Hi there, PoTSies! Here’s the 411 on the best alternative to Gatorade that I’ve found: Ultima Replenisher. (Remember, I did that post about PoTS drinks for the summer? One of my recipes called for Ultima.) I know I’ve talked up coconut water in the past, and I still am an avid coconut fan and consumer, but this stuff is even better than coconut water. Seriously.
I met the owner of the company and we talked about PoTS and how getting electrolytes was extremely important for a PoTSy. The company is born out of the Pacific Northwest, USA, and for me, that is as local as it gets. The company really is so kind and generous, they really aren’t doing this to just get money, they are doing it to change the way people think about getting their nutrients and staying hydrated. It is really a perfect product for someone with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, and so it was great to share with them and learn from them.
The great thing about Ultima, to me, is that it mimics what is found in natural, whole foods. The balances are spot on. And, there is no sugar. HUGE. Especially when comparing it to something like Gatorade which has high-fructose corn syrup in it. This uses stevia as a sweetener. Now, I am not a fan of stevia, at all, but you don’t get a funky stevia taste with this; it just tastes a lot like Kool-aid. By the way, if you aren’t familiar, stevia is a plant that has very sweet leaves and is used in health foods as a sugar alternative.
I tried Ultima Replenisher for two solid months and was thoroughly satisfied with the results, so much so, that I had to tell you all about it and I am now a repeat customer. I will buying this as a staple from here on out. I won’t be giving up my coconut water (which I use sparingly) or my sodium (we PoTSies need lots of it!), but this is a great way to get electrolytes and keep up the fluid intake –so vital for us. And, nope, as usual, I am not a paid spokesperson, I just like sharing what I find helpful.
Here’s the breakdown; notice that Ultima has 13 electrolytes and minerals:
Each serving contains vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, chloride, sodium, and potassium. A serving is one scoop or packet mixed with 8 ounces of water. I usually double the water though, just to make sure I am getting extra water and to keep it a little more cost effective. I will have 3 servings a day, with about 16 ounces of water in each, so that right there is 48 ounces of water I am taking in, plus the regular water I drink and my IV fluids through my port. Hydration is key in helping PoTS symptoms stay under control.
Update 8/25/14: WINNERS!
Cynthia and Fiddlin’ Dandi, you have both won samples of Ultima! Please contact me via the email form with your name and mailing info and I will get it out to you ASAP. Much love!