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I feel dizzy and my muscles are cramping

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I have been following th Fuhrman diet for 3 weeks now. Yesterday I started feeling dizzy. Today I felt noticeably dizzier. I googled diziness and low calcium and discovered that not having enough calcium can indeed cause dizziness and cramping.

My Sparkpeople nutrition tracker showed that I was consistently LOW on calcium and protein while eating only fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
So, I am adding the Weight Watcher's recommended 3 glasses of milk back to my diet.

The Fuhrman diet is dairy free and free of animal products, which cleared the decongestion in my sinuses and lungs for the first time in years for the better part of most days.

I will monitor whether adding milk to my diet causes me to become congested again.
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    I didn't know low calcium could cause muscle cramping. Good to know.
    2285 days ago
    Update: Feb. 19, 2012

    I woke up with a stuffy nose after drinking 3 cups of milk yesterday, but by suppertime, 6PM, my nose was clear again. I looked up a recipe for almond milk and will make it tomorrow. I learned that 3 oz of almonds have 25 grams of calcium (as much as 1/4 cup of milk).

    I made cashew milk because it does not require an overnight soak. I added a banana to it and it was delicious. Unfortunately it does not have as much calcium as almonds. our local grocery stores and pharmacies do not carry almond milk, but I can make my own.

    My muscle cramping did not occur today, and I was not dizzy today either, but I have pain in my left thumb at the lower end. I could not lift my weight in my left hand to do Coach Nicole's exercise video, so I did it without weights.

    I found a thread that discusses low calcium and protein:
    A book was recommended and I ordered it.
    Osteoporosis: My high calcium-low cholesterol diet
    Rosemary Fisher

    I want to thank everyone who responded to my problem.

    2285 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    your water is good but i would say it is diet related. if it continues go see your dr.
    2286 days ago
    That's good that you are paying attention to your body.
    2286 days ago
    Wow Mary...do be careful. I agree with the alternative milks but make sure you still up the protein. The almond milk has less protein than cows. Hope you find the answers soon.
    2286 days ago
    I would try a non-dairy based milk. Many of which have even more calcium and nutrients than cows milk! There is not just soy milk, there is almond, coconut, and rice milk as well. :) I would give some of them a shot, it was hard for me at first to switch but after awhile I ended wondering how I ever drank cows milk to begin with. It also might help with your congestion problem. Good luck!
    2286 days ago
    I've switched to almond milk instead of cow's milk. You can also get dairy from Greek yogurt. Good luck.
    2286 days ago
    My ex-brother in law has cut back on his dairy intake to help with his allergies.
    2286 days ago
  • _LINDA
    If you are exercising hard, or long, you would need more water than the standard. Always drink water before, during and after exercise sessions. I don't drink milk any more. The simple solution is to take calcium tablets and make sure you take ones that have enough Vit D with them. Also you need to take a multivitamin to compensate for certain minerals only animal products provide. Adding lentils for more protein would be beneficial too!
    Good luck with it!!
    2286 days ago
    I hope that you feel much better soon Mary. Thanks for sharing at our meeting today.
    2286 days ago
    Good thought about dehydration, as that is often a cause of dizziness and cramping, but i have been drinking 8-12 glasses of water per day, so in my case it is unlikely, I think.
    2286 days ago
    Sounds like you're being smart about figuring out the root of the dizziness and such. Good luck and I hope you start to feel better soon. Great news about the lack of congestion - that was an important connection to make! emoticon
    2286 days ago
    I wonder if you might be dehydrated as well? Hope you feel better. emoticon
    2286 days ago
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