Why, hello there! When I was first diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), my medical team told me to incorporate four lifestyle changes into my daily life. They included increasing my fluid intake, eating a high-salt diet, wearing compression, and exercising.
In the three years since my diagnosis, I’ve found products that help me do all four of these things to treat my POTS. I’ve also found other lifestyle products that have been pivotal in managing my symptoms. So, as this page name suggests, the list below has my favorite POTS products that I use to manage my symptoms and my life with chronic illness.
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 a little easier. *Hugs.*
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When it comes to electrolyte replenishers, Liquid I.V. and Pedialyte are my favorites. I keep both products in my pantry so that I can switch flavors and avoid getting sick of one. While these are excellent for staying hydrated all day, I use them most often after exercising, during a POTS flare, and on hot days when I sweat more than usual.
Shop Liquid I.V. here.
Shop Pedialyte here.
NutriBullet Nutrient Extractor
I use this blender to make healthy protein smoothies and shakes. One of my favorite shakes is half parts almond milk and half parts water with cocoa powder, protein powder, and a scoop of peanut butter. Another favorite is almond milk with frozen fruits like strawberries, mango, and peaches, along with protein powder and chia seeds. Sometimes, I’ll add some coconut water for extra hydration. Shakes and smoothies are healthy, filling, and hydrating!
Vega Vegan Plant-Based Protein Powder
Speaking of protein shakes: This right here has been my go-to plant-based protein powder for years. This protein powder isn’t chalky like most other ones I’ve tried, so that’s why I’m a return buyer. I always get the vanilla flavor because it’s the most versatile for making shakes and smoothies.
Fitbit Smart Watches
I’ve worn Fitbit watches for years to track my daily heart rate, exercise, and sleep patterns. I wear my Fitbit Ionic every day and use it to track my pulse during exercise. A heart rate monitor is truly a must-have product for managing POTS.
Shop FitBit Ionic here.
Shop FitBit Sense here.
Polar H10 Heart Rate Monitor Chest Strap
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. This monitor helps me to avoid overworking myself, which can cause post-exertional fatigue with POTS.
VIM & VIGR Stylish Compression Socks
I absolutely LOVE my VIM & VIGR compression socks! I wear 15-20 mmHg for everyday use and running. On bad symptom days, I wear a pair of 20-30 mmHg. If you’re looking for compression socks with fun and fashionable patterns plus all the benefits of compression, then I highly recommend these socks!
Biofreeze Professional Pain Relief Gel
This gel is one of my favorite products for natural pain relief. It works great to numb pain with an icy hot sensation, and I usually wear it before bed to help me sleep. (Who else hates it when pain keeps them up at night?) Check out other natural pain relief options in my post about chronic pain management.
Metagenics: Hemagenics For Red Blood Cell Health
Personally, I’ve found that having low iron or ferritin (iron stores) levels worsens my POTS symptoms. As it turns out, this 2013 study discovered that mild anemia and low iron stores are associated with the prevalence of POTS. So, I take this supplement to support healthy red blood cells to maintain and raise my iron levels. To optimize its absorption, take it with orange juice or vitamin C. If it causes stomach upset, take it after a meal.
Elasto Gel Hot/Cold Wrap
This wrap is a necessity for icing after long hours spent on my feet. It’s also heavenly on hot days when my feet swell and ache from blood pooling. It sounds silly (and looks silly!) but I wrap it around my head on hot days, too, to help my body cool down. What can I say? POTS and the heat just don’t mix well!
Omron Gold Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
It’s important for POTS patients to monitor not just their heart rate but also their blood pressure. If my blood pressure gets too low, that signals that I need to drink more fluids and eat more salt to raise it. But some POTS patients have high blood pressure, which also needs monitoring. I love using this wrist cuff because it’s more comfortable (I have small arms) and a convenient size for traveling.
I’ll update this page regularly, so be sure to check back!