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Please explain how primal diet cured profuse sweating

Answered on November 16, 2013
Created November 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I'm an elite cyclist changing lifestyle during the off season. I've been primal for about 5 weeks. Poor cycling performance has lead me to performing some tests.

Trial 1 - Cycling with 10% sugar in water bottles, - Outcome poor performance, ran out of glycogen and bonked at 2 hours.

Trial 2 - Cycling with 10% sugar in water and continually munching on dried apricots - Outcome poor performance. Sore at 2 hours but stiff capable of cycling (glycogen stores not fully depleated)..

Trial 3 - Cycling without any carbohydrates at all - Increased cycling performance. Minimal signs of wear and tear. Not sore at 2 hours and capable of continuing.

In conclusion it appears the sugar eaten while riding was doing little more than triggering insulin which was turning off fat supplies into the blood. Generally I am a profuse sweater. Riding without sugar, I didn't sweat at all. Because there was minimal water losses, I required far less water and came home in great shape with water bottle half full.

My guess is that the sweating is caused by hypoglycemia. The hypoglycemia was caused because insulin has cut my fat supplies. My understanding of primal lifestyle is limited. Any further information or confirmation would be appreciated.

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:01 AM

The only salt I eat is what is cooked with. I don't add salt to any foods post cooked. I will try adding salt to my water bottles this afternoon. So now my water bottles will contain - 10mL coconut oil, 1/2 teapsoon of salt and a splash of lime juice.

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on November 15, 2013
at 12:50 PM

Fruit and vegetables are not a good sodium source. Salt deficiency can lead to profuse sweating. How much salt do you use per day?

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I haven't seen any studies recently but I thought electrolyte replacement was proven to be fruitless unless you pass the 4 hour mark and have a poor diet. I eat an array of fruit and vegetables and am relunctant to think that I've a potential electrolyte defency.

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:24 AM

Read up on Attia, he has some good info on bonk-proofing your runs. You might want to check out SuperStarch (modified corn starch), but it's not very paleo.

Attia specifically salts his water on long runs, going through grams of the stuff on his most intense days.

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on November 15, 2013
at 12:18 PM

Salt your drinks, then try again.

083dd2fc59c9b296b0018e2016c45245

on November 15, 2013
at 12:32 PM

I haven't seen any studies recently but I thought electrolyte replacement was proven to be fruitless unless you pass the 4 hour mark and have a poor diet. I eat an array of fruit and vegetables and am relunctant to think that I've a potential electrolyte defency.

083dd2fc59c9b296b0018e2016c45245

on November 16, 2013
at 12:01 AM

The only salt I eat is what is cooked with. I don't add salt to any foods post cooked. I will try adding salt to my water bottles this afternoon. So now my water bottles will contain - 10mL coconut oil, 1/2 teapsoon of salt and a splash of lime juice.

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