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qrtjacob 02-25-2013 12:46 AM

Potassium/salt - balance ?
Just forund this wonderful forum. Got two beginner questions:
I've been reading up on Low Carb, and some recommend to up salt and potassium. Should this primarily be done during induction period, or should I up it permanently during LC?

If I use regular table salt (NaCl) and potassium carbonate (K2CO3), should I balance them out like one gram of each, and how much would you recommend?

clackley 02-25-2013 05:54 AM

Welcome grjacob! Make is simple and consume about 2 cups of chicken broth a day and from there, don't avoid salt. Eat foods that are rich in potassium (avocados are great). See how you feel and take it from there.

Dottie 02-25-2013 06:04 AM

On a side note (but important) : if you're taking any medications, discuss it with your doctor before you increase salt OR potassium because some medications can deplete or raise these levels.

reddarin 02-25-2013 07:43 AM

What I've been doing lately is lightly boiling my LC veggie in a cup of water with 2 bouillon cubes and then I drink the fantastically tasty broth.

picklepete 02-25-2013 05:46 PM

I wouldn't overthink it. Most Americans could use more potassium so increase that first--almost all whole plants have some. Tomatoes are probably the best LC choice.

Sodium is sort of like protein--if it tastes good you need it. If it doesn't you don't.

Strawberry 02-25-2013 06:58 PM


I wouldn't overthink it
For most people, who dont have medical problems, they dont need to take supplements of potassium or sodium. Your body will regulate this for you.

In general, it is healthy to eat REAL FOODS higher in potassium - tomatoes, avocados, dark leafy greens, salmon (surpisingly!), mushrooms... go Google search to get a long list.

IF you DO have a medical problem, or take ANY medications, this should be a discussion with your doctor about limiting or supplementing potassium or sodium.
The advice becomes very specific if you are taking certain blood pressure meds, diuretics, or have kidney, liver, or heart problems.

In one of his books, Dr Atkins suggested that if you feel "weak" during Induction, it may be due to the natural diuretic effect of low carb (no glycogen/sugars to hold water in muscles) and so you may benefit from consuming a little more sodium to help retain water. But again, I wouldnt worry about this unless you are actually having a problem.

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