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PostPosted: December 30th, 2004, 9:01 pm
by amy_twitch
Hi Roger,

Gatorade is a sports drink. Basically, it comes in many different flavors, and it's non-carbonated. It has extra electrolytes (mainly sodium and potassium I think) to help replenish what the body loses when exercising or when dehydrated.

If you've seen American style football on TV, all the players drink it on the sidelines all the time. Many non-atheletes drink it too. Maybe the UK footballers drink something similar(???) Absolutely no prescription necessary--it's available at every grocery store here in the US.

Hope that helps you out.

Take care!

electrolyte imbalance

PostPosted: December 31st, 2004, 7:00 pm
by ronald_b
I thought everyone knew about the possibility of electrolyte imbalance. In fact when I told my doctor my body buzzes, first thing he said was possible electrolyte imbalance.

PostPosted: December 31st, 2004, 8:22 pm
by Stephanie
Is there anything like Gatorade w/out all the sugar?

Early Grey tea?

PostPosted: December 31st, 2004, 10:51 pm
by Ish
Ryan wrote:Great post. Now that I think about it, right before my twitching started I stopped drinking coffee and started drinking lots of tea.

There is some anecdotal evidence that the additive in Earl Grey (Bergomot oil) can result in fasciculations. You can read about this in various places. For example... ... G198167710

you can surf up other references in PubMed and elsewhere

PostPosted: January 1st, 2005, 2:30 pm
by LeeNC

You ask whether there's anything like Gatorade without all the sugar. Yes, there sure is. Some of the major companies are now marketing what they call "sport waters." (I was kind of nervous what hits I'd get from googling that.) Another option (without food coloring, wood rosin(!), and so much sugar) is a product called Pedialyte, which is a clear drink sold in any U.S. drugstore. Pedialyte is given to children who are at risk of dehydration after excessive diarrhea or vomiting. Like emmy said, the "main ingredients" in these drinks are sodium and potassium. You could probably add water and table salt to orange juice with pretty much the same result.

On Ryan's suggestion, I went out and bought a 6-pack of Powerade (competitor of Gatorade but better-tasting, I think). I drank that over the space of a few days, also drinking lots of water as usual. Actually, I think it reduced my twitches a bit. Still, if dehydration (or electrolyte imbalance) is part of BFS, I think it's a symptom and not a cause.


PostPosted: January 1st, 2005, 8:53 pm
by Stephanie
Thanks. Worth a try!

Gatorade definitely helps!!!

PostPosted: June 20th, 2005, 10:15 pm
by a137ea
Having read the original post on Gatorade curing twitching, I rushed out and bought 2 x 600ml bottles (somewhat cynically I must confess). Imagine my surprise when after only FOUR days, the twitching had almost disappeared. I am over the moon. I've suffered for over a year now, and at times, it's driven me nearly insane. My specialist told me it was stress-related, and that I needed to learn to relax (HELLO, we're living in the 21st Century where the pace of life is getting faster and more hectic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
This site has been a great help: so I've registered, and am now posting a THANK YOU. I would urge people to try the Gatorade/Powerade thing: I believe it does work: some people it may take longer than others, obviously. I get through about 1 litre a day, and I also drink loads of water.
Good luck to everyone on this site: I hope your symptoms ease as mine have.

PostPosted: June 21st, 2005, 1:18 am
by Ginlyn
Sorry, all. Hate to sound like the spoiler, but Gatorade doesn't work for me. I'm a long distance runner, so I practically live on the stuff. I wish it did.

For those that are looking for a similar Gatorade type drink with less sugar, there is a product called Gookinaid. You can get it over the internet, or I know REI sells it. Also Hydralite is good too.

It has less calories and less sugar. It has all the same good stuff Gatorade has.


PostPosted: June 21st, 2005, 9:33 am
by music mark
I just got into "Smart Water". All the electrolites of gatorade...without the Gator.

Just a quick note

PostPosted: June 21st, 2005, 12:49 pm
by alli7
Where can I find the smart water? Just checked my grocery store and didn't see anything except regular water and gatorade (which I bought some) but I don't want all the sugar.

PostPosted: June 21st, 2005, 2:14 pm
by music mark
Check any health food store. I'm sure they have a website (who doesn't) if all else fails.
Here in NYC it became a common item in most food type stores. I usually look around the Poland Spring area :)

PostPosted: June 22nd, 2005, 7:27 pm
by GinInTN
Alli - I haven't tried Smart Water but they have it here in Kroger in TN.


PostPosted: June 23rd, 2005, 8:12 am
by alli7
Thanks ginny...I live here in Atlanta and haven't tried Kroger but will. The gatorade which I've been drinking for the last two days just has too much sugar and sodium....makes me more thirsty and I have a sugar buzz which i dont need.


PostPosted: June 24th, 2005, 10:40 am
by Toro
Hi All,

Great topic. My neuro is from China (I mention this because he was taught to treat the whole body and not just tell people it is all related to stress) and the first thing he asked me about was my diet, how much tea I drink and how much B-12 and B-6 I take in. He then very careful explained about the relationship between the body/brain's balance of chemicals and muscle twitching and other BFS symptoms. He said that he sees people in his office all the time with shaking, twitching and tremors and 99% of the time it is the body out of balance due to a lack of certain vitamins or too much of somethng. (i.e. soda, tea) He said that in our area (central NJ, pop. over 1.2 million) that they may see 10-12 cases (for the entire area, not just his practice) a year of a serious neurological disease (you know the big 3, A**, M* and P*******) Now if I could just get my self to believe this I would be a happy person. Happy thoughts to all.


PostPosted: June 24th, 2005, 6:42 pm
Anything more on the vitamin/mineral/electrolyte imbalance thing I'd be really interested in. I truly believe it is the key to this whole thing.
Did he say you needed more Vit B 6 and 12? How much?