2 Powerful (And Natural) Ways to Reverse POTS Syndrome...
What are some of the best natural remedies for POTS disease? Pharmaceuticals don't help and I hate the side effects.
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS is a condition where the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling automated bodily functions such as heartbeat, breathing, and digestion) doesn't work properly. POTS sufferers may also have a heart muscle that's smaller than a non sufferers. This debilitating condition causes the heart to beat rapidly when standing up, however, this can usually be relieved quite quickly by the person lying down. Symptoms of POTS include... dizziness, light headedness, fatigue, inability to stand for extended periods of time and fainting.
POTS sufferers do not live a normal life and must always be careful of what day-to-day activities they perform. Fortunately, there are some excellent natural remedies for POTS that have been proven to reverse this condition. Here are the top 2 you might like to consider...
Natural Cure for POTS Syndrome #1... Regular Exercise: Yes I know, at first glance this seems to go against what you have probably been told you must avoid if you suffer from POTS. However, new research has been able to prove that the RIGHT type of exercise done in the RIGHT way can significantly relieve the symptoms of POTS and even "cure" this condition.
The study, published in "Hypertension: Journal of the American Medical Association" took 19 POTS sufferers (18 females and 1 male) and had them begin a 30 to 45 minute exercise session, two to four times per week, before gradually working them up to five to six hours of exercise each week.
Because POTS syndrome can cause dizziness and fatigue when standing upright, researchers had to work out a way to help sufferers exercise safely...
"The unique component is to start training in a recumbent (semi-reclining) position, which is important to those who can't tolerate standing. This strategy avoids the upright position that produces symptoms. We don't even let patients stand up to exercise for one or even two months," explained study organiser, Dr Benjamin Levine, who is also a professor of medicine and cardiology and distinguished professorship in exercise science at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The exercises performed all involved recumbent or sitting exercises such as cycling on a recumbent bike, swimming and rowing. "To maintain the benefits these patients will need to incorporate the training program into their everyday lives
indefinitely" Dr Levine went on to say.
What was interesting about the study is that "every single POTS patient who completed the exercise regime showed an improvement in heart rate responses and over half - 53 percent - were actually cured of their POTS."
So if you suffer from POTS, simply follow the same exercise regimen as what was done in the study. You can read more about it here... Natural Cure Discovered for Debilitating Heart Syndrome POTS
Natural Remedy for POTS Syndrome #2... Raise Your Blood Pressure: Another cause of POTS syndrome is low blood pressure caused by blood vessels not being constricted enough (which causes a lack of blood flow to the brain when standing up). Certain foods and beverages are great for raising blood pressure and shrinking blood vessels. These include...
Coffee and Tea; Have a strong cup of tea or coffee every day to help raise your blood pressure.
Ginger; Ginger is excellent for constricting blood vessels. Make yourself a nice hot cup of ginger tea every day and use it in your cooking as much as possible.
Raisins; Raisins are a traditional Ayurvedic remedy for low blood pressure. Eat at least a handful each day.
Licorice Root; This herb is terrific for normalising low blood pressure and curing fatigue. Take 400-500 mg's of licorice root capsules
every day for best results.
Salt; Salt is also extremely good for normalising blood pressure and shrinking blood vessels. The best (and healthiest) salt to use is Himalayan pink rock salt. This salt is not only high in sodium, it's also high in the other essential trace minerals that help to constrict blood vessels and increase blood flow to the brain. Mix one-half teaspoon of pink rock salt in a glass of warm water and drink down. Be sure to also use Himalayan pink rock salt
to salt your food to taste and add to your cooking.
Drink Lots of Water; Dehydration definitely worsens the symptoms of POTS syndrome. So it's crucial that you keep yourself hydrated at all times. Aim to drink AT LEAST 2 liters of clean filtered water per day. And be sure to add a slice or two of fresh lemon to your water as well. Lemon juice is also extremely beneficial for POTS syndrome when caused by dehydration.
So hopefully these tips and home remedies help you out.
All the best to you!
Troy (Certified Holistic Nutritionist & Herbalist, Health & Wellness Coach)