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Diet

  • Patients with POTS are encouraged to increase their dietary sodium and water intake in an attempt to augment blood volume (as hypovolemia has been identified in many patients with POTS). 
  • Because eating large meals diverts blood flow to digestive organs, patients with POTS may feel worse following large meals. These patients may benefit from eating several small meals instead of a few larger meals.
  • Some patients have found that certain types foods trigger their symptoms. These include: alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and carbohydrates.

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