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my head is killing me!

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Created May 22, 2013 at 3:57 AM

I am 3 days into Paleo and also going all organic. Already feeling great more energy etc.... But today I woke up with a pounding headache. I took pain reliever, tried drinking coffee, dark room... you know the drill. Nothing helps. I know its not caffeine withdrawal (coffee). So the only thing I can think is withdrawal from grains or processed food/sugar. Anyone else experience this? Forgive me if this has already been asked.

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on May 23, 2013
at 01:44 AM

really focus on mag and potassium, you can use lite salt, its potassium chloride

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on May 22, 2013
at 06:09 PM

Im definitely feeling more like it's a detox. funny, I've been drinking a gallon of lemon water everyday. feeling much better today. and hoping it continues to get better. I'm loving the way I feel otherwise.

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on May 22, 2013
at 06:06 PM

I've been very careful to eat a well balanced diet. I haven't eaten this many fruits or veggies.... ever. the headache is much less severe today, tolerable even. thank you for your response.

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on May 22, 2013
at 11:06 AM

If you are having normal sugar withdrawal, you should feel better by day 5, and great improvement by day 7. Coming off a sugar is like coming off a drug.:)

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:47 AM

Thanks Jake. I have been trying to keep good salt intake. I use Real Salt and I put it on pretty much everything I cook. I will try to supplement a little bit.

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on May 22, 2013
at 07:04 AM

Before trying a Paleo diet, I always thought 'detox' and that whole industry was b/s. I didn't believe that I could accumulate toxins or that anything I ate could possibly flush that out or make a noticeable difference in my life.

My god was I wrong, haha.

At 3 days in, you might not even know the worst of it yet. (Wait until you're crashing on day 3 of not a single carb, no bread/dairy/corn/grains in a month, and your stomach is full of newly invading probiotic bacterium. I had a new found respect for blood sugar levels and the microbiome.)

Headaches suck. (My first week, I had 3 migraines with strobing auras, almost making me question the diet.) Drink lots of fluid and get through it. I don't like drugs, so, I avoided pain relievers (also, coffee because I don't drink it.) Lots of green tea and lemon water though.

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on May 22, 2013
at 06:09 PM

Im definitely feeling more like it's a detox. funny, I've been drinking a gallon of lemon water everyday. feeling much better today. and hoping it continues to get better. I'm loving the way I feel otherwise.

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on May 22, 2013
at 02:21 PM

To add to the detox answers:

Yeah, we detox through exhalation, sweat, urination, and um, solid elimination. Our systems like to wrap up toxins in fats, specifically saturated fats - because they're non reactive, so make sure you get plenty, especially if you're trying to burn off fat.

Make sure you take good care of your liver as it does most of the grunt work - milk thistle/silimarin, lots of vitamin C, D3, B, full spectrum E, A, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium, Sodium, Iodine, Liposomal Glutathione or Ultrathione, etc. Get lots of water too.

Detox shouldn't be a period of time where you starve yourself of needed materials.

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on May 22, 2013
at 06:06 PM

I've been very careful to eat a well balanced diet. I haven't eaten this many fruits or veggies.... ever. the headache is much less severe today, tolerable even. thank you for your response.

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on May 22, 2013
at 04:21 AM

This is a typical symptom if you're not making a concerted effort to replace the water-soluble electrolyte minerals (calcium, sodium, magnesium and potassium) that get excreted in your urine in great amounts as you transition to a paleo diet. Paleo diets tend to be more diuretic than carb-heavy diets (insulin tells the kidneys to retain water), so you have to pay attention to the side effects of depleting your body of water. Sudden depletion of sodium, in particular, causes headaches. Dr. Steve Phinney recommends taking in up to 5 mg. of sodium/day for very low-carb diets.

During your transition period, drink 2C a day of salty (gray or pink salt, preferably) broth to replenish your sodium. Take a well-absorbed (i.e., chelated) form of magnesium supplement (200-400 mg/day) to get enough of that element. Drink 2 C of low-sodium/high potassium V-8 daily to boost your potassium intake quickly, and eat some pasture-raised dairy (if you tolerate) to maintain your calcium intake.

After you're body's adjusted to your new diet, you can cut back on the intense supplementation, but you still might salt your food more than you did before and take a magnesium supplement (Chris Kresser does, and it's one of just two supplements he takes).

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on May 22, 2013
at 05:47 AM

Thanks Jake. I have been trying to keep good salt intake. I use Real Salt and I put it on pretty much everything I cook. I will try to supplement a little bit.

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on May 23, 2013
at 01:44 AM

really focus on mag and potassium, you can use lite salt, its potassium chloride

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