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Electrolyte Chews

Discussion in 'Problems Standing: Orthostatic Intolerance; POTS' started by JAH, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. JAH

    JAH Senior Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have recently been using electrolyte chews- chewable combination of sugar and electrolyes - and really like them. I keep some in my car, and when I feel dehydrated I chew one and drink some water, and find that it helps. (any activity always makes me feel dehydrated) I've been trying clif bloks (by the clif bar people) and honey stinger. I like the honey stinger a little better (though sometimes gives me a minor headache), but the clif bloks has less sugar, for people sensitive to that.

    Handy when you're out or can't mix an electrolyte drink, check 'em out,

    jah
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    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    Have a link?

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    PS How many carbs?
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    JAH Senior Member

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    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    thanks!

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  5. Calathea

    Calathea Darkness therapy

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    The quantity of actual electrolytes seems too low to be worth anything, though. Considering that the recommended amount of potassim is 3,500mg in a day, 20g from three chews is pretty much pointless. Have you tried simply eating a bit of candy with water to see if it has the same effect?

    I'm now wondering which sources of food which are easily carried around for emergencies would have decent quantities of electrolytes. Here's a Nakd Cashew Cookie bar, for example. It's just made up of raw dates and cashews.

    Weight: 35g
    143 cal, 8g fat, 15g carbs, 4g fibre, 4g protein
    66mg magnesium, 432mg potassium, 56mg sodium, meaningful amounts of B vitamins and other minerals

    This is the sort of thing I keep in my handbag for emergencies, and it generally does me quite well. Obviously you want something relatively small, non-perishable, individually wrapped.
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  6. caledonia

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    I have to drink electrolytes four times a day. I make my own mixture of magnesium, salt and vitamin C.

    If I go out, I do one of the following - put my mixture in an empty water bottle. Add the water later.
    Or put my mixture in a water bottle and add water. Or just bring some salt in a little tiny jar, which can be added to a glass or bottle of water.I haven't done this yet, but I could also put my electrolyte mixture in a small ziplock bag and add that to a glass or bottle of water.

    Needing a hit of sugar or feeling like sugar revives you sounds like a hypoglycemia/blood sugar issue to me vs. an electrolyte issue. Of course, it's possible to have both going on. In which case, for me, food is preferable. There are lots of recipes for homemade protein bars on the net, if you need to be careful of ingredients.
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    JAH Senior Member

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    I agree that the amounts seem trivial, but I notice a difference- it does satisfy some of the salt cravings,
    J
  8. Calathea

    Calathea Darkness therapy

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    I wonder if salty sweets would do the same for you, then? Licorice is an obvious example, that's salted quite often.
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    I get a powerade zero if I'm out somewhere. The sucralose probably isn't great but i don't drink it that often. coconut water is really good but tends to be pricey.
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    JAH Senior Member

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    I think it would be similar...J

    p.s. only problem with most licorice is that it has wheat, which I don't eat.

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