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by 598 · about 11 hours ago

Here's a flurry of questions, comments, and concerns... Feel free to pick any bit to answer from. I hate to intimidate people with so many pointed questions so just speak your mind on any point. Looking for opinions as much as facts, but prefer... (more)

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glib 0 · May 03, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Paleo principles suggest that moderni diets have low K, including some paleo diets themselves. We possibly have high Na, since Weston Price's book suggests good health in tropical populations with intakes of 100 mg Na/day. Modern research also... (more)

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by -3 · about 11 hours ago

Hi there! I LOVE eating meat, and I am trying to start a new paleo/keto eating habit because I've heard it can really decrease the inflammation associated with ankle pain/healing. I am having a hard time eating meat that is not prepared (i.e.... (more)

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paleot 0 · February 09, 2014 at 12:18 AM

1500mg is a bit low unless you're trying to lower your blood pressure through sodium restriction. When intakes of sodium less than 2300 mg per day were compared to intakes greater than 2300 mg per day, the “lower sodium intake was... (more)

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by 3979 · about 11 hours ago

I mean, VERY high. I'll eat 2 ounces of anchovies along with some other fish and avocado and veggies with another heaping teaspoon of salt. Meal after meal. I just feel great when I have a lot of salt, especially mentally. If I don't, I feel... (more)

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daz 0 · July 31, 2014 at 4:17 AM

"I am anemic and most likely magnesium deficient..."My money's on a Magnesium deficiency as the primary culprit.esp as you wrote previously; "I also did Dead Sea salt baths, which definitely replenish magnesium, and that temporarily reduced salt... (more)

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by 3280 · about 11 hours ago

As I understand it, there's "two oceans of water": one inside-the-cell and one outside-the-cell. Sodium attracts water out of the cell and potassium attracts water inside-the-cell. From what I understand, edema is when water accumulates... (more)

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elf27 0 · July 08, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I'm not sure if your question is about edema, so if you're trying to cure edema or if you're just trying to stay hydrated? But in general, I have read that salt is also important for hydration, so likely Chloride as well, I'm not sure it would be... (more)

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by 354 · about 11 hours ago

Thanks to this and another site, I found out that my staggering fatigue (post-ketosis) may be related to mineral deficiencies. I've boosted the sodium, potassium, and magnesium (and water throughout the day) and feel like I'm on the mend. I'm... (more)

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Albert83BCN 0 · June 16, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Q#1: According to this link that summarizes mineral needs in a very nice way IMO, it seems that the ideal ratio would be near between 2.5:1 and 4:1 sodium/potassium. Q#2: The bloating thing when boosting electrolytes and water to me looks like... (more)

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by 20 · about 11 hours ago

I just checked my blood pressure last night and it was 143/95!!! Unbelievable - it is usually 120/80... so I was completely shocked. I just now checked the sodium on some of my daily staples. I've been eating beef jerky (620mg sodium per... (more)

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Linds 0 · May 07, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Anything home made is going to be significantly lower in sodium. Home made jerky and freshly cooked steak or ham are loads better for you than any type of packaged convenience food. Buy a giant slab of beef or turkey and make some homemade jerky... (more)

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by 2302 · about 11 hours ago

OK so pretty simple questions...sometimes when I do a 24 hour fast I get kind of light headed (and have to break it as I am "listening to my body"). I know from back when I was in ketosis that this was due to low sodium levels, however ketosis... (more)

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August 0 · March 13, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I just add salt to my coffee on general principles. I had some weird symptoms after being paleo for a while and I figured out I needed more salt. I'm pretty sure paleolithic people were digging to stuff out of the ground and harvesting dried... (more)

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by 3280 · about 11 hours ago

I know, for example, that blood levels of magnesium are not a very good indicator of magnesium levels in cells. Are blood tests for sodium / potassium equally as unhelpful unless you are in dire straights? I'm trying to hack muscle cramping... (more)

