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mike5 06-02-2013 10:41 AM

Severe case of electrolytes imbalance?
 
I know my electrolytes are extremely imbalanced. Every time I wake up I feel so groggy, weak and dead. I noticed I sweat a lot during the night so I must be excreting a lot of sodium, potassium, magnesium and some other essential minerals. I supplement with at least 600mg of potassium a day and some magnesium but I'm so fed up of supplements. I've even increased my carbs to 45g and purposely kicked myself out of ketosis to get more nutrition from veggies and some berries but not noticing much of a difference. I'm adding sea salt liberally to my foods but it doesn't seem enough. I've mixed sea salt in some water and drank it with some improvements but it is so distasteful and foul and I have reluctantly drank 3 cups worth 3000mg of sodium.

What else can I do? I drink 2 litres of water a day. I don't want to take an energy drink because of the high sugar content. Oh and no fat increase suggestions, I am too naturally glucose dependent to just solely run on fat and ketosis didn't work for me, I already consume 150g of fat. I also don't want to increase my carbs any more.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

ravenrose 06-02-2013 11:51 AM

unless you have been tested, I don't think you know these problems are electrolyte related. many times people just imagine a whole series of cause and effect that aren't what's going on at all.

lilbeetle 06-02-2013 11:58 AM

A nicer salty drink is bouillon cube in hot water. Salt water
makes me want to vomit :)

Patience 06-02-2013 12:05 PM

I've had nights where I've drunk salt water.
My salt intake is way lower from my ordinary diet. Never ate much in the way or salty food and never salted my food much.
I am sort of doing a dual approach of sodium and potassium . . . in prior low carb efforts, potassium did the trick. But when I started get leg cramps at 8 weeks I added salt and it has help at lot in getting a full nights sleep. Its kind of trial and error to figure out amounts.

Avocados help too, I think they are high in potassium. Also apple cider vinegar has been suggested. I have not caved on bananas but I did have an orange when I was traveling and that helped.

You might try googling foods high in potassium. I did that and found quite a few that you can have at close to inducation levels.

SweetMe678 06-02-2013 12:06 PM

I have problems with my electrolytes, but I know this from the cramping I get in my legs, and talking to my Doc. Mine comes from the amount I sweat, the amount of caffeine I consume, and the fact that I occasionally over exert myself. ( I do weight a lot for the amount of exercise I get, considering I started at less that 1000K steps a day in January)

There are elecrolyte drinks, such as emergenC. I also use Morton's Lite salt, which is sodium and potassium, rather than try to take a pill. I get magnesium eating almonds, spinach and other leafy greens(also coincidentally good sources of potassium).

It is not recommended that you take more than 99g of potassium in pill form, unless under a doc's prescription and supervision, because it can cause intestinal damage and other problems. (this is because of the pill, and the form of potassium in the pill, not natural sources).

If you are taking enough adequate amounts of sodium, potassium, magnesium AND calcium. Then maybe you should see your doctor and get some blood work done and a thorough physical. The symptoms you list may be related to quite a few other health problems having nothing to do with what you are eating. I am also thinking of your previous posts about ravenous hunger, binge eating, now night sweats, groggy, weak.

Patience 06-02-2013 12:16 PM

Yes, good to mention diuretic effects of caffeine. That probably has contribued some to my problem. I supplement once a day with magnesium and take dialy calcium. I felt groggy/wonky in my early days, but none of that now. I used to always salt with morton lite (the kind that has some sodium) but I have now increased the ratio of sodium to potassium

Tril 06-06-2013 04:52 AM

Your symptoms also sound like a thyroid or other hormone issue. If you're supplementing minerals and not seeing an improvement, then you should be looking at other causes for your fatigue. Also, you never mentioned muscle cramping... that usually happens when you're low on the "iums"... calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium.

Suzilee 06-06-2013 06:49 AM

I drink PowerAde Zero which has electrolytes. It has zero carbs. It does have artificial sweeteners but I don't seem to be sensitive to them (have lost 10 pounds in 10 days on induction - I weigh 142).


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