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  • #46
    Originally posted by Neptunebch
    I've been Primal for a couple of months and dieting since June and have lost 52 lbs. My nocturnal leg cramps started about a week and a half ago. I Googled leg cramps when sleeping and found some interesting articles about Adkins dieters having issues. My muscles feel like they are being twisted with tension just below my knee all the way down to the arch in my foot sometimes in both legs at the same time. I read that dill pickles and the juice would help and that NFL players eat dill pickles to reduce cramping. I have been eating a serving of dill chips when I remember. When I do eat the chips I don't wake with cramping. Tonight I didn't eat them and before I even fell asleep my arch started to cramp so I just got up to eat my pickles and check on here for more thoughts. I warm up and stretch every morning.
    I too have heard about the pickle...or rather the pickle juice cure as a simple remedy, and based upon my research, some folks swear by it.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
      NOt to fear monger, but get your vit B 12 levels checked. A severe deficiency (Pernicious Anemia) can cause excruciating pains in the legs. It's definitely impacted by low carb eating.
      Why the fuck would low-carb impact the B12 levels, pretty much everything containing B12 in decent levels is either fatty or meat (or both).

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Nekron View Post
        Why the fuck would low-carb impact the B12 levels, pretty much everything containing B12 in decent levels is either fatty or meat (or both).
        Some side effects of thyroid conditions include illnesses like pernicious anemia. Which is a deficiency in B12 caused by an inability to absorb B12. If you've got a predisposition to thyroid conditions, low carb can effect that.

        And relax btw.
        "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

        In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

        - Ray Peat

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        • #49
          Being a very low carber, when you eliminate 1/3 of the foods on Earth, you're welcoming deficiencies.

          Carbohydrate has nothing to do with weight gain or loss, it's strictly caloric. Sticking to whole foods as carb sources - bananas, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, apples, oranges, etc - you likely won't gain weight. It's the flours and refined sugars that lead to weight gain because they're processed and predigested. You don't get full on them so you overeat. I wouldn't worry about it. Carb sources are less calorie dense than fat sources so you may drop weight even faster.

          If it's a potassium issue like mentioned, bananas and tomatoes are the ticket. Tomatoes are often overlooked - they have more potassium than bananas and much less caloric density.
          Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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          • #50
            I've seen most peoples resolve by getting enough magnesium, some potassium, and being sure to get enough sodium. Particularly if your low carb your kidneys process sodium differently and clings to it much less tightly. Thats why all the low carb experts say to add bouillon....but many paleo dieters are scared to death (unnecessarily so) of adding some salt. I'd suggest salted bone broth myself. And I get potassium and magnesium through my foods. Nuts and seeds are great sources for magnesium. Dark leafy greens, avocados, mushrooms, salmon.....are all very good for potassium...heck bananas are actually fairly low on this list. Or you could just supplement 400mg of magnesium and a couple hundred of potassium if you like. No reason you can't get it all from food though.

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            • #51
              Check your vitamin D. I adjusted mine accordingly (6000 IU daily) and the cramps almost stopped immediately. But you need to know your blood levels. Don't follow what I did based on my results - I knew my levels at 4000 IU and adjusted them.

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