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Slightly itchy/dry/irritated eyes? About 1 week in

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 01, 2012 at 5:40 PM

About 2 days after I started eating 90% paleo (and counting), on and off through the day my eyes began to feel sort of fatigued/dry/slightly irritated (If I keep my eyes closed they feel fine but I would not say that I am tired, I've been getting 8 hours of sleep). I haven't been 100% paleo yet, I had to finish up some greek yogurts and 1/2 gallon of milk. Do you have any idea what could be causing this? The feeling is on and off today, as well.

I have been eating mostly mixed greens, eggs, bacon, beef (stew meat), avocados, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, almonds- nothing too out of the ordinary.

Any insight is appreciated, thanks!

EDIT: I am going to try adding more fruit and sweet potatoes (carbs) to my diet and see if this clears up. Will update in several days with results!

EDIT(2/6): It was definitely caused by low carbs. I ate a bunch of bananas, sweet potatoes, and apples in the following days and the problem went away! Thanks for the info all!

829f8e29e21516004cb5059dbd00ce50

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on February 01, 2012
at 08:24 PM

thanks for the link, I noticed all of the testimonies had also reported dry eyes, so hopefully this is a quick and easy fix!

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on February 01, 2012
at 08:18 PM

I am the same if I'm too low carb too - dry, sore, bloodshot eyes.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 01, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Thanks to your FoS renewal post AB, I have to stay off FB and put in some time here sharing what little I know.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on February 01, 2012
at 07:44 PM

You are everywhere RfTx. It's like you are trying to max out your rep points or something.

829f8e29e21516004cb5059dbd00ce50

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on February 01, 2012
at 06:00 PM

Thanks, this is a response I was looking for. I will try adding some sweet potato servings here and there and see if it goes away.

829f8e29e21516004cb5059dbd00ce50

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on February 01, 2012
at 05:51 PM

It is cold here, however I have lived through cold winters my whole life and this seemed to be a direct result of me switching up my diet- I would typically eat grains/beans/etc. all the time like most Americans. I am hoping it is just an "in transition" symptom that will go away within a couple days.

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D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

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on February 01, 2012
at 05:55 PM

Are you low carb? Going too low on my carbs (under 60 g) did this to me- tears are primarily glucose. Try a day with some potatoes or rice and see if your symptoms improve.

829f8e29e21516004cb5059dbd00ce50

(45)

on February 01, 2012
at 06:00 PM

Thanks, this is a response I was looking for. I will try adding some sweet potato servings here and there and see if it goes away.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1811)

on February 01, 2012
at 08:18 PM

I am the same if I'm too low carb too - dry, sore, bloodshot eyes.

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 01, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Dan,

I agree with JitzGrrl. Add a small amount of starch back to your diet like 1/2 a potato or 1/2 sweet potato per day and see if your dry mouth and eyes go away.

Here is some info you might find useful.
http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/paul-jaminets-response-to-the-critics-of-his-safe-starches-concept/11920

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 01, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Thanks to your FoS renewal post AB, I have to stay off FB and put in some time here sharing what little I know.

829f8e29e21516004cb5059dbd00ce50

(45)

on February 01, 2012
at 08:24 PM

thanks for the link, I noticed all of the testimonies had also reported dry eyes, so hopefully this is a quick and easy fix!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on February 01, 2012
at 07:44 PM

You are everywhere RfTx. It's like you are trying to max out your rep points or something.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on October 12, 2012
at 08:24 PM

i have also noticed that my eyes and mouth are very dry all the time... also my nether region. this has only been since starting paleo, so i'm not sure what's going on.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 01, 2012
at 06:46 PM

I third that! Find out how many starch carbs you need to keep your eyes feeling moist. For me it's between 45 and 60, the high end of the range if I'm under stress.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 01, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I'm not in a cold climate but our desert wind can stir up pollen and dust so I usually assume that's the problem when my eyes get dry. I guess it could also have to do with hydration or fluctuation in what I'm eating.

In my case, it doesn't last long enough for me to log when it happens and test known variables but that's what I'd do if it lasted more than a few days.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on February 01, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Maybe you're not getting enough oils? How's your skin?

Also, if you're in a cold, dry climate, it might have nothing to do with diet.

829f8e29e21516004cb5059dbd00ce50

(45)

on February 01, 2012
at 05:51 PM

It is cold here, however I have lived through cold winters my whole life and this seemed to be a direct result of me switching up my diet- I would typically eat grains/beans/etc. all the time like most Americans. I am hoping it is just an "in transition" symptom that will go away within a couple days.

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