Disclaimer – The following post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or sickness. Please use caution if any parts apply to your specific situation and contact a health care professional for further advice.
Hello squad. Thanks for tuning in for another post on DudeWithPOTS blog. As always, I enjoy writing about all topics POTS related, but I also enjoy topics that are fun, fresh, and festive. So please follow, share, and contact me for ideas 😊. Also wanted to give a shout out to the Pilates studio INERTIA6 for giving me and my buddies a private lesson this last weekend over in Bellevue, WA (see the virtual bookshelf for their information). I am working on another post coming soon about that experience!
Part 1 – TJ Nutrition
Today I would like to write about a trial I am starting of a supplement called Parasym Plus™.
Let’s look at some quick information (some factual and some made up).
- Number of underlying causes that might be the reason for a person’s POTS: A ton. Including but not limited to: autoimmune issues, concussions, low blood pressure, wacky signals in body, low blood volume, being bed ridden for an illness or surgery, and coming back from a long space journey (seriously, read this post if curious http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/02/29/what-astronauts-have-taught-doctors-about-fainting/ )
- Number of treatments that can help improve symptoms in a POTS patient: A ton. In my journey I have discovered that when it comes to health, NO TWO BODIES ARE THE SAME. What works for one person might not work for another. See my treatment page for stuff that worked for me and stuff that did not. I also have had my heart softened to the idea that western medicine doesn’t have it all figured out. I really believe there is something to this brain-gut connection that we are only hitting the tip of the iceberg on. God made these bodies and gave us the ability to heal. That being said, sometimes Earthly evil doers like bacteria try to kill us and we need to take antibiotics 😊
- Number of different conditions that are similar too AND are often caused by the same underlying reason that POTS is: A ton. The line is sometimes very blurred between being diagnosed with POTS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and similar conditions. Therefore, it is an unfortunate reality that often times to find treatment for autonomic and chronic pain conditions, lots of trials and errors * or being the human Guinea pig as I call it* are required to find relief.
I bring up these points to preface my view and motivations behind supplements and treatment trials. Most of the supplements I have tried during my recovery process did not drastically help. Some gave me moments of minimal improvement and others did not do anything. I will say this. I understand the feeling of desperation when you have been suffering so intensely for so long. You are willing to try whatever it takes to find relief. That is why I will never claim any supplement is bogus or doesn’t work. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR BODY. Maybe there is one special ingredient in that vitamin that happens to be the only substance God put on this Earth to improve your quality of life. And I won’t be the reason you never find that out.
As I have blogged about in the past, my quality of life has been restored in amazing ways. I do still battle certain symptoms on a daily basis. POTS is a chronic condition and there is no “cure”. One of my ongoing battles is with fatigue, digestive issues, and stomach pain. So naturally I am always open to way at improving those. And an opportunity at some improvement has presented itself from my new friends over at the TJ Nutrition team.
The supplement I am currently giving a shot is called Parasym Plus™. Like most supplements I try, I did some heavy research on it and was overwhelmingly satisfied with what I found. To give a brief overview of what Parasym Plus™ was made for, here is the description right from the creator:
“Parasym Plus™ supports the parasympathetic nervous system PLUS it crosses the blood-brain barrier to promote cognition (thinking and memory). Parasym Plus™ is the ONLY supplement blend proven to do so, and it is patented. Parasym Plus™ works by supporting the production of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine — needed by the vagus nerve, the brain, and other nerves of the parasympathetic nervous system. By supporting acetylcholine, Parasym Plus™ allows normal vagus nerve function. The vagus nerve allows normal digestion – including bowel movements, gallbladder function, and proper stomach acid production. It also supports the vagus nerve’s ability to slow the heart and breathing which allows us to relax, as well as its role in balancing inflammation. Eye moisture is maintained by its effect on the nerve that produces tears (the lacrimal nerve, part of the parasympathetic nervous system). Parasym Plus™ promotes a calm state while maximizing brain power. It is unique — it is patented”
A couple thing really stood out to me about this supplement that seemed different from others that had been suggested to me.
1 – this whole company was founded by a doctor (Diana Driscoll) who actually had POTS. Her trials and stories are so relatable. The descriptions she uses in her background and reasons for doing the research used to create this supplement are not information that is common knowledge. See this link to an actual study she conducted:
2 – ONE OF MY WORST SYMPTOMS WAS/IS DRY EYES. This is the only supplement I have ever discovered that actually has a component that addresses that.
3 – No absolute claims were ever made to me. I reached out to the company to find out more about their product and they were not interested in telling me I would be healed or that this was miracle cure. They were sincere, genuine, and just wanted to help me. They even mentioned to me that it might NOT help, but for a large majority of their clients it did. Can’t argue with that! 😊 and they also wanted to give me facts, facts, facts. Love it.
So that’s it in a nutshell. I am trying this product and will report back to you on how it worked for me! I am looking to see improvement in my dry eyes and upset stomach. If you are interested in trying it (or any of TJ Nutrition’s other products) follow the link below. Apparently it can be beneficial for lots of other conditions as well, so take a look if you are battling something other than POTS. They gave me a special 10% off code to use specifically for the DudeWithPOTS blog since they loved what we have going in here 😊 I also added it to the SHOP menu on the home page.
10% off Code: DudeWithPOTS
Notes on the ingredients:
Gentle and Safe Ingredients
Parasym Plus™ is thoroughly tested to be both gentle and effective. It is free from gluten, corn, salt, sucrose, starch, nuts, yeast, artificial flavors or colors. All ingredients have been tested by the FDA and have been found to be “Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS)”. In addition, our manufacturing facilities are strictly audited for compliance with Good Manufacturing Policies (GMP’s).
Disclaimer- I was not paid for the following post. This was created purely from my own opinions and is my own review. I was given one free sample bottle of Parasym Plus™.
Thanks for reading! Please contact me for any specific topics, questions you want answered, or reviews you want!
Jarod Gunning – Dude with POTS