Okay, I have asked a similar question before. And so have others. But hopefully this is simpler/more refined/more specific.
Since going low carb my pulse is stronger. Ive been low carb for 2 months, at now around 55-65 grams a day.
At night, in bed, I can hear it pounding. Its much more noticable/strong than it used to be. I wake with startles, with a falling sensation, a phenomena known as a hypngogic jerk. It never used to happen for me, now it happens to varying degrees every night. Its seemingly made worse ny heat and stress. It could be adrenal related.
Now, my electrolytes seem fine, I have had them tested (sodium and potassium). I am concious to drink water, and take in a little salt, and some electrolyte foods, high in calcium, potassium and magnesium since I started having this issue. My doctor also checked me over. They said I was fine. I am going back to see them today.
I am on a low carb diet, not as some simple dietary choice, but because starches and fodmaps seem to make my digestive illness much worse. So if possible, id like to stick with the diet.
I am not sure if its an issue or not. But it is concerning. I am also going to ditch the coconut oil for now, because ive heard that gives some problems.
What causes stronger pulse, restless nervous energy, possible irritability, difficulty going to sleep, hypngogic jerks about a low carb diet, or even any kind of dietary change?
Could I me lacking in a needed low carb nutrient? Clearly the innuit and massai didnt have this issue. But then that could be partly adaption also, I did used to be very high carb, perhaps its taking me longer.
And also who else has experienced these kind of issues with low carb?
asked byJamie_14 (5381)
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on July 17, 2012
at 02:49 AM
I have some of the same symptoms. I saw my doc today and she told me it can be due to a magnesium deficiency, or related to another electrolyte imbalance.
I'm having bloodwork done, but supplementing with Magnesium couldn't hurt.
on July 17, 2012
at 04:57 PM
I went low carb in the beginning as well, and did fine for about 6 months. Then my hair started falling out and I began having similar issues as you described. Not the heartbeat, but definitely anxiety and sleep disturbance.
After suffering with mood problems for almost a year that seemed to be getting progressively worse, I decided to start upping my carbs a bit. I'm still in the midst of the experiment, so I don't have complete results yet, but I can say that I definitely feel much better already. Mood, energy, anxiety, and sleep are all improved.
I also started supplementing with magnesium citrate (Natural Calm) before bed, and that also helped smooth out the rough edges of sleep.
I think low carb is a wonderful tool. I still use it when I feel like I've overdone ice cream on vacation or when I want to get my weight back down to comfortable levels. But only for short stretches. For some individuals, I just don't think it's sustainable long term.
Self experimentation is the only way to know. Best of luck to you!
on July 17, 2012
at 04:44 PM
Sounds like what I went through when I cut out all the soda and went to low G.I./low carb (under 60 gram a day) to help remedy my PCOS (which only brought me so far, I'm switching to Paleo because my nails are still saying I'm unhealthy, all it did was bring some of my energy back and make me less foggy headed).
After about a month of the low carb I evened out and didn't have these symptoms anymore. I did have potassium on the low side of the normal when I started though.
I'm also allergic to bananas (found out later I'm just allergic to raw bananas, which is related to my pollen allergy). Papaya is supposed to have the most potassium, but I can't seem to find any around here.
Gonna try out grilled bananas in butter (or coconut oil) with cinnamon today to up my levels. Baking works too, just be aware that when you eat potassium rich foods to not cook it in a liquid because potassium leeches out in liquids. Potassium won't leach out in Fat.