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Thread: Salt for Carb Flu?

  1. #1
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    Aug 2011
    Boston, MA

    Salt for Carb Flu?

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    I've been reading really great book (The Art and Science of Low Carb Living by Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek ) and in one of the chapters addresses common concerns about low cab diets. One of those is "feeling faint, lightheaded, and under-the-weather." This is the response

    I am very liberal with my salt, and never experienced carb flu-- totally anecdotal, I know, but for people just starting out who are having a rough time adjusting, upping the salt intake seems like it could be helpful.

    Also, The Art and Science of Low Carb Living isn't primal/paleo per se, but I'm fricken' loving it-- it's written for nutrition professionals as much as regular people, so if you like your books science-y I'd definitely recommend it!
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    Last edited by Savannah; 01-24-2012 at 07:50 AM.

  2. #2
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    Oct 2010
    Hudson Valley
    Yes! I always treated carb flu with 1-2 cups of bouillon per day. A lot of symptoms attributed to carb flu are actually due to an electrolyte imbalance. This lifestyle causes the body to flush a lot of fluids in the first few weeks. It really works. Try it people!

  3. #3
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    May 2011
    Yes, I used a little salt here and there, to transition. It helped With the icky symptoms.

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    Jan 2012
    NSW Australia
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    I had pains in my right thigh for some reason. Salt and potassium helped a lot, almost immediately.

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