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by 8858 · about 23 hours ago

My $0.02: Potassium is too high (I assume that lower sodium intake corresponds to diminished need for potassium...thoughts?) Vitamin D is too low (I'm guessing that in equatorial regions, current levels are fine but that as one goes higher in... (more)

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Angelo___Latest_in_Paleo 0 · December 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I would focus far more on real food, versus nutrition-speak for something like this that is intended in large part for general-public consumption: I would create food groups like "Leafy Greens," "Other Vegetables," "Meat," "Organ Meats," "Fish,"... (more)

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by 598 · about 23 hours ago

Here's a flurry of questions, comments, and concerns... Feel free to pick any bit to answer from. I hate to intimidate people with so many pointed questions so just speak your mind on any point. Looking for opinions as much as facts, but prefer... (more)

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glib 0 · May 03, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Paleo principles suggest that moderni diets have low K, including some paleo diets themselves. We possibly have high Na, since Weston Price's book suggests good health in tropical populations with intakes of 100 mg Na/day. Modern research also... (more)

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by 598 · about 23 hours ago

I've fallen into the (good?) habit of drinking lots of coconut water. It's usually between 8-24 oz per day. I feel like this stuff is really amazing! What's your take on packaged coconut water? This started when struggling to... (more)

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Methodician 0 · March 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Is this wrong? http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3115/2 says it contains fiber, but @Stephen 4 angrily insists it doesn't. Anyone want to take a shot at breaking the tie with some real data? (more)

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by 598 · about 23 hours ago

I'm doing much better now while limiting my fiber intake. It's weird - fiber binds me up apparently. I try to keep it well below 30 grams, usually under 20 if I can but that's hard. The problem is that I'm also limiting my leafy greens - a major... (more)

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daz 0 · December 17, 2013 at 9:29 PM

you probably use this tool already, but just in case... you can use the nutrient-search-tool-here to define particular nutrient searches, ie. highest and lowest in certain 'things' such as fiber, potassium, folate in any combination you... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

I've been drinking V8 (low sodium) because I was trying to increase my potassium. While sitting at the breakfast table, I was bored, and read the label: It contains potassium chloride! Silly me: I thought all the potassium was from the... (more)

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samc 0 · December 11, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Tomatoes are rich with potassium. Since people want the salt taste they add potassium chloride which isn't much different of an affront compared to adding salt. I find it hard to eat enough food and get a decent amount of potassium so I drink a... (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

I never seem to get enough of them in my daily diet. I have never had enough calcium. Not even as a child since I've never liked milk/cheese and other dairy that people normally eat. I like butter, cream and ice cream but that i didn't have too... (more)

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Supergirl 0 · December 05, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I usually eat 100-150 gr beef a day, the rest is chicken, pork and sea food. Protein wise, eat too much nuts and almonds. The rest is all sorts of vegetables, love broccoli and cauliflower and mixed salads, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados and... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

Has anyone here ever had bad effects from taking too much B12? (Like 5,000 or 10,000)? I'm now just starting to research the possibility of too much B12 driving down potassium levels, and perhaps causing muscle cramps and twitching. ... (more)

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CaveMan_Mike 0 · January 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM

this: http://www.ehow.com/list_6075324_signs-low-b12-low-potassium.html and Treatment of megaloblastic anemia with vitamin B12 and folate, resulting in rapid uptake of cellular potassium. For more Paleo Diet hacks:... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

As I understand it, there's "two oceans of water": one inside-the-cell and one outside-the-cell. Sodium attracts water out of the cell and potassium attracts water inside-the-cell. From what I understand, edema is when water accumulates... (more)

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elf27 0 · July 08, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I'm not sure if your question is about edema, so if you're trying to cure edema or if you're just trying to stay hydrated? But in general, I have read that salt is also important for hydration, so likely Chloride as well, I'm not sure it would be... (more)

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by 354 · about 23 hours ago

Thanks to this and another site, I found out that my staggering fatigue (post-ketosis) may be related to mineral deficiencies. I've boosted the sodium, potassium, and magnesium (and water throughout the day) and feel like I'm on the mend. I'm... (more)

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Albert83BCN 0 · June 16, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Q#1: According to this link that summarizes mineral needs in a very nice way IMO, it seems that the ideal ratio would be near between 2.5:1 and 4:1 sodium/potassium. Q#2: The bloating thing when boosting electrolytes and water to me looks like... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

I'm hacking hydration, sodium and potassium. Is water retention as evidenced by how my ring fits on my finger a good indication of hydration? I believe I read that potassium attracts water to inside the cells, and sodium attracts water to... (more)

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Lumifer_1 0 · March 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM

In a word, no. By the time you have so much water retention that your fingers puff up, you're way way out of the proper balance.

