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by 568 · May 07, 2014 at 4:46 AM

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 0 · April 22, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Since two days, I feel a sort of numbness on my skin on the right side of my chest. Coupled with me feeling like I lack energy (especially in the afternoon), weakness and having some trouble with getting a good night's sleep I saw that a... (more)

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Iron_Dwarf 0 · April 22, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Thanks for the comments. It seems to be receding so I think it's nothing too serious.

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by 568 · March 21, 2014 at 10:58 PM

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 568 · December 20, 2013 at 11:07 PM

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 3277 · December 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM

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 · December 05, 2013 at 1:40 PM

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 3277 · January 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM

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 3277 · October 11, 2013 at 2:54 AM

I have the impression that your body wants to control potassium levels in the blood in a very narrow range, and will rob potassium from the cells in order to prevent blood levels from falling too low. I also have the impression that there's... (more)

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glib 0 · October 11, 2013 at 2:54 AM

Darn Mac Pro... I researched the issue in the 1990s, and back then a 4/1 K/Na ratio as considered optimal. And I wonder how people who eat only meat can ever get close to it.

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by 1468 · February 14, 2013 at 9:59 PM

I cant seem to find this answer, but I am at this time not able to add more foods and maintain weight loss. For those taking the 99mg Potassium supplement, how many do you take a day? I am getting muscle tension 2-3 times a week (the feeling right... (more)

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doug_8 0 · February 14, 2013 at 9:59 PM

People who get cramps often are missing three things... magnesium, potasium, and water... Many people who go on diets also often lower their salt intake significantly. Your body needs those salts and nutrients.

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by 15 · August 08, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I find it difficult to get enough potassium when low carb without resorting to massive amounts of vegetables, vegetable juice and coconut water. I believe my brain fog and memory issues might be due to a long time potassium defiency on low carb. I... (more)

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Linds 0 · August 08, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Any particular reason why you want to go zero carb? n=1 zero carb can cause a lot of issues in terms of making sure you get all the essential minerals, macros and vitamins that your body needs without turning your kitchen cupboard into a... (more)

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by 3277 · July 08, 2013 at 8:02 PM

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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Michael_17 0 · July 08, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Insulin sensitive folk can get water in the cells after eating carbs...

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by 353 · June 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

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 1637 · September 07, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Hey y'all! So, here is the thing: About 7-8 months ago I started having tingling extremities. It got to the point where my hands and feet were constantly tingling and kind of numb. I had my regular GP at the time run a B12 serum test which was... (more)

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Andrealyne 0 · September 07, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I have similar symptoms. Neuro work up is negative. Will see neuro surgeon because I have alot of cervical myelopathy. My B12 is high and I don't supplement. I am homozygous MTHFR c766t- with other weird methylation issues. I also did a... (more)

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by 3277 · March 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Of course minerals from foods are ideal, but as I'm trying ensure I have enough potassium, and my potassium to sodium ratio is about 2:1 , I'm left wondering: Is all potassium created equal? Is potassium from foods different, or perhaps better... (more)

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by 3277 · March 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM

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 3277 · March 13, 2013 at 12:47 AM

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 15380 · March 14, 2013 at 6:16 AM

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 233 · February 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Someone bought me bocconcini and the ingredients are "pasteurized milk, microbial enzyme, bacterial culture. Packaged in water with potassium sorbate" I know pasteurized milk and milk is bad yadda yadda, but can I make it somewhat better by... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · February 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

When it doubt, look it up on Wikipedia... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potassium_sorbate Preservative. Relatively non-toxic. Also found in natural foods. I wouldn't sweat it. (more)

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by 2401 · March 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

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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Sara_S_ 0 · March 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I'm usually low in both sodium and potassium when I get bloodwork done. I supplement potassium by mixing potassium chloride (along with some sodium chloride) in most of my drinking water. It tastes great to me, though moreso in some water than... (more)

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by 259 · January 04, 2013 at 2:22 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... (more)

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CD 0 · December 21, 2012 at 1:43 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... (more)

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by 2401 · November 26, 2012 at 6:32 AM

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 2401 · September 25, 2012 at 5:13 AM

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 5323 · July 03, 2012 at 2:45 PM

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 3277 · June 27, 2012 at 1:11 AM

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 3277 · June 16, 2013 at 3:45 AM

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.