A Natural Approach To Health
Living With POT Syndrome
I had a question the other day about POT syndrome.
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is in a group of disorders that have orthostatic intolerance (OI) as their primary symptom.
OI describes a condition where a severely reduced volume of blood returns to your heart after you stand up from a lying down position.
The primary symptom of OI is lightheadedness or fainting.
In POTS, the lightheadedness or fainting is also accompanied by a rapid increase in heartbeat of more than 30 beats per minute, or a heart rate exceeding 120 beats per minute, within 10 minutes of rising.
The faintness or lightheadedness of POTS is relieved by lying down again.
Anyone at any age can develop POTS, but the majority of individuals affected (75-80%) are women between the ages of 15 and 50.
Some women report an increase in episodes of POTS right before their menstrual periods.
POTS often begins after a pregnancy, major surgery, trauma, or a viral illness.
You may be unable to exercise because the activity brings on fainting spells or dizziness.
Researchers aren’t sure yet what causes the reduced return of blood to the heart or why the heart begins to beat so rapidly in POTS.
Current thinking is there are a number of mechanisms.
Therapies for POTS are targeted at relieving low blood volume or regulating circulatory problems that could be causing the disorder.
No single treatment has been found to be effect for all.
Simple interventions like adding extra salt to your diet and attention to adequate fluid intake are often effective.
Drinking 16 ounces of water (2 glassfuls) before getting up can also help raise blood pressure.
There’s some evidence that an exercise program can gradually improve orthostatic tolerance.
To deal with POT syndrome it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).
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