POTS patients may have extra reason to avoid plastic food packaging.
Do you have trouble swallowing? If so, you are not alone. A 2015 survey of 39 POTS patients found that 41% reported swallowing difficulty (Deb et al., found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4365108/). POTS is not the only condition associated with dysphagia (trouble swallowing). A recent NPR story reports that every year 1 in 25 people experiences dysphagia, and… Continue reading Have trouble swallowing?
Before I get IVIg I like to eat a breakfast including some fresh salsa, guacamole, pesto, bruschetta or other food that includes crushed raw garlic. Is it because I want others to go running from my bad breath? Nope--it's because crushed raw garlic might have health properties to help prevent all three of my IVIg-related… Continue reading My Pre-IVIg (and Pre-Flight) Snacks
Our oceans are increasingly polluted, so maybe it should be no surprise that researchers found microscopic plastic in 16 of 17 samples of sea salt from all around the world. While they claim the small amounts of plastic shouldn't affect human health, I'm not taking any chances. We POTS patients consume more salt than others,… Continue reading Sea salt contaminated with plastic
It's important for POTS patients to know the difference between salt and sodium. It's easy to make this common mistake.
The POTS Expert Consensus Statement recommends drinking up to 2-3L water per day, which is about twice what the average American drinks. It means the stakes are higher for us when it comes to contaminants in drinking water. Luckily, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has made it easy to your check local drinking water, and… Continue reading POTSies who drink a lot: Cool tool for avoiding contaminants in tap water
If you suffer from headaches or migraines (and the word “suffer” may be an understatement), here is some good news: There are three natural, easy treatments that excelled when put to the test of randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials. 1. Ginger. A 2014 study with 100 patients found that 1/8th teaspoon ginger powder worked as… Continue reading Natural help for migraines and headaches
We POTSies who are able to cook may need to watch out for over-salting the food we serve to our loved ones, especially because our taste buds adapt, making it easy to forget how salty our meals might be. While a POTSy body may need extra salt, it can be a slow killer for others.… Continue reading Over-salting our families?