Hi fellow paleotics! :)
I have been following a low-carb paleo diet the last three years being in ketosis most of the time and feel great. At times I have been suffering from the dreaded ketosis fatigue or brainfog, most likely related to electrolyte imbalances in my body.
I have tried to supplement by remineralizing my drinking water with either sodium chloride or potassium chloride and noticed (maybe placeboic) improvements.
I am 178 cm tall, weigh 78 kg and my BF ~15 %. I lift heavy wheights once a week.
Dr Eades says:
Potassium is linked to sodium. If you lose a lot of sodium through the diuretic effect of the low-carb diet, you’ll ultimately lose a lot of potassium as well. Keeping your sodium intake up as mentioned above will help preserve your potassium as well. And keeping your potassium levels up helps to ensure that you don’t lose a lot of lean muscle mass during your weight loss. Plus, just as with sodium, adequate potassium prevents cramping and fatigue. (Link)
Thus: If your intake of sodium is adequate, do not bother with potassium?
But this paleohack thread indicates the opposite (link)
What is the ideal ratio of potassium to sodium? Pretty high actually. 8:1? More? Our chronic deficiency of potassium may have significant consequences for declining energy levels and hypertension.
Thus: Increase potassium intake?
Therefore my question is: What is most important to keep track of, sodium or potassium?