I'm having muscle twitching, foot cramps, and occasional calf cramps. I have periods of tension headaches which I suspect are all related to hydration or electrolytes (potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium).
I already take magnesium & calcium supplements so I doubt it's that. And, I just had a magnesium RBC blood test which showed I was normal for magnesium. (This is the better test which shows intra-cellular magnesium levels, not the regular blood magnesium which can be very inaccurate.) So, I'm crossing magnesium off my suspect list.
Since going paleo a few months ago, I essentially have stopped eating out and cook everything at home. I don't add salt when I cook, and only add it when eating. I recently measured out a tsp of salt (88% RDA sodium) into a clear shaker to measure how much I'm shaking onto food, and it's probably about 30% rda. So, salt could be a culprit. Adding sodium should be hard if I start eating bacon (yum).
It seems like if I work out, then go in the sauna, that makes things worse (which does suggest I'm getting out of balance by lots of sweating).
When using mynetdiary.com to analyze my diet, it seems like I'm not getting 100% potassium each day. Without pigging out on orange juice, bananas, potatoes, etc. I'm not getting enough. I just added 6oz of spinach to a green smoothie: 10oz Greek yogurt, 6oz banana, 1.5oz coconut oil.
I wanted to take potassium supplements to rule that out, but became scared with the dire warnings.
Why is potassium in capsule form capped at (99mg max), but you can shake out as much as you want in Morton's Salt Substitute? In the archives, I see people taking 2 or 3 capsules, but that's like 2% or 3%. How can that make any difference at all?
What's the best trouble-shooting technique to get to the bottom of this?
Any & all tips or suggestions would be very much appreciated.