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by 598 · about 20 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 20 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 20 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 354 · about 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 2407 · about 21 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 435 · about 21 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 21 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 21 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 3280 · about 21 hours ago

I've been experimenting with Sea Salt and dietary potassium (hacking absolute quantities, as well as relative proportions). I've noticed that when I consume lots of sea salt, I experience vivid dreams when sleeping, and can remember the dreams... (more)

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by 253 · about 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 hours ago

I'm trying to hack my tension headache / foot cramps & some muscle twitching. From my previous post, I got lots of good suggestions that it could likely be a an electrolyte issue. Since I take magnesium & calcium supplements, and I just... (more)

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raydawg 0 · April 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I add fine sea salt to BBQs when marinading as it sticks better, plain kosher salt (a tablespoon) to soups before applying heat, but never to burgers as it shrinks them (after they're cooked and have some ghee melted on top, it's fine). There's... (more)

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by 941 · about 21 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 21 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 10919 · about 21 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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by 396 · about 21 hours ago

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... (more)

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AndyM 0 · December 06, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Coconut water. If you want to be sure you're not short on electrolytes this is what I'd go for every time. Plus you get to smash things and eat coconut if you're going homemade. And it is higher in potassium. For the baking soda, I wouldn't... (more)

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by 30 · about 21 hours ago

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... (more)

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greyman 0 · November 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Erik, According to my own experience, as well as the book "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living", you need to ensure enough intake of electrolytes in low carb diet. Regarding the sodium, the authors of the book recommend 5g per day... (more)

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by 15 · about 21 hours ago

I have bipolar and take 900mg of lithium (extended release version) a day. I've noticed that in my transition to paleo eating, my lithium side effects are much stronger: feeling spacey, twitching, mild tremors, diarrhea, and the usual fun. I've... (more)

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APC 0 · November 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

your bipolar may in fact be of dietary origin - neurological or mood disorder is more often a symptom rather than a disease. gluten intolerance, blood sugar dysregulation, omega-3 deficiency, B-vitamin deficiency, any number of toxins, alcohol or... (more)

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by 1130 · about 21 hours ago

I eat mostly Paleo for the third month now, and after a successful weight-loss, a plateau came. Somehow intuitively I decided to further limit my carb intake, but after like 1-2 weeks, I've started to experience problems best described as... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · September 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Actions you call "making mistakes" are not really mistakes. You will be" making mistakes " for the next thirty, forty or fifty years, hopefully!The Paleo experts make "mistakes" all the time. Even if you "hit the Paleo sweet spot" for a day ,... (more)

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