A build-your-own Christmas story: Electrolyte imbalances

by 259 · January 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM

Out of curiosity- has anyone noticed changes they can link to electrolyte imbalances?

I binged on bacon not long ago, (the bad, processed, only 83% actual pig kind, don't judge me, it was a dark time), and I think I sent my body into some kind of evil sodium Purgatory. I'll spare you the dirty details, but bloat was one of the more minor issues. I actually didn't feel normal again for 5+ days, and I started drinking Pedialyte to see if it had to do with an electrolyte imbalance... Just because my body is my favorite laboratory, right? The next morning, I felt remarkably improved and things are almost moving normally now (joints, muscles, and other). I also can't prove that my week-long flu relates back to this but I'm tempted to blame it anyway, since I haven't been sick for more than a day at a time since going paleo.

Anybody else have other tales?

[Choose your ending: God bless us, every one! / Keep the change, ya filthy animal. / I triple dog dare ya! / The best way of spreading Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!]

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26073 · December 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM

Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium are typically the worst offenders with an electrolyte imbalance. For those who shun dairy, calcium can be a problem too.

Hyperkalemia is the worst since it can be hard to self-diagnose and ultimately could lead to cardiac arrest. This is one of the reasons I always eat bananas.

I think, for the most part, minor imbalances are best treated with changes to the diet, not ingesting something like pedialyte. I'm not anti pedialyte, I actually think it has decent ingredients if you choose the unflavored, uncolored version.

But coconut water is just as good, cheaper, and all natural. If I had a major imbalance (like after the flu or something), I'd go the coconut water route..

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