I'm a 30 y/o male, 6'4" 220lbs, been low-carb (45-60g/day) paleo for about 3 months, I've lost a ton of weight, and I feel great. I've only had one problem since starting paleo- back spasms.
I can massage the spasms out, but they come back after a few hours. Ibuprofen helps, but I really don't want to take it. I'm thinking that I haven't been replenishing electrolytes properly since going paleo.
The spasms started about 3 weeks after going LC- and from what I've been reading, when you're LC, your body doesn't retain much sodium. Add to that the fact that I have hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), I don't eat any processed foods, and I don't salt my food. By my estimates, I've been getting about 1200mg sodium per day. I'm betting I don't get enough sodium (or other electrolytes).
I found this recipe for a homemade electrolyte drink in a few places online, and wanted to get people's thoughts:
2 quarts of water
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt substitute (potassium salt)
I'm concerned about two things:
1) Baking soda acts as an antacid, neutralizing stomach acids, which will make food harder to digest. Is baking soda a bad idea?
2) I would think there should be twice as much potassium as sodium, but this recipe has it the other way around.
In the meantime, I've been salting my food for the past couple days (no change in spasms yet). I've also been supplementing with Albion magnesium chelates for about 2 weeks right before bed (slowly working my way up from 100mg).