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7/12/13 1:44 A

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Thanks EXOTEC! I actually bought a magnesium supplement yesterday and I will def do the epsom salt soaks! Thx for the advice!


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7/11/13 7:36 P

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We metabolize salt a bit differently on low-carb. You may well need more salt than is recommended for the average person. Magnesium is also a very useful supplement. It's absorbed really well through the skin, too, so you can take some nice epsom salt soaks in addition to oral supplementation.

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7/11/13 12:07 A

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Hi Joy. No I don't track anything on here.


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7/10/13 9:13 P

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Are you tracking your potassium, magnesium, etc in your tracker? I wanted to post that in case you didn't know you could do that.

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7/10/13 7:22 P

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Thx Teresa! I appreciate that. :)


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7/10/13 4:23 P

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There is a vitamin drink they say is good from them..its called eco drink. They cost like $40 bucks for 60 drink mixes. I never tried them tho. I did look for you and they have 0 carbs per packet.

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community.atkins.com/Registration.as
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Watch this about the atkins program.

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7/10/13 12:35 P

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Ok. Thanks Woubbie!


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7/10/13 8:47 A

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Hmmm. Fatigue with low carbing is usually a tip-off to low sodium levels. Try a cup of broth once or twice a day and see if that helps or hurts.

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7/10/13 12:14 A

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Thank you Joy. :)

Woubbie you're exactly right. That's what's frustrating too though is not knowing exactly what it is and having to suffer in the meantime. B/c I have also not had much energy lately. Ugh.


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7/9/13 10:37 P

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I think you can see by the diversity of experiences here that balance really is probably the key component. Being too high in one mineral can throw the others off in the same way that being low can. It's probably a matter of constant tweaking until you find your own personal sweet spot.

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You can also get something called Ultima Replenisher. It is a powder that you mix with water and it comes in different flavors. I got mine from Vitacost. It is supposed to help balance your electrolytes, like Gatorade, but not will all the sugar.

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You really should try to get your vitamins and minerals from food and not supplements. A lot of supplements are not reliable and just go through your body and are not absorbed properly.
One good way is to make your own protein shake with coconut or almond unsweetened milk, and protein powder. I will often had spinach or kale to mine. You can even taste it and it adds extra vitamins and minerals to your daily needs.
Nuts are a good source of magnesium. Dannon plain greek yogurt has potassium and calcium. It can be used like sour cream or you can make a dessert out of it.
I like to put chocolate liquid stevia drops in some plain greek, and add pb2 powder peanut butter and a little whip cream and chopped nuts.


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7/9/13 9:40 P

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Yes the bar of soap helps...I use to think it was crazy to but it did help me. I still get them sometimes tho but not as bad as I use to. They use tostart in my feet and run all the way up to my thigh that is how bad mine would get,now they stay in my feet most of the time. Good luck finding out just what it is that is causing it. I have had blood work done many times only to find nothing wrong....since I have been low carbing I have noticed that if I drink my 120oz of water a day I dont have them but if I drop it to less than that for a few days they will show back up.

This is the link to the Atkins website. even tho I dont fully do it the atkins way anymore I do still eat from the atkins food list/eat. I just count carbs different than they do.
community.atkins.com/Registration.as
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Watch this about the atkins program.

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7/9/13 9:01 P

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Thanks everyone! That's why I love this team so much!

I will try to up my magnesium and potassium. I didn't think I needed more sodium, but I'm really not sure. And Russell-I actually eat all of the foods you said were low carb on that list. So I don't know, I know everyone is different. I just have to find out what MY particular issue is and it's prob the magnesium and potassium. But like I said, my blood work came back showing those as normal. That's what's confusing.

Also, my doctor told me this, and a vascular surgeon told her this- did you know putting a regular hard bar of soap (not like the Dove kind, but something more industrious I imagine) under your bed sheets can help? She said his patients swore by it. It sounds crazy but I'm thinking of trying that too. Lol.

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7/9/13 8:43 P

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Mag is fabulous for twitches, too. Mine used to badly but totally resolved.

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I have always had an occasional twitchy leg thing when I try to go to bed. Salt (I use Morton lite) - 1/2 tsp. But I did buy some magnesium tablets because I heard that was good for the cramps.

Russell - glad I read this thread, so I know you are still okay.

