Hi all, Just started a ketogenic diet plan for the second time. About one week in now compared to a month on the prior attempt to maintain low carb lifestyle. However just like the first time I tried this, I have been having a few unfortunate physical reactions to the diet. First of all the amount of visible red veins in my eye white has gone up dramatically; it looks like I'm stoned while I'm not and they also feel more sensitive to bright light and wind. Secondly dry skin and lips have become a major problem, especially the peeling lips are really annoying.Thirdly, despite taking 400mg mag citrate spread out in two doses over the day and adding himalayan salt + lo salt water solutions of about 5g per day I get these cramps around the back of my knee right at the top of the lower leg. Hydration is also good at about 2-3 litres a day.I have a theory that this may be due to a mucin deficiency, where the body scavenges glycin and prolin amino acids from the mucous membranes to engage them in glucaneogenesis. So in the mean time I think it's about time I change out the salt solutions for proper bone broth to supplement collagen containing glycin and prolin in high ammounts. Any idea on this theory or other potential ideas on what may be causing this? Greatly appreciate any help I can get. Peace out, Simon
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on February 25, 2014
at 08:41 AM
Are you exercising / over exercising?
You could try a switch from Mg citrate to chelated Mg glycinate for better bioavailability, though it seems like more of a hydration issue if your lips and eyes are excessively dry. Is your urine clear? (Ideally, you want more of a light pale shade.)
I've noticed it can take a few days for the sodium balance to correct itself once it gets too low. Have you been doing 5g a day for a while?