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Supplement Question

Is there a supplement that can reduce extreme heat intolerance, and/or decrease body temperature during the summer months?
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You could try a good electrolyte supplement and sports drinks.
Start out your morning with a small glass of warm water with a pinch of sea salt in it, if you don;t have high blood pressure issues.
Usually people with the heat intolerance have low blood pressure (I myself have this), so it is important to get proper electrolyte balance.
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Thank you very much for your response.  Yes, I do have very low blood pressure.  I also have Dysautonomia which causes sudden drops in blood pressure.  I try to keep a high sodium diet, and drink lots of Pedialyte for the electrolytes.

I'm sorry if this is a silly question, but if I drink salt water during the day, will it lower my body temperature and/or reduce my heat intolerance?  Thank you again for your help.
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In Chinese medicine, they believe in summer one should drink only hot beverages, not cool ones, as that balances the internal and outside temperatures.  You might also think about herbs that help circulate the blood more evenly to keep your blood pressure steadier, such as gingko, gotu kola, and butcher's broom.  There are others, as well.  Some of these are also blood thinners, like gingko, so make sure if you're on any medication they don't conflict.
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Thank you for the information.  I'm actually quite intolerant of warm foods/beverages as well, so I'm not sure if there is any way around that.  Though still, that is quite interesting.

I am on quite a few medications, but will be sure to look up the herbs you recommended.  Thank you very much.  Would these herbs also lower body temperature, or just help to control blood pressure?
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I appreciate the information, thank you.  Would you expect the herbs you recommended to make one more tolerant of the summertime heat?
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I really don't know either.  As usual, don't like Bionicman's brands much, though.  Much prefer Herb Pharm tinctures and a number of other companies over those two.  I doubt there's are herbs that actually lower body temperature.  The question is, is your body temperature actually higher than normal, or does it just feel like it is?  If you had heat stroke, for example, they'd throw you into cool water until it came down.  But if your temperature is in the normal range, it might not be a physiological problem at all, but what do I know?  And no, those herbs aren't for lowering blood pressure, they're for circulating oxygen and blood more evenly through the body and strengthening the blood vessel walls.  I think with your unusual problem you probably need someone more useful than us!
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499534_tn?1328707778
What does your body temp climb to when out in the heat? Everyone's body temp rises in the heat. It is also the bodies way of cleansing the body too.
I think I would focus on the sodium and electrolyte intake and ginko might not be a bad idea as well.
Once you control your balance, your body should be able to control the temperature regulation a lot better.
My cardiologist recommended gatorade or one of those adult sports drinks....they are formulated for adults.....the pedialytes is formulated for children.
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As far as I'm aware, my body temperature dysregulation is caused by my Dysautonomia.  Is there another condition you are aware of that causes this?  Thank you very much for your response.
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I try to keep my body temperature above 95 degrees, and below 100.5.  Even mild increases in body temperature can cause dramatic problems for me.  A fever will often put me in the hospital.

I stay in the air conditioning all summer long, usually surrounded by ice packs.  I used to drink more Gatorade, but now drink Pedialyte because it has less sugar.  I also drink Powerade Zero.  Is there another electrolyte solution you can recommend?  Also, would sodium supplements work?  May you please explain too how "ginko" might be able to help me?

Thank you so very much!  I appreciate your help!
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Hydra Fuel by Twin Labs used to be good, but I don't know if they still make it.  Gatorade is just sugar water.  Supplements are best, again, whenever you put these substances in bottles oxidation occurs upon exposure to air.  It's not like food, with it's natural bindings, it's isolated nutrients mixed up in a lab and therefore difficult to maintain the strength.  But have you had your electrolytes tested upon heat stress?   It would tell you if that's actually part of the problem.
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Thank you for the suggestion.  I will look into Hydra Fuel by Twin Labs to see if they still make it.  My electrolytes, (particularly sodium and potassium), usually fluctuate between slightly low and normal.  My potassium levels have been better since starting a prescription liquid potassium supplement.
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Here's a suggestion.  There's a company called Planetary Formulas.  Call them and ask if anyone there has an answer.  The owners and founders are two of the most knowledgeable herbalists I know; their book planetary formulas tries to unite all the world's best documented herbs into formulas.  Maybe they can help you.
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My son is a runner. He runs in hot Texas heat and had problems with dehydration, then migraines after running.
    He got help from a product called Accelerate. It is a electrolyte drink product made to replenish the body. It does not have the sugar that gatorade has.. and has more ingredients to help the body. Check it out at a sports store or online. It really worked for him... not the best in flavor according to my son.. He also had tried pedialyte, which our dr said is better than sugar laden gartorade but, but the accelerate worked by far the best for him. Good luck.
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Googled Accelerate and found nothing.  Found a product called Accelerade with a D, but it's loaded with sugar and all kinds of foul stuff.  If this is the same stuff, wouldn't recommend it.
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Don't know if they will let this go thru... here is the website on the back of container-
accelerade.com

1 scoop of powder with 12 oz water-
contains-
fat 1gram
cholerestrol 10 mg
sodium 190 mg
potassium 65 mg
carbs 20 g
protein 5 g
ingredients - are sucrose ( yes sugar), whey protein, trehalose  ascend( ?), citric acid, frutose, natural flavor, lecithin,mag carbonate, salt, maltodextrin, monopoatassium,, phosphate, absorbic acid,,vitamin e  acetate, red dye 40

All I know is this worked for my son... he has been told the first 30 minutes after exercise are critical to replenishing the body. So he drinks this and eats a peanut butter sandwich or crackers ( some protein) and it works after many other things did not.It does cotain sugar... but gatorade is alot of sugar too .
  Good luck to you all!


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Yeah, that's the one I found on the internet.  Wouldn't recommend it, but your son's young.  Sucrose is sugar and it's the first ingredient, whey protein is dairy and is for building muscle, which won't do anything for the original poster's body temperature.  Trehalose is another sugar, fructose is another sugar, mag carbonate is a poorly assimilated form of magnesium, salt is for sodium, but sodium chloride is pretty over prevalent in our diets these days, maltodextrin is another sugar, a corn derivative, and red dye is carcinogenic.  Up to you, but not good for the poster here.
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492869_tn?1285022533
Thank you for the ideas!  :)

Is there perhaps a website for "Planetary Formulas" you can refer me to, or would I be required to purchase a book?  I want to be sure I find the correct information.

Would you say that Accelerade has less sugar than Gatorade?  I guess I'm most likely to stick with Pedialyte because of the sugar, but I appreciate the suggestion!

I started another medication a couple of days ago to help raise my blood pressure, but my body temperature is still all over the map.
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Just google Planetary Formulas to get their website.  And yes, from the ingredients, accelerade has more sugar than gatorade.  I still think the best way to get your electrolytes would be in a capsule form because of oxidation issues regarding liquids, but it's up to you.  Remember, they all have to be in electrical balance, so any one of these just emphasizing one or two lost to sweat might put you out of balance since that isn't your problem.
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Just looked up pedialyte.  Would avoid that, too.  First, it's for extreme dyhydration caused by childhood dehydration, not your problem.  Second, the ingredients are terrible, so regular use will harm you.  It contains carcinogenic dyes, artificial sugars associated with all kinds of problems -- this is a pharmaceutical product, not a nutritional one.  Since your problem is ongoing, I would still recommend, at least insofar as the electrolytes are concerned, that you take them in supplement, not drink, form.  
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Sorry, meant childhood diarrhea, not dehydration by itself.  Oops.
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