Me- After growing up borderline obese as a kid (235lbs in 7th grade), I trained myself into a pretty athletic 23 yr old male, working 4days a week at crossfit and doing ~20 miles per week running. I have experimented with Intermittent fasting with some success. I eat healthy at almost every opportunity and searched for any advice that made me feel better. But some days just seemed off.
At first it was because of too many carbs. Then, after VLC carbing, I decided I must be eating too few carbs. That seemed to help... a little. I tried eating at a surplus. There were definitely some days where I had great energy... and others where I should have but couldn't explain why I didn't. The inconsistency was frustrating.
One thing that I knew was good: Water. Drink atleast 8 cups a day they said. It can only make you healthier! I didn't go anywhere without my water bottle. I sipped on it. I took big gulps. There were times when (I thought) I was really thirsty so I chugged 8oz at a time. I was wrong.
So after reading Salt we misjudged you, I decided to perform my own little experiment. I took my salt shaker and upturned it, letting the crystals fall like rain into a cup for a good 10 seconds. I added enough water to dissolve it. Then I drank. It was the saltiest thing I've ever tasted. But it was delicious. I swear, not 15 minutes later, It was like I was reborn. Tons of energy. And the best part? THE THIRST WAS GONE. I no longer feel the need to obsessively sip water all day.
So if you're struggling with your own paleo paradigm and you feel like you're doing everything right, give the salt experiment a try. As I've discovered, overhydration is just as bad as dehydration.
Has anyone else found success by adding more salt? Is there anything I should watch out for as far as possibly getting too much salt?