Why, hello there! Welcome to my “Shop My Favorites” page, where I share products that are a vital part of living well with my chronic illnesses.
As someone with POTS and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I know how hard it is to cope with all that chronic illness brings. When I was first diagnosed with POTS, I was overwhelmed and struggling to get through the day. I wished I found a resource full of suggestions from someone in a similar situation that I could try on the off-chance that something would make my life a little easier. Most of what I know now I had to learn along the way.
So that’s why I created this page: to share what I’ve learned to help YOU out in any way that I can!
Remember, everyone experiences chronic illness differently, so what works well for me and my symptoms may not work well for you and yours. But I hope you find something on this page that makes your life with POTS or chronic illness a little easier. I hope it helps you cultivate a life you absolutely love despite all you must endure!
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I honestly love both of these products, and I keep both in my pantry to switch up the flavors. Both are refreshing and yummy and do wonders for rehydrating my body. Awesome buy for POTS patients!
I’m obsessed with this item! I use it almost daily to make healthy protein smoothies with fruits, vegetables, and protein powder. I also use it to make soups and pesto. Another must-have for healthy eating and easier meal prep.
Did you know that cooking in cast-iron is a sneaky yet effective way to increase the nonheme iron content in food? It sure is! Eat some vitamin C with these meals (bell peppers are great!) to aid the absorption of nonheme iron.
A true lifesaver for easy meals when I’m having a low-energy day, or if I’ve had a busy day and have little energy left to cook. Making bulk meals in this is a time and energy saver because I’ll have multiple meals ready to use for lunch and dinner throughout the week.
This stuff is a miracle product for gluten-free eaters!!! I can take any recipe and turn it gluten-free by substituting with this flour. I’ve made delicious cakes, cookies, cupcakes, bread, muffins, and more with this flour. A true hero in the gluten-free world.
My favorite chocolate chip cookie mix, ever. I mean EVER. Even better than any gluten-filled cookie mixes I’ve eaten in the past. This still beats it. These cookies never fail to cheer me up on a bad symptom day.
My go-to plant-based protein powder for years now. The vanilla flavor is a staple on my grocery list because it’s my favorite flavor and the most versatile for making smoothies. Check out some of my smoothie recipes.
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Compression socks help my tachycardia, blood pooling, and muscle pain and are a lifesaver when I’m on my feet for long periods. Read my post about compression for POTS and its benefits to learn more.
Read my post on the importance of monitoring heart rate with POTS here. I’ve worn Fitbit watches for years to track my daily heart rate, exercise, and sleep. I wear my Fitbit Ionic every day; a heart rate monitor is truly a must-have for managing POTS.
(This is the OenFoto Sport Bands in Sand Pink I have for my watch. Such a cute and stylish color!)
Recommended by the Cleveland Clinic, this chest strap monitor is the gold standard for precise, real-time heart rate data. I use it for high-intensity exercises, like running or HITT, to ensure that I don’t overwork myself, which can cause post-exertional fatigue with POTS.
VIM & VIGR Stylish Compression Socks
Recently, I tried VIM & VIGR compression socks, and my honest verdict is that I really really love them! If you’re looking for stylish compression socks with fun and fashionable patterns plus all the benefits of compression, then I highly recommend these socks!
Thanks to Hashimotos and POTS dehydration, my skin gets very dry and itchy, especially my legs. This lotion works the best to hydrate my skin instantly, and the relief generally lasts for 48 hours, in my experience. Highly recommend for very dry and itchy skin. The relief is real!
One of my must-haves for natural pain relief. Works great to numb pain, especially nerve pain. Check out other natural pain relief options in my post about chronic pain management.
Fair warning, this stuff tastes awful. BUT, it is the best-tolerated iron supplement I’ve taken thus far (I’ve tried more than 5). With no stomach upset or constipation (hallelujah!), this liquid supplement has raised my chronically low ferritin levels. Pro tip: Take with orange juice to mask the metallic taste.
Love this stuff to death! My hair easily dries out and breaks because of my thyroid, low ferritin, and POTS dehydration. At its worst, I was really distressed over how much of my hair was breaking off. But this stuff saved my hair, and now it’s growing long, strong, and soft! Highly recommend for anyone with similar hair problems.
A necessity for icing post-exercise or after long hours on my feet. Also wonderful for hot days when my feet swell from blood pooling. Elasto Gel wraps conveniently come in many different shapes for whatever body parts you have trouble with most.
I take this once daily during flu season to keep my immunity in tip-top shape. This past year I started taking it, and I did not get the flu. Coincidence? Check out this 2016 study for the immunity-boosting properties of elderberry against cold and flu viruses and decide for yourself.
I’ll update this page regularly, so be sure to check back!