adrenals? waking in night, muscle twitches etc - advice REALLY appreciated
I have been on paleo for many months and it is certainly working
The only issues I really wish I could solve now are -
Waking at night 3.30 approx, usually with raised heart rate and edgy feeling, like a mild adrenaline burst.
I also get lots of muscle twitching in the calves in particular, but it can be
anywhere like back, eyelid etc too. They usually go away as day progresses.
I take 600-800mg magnesium. A b complex and b6, 1standard multi vit, About half
RDA of calcium citrate as I am lactose intolerant, K2, D3, some Celtic sea salt, also
1banana and 1 large avocado per day for potassium but nothing seems to help.
I think it is all adrenal related.
I have read that a good cure for the waking might be this before bed -
˝ cup orange juice
˝ teaspoon cream of tarter
˝ teaspoon Himalayan or Celtic salt
apparently id does this -
Fresh squeezed orange juice gives the liver glucose it needs to regenerate.
Cream of tartar is high in potassium, an element that is essential for the sodium/potassium balance in cells, vital organs (liver), muscles, nerves, and the digestive system.
Himalayan salt, contains 84 essential minerals and elements found in the human body, helping feed the adrenals and refresh body’s the sodium/potassium pump"
Would really appreciate any advice and tips
I think the potassium would help for sure. What kind of magnesium do you take? Mag oxide is pretty much useless. I use citrate, but malate and glycinate are good too.
More carbs before bed could help, such as bananas or fruit.
I started taking different adaptogens a couple of weeks ago as recommended by another MDA'er. They help to body better handle stress. Ashwaghanda, rhodiola and holy basil are just a few of the different ones you could try.
I hope this helps!
It sounds like you're just mildly dehydrated -- which can cause the symptoms you mentioned. It is easy to become dehydrated. Remember that coffee, tea, and alcohol are all somewhat diuretic. Drink a little more water during the day. Or if you wake up from leg cramps, drink a cup of water and the problem should go away in about 20 minutes.
Did you have these problems before paleo?
Sugar and salt should help shut down adrenalin so eat something with that. Or you could put refined sugar and salt under your tongue.
Yes had it before Paleo too
I trhought sugar would make it worse?
Originally Posted by shousan
Been Primal/paleo for about nine months now. Started getting night calf cramps on occasion a few months ago. Also then started getting weird feelings sometimes in my head, like my brain was hungry. Started eating some starch each day, such as sweet potato mixed with butter, cream and sometimes fetta. No more funny feelings in the head, and no more cramping as long as I keep up with some starch each day, especially on exercise days.
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I agree with the eating a carb recommendation. This used to happen to me if I:
a- didn't eat enough total calories for the day
b- didn't eat enough carbohydrate that day
Try eating some starch: yam, squash ect and see if it helps.
Thank sfor the input so far - I eat quite a bit of starch - butternut squash etc etc
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