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How long to recover from potassium / sodium out of whack?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 20, 2012 at 12:40 AM

I do realize that the obvious answer is: "stop with the sodium, and eat lots of potassium rich foods, and wait and see". But,

If my feeling woozy, dizzy, and tension-headache-y was caused by VLC, and too much sodium, and not enough potassium,

and if I today started drinking lots of low sodium V8, eating lots of bananas, butternut squash, & spinach ,

how long might it take for me to feel better?

Again, I realize there's not an 'answer' for this, but any comments and thoughts would be very much welcome,

Thanks, Mike

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on April 20, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Yeah, probably iodine, and the op probably has hypoglycemia due to VLC.

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on April 20, 2012
at 02:31 PM

I've been guzzling low sodium V8, having a bunch of bananas and avocado. I hope this is the solution. I'll make sure to post the outcome either way.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:33 AM

Good possibility it was iodine. Great post by Marks Daily Apple today about it. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/5-common-nutrient-deficiencies-and-what-to-do-about-them/#axzz1sWutVevg

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:32 AM

I thought it might been low sodium, so I hit that hard (bacon, added salt, and I got much worse, much quicker, so my current hypothesis is potassium.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:31 AM

I'm hoping to get this resolved before I'd be able to get a blood draw and results back. If it is potassium, and I chow down on avocados, banana, etc I'm hoping to feel better sooner rather than later.

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Did you get it confirmed in a lab

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:08 AM

I'd recommend an avocado a day for a while. Sorry, I can't offer any advice re: timeline.

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:26 AM

I think I was out of balance, but it was a lack of sodium not potassium. I started to eat a little iodized salt and within a day I felt much better and had more energy. I'm not sure that's the root cause; there's probably something wrong with my ability to digest certain foods. I eat lots of greens, especially kale and chard, coconut oil, avocados, beef, seafood and potatoes. I sometimes ruin it by eating too many M&Ms, but most of the time I stick to a fairly low-carb, high fat diet. Anyway I'm convinced that adding a little salt helped.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 20, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Yeah, probably iodine, and the op probably has hypoglycemia due to VLC.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on April 20, 2012
at 01:33 AM

Good possibility it was iodine. Great post by Marks Daily Apple today about it. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/5-common-nutrient-deficiencies-and-what-to-do-about-them/#axzz1sWutVevg

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:32 AM

I thought it might been low sodium, so I hit that hard (bacon, added salt, and I got much worse, much quicker, so my current hypothesis is potassium.

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