i have been on the paleo diet just over a week now. while it seems to be helping my digestive and inflammation problems, my pulse rate hs gone way up--from about 65 beats per minute to 93-101 at rest, and my blood pressure has gone up from 125/70 to 155/97. is this a normal reaction to the diet? the fast pulse is uncomfortable.
Very low carb can induce adrenaline responses, especially initially. You might try adding a cup or so of berries a day, or the odd parsnip or kumura. I do a cup of berries per day, with a little bit of glucose sprinkled on top, to keep my body glucose levels from getting too low.
Very low carb also drains your fluids and electrolytes a bit more, which can also effect the heart rate. Try adding a bit more salt to your food, drinking a little more water, and the cup or so of berries or 1-2 root veg suggestion. (glucose is also required for good hydration).
Magnesium and potassium are also supplements that can be useful re: electrolytes on very low carb.
You could also see a doctor about it, and perhaps get your electrolytes checked? (I see you did see a doctor, but an electrolyte check might have been a good idea)
Very low carb is duiretic basically.
My first thought is anxiety. You're making a major change in lifestyle, avoiding some things you probably like and eating foods that require more preparation, etc. I know it can affect blood pressure and heart rate because I have "white coat" syndrome--my vitals are fine at home but I do a great impression of hypertension at the doctor's office.
I also agree with paleo 2.0 that changing your ratio of carbs to total food could, at least temporarily affect pulse. In my case, grains were very sedating and my pulse rate went up at first. When I started drinking water kefir (a probiotic) I noticed my blood pressure stayed the same but my resting pulse dropped significantly and has remained at the quieter level.
The lowest blood pressures and pulse rates are seen in the very fit, so if this is a concern for you make sure you have a healthy activity level.
High cortisol levels can cause elevated vitals. Are you trying IF with your new paleo diet? While you are adapting, don't skip breakfast and don't overeat. Give us a day's meals sample and maybe there is something else to tweak.
My first question is about your sodium intake, and that would mean hidden sodium sources, ie: canned meats or processed lunch meats? My second question is about the amount you exercise? My third question is about the amount and frequency and variety of your veggie intake? My fourth question is have you eliminated sources of sugar?
You can still exercise though bedridden, it looks like you are eating canned tuna which is very high in sodium as is bacon and sausage. Try eating baked/roasted chicken and baked/roasted beef. All of that fruit and cashews equals way too much sugar! In short, it looks like you are using turnips as your primary source of vegetables.
You should be eating all manner of vegetables using every color that they come in. Your veggie intake should increase substantially and your sodium and sodium rich foods should decrease substantially. Try some meal salads with meats, broccoli, asparagus, sea food. Make your own salad dressings with good oils.
You should be drinking copious amounts of water to flush some of that sodium out of your system and have some hibiscus tea a couple times a day, which helps decrease blood pressure.
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