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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    All these magnesium and potassium suggestions are cute, but the only thing that works for me is 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda stirred in a cup water with a glop of molasses. Take after a workout or anytime you feel cramps lurking. And if it works for me, it'll work for you. Nobody has cramps like me.
    Is the molasses necessary or just for flavor? I can easily get baking soda and water down. It's my "go to" for heartburn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    All these magnesium and potassium suggestions are cute, but the only thing that works for me is 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda stirred in a cup water with a glop of molasses. Take after a workout or anytime you feel cramps lurking. And if it works for me, it'll work for you. Nobody has cramps like me.
    Any idea if this would work for cramps from sciatica? I haven't been able to get out of bed for a week the pain is so bad...but then my sciatica is from a herniated disc and not necessarily a nutritional deficiency.
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    The molasses might not be necessary if you are already getting the rest of your electrolytes. I eat seven avocadoes a week and a bag of sweet potatoes, too. Little bike ride and *poof* cramp city. So all the potassium and magnesium in the universe is probably only step one. The baking soda supposedly pulls the acid from your muscles, but I don't know if that's the real mechanism or not. I have done baking soda alone in water and it worked. Just don't over-do it.
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    Avocados have lots of potassium and are low-carb too.

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    potassium and magnesium and water, definitely. in short, electrolytes.

    but, are we all going to pretend that this isn't an extremely common side effect of very low carb diets? the answer is pretty simple...

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    Has nothing to do with low-carb, for me at least. I've spent the last ten years afraid to bicycle. Only Primal for a year, and not low-carb all the time. Some of us are just crampers no matter what.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    The molasses might not be necessary if you are already getting the rest of your electrolytes. I eat seven avocadoes a week and a bag of sweet potatoes, too. Little bike ride and *poof* cramp city. So all the potassium and magnesium in the universe is probably only step one. The baking soda supposedly pulls the acid from your muscles, but I don't know if that's the real mechanism or not. I have done baking soda alone in water and it worked. Just don't over-do it.
    Maybe you have absorption problems?

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    Maybe you have absorption problems?
    Blood tests came back normal. Maybe it's just damage from years of being fed anti-food. I mean, if you were watching someone to see how long they could live on cookies and mac and cheese and kool-aid without dropping dead, it was me.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tebuddy View Post
    Thanks so much. I went to the link and read and read. Apparently tonic water isn't necessary, just more water.

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