Dr. Paula Moore and Dr. Susan Phillips at Dysautonomia-MVP Center, LLC in Birmingham, AL (regarded as two of the best POTS doctors in the nation) are finding that their patients with lightheadedness related to low blood pressure are benefiting from what they call ‘salt shots’. Salt shots consist of one quarter teaspoon of regular table salt in just enough water to mix, then chased by 16 ounces of pure water. This can be repeated once or twice throughout the day as needed.
Salt shots can help with maintaining better overall hydration, especially during the summer when warmer temperatures can cause us to lose more water. As a general rule of thumb, Dr. Moore also recommends that their patients with POTS or dysautonomia drink an ounce of pure water for every degree of outside temperature. So if it’s 80 degrees, plan on drinking 80 ounces of water over the course of the day. This level of water intake with the extra salt can make a big difference in hydration levels, which can not only help with lightheadedness, but helps your body increase oxygen levels, flush out toxins and more.