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Chris_65 0 · March 12, 2013 at 4:46 AM

Serum electrolytes are fleeting measurements that exist within a very small tolerance range. High potassium may be just a fluke. Get tested again to be sure. Serum measurements do not measure intracellularly rather they provide an overall snapshot... (more)

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by 0 · about 11 hours ago

Since I've gone paleo about a month ago, I'm searching for alternative healthy drinks. My current favourites are Kefir and natural mineral water. Mineral water is highly available in my country (and you cannot find carbonated water anywhere). The... (more)

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by 2485 · about 11 hours ago

Background: I am a active 39 year old female, in the high end of the "normal" weight range but a little chubbier than I'd like. I have Meniere's disease, and I initially started eating paleo because it helped me stick to a low sodium diet. (Yes,... (more)

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Justin_12 0 · January 24, 2013 at 3:15 AM

I hit athletic recovery problems in month 2 of VLC. My advice would be let the athletic performance slip if it needs to so you can maintain the diet and hit your short term weight goal. Sounds like you're in a good groove and compliance is... (more)

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by 2407 · about 11 hours ago

I agree we should try and get our nutrients from food. But our soil is depleted, and getting 4-10g of potassium per day as paleo humans got is pretty hard. Potassium is pretty important for many things, especially nitrogen retention and lean... (more)

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Monte 0 · February 01, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Coconut water. A cup contains about 500mg of potassium. Way easier than getting it from pills.

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by 259 · about 11 hours ago

Out of curiosity- has anyone noticed changes they can link to electrolyte imbalances? I binged on bacon not long ago, (the bad, processed, only 83% actual pig kind, don't judge me, it was a dark time), and I think I sent my body into some kind... (more)

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CD 0 · December 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium are typically the worst offenders with an electrolyte imbalance. For those who shun dairy, calcium can be a problem too. Hyperkalemia is the worst since it can be hard to self-diagnose and ultimately could lead... (more)

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by 435 · about 11 hours ago

I am just starting out on a low carb high fat diet (ala Volek and Phinney) and they repeatedly stress the importance of sodium supplementation. A popular means of this supplementation is bouillon cubes. I have been searching high and low for a... (more)

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milajake 0 · December 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM

I like Rapunzel Vegetable Bouillon - Ingredients: Sea Salt, Yeast Extract, Organic Non Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Organic Garlic, Organic Basil, Organic Parsley, Organic Tumeric, Organic Lovage, Organic Celery, Organic Dill. [Organically Grown and... (more)

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by 2407 · about 11 hours ago

I've used sodium Bicarb to get super soft stir fry meat. But, can one use potassium Bicarb for the same purpose? I'd rather take in more K than Na.

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by 3280 · about 11 hours ago

Could magnesium/calcium supplements cause dehydration? (Perhaps by drawing water into the intestine and away from other cells in your body? ) Could table salt added to food make that worse? I know a lot of paleo folks take magnesium &... (more)

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BoneBrothFast 0 · August 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I've actually been speculating this for a while. When I take magnesium, I do feel more parched. Especially in the mornings. Table salt is shitty because it's only sodium chloride. You will never find just sodium chloride in nature in a state fit... (more)

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by 253 · about 11 hours ago

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... (more)

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Sam_Knox 0 · June 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Lots of low-carbers have found success by adding salt. Failing to supplement sodium is one of the most common mistakes on a low-carb diet.

