For people with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) or Dysautonomia, a key part of symptom control is maintaining your blood volume & blood pressure. So it's really important to keep your fluids and electrolytes up, but just plain water doesn't replenish the electrolytes that are lost. In fact, drinking water alone can actually dilute or water down the body’s normal electrolyte balance. Also, does anyone else notice that when they’re trying to rehydrate they have to pee a lot more?
I have been increasingly stressed lately primarily with uni work, and I don’t really manage my stress well. So last night, I felt exhausted and sore but so stressed because of all the things I had to do for uni. But instead of pushing myself and trying to get them done when I wouldn’t have been able to concentrate or do them properly anyway, I lit a candle and read a book, and then went to bed early.
Just a re-cap: the low FODMAP diet was developed as a form of symptom management for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and food intolerances. It involves eliminating certain groups of "sugars" (or short-chain carbohydrates to use the scientific term) that are commonly poorly digested in the small intestine. This means that they are likely to cause digestive related symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, increased wind, changes in bowel habits (constipation or diahhorea).
I’ve been finding that when my life gets busy (like at the moment as my uni workload increases) my exercise routine drops. I mostly count going to the gym as my main source of exercise, but the thing is that going to the gym more often than twice a week is just doesn’t fit naturally into my schedule.
So this Easter I really wanted to think of ways that I could enjoy the usual Easter treats without causing havoc with my digestive system. For some reason (maybe it’s that I walked past brumbies a few times this week and smelt their fresh, beautiful wheat-and-sugar-filled Easter cooking) hot cross buns were the first thing I wanted to make! I’ve made this recipe 100% low FODMAP (according to the Monash University low FODMAP app), and also gluten free, fructose friendly and refined sugar free.
So last weekend at the Perth Gluten Free & Healthy Living Expo, I was lucky enough to see Sue Shepherd (the developer of the low FODMAP diet) speak. It was incredible to hear her explain everything – just when I was thinking I knew almost everything I could about the diet (I’ve done a lot of research..), I found out so much more! There were a few things that I realised whilst listening to her talk;
Bread is one of the easiest things to have on hand because you can literaly make it apart of any meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack etc), but I find that often breads that I buy seem to 'weight me down' in the sense that it takes a lot of energy for me to digest them (even if they are wheat / gluten free and low FODMAP). I find my stomach struggles eating a lot of grain-based flours (even gluten free and non-wheat / rye / barley) so eating a lot of them (i.e.
Something that I’ve realised lately is that I’m not very good at allocating ‘rest/recovery’ time.
After years of having meditation stuffed down my throat, tonight I have decided to try a different approach – mindfulness.
When I went to see specialists, many (if not all) would give me a list of things I needed to do to get better, and almost always that list would include meditation. However, while they would heavily reccommend I try it, they didn't give much help with the actual how or why of it all.