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Troubleshooting: Some moderate problems

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 02, 2012 at 3:45 AM

Hello folks. First time posting here.

Nothing too severe, but I can't seem to be able to defeat these health problems.

For quite a while now, I have been suffering from dry mouth and lips. Sometimes my lips peel pretty bad, and it gets all foamy and gooey when wet. Can't actually remember when exactly I started to have this problem, since I'm don't really pay much attention to my body sometimes, but I would say it's definitely have been around for at least 4-5 months now. I suspect a correlation to salt/electrolytes balance here. ]Though recently, I tried eating more fruit and coconut milk regularly for potassium, but it didn't help. Lowering/upping salt intake didn't have any effect either. Either did massive amount of water. I also seem to get thirstier the more water I drink. Can I possibly be dealing with a deficiency here?

Here's what I'm eating on a typical day.

  1. About 1 pound of fatty meat- beef, chicken, it depends. Occasional organs are thrown into mix.
  2. Tubers- Carrots, sweet potato, taro and such. I make sure to have enough to stay out of ketosis. I get a considerable amount of carb per day, so ketosis induced dry mouth is rather unlikely.
  3. Bone broth
  4. Random vegetables

The following foods I added after I realized I have this problem, so I know for sure they're not the culprit.

  1. Kefir, sometimes butter- Dairy and butter used to give me problems. I now tolerate most of it very well, except cheese.
  2. Coconut milk- For potassium and fat.
  3. Fruit- 1 to 3 servings

Digestion wise, I get regular clean movements most of the time. On fitday, the only nutrients I'm not getting 100%+ are Vitamin C 40%, Vitamin E 53%, and Potassium 88%. I tried a Vitamin C supplement, but I'm sticking with just fruit now.

The other health problem I have right now is mild acne. Nothing too problematic, and it mostly worsens with fruit and rice, which can get annoying now that I'm eating more fruit. Lastly I'm still having some chicken skin, ahhh, keratosis pilaris. Not only do these little guys not want to go away, they are slowly worsening. I have it mostly, and pretty badly, on my triceps area and my legs, but have been noticing some around my elbows, which I didn't have before. I've heard that Vitamin A helps, so I'm pounding more butter now. Anything else helps?

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on October 27, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Sorry for the late reply...I eat dairy (mostly raw milk cheese & yogurt) & just started eating more.

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on October 16, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Robin, how did you up your calcium intake?

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:32 AM

Over 100% with the bulk being from dairy milk kefir. I've only added this recently though, around 2 weeks ago, so I'm not ruling out calcium deficiency.

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on October 02, 2012
at 04:39 AM

my lops were peeling and horrid forever- the only thing that made them feel good was burts bees original (the one with the yellow cap). come to find out that what was making them peel- the peppermint/rosemary combination was horrible and i still can't use any other brands with that combo. now i just use coconut oil for lip balm

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on October 02, 2012
at 04:16 AM

Fermented Cod Liver Oil has done wonders for my partners keratosis pilaris. Do you take any supplements for Omega-3's?

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on October 02, 2012
at 12:04 PM

Just to clarify, so Fitday says you are getting enough calcium? I ask because when I first started eating paleo, I also got dehydrated (and had gum/dental problems). Like you, I suspected potassium & vit c, but it turned out to be a calcium deficiency, and it all cleared up when I upped my calcium intake. I also find that I get mildly dehydrated if I go below 20% carb, but sounds like that's not your problem.

And agree with Vern above about the fermented cod liver oil. I take the combined butter oil/fermented cod liver oil caps from Green Pastures, and wasn't even aware that it was what had cured my keratosis pilaris until I stopped taking them over the summer and the KP came right back. As an added bonus, it's made a huge difference in my teeth: I really don't develop plaque the way I used to.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on October 16, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Robin, how did you up your calcium intake?

5df6693383d83f3478a286830455483e

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:32 AM

Over 100% with the bulk being from dairy milk kefir. I've only added this recently though, around 2 weeks ago, so I'm not ruling out calcium deficiency.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on October 27, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Sorry for the late reply...I eat dairy (mostly raw milk cheese & yogurt) & just started eating more.

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