixes. The powerbar one has 1800 mgs of sodium in a liter, so it is pretty high salt, I just have to figure out how to make it all work!

I have also tried Accelerade which is good, and it has protein (i am on a high protein diet).

Thanks!

Where do you get the Gatorade Endurance?

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Hi!

Yeah, I know it had given me migraines, so sure enough I went and looked up the ingredients. It has sucralose which is the same as Splenda, which is considered an artificial sweetner. So, ideally if it didn't have that in it the flavors etc. make it look very appealing!

Thanks for all your help!

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Where do you get the Gatorade Endurance?

It's in my local grocery stores with the regular Gatorade. The might be a little hard to spot. So far I only know they come in orange and yellow - look for a silver cap on them. The sodium is double in Endurance than what is in regular Gatorade. G2 is coming out in 2008, the sodium will be double and I believe the sugar will be cut in half. It's so silly that I'm actually looking forward to a new drink coming out.

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