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

I know, for example, that blood levels of magnesium are not a very good indicator of magnesium levels in cells. Are blood tests for sodium / potassium equally as unhelpful unless you are in dire straights? I'm trying to hack muscle cramping... (more)

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Chris_65 0 · March 12, 2013 at 4:46 AM

Serum electrolytes are fleeting measurements that exist within a very small tolerance range. High potassium may be just a fluke. Get tested again to be sure. Serum measurements do not measure intracellularly rather they provide an overall snapshot... (more)

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by 15400 · about 23 hours ago

My doctor and I had a disagreement (again). But that's okay. I kind of trust Paleohackers more. I will put a bounty on this question, I just don't know how. I think I have to wait before awarding best answer or something like that. Anyway, I got... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM

First off, your total cholesterol of 363 was about where mine was (393) after eating tons of butter and cream. For whatever genetic reason, that particular ratio of myristic, lauric and palmitic acids spikes my cholesterol to the moon. When I cut... (more)

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by 2407 · about 23 hours ago

I agree we should try and get our nutrients from food. But our soil is depleted, and getting 4-10g of potassium per day as paleo humans got is pretty hard. Potassium is pretty important for many things, especially nitrogen retention and lean... (more)

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Monte 0 · February 01, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Coconut water. A cup contains about 500mg of potassium. Way easier than getting it from pills.

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by 2407 · about 23 hours ago

I've used sodium Bicarb to get super soft stir fry meat. But, can one use potassium Bicarb for the same purpose? I'd rather take in more K than Na.

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by 2407 · about 23 hours ago

I take 10g K Bicarb a day. Helps with many things. Some may say it helps the body stay alkaline without it having to leach calcium. Muscles feel great on it. However, it raises stomach pH an I can feel that (doesn't help digestion). On an... (more)

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by 5381 · about 23 hours ago

Last night I had a racing heart leap up on me, while I was half asleep. Anxiety alerted me too it. Must have been somewhere around 120. I am also getting cramps. So I wondered about electrolytes. I have been salting my meals, but also drinking a... (more)

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Crowlover_ 0 · July 03, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Its possible you need Magnesium. There are lots of threads on dosing and types. Also, how about stopping the Glutamine and see what happens (why are you taking it?) Good luck

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

I've been experimenting with Sea Salt and dietary potassium (hacking absolute quantities, as well as relative proportions). I've noticed that when I consume lots of sea salt, I experience vivid dreams when sleeping, and can remember the dreams... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

Other than perhaps cramping, has anyone experienced any other effects/problems from having potassium and/or sodium out of whack? Just curious, Mike

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Chinaeskimo 0 · June 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I work in a restaurant kitchen with no AC. On hot days it can be over 100 and that is without standing in front of the fryer/melter/stove. I then crave weird foods and pour so much salt on my food that you'd think I was insane.

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

When eating paleo (low carb paleo or not), how common is it to get at least twice as much potassium as sodium? Is that really important? What are the likely symptoms of too much sodium relative to potassium? According... (more)

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Christopher_Gagnon 0 · June 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I didn't really find paleo increased my potassium, but it definitely reduced my sodium--so much so that I suffered cramps until I figured out what was going on and started liberally salting stuff. All the processed foods I gave up are replete... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

I'm in the home stretch of narrowing down headache/eye-hurting reaction, and I don't think it likely caused by the Morton's Lite Salt, but just figured I'd ask. Thanks Mike (more)

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bonefed 0 · September 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Potassium supplementation can be tricky because typical potassium salts (which THESE Albion-based tablets are NOT) can be caustic to stomach and intestinal linings as they dissolve. This is the reason why the government sets a 99mg limit on the... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

I've been having a problem with muscle cramps. Yesterday, I switched to Morton's Half-Salt: (half sodium, half potassium). My slight muscle cramps (calves & foot) in the morning escalated abruptly into terrible back spasm & neck muscles... (more)

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Robin_10 0 · June 02, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Muscle cramps are really hard to figure out. For many people, it's a lack of potassium and/or magnesium, but both made my cramps worse. Eventually I figured out it was too little calcium -- I had removed too many dairy sources from my diet while... (more)

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by 2407 · about 23 hours ago

In this article: http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/1/1/2 "Sodium and potassium The second factor differentiating the author's studies from many others is optimized mineral nutriture, which has benefits for both cardiovascular reserve... (more)

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orust 0 · June 01, 2012 at 9:56 AM

This only applies to ketogenic or VLC diets really. When insulin falls low enough sodium is not retained at the normal rate. Either intake has to increase or the hormone aldosterone steps in to preserve sodium and hence circulating volume. The... (more)

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by 6229 · about 23 hours ago

What do you use and how much? Do you have any thyroid issues?

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SarahH 0 · May 04, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I use Icelandic kelp for my iodine intake - potassium iodide has a -lot- of iodine and should only be used if you are in a severe radiation zone. I have no thyroid issues, but there is a noticeable difference if you are iodine deficient. I would... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

I do realize that the obvious answer is: "stop with the sodium, and eat lots of potassium rich foods, and wait and see". But, If my feeling woozy, dizzy, and tension-headache-y was caused by VLC, and too much sodium, and not enough... (more)

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Kim_17 0 · April 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

I think I was out of balance, but it was a lack of sodium not potassium. I started to eat a little iodized salt and within a day I felt much better and had more energy. I'm not sure that's the root cause; there's probably something wrong with my... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

I'm trying to hack my tension headache / foot cramps & some muscle twitching. From my previous post, I got lots of good suggestions that it could likely be a an electrolyte issue. Since I take magnesium & calcium supplements, and I just... (more)

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raydawg 0 · April 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I add fine sea salt to BBQs when marinading as it sticks better, plain kosher salt (a tablespoon) to soups before applying heat, but never to burgers as it shrinks them (after they're cooked and have some ghee melted on top, it's fine). There's... (more)

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