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    After falling off the wagon a couple of years ago, I'm back on it and going through carb flu...I think. I feel yucky, weak, wobbly, foggy, achy, peeing like crazy, and have headaches, etc. All the usual stuff that I experienced last time. However, this time I'm also experiencing quite a bit of dizziness and nausea that I did not experience before, or even when I tried Atkins about 10 years ago. Is this fairly common? I didn't think that I was limiting my carbs that much. I still eat veggies and salad, and I had a couple of paleo fruit smoothies and almonds. I'm also drinking more water than normal to try to flush stuff out. I wouldn't think I had dropped the carbs far enough to feel this bad, but apparently I have. I'm about five or six days into it and I've only really been feeling nasty with dizziness for three days.

    I happen to be a total hypochondriac and now I'm worried that I have a problem with my ears affecting my balance.

    Has anyone else experienced this much dizziness and nausea while going through carb flu?

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    Following up to my own post, I just tested my ketones and they're really low, just a trace. I wonder if this time I'm actually sick and it's not carb flu. Hmmm....

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    • #3
      If you think its your ears, try taking some Dramamine. Are you trying for ketosis?

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      • #4
        have you checked your blood pressure? It could be low BP due to electrolyte imbalance. Up your salt intake!
        "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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        • #5
          Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
          have you checked your blood pressure? It could be low BP due to electrolyte imbalance. Up your salt intake!
          Take 300-400mg of magnesium and 500mg of potassium as well.
          Last edited by Paleo0731; 09-14-2013, 01:27 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
            have you checked your blood pressure? It could be low BP due to electrolyte imbalance. Up your salt intake!
            Salt is not the only electrolyte.
            "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paleo0731 View Post
              If you think its your ears, try taking some Dramamine. Are you trying for ketosis?
              Ideally, yes, although I guess I shouldn't be drinking primal fruit smoothies if I want to get into ketosis. I have about 50 pounds to lose, so I'd like to really get things kick-started.

              That's a good idea about the dramamine. If this doesn't go away soon, I'll give it a try. I've been awake for a couple of hours and the dizziness just now started up again, and it's very slight at the moment. It's just noticeable, but nothing bad. We'll see how it goes.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                have you checked your blood pressure? It could be low BP due to electrolyte imbalance. Up your salt intake!
                I haven't checked it, but I wondered if that might be part of the problem. I think I do get enough salt, but I may need a little more this time, at least for a few days. If I get a chance, I'll try to find a way to have my BP checked.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Paleo0731 View Post
                  Take 300-400mg of magnesium and 500mg of potassium as well.
                  I took a magnesium supplement and also a multivitamin that has potassium in it. I'm eating plenty of meats and vegetables, and I had a banana last night along with some blackberries in a primal smoothie. I would hope that I'm getting enough electrolytes, but it's hard to say. Maybe I'm still low on something. It took two hours of being awake today before the dizziness started to kick in and it's still very slight. I hardly notice it, but it is there. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's just a side effect of the dropping some carbs from my diet.

                  One weird thing I noticed is that if I chew some gum that I regularly chew, it seems to get worse rapidly. I don't know if it's the chewing motion, which would seem to go along with an ear problem, or if it's the artificial sweeteners in it that I may have suddenly developed a sensitivity to. Kind of strange, but it very noticeably gets worse if I start chewing that gum. Needless to say, I'm cutting that gum out of my life for now. :-)

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                  • #10
                    If your getting "carb flu" after a big change in your diet, then its normal. :-)
                    Try to organise your carbs so they are purpose built.

                    I avoid Carbs early morning, tend to Eat Chicken mid morning with a Potato.
                    A Pork filled Sandwhich in the afternoon (Grok did eat a primitive form of bread after all)
                    3hrs before Bed, just a Potato by itself, with some Cheese.
                    Cheese gets a bad rap, but its a product of evolution, just like Meat consumption when Fire was discovered. I would suspect soon after discovering fire that agriculture didn't happen far long after.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Neiby View Post
                      Following up to my own post, I just tested my ketones and they're really low, just a trace. I wonder if this time I'm actually sick and it's not carb flu. Hmmm....
                      I think the so-called "carb flu" is precisely before your body enters ketosis but after its usual glucose intake is reduced. So you are in the fuel limbo that makes you feel crappy. When you reduce carbs by a lot, don't think ketosis will kick in right away, it takes weeks and perhaps months for some people. The in-between is really not fun ...

                      I forgot to say: eat coconut fat and you will have ketones. Not sure your body will be able to use them, so you might end up peeing them instead ...

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