Best Electrolyte Drink For POTS

Consuming fluids with electrolytes to stay hydrated is crucial for dysautonomia, orthostatic intolerance and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome management. Although you can buy electrolyte tablets to add to water, these contain artificial ingredients which can increase inflammation and worsen symptoms. Instead, the best electrolyte drink for pots can be made quickly and easily at home with simple natural ingredients. 

Disclaimer: This post is intended for informational purposes only. I’m not a qualified practitioner and I’m not encouraging anyone else to implement this. This is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for medical advice. Please consult a qualified medical practitioner if you have any health or medical concerns and before making any changes to your diet, lifestyle or treatment plan. This post contains affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you I will earn commission if you click on a link and make a purchase. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. See my full disclaimer here.

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POTS Fluid Intake – Importance of Hydration

Staying hydrated is crucial for everyone, especially when managing chronic illness, like dysautonomia & POTS syndrome. It’s commonly recommended to drink 2-4 litres of water each day (1). This increases blood volume and blood flow back up to the heart and brain, which reduces heart rates and eases symptoms, including:-

  • Reduces fatigue and dizziness,
  • Increases energy levels, 
  • Improves concentration, memory and alertness and, 
  • Eases anxiety. 

Related Post: POTS Hydration – 9 Tips To Stay Hydrated


Best Hydration Drink For POTS Syndrome 

However, as detailed in my previous post with 9 tips to stay hydrated for pots syndrome, to retain the fluids we consume we need to drink liquids with electrolytes, rather than drinking plain water alone (2). This is especially important in the summer as we lose more electrolytes via sweating. 

Related Post: POTS Heat intolerance – 10 Tips To Survive The Summer & Ease Symptoms In The Heat


Problem With Electrolyte & Salt Tablets For POTS

Although there are numerous electrolyte tablets available to add to water, these can contain inflammatory artificial additives, preservatives and sweeteners, which are harmful to our health and can worsen symptoms (3).

Instead, it’s quick and easy to make a homemade diy electrolyte drink with 100% natural simple ingredients.


Ingredients 

Coconut water (UK Link/US Link). This is a great source of potassium, as well as other electrolytes like calcium, magnesium and phosphorus (4). Tiana is my favourite brand. Many coconut waters contain added sugar and artificial flavourings, additives and preservatives, which can increase blood sugar levels and increase inflammation, which can worsen symptoms (5). Tiana’s is 100% raw coconut water, free from added sugar and artificial ingredients. It’s also packaged in a glass bottle rather than plastic like most other brands. Plastic leaches harmful chemicals into the water and is associated with range of health problems and symptoms like dizziness, fatigue and nausea (6).

Freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice. This is high in vitamin C and a source of the electrolytes calcium, magnesium and potassium (7).

Celtic sea salt (UK Link/US Link). Salt intake helps increase blood pressure. Celtic sea salt is best as it is less processed than regular table salt, meaning it contains other electrolyte and trace minerals in addition to sodium (8). Omit if you have hyperadrenic POTS (9).

Apple cider vinegar with the mother (UK Link/US Link). This contains a trace amount of electrolytes and acetic acid, which helps keep blood sugar levels stable by slowing the breakdown and release of carbohydrates to reduce the spike in blood sugar levels after eating (10). Keeping our blood sugar level stable can help ease the increase in symptoms after eating. Ensure you buy vinegar with the mother as this contains probiotics that feed the good bacteria in the gut, where 80% of our immune system is located (10).

Filtered water. Filtering tap water before drinking, by using a brita water filter for example, removes reduces heavy metals, toxins and other harmful contaminants which can contribute to and worsen symptoms (11). 

