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juliekaboolie 06-13-2013 11:22 AM

A question about electrolytes

How do you all maintain your electrolyte balance eating this way? Due to a genetic heart condition that affects my heart's electrical system, I have to heavily supplement with potassium and magnesium. I tried this woe last year and had to stop after five days due to heart palpitations. I'd like to eat this way again, but I need to do it with caution. Thoughts?

Patience 06-13-2013 11:31 AM

This is all a bit of a mystery for me. For me, after 10 weeks, I've found I need more salt and can cut back on the P. I take about 300mg of magnesium perday and a calcium supplement.

I got a some serious leg cramps earlier this week, and after thinking it through, I think the issue was that I let myself get dehydrated from 5 days of travel. I've never had issues with heart palpitations, thank goodness. Will be interested to read what others post. After googling sodium salt balance, I am still confused, but there have been some good posts here in past years about that. Maybe one of our science types can weigh in here.

kiliki78 06-13-2013 11:46 AM

I've been trying to solve this issue recently as well. Since starting keto I had several charlie horses and the recovery has been painful.

I now supplement with 250mg magnesium tablets and Morton's Lite Salt for the potassium. I use it on foods and mixed with my daily apple cider vinegar. I feel better already, we will see how things go from here. Despite drinking a ton of water a day it was just not enough.

drjlocarb 06-13-2013 08:01 PM

You may need to make sure your sodium is high enough to spare the other electrolytes. Have you read through this thread? It will give you some info, further into the thread, as to why the balance is important.


Bone broth is a great way to get the minerals you might need.


lovetoknit 06-14-2013 01:18 PM

I add salt to my diet. Adding a pinch of salt to every glass of water that you drink helps. Some people drink salty broth.

charitysmom1029 01-17-2014 01:47 PM

I have 3 chicken bullion cubes every day that I melt down in water which totals which equals 2,640 milligrams of sodium Plus I eat turkey bacon and there is soe sodium in that. If I eat enough sodium I don't seem to have an issue with electrolytes.

Patience 01-19-2014 11:50 AM

I have to be attentive to sodium. My past tendency has been not to salt foods and I've never eaten much of processed salty foods. I still don't like adding too much salt to food -- soups and broths are the best carriers, though. I've never had issues retaining water. Sodium keeps my leg cramps a bay. When they return it is when my salt consumption is down. I keep a small bottle of salted water by my bedside.

charitysmom1029 01-19-2014 12:10 PM

I always do supplement with potassium and magnesium as well

Patience 01-26-2014 09:47 AM

I take extra Potassium too, but without the sodium it is inadequate to stop leg cramping. I take some magnesium (the 100% chelated kind) but only an extra 100 mg a day beyond the small bit in my multi. I also take extra calcium daily.

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