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by 3280 · about 11 hours ago

When eating paleo (low carb paleo or not), how common is it to get at least twice as much potassium as sodium? Is that really important? What are the likely symptoms of too much sodium relative to potassium? According... (more)

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Christopher_Gagnon 0 · June 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I didn't really find paleo increased my potassium, but it definitely reduced my sodium--so much so that I suffered cramps until I figured out what was going on and started liberally salting stuff. All the processed foods I gave up are replete... (more)

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by 3280 · about 11 hours ago

There's a really neat animation which depicts how the sodium - potassium pump works in the body: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072495855/student_view0/chapter2/animation__how_the_sodium_potassium_pump_works.html I've always heart that... (more)

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epaleocookbooks 0 · June 07, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Be careful about going low potassium. Potassium deficiency can cause seizures. You may want to supplement. The recommended ratio is 2:1 potassium:sodium for a normal diet, so if you're not lowcarb, then yes, you should try for that. "Health... (more)

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by 3280 · about 11 hours ago

I've been having a problem with muscle cramps. Yesterday, I switched to Morton's Half-Salt: (half sodium, half potassium). My slight muscle cramps (calves & foot) in the morning escalated abruptly into terrible back spasm & neck muscles... (more)

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Robin_10 0 · June 02, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Muscle cramps are really hard to figure out. For many people, it's a lack of potassium and/or magnesium, but both made my cramps worse. Eventually I figured out it was too little calcium -- I had removed too many dairy sources from my diet while... (more)

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by 2407 · about 11 hours ago

In this article: http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/1/1/2 "Sodium and potassium The second factor differentiating the author's studies from many others is optimized mineral nutriture, which has benefits for both cardiovascular reserve... (more)

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orust 0 · June 01, 2012 at 9:56 AM

This only applies to ketogenic or VLC diets really. When insulin falls low enough sodium is not retained at the normal rate. Either intake has to increase or the hormone aldosterone steps in to preserve sodium and hence circulating volume. The... (more)

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by 3280 · about 11 hours ago

I do realize that the obvious answer is: "stop with the sodium, and eat lots of potassium rich foods, and wait and see". But, If my feeling woozy, dizzy, and tension-headache-y was caused by VLC, and too much sodium, and not enough... (more)

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Kim_17 0 · April 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

I think I was out of balance, but it was a lack of sodium not potassium. I started to eat a little iodized salt and within a day I felt much better and had more energy. I'm not sure that's the root cause; there's probably something wrong with my... (more)

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by 941 · about 11 hours ago

I have been reading Chris Kresser's series on salt. In part one he talks about the history of our use of and obsession with salt. In part two he discusses how our bodies use salt and the consequences of consuming too much or too little. Over all a... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · April 17, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Blood consumption has been practiced by several HG groups (most famously by the Masai, which I suppose would be classified more as pastoralists) and coastal populations would have had sufficient quantities of sea-food (sea weeds, shellfish, etc.)... (more)

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by 38 · about 11 hours ago

After switching to a paleo diet I unintentionally cut my sodium intake to around 1500mg a day. Which is what is recommended by most guidelines. I drink around 4Liters(135 ounces) of water a day on average which may seem like a lot for some but... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · March 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Not that I'm aware of, but, as you say, too much water can dangerously lower the concentration of elecrolytes in the body. Are you really that thirsty or is drinking water just an OCD habit? The paleo concept is drink when thirsty - but there... (more)

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by 354 · about 11 hours ago

I'm curious because I have been on paleo for a while and I have some inflammation on my face still. Usually when I get back on paleo it starts going away very soon. I have been eating a lot of salty meat lately and I'm thinking that could be the... (more)

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CaveMan_Mike 0 · May 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

This is really interesting: it suggests that too much salt relative to potassium can effectively dehydrate you (and your brain), and cause headaches: Headaches & sodium manyblessings.net | Dec 12th 2012 In my experience the vast majority of... (more)

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by 10919 · about 11 hours ago

So my sister and father have recently learned they each were born with one kidney. I'm getting a sonogram tomorrow to see if I also have this issue. Does anyone know how this would change my dietary needs? My sister has been told she should be on... (more)

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Casey_1 0 · December 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM

My son was born with one kidney (unilateral renal agenesis) and we've not been advised anything in regards to his diet - sodium or protein. We've only been advised to limit his participation in winter sports (skiing, hockey, etc).

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