For more information on how to reduce your exposure to harmful everyday toxins, you may find my other toxin free living posts helpful – 6 Free Ways To Start Non Toxic Living, 15 Easy Ways To Detox Your Home & 10 Tips For A Non Toxic Kitchen

ingredients to make drink

Ingredient Substitutions & Variations

  • Coconut water can be replaced with extra filtered water or herbal tea. 
  • Lemon juice can be replaced with extra lime juice.
  • Lime juice can be replaced with extra lemon juice. 
  • If you want to avoid all citrus fruits, you can replace the lemon and lime juice with herbal teas – hibiscus (UK Link/US Link) and rosehips (UK Link/US Link) have a fruity cranberry taste.

Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full ingredients list.


Equipment Needed

  • Serving glass
  • Stirring spoon


How To Make Your Own Electrolyte Drink

Simply stir all the ingredients together in a glass and serve straight away. 

stirring ingredients together in a glass

Storage 

Fridge

This drink can be made in a large batch and stored in glass containers for up to 24 hours in the fridge. Therefore, you can make fluids for the whole day in one go. 

Freezer

If making a large batch, you can divide the drink into 1-2 cup/250-500 ml servings and store in the freezer in freezer safe glass airtight containers for up to 2-3 months. Ensure you don’t fill the containers completely – leave at least a 1 inch gap at the top to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes. When you want to drink it remove the container from the freezer and either:-

  • Leave it to thaw at room temperature for at least 2 hours or until thawed completely, or
  • Transfer it to the fridge to thaw for at least 12 hours or until thawed completely.


Frequently Asked Questions 

When is the best time to drink this?

This can be enjoyed anytime. I find it’s especially great drunk first thing in the morning as the first part of my morning routine for POTS to hydrate me after not consuming any fluids overnight to help me sit and stand from bed easier. It’s also beneficial before a shower to help minimise the increase in symptoms after.

How much of this can I drink in a day?

Dr Stephenson and Nutritionist Serena Poon advise keeping your intake of coconut water to a maximum of 2 cups/500 ml each day, to receive the benefits of potassium without the potential negative side effects of over consuming it (1213). This is the equivalent of drinking 4 litres of this electrolyte drink. However, coconut water can be substituted with extra filtered water or hibiscus or rosehips herbal tea.

Related Post: POTS Management – 7 Step Morning Routine


Diet Requirements

This electrolyte drink is:-

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Lactose free
  • Wheat free
  • Soy free
  • Grain free
  • Nut free
  • Seed free
  • Nightshade free
  • Refined sugar free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Paleo
  • Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)
  • Whole30
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Recipe Card

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Best Electrolyte Drink For POTS

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Lucy
Quick & easy homemade electrolyte drink for POTS syndrome, dysautonomia & orthostatic intolerance. Made using 100% natural ingredients & free from added sugar and artificial ingredients store bought and electrolyte tablets can contain.
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Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Stir all the ingredients together in a glass and serve straight away.

Notes

Links. Above links are for US readers. Links for UK readers – coconut water, apple cider vinegar with the mother, celtic sea salt, measuring jug, measuring cups, measuring spoons, citrus juicer.
Storage. This drink can be stored in freezer safe glass containers for up to 24 hours in the fridge or 2-3 months in the freezer. When freezing, leave at least a 1 inch gap at the top of the jar to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes. When you want to drink it remove from the freezer and either leave it to thaw at room temperature for at least 2 hours or until thawed completely, or transfer it to the fridge to thaw for at least 12 hours or until thawed completely.
Nutrition. Nutrition information is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is only intended for reference only.

Nutrition

Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 thoughts on “Best Electrolyte Drink For POTS”

  • 5 stars
    This sounds like a much better recipe than some of the electrolyte drinks which are available to buy. Many will have artificial flavourings and sweeteners. Great that you can make a large batch to keep in the fridge or freezer.

    • Thank you very much Elizabeth, I appreciate your comment. Unfortunately, like you said, so many electrolyte drinks contain artificial ingredients which are harmful to our health. Making my own versions of foods and drinks at home has really helped improve my health.

    • Thank you very much Holly, I really appreciate it. I’m sorry to hear about your coconut allergy but I’m so pleased your family loves it.

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