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by 18701 · 1 minute ago

I come from an obese, high blood pressure background and I am very used to being vigilant about the amount of sodium I consume. The problem is, it is affecting my BACON consumption, heavily. :) I always try to stay under about 1200mg of sodium... (more)

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Kaz 0 · January 12, 2011 at 9:58 PM

I used to struggle with serious edema. I'm talking ten pound fluctuations in a single day, which was definitely a major issue, since I would start the day at ~130 pounds. My thighs would swell up 1-2 inches each to the point where I was sure... (more)

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by 2581 · 4 minutes ago

I'm salt sensitive. That is, after a very high sodium meal my blood pressure rises from normal to hypertension range. And then after exercise and low-sodium eating it drops back to normal. Is this normal? Because from what I am reading this means... (more)

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Eva 0 · August 12, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Potassium is another mineral that your body needs to function. Potassium is essential to proper body functioning. Unless you have a problem with high potassium in your body, then there should be no problem at all using potassium instead of salt.... (more)

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by 78417 · 5 minutes ago

my husband bought them- it's not my fault!! they are roasted with those devil oils. what's a good, crunchy, salty alternative?

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Stephen_Aegis 0 · June 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Macadamia nuts Pork rinds Carrots with salt any vegetable with salt dehydrated meat(more chew than crunch)

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by 105 · 5 minutes ago

Ketogenic diets and physical performance describes some adaptations to a ketogenic diet that allow for unimpaired physical performance. The key recommendations are: optimizing sodium and potassium intake (sodium at 3???5 g/d and potassium at... (more)

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Danny 0 · June 14, 2010 at 6:24 AM

I personally couldn't hang with a low-carb paleo approach when i was distance running. I'd experience the same impaired performance that Stephen mentioned. However, I think you really have to take the time build a strong aerobic base to become an... (more)

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by 4991 · 5 minutes ago

I am eating a paleo diet and have been since November. However, when I check my daily nutrient intake (which I do sporadically, not daily!) using FitDay, I am routinely way down on calcium, down on magnesium and down on potassium. Calcium I... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · May 12, 2010 at 3:49 PM

A similar question to this has come up before. http://paleohacks.com/questions/3940/good-paleo-sources-of-magnesium-potassium The US reccomended daily allowance for potassium is quite high and does not seem that easy to get every day from your... (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

I've been paleo on and off for the last year or so, but have really committed to sticking with it long term for the past few months. Generally I feel great, and have a constant level of energy throughout the day. I'm avoiding dairy and most... (more)

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Methodician 0 · May 06, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Get some quality salt, put a dash in your Palm, and lick. It will taste bad if you're well salted and good if you're deficient, assuming your natural sodium impulse has been properly restored. I think I read this in the Perfect Health Diet... (more)

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by 598 · about 23 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 3979 · about 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 952 · about 23 hours ago

I recently did a comprehensive vitamins and minerals test. Everything was fine, except for low sodium (2532 while range is 2900 - 3335). Interestingly, the last time I took the test in 2009 it was the same. However, results of my regular... (more)

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Hepoberman 0 · April 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Serum sodium is homeostatic. Your body can be low on sodium while serum sodium is normal. If you eat less than 60 grams of carbohydrate daily you'll need a couple extra grams of sodium daily. Potassium will need supplemented as well, most... (more)

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by 3280 · about 23 hours ago

I'm hacking hydration, sodium and potassium. Is water retention as evidenced by how my ring fits on my finger a good indication of hydration? I believe I read that potassium attracts water to inside the cells, and sodium attracts water to... (more)

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Lumifer_1 0 · March 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM

In a word, no. By the time you have so much water retention that your fingers puff up, you're way way out of the proper balance.

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by 3280 · about 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 hours ago

Other than perhaps cramping, has anyone experienced any other effects/problems from having potassium and/or sodium out of whack? Just curious, Mike

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Chinaeskimo 0 · June 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I work in a restaurant kitchen with no AC. On hot days it can be over 100 and that is without standing in front of the fryer/melter/stove. I then crave weird foods and pour so much salt on my food that you'd think I was insane.

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by 3280 · about 23 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 2407 · about 23 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 23 hours ago

I created a poll on EasyPolls.net to find out how much sodium my paleo peeps consume each day. http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=4fc79d1be4b0d9e6e10394b3 Please take 1 second to respond. I'm very interested in the... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · May 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I wish I could respond, but I honestly don't keep track. I do know that I consume less than I did when I ate processed crap.

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