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Newb question, on Day 5 and wondering about extreme thirst.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I switched to paleo 5 days ago, and doing pretty well. I have avoided most common symptoms of starting paleo by being sure to include fats, I think, but I had a question about thirst. I woke up today and it feels like no matter how much water I drink, I still feel parched. Does that eventually ease up, or am I going to be this thirsty for a while? Other than the thirst, doing excellent. Energy levels through the roof, sleeping better, and best of all, my blood sugars are back down to prediabetic levels(I have type 2 diabetes, trying paleo as an effort to avoid medication such as glyburide). Any tips for the thirst, or do I just need to ride it out? Thanks. :)

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on June 11, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Not as bad today, but I will definitely look into the salts you mentioned, I think they sell both at the specialty market here. Thanks :)

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on June 11, 2012
at 03:07 AM

I did try extra iodized salt on my lunch and dinner and it made it a bit easier to handle, seemed to retain more. Thank you for the tips :)

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on June 10, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Nice connection...I never thought about that!

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on June 10, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Salt your food extra much for a while. That will make going LC or VLC a lot easier.

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at 10:49 PM

Ok, thanks :) I'll deal with it today and see how tomorrow goes.

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on June 10, 2012
at 09:17 PM

you might need iodized salt, sea salt doesnt have the same effect

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at 08:07 PM

Thanks! I cook and season with sea salt, maybe I should use a touch more. Once again thanks for the help.

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at 07:58 PM

You need to make sure you are getting enough salt. It is easy to lose a lot of water in the beginning.

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on June 10, 2012
at 07:57 PM

I just learned that low carb and very low carb eating has a natural diuretic effect. So that may be part of it.

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on June 10, 2012
at 09:32 PM

I experienced this a few times and read on here that magnesium supplements help. Started taking magnesium and no longer get the raging thirst.

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on June 10, 2012
at 10:18 PM

My system occasionally decides to flush itself. I'll be thirsty all day, and going to the bathroom to match. It usually happens after I eat something questionable. I'm thinking your body is looking to detox. My recommendation is to roll with it for a day, and if you're still thirsty tomorrow, try adding more salt or mg.

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on June 10, 2012
at 10:49 PM

Ok, thanks :) I'll deal with it today and see how tomorrow goes.

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on June 10, 2012
at 11:05 PM

IF you have reduced carbs from your former diet, you will have to drink more water because carboHYDRATES are inherently hydrating.

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on June 10, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Nice connection...I never thought about that!

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on June 11, 2012
at 10:02 AM

Diets with a lower carbohydrate intake can be mildly diuretic, which would explain why you feel thirsty. You can alleviate the thirst by drinking more water of course and by increasing your sodium intake (from bone broth, mineral salt like Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt). =)

9e2e3e703f4ca97e3e603a030cca5176

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on June 11, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Not as bad today, but I will definitely look into the salts you mentioned, I think they sell both at the specialty market here. Thanks :)

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on June 11, 2012
at 01:52 AM

I agree with the other posts about magnesium supplementation, but you might also do something like Emergen-C for dehydration. I went to a functional medicine doc after a couple weeks on paleo, and she said dehydration was a major factor for me. You must replenish electrolytes! I do one per day, unless I'm working outside in the heat (or working out hard). Then maybe 2 or even 3. It's a good fairly low carb (5g) way to go. Doc recommended only the "citrus" flavor as it has extra zinc. Good luck!

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on June 10, 2012
at 11:00 PM

This happened to the in the first few days as well and I just rolled with it. I thought it was only because of the major increase of fat, but I'm seeing there can be other possible variables. Must look into magnesium supplements.

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