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I hate leg cramps! For me the answer seems to be salt - good sea salt, of course. When I get a low-blood-sugarish feeling (dizzy, drop in energy, sleepy, etc.), I assume I need more potassium, and I just eat a little sweet potato. I didn't see that on Russell's list link, but somewhere I saw that they are very high in potassium.

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If you rule out dehydration and want to consume more potassium try these top 10 foods in potassium:

* please note that bananas are # 10, and not low carb, but #'s 2,7,8,9 are allowed on low carb. *

www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/
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I agree with others: drink plenty more water to wash out the toxins that are releasing from your fat cells. Good luck! I can't tolerate foot cramps or head aches. I just crawl into my bed & pray for them to leave. Connie

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I like tonic water- I'd get the diet kind though because the regualr has a lot of sugar in it. Add a squeeze of lime if you'd like- or if it's hot, try Gin emoticon even if you get a leg cramp you won't care.

A gal I know has horrible problems with leg and foot cramps, she draws the ABC's with her toes before she gets out of bed in the morning and that helped throughout the day. Make the letter exagerated and put quite a bit of effort into it.

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2. Exercise- do something every day

3. Get organized- mise en place

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Mine are extremely painful and start in my toes and run up my shins, to the point my toes are pulled back and I can do nothing about it until the cramp passes. I am almost in tears usually. But, as long as I take the magnesium, I am ok.

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Quinine is something that my mother always used to take for leg cramps and you cannot get it over the counter any more. But she drinks some tonic water which has quinine in it before bed many times. I think she hasn't had much problem with it recently though. Tonic water tastes nasty by the way.

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I agree. I used to get leg camps that started in my feet and sometimes went all the way up into my thighs. Boy! Were those doozies!! Just trying to get up and walk around to stretch the muscles back out,,,to try to relax them..was a pain (literally! lol). I found out since that if my sodium level was good, that I drink lots and lots of water, and now take a potassium and a Magnesium pill with my other vitamin supplements, I seldom have the problem anymore. It's really amazing how much difference taking a Magnesium pill made! After I read on here that I should be taking one, I went out and bought some. Food seems to be going through me (& out) faster too. It has helped me lose more weight, and that's even when I haven't been steady on my LC eating too! Since I've been back from my trip, I hate to admit it..but I hadn't been to the gym for my regular workouts nor have I been really watching my carbs either. Today was the first day back on both. However, my trainer had to cancel on me today. BUT..I stayed and workout for an hour and a half anyway. Will see him on Thursday. Soooo, I'm getting back on track again. I def do not want to push my luck and start going back up on the scale!! LOL

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I think it might be tricky for a while to get the balance right. For me the sodium always comes first, but it's definitely an electrolyte issue.

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I drink smartwater and take a multi magnesium supplement

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Very common when you are losing weight on low carb. First drink more water. Use sea salt. And take magnesium.

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I tend to have leg cramps some times. I always make sure I am taking my calcium twice a day. I also have magnesium tablets that I take 2 at night if I have been on my feet alot and sense I may hve trouble that night. I also have something I order on line call Hylands Leg Cramps the ones that you put under the tongue. If I wake in the night with leg cramp I put 2 under my tongue and it helps immediately. My Physical Therapist says the you need 4 things for muscle's to not cramp: Calcium, Sodium, Magnesium and Potatssium. He also tells me that if ;you do this exercisex before bed it should help. Lay on the bed or floor and put your feet at an angle on the wall like 45 degrees. Pump your feet up and down from your ankle for a few nimutes each foot.

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Hello all. I have been low carbing since May 21st and all has been well for the most part. However, starting about 2 weeks ago I started getting bad calf cramps. I ended up going to my doctor and having blood work done and everything came back normal. No vitamin deficiency, no dehydration. So I am at a loss as to what's going on. I feel it is related to my diet, but I'm not sure how. I am also on 2 medications so I can't just take any random things over the counter. I was told by cousin who is a nurse to start eating bananas (which I already knew they're known for being full of potassium) but of course, they're full of sugar and carbs as well. Has anyone else experienced this or have any advice? I can't take much more of this. It's very uncomfortable. They feel like they're in a constant state of tension like the feeling you get right before they seize.

Thanks for any input team. I appreciate it.


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