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Paleo Diet Dizziness/Lightheadedness

Commented on July 14, 2013
Created July 10, 2013 at 11:47 PM

I have been eating Paleo for 6 months now. I do eat rice and potatoes and but no other grains or gluten containing products. I am getting enough calories and eat till I'm full. At first I felt great and I lost 15 lbs bringing me to my ideal weight of 165 (I'm 5'10"), I also sleep better, have more balanced moods and have drastically reduced sinus congestion. However 3 months in I noticed I felt slightly dizzy and lightheaded off and on. At first I thought it was dehydration as the symptoms are consistent with that but I drink plenty of water (almost a gallon most days). The symptoms seem to be getting mildly worse and I am beginning to wonder if I am deficient in some nutrients. I don't want to go back to my old eating habits as there are so many benefits for me but this is beginning to concern me. Has anyone else had symptoms after starting Paleo? What could be wrong with me?

Thanks,

Tony

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on July 14, 2013
at 10:35 PM

Oh YAY! I'm so glad you are feeling better! I admit to being very surprised when it worked for me - I am crossing my fingers that it is the answer for you too.

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on July 14, 2013
at 04:38 AM

I tried adding even more Celtic Sea Salt to my food and almost immediately noticed a difference. I feel back to normal with no dizziness or lightheadedness, it has been two days now so hopefully this was the solution.

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on July 12, 2013
at 10:53 PM

Makes sense to me. I got nuthin' besides what others have already posted.

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on July 11, 2013
at 08:02 PM

Yes, I am active and live in sunny Florida, I play golf 3 times per week and lift weights 2-3 times per week. I feel dehydrated a lot.

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@Tony K - are you extra stressed lately? If you have never experienced this before, there may be other things that have changed other than your diet. Have you been exercising more? Before you decide to go back to your old eating habits you might want to see a Dr to make certain it isn't something more serious than what can be addressed on a health/diet forum

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I drink about a gallon of RO water a day with ConcenTrace and a 1/2 teaspoon of Celtic Seasalt added.

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I usually eat a smoothie for breakfast (protein powder, coconut butter, banana) or if I have time sausage, eggs, bacon and hash browns with fruit. For lunch I will sometimes have a burrito bowl at Chipotle with chicken, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, rice. Sometimes grouper with a side of coleslaw and mashed potatoes. And for dinner usually a meat (chicken, lamb, beef) with potatoes and veggies and a salad.

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on July 11, 2013
at 12:06 AM

How about giving a rundown of what you eat on a daily or weekly basis.

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I have this - it is a mineral issue. For me, making sure I eat enough salt REALLY helps. I add a little salt to my water sometimes, and freely salt my food (I don't have much of a taste for salt, so I still don't use much).

Those of us who don't eat processed foods have to use salt - conventional wisdom says salt is bad, but only because there is SO MUCH of it added to SAD processed food.

Maybe you could try this? I don't know if it will be your answer, but I know that when I feel light-headed or dizzy (especially when standing up from kneeling or something), that is my body telling me I need more salt and more magnesium (thank GOD for ConcenTrace!)

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on July 11, 2013
at 12:39 AM

I drink about a gallon of RO water a day with ConcenTrace and a 1/2 teaspoon of Celtic Seasalt added.

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(1217)

on July 11, 2013
at 07:24 PM

@Tony K - are you extra stressed lately? If you have never experienced this before, there may be other things that have changed other than your diet. Have you been exercising more? Before you decide to go back to your old eating habits you might want to see a Dr to make certain it isn't something more serious than what can be addressed on a health/diet forum

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(1217)

on July 14, 2013
at 10:35 PM

Oh YAY! I'm so glad you are feeling better! I admit to being very surprised when it worked for me - I am crossing my fingers that it is the answer for you too.

7b73a910f189a78013530c4de25fba59

(5)

on July 14, 2013
at 04:38 AM

I tried adding even more Celtic Sea Salt to my food and almost immediately noticed a difference. I feel back to normal with no dizziness or lightheadedness, it has been two days now so hopefully this was the solution.

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on July 11, 2013
at 02:42 PM

I have had this before, and it was because of allergy/blood pressure (coffee) and lack of electrolytes. Remember to use plenty of salt in your food (no need to be bland on paleo :) and eat avocados or bananas to get your potassium. Usually there is loads of salt in bread, while vegetables and meats don't have any significant salt level. You need to add it yourself, maybe even in your drinking water (I rather put a bit more on my dinner though).

I wouldn't recommend eating any starch until you have figured this out, as the potatoes and rice might give you too many carbs, you sweat out (feeling the need for water, that flushes out the vitamins). If you need to get full, eat fats instead (animal fats, fish oil, olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil), it is not hard if you cook using fatty proteins.

As a personal hint, when you want to loose weight, don't eat too much protein though (it will slow the process, but it won't hinder it). Fats, salt, vegetables, some protein, some fruit.

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on July 11, 2013
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A gallon of water a day seems like a lot, unless you're sweating out a lot from exercise or working outdoors in hot weather. That might be the cause of electrolyte depletion. Is there a specific reason you drink that much water daily?

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Yes, I am active and live in sunny Florida, I play golf 3 times per week and lift weights 2-3 times per week. I feel dehydrated a lot.

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on July 12, 2013
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Makes sense to me. I got nuthin' besides what others have already posted.

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on July 11, 2013
at 12:21 AM

i have severe dizziness problems, too, and i'm not sure what they are from. I was supposed to have an MRI tonight of my brain but there are tornados around here and the power went out! I am suspecting MS unfortunately, but hope they find nothing. I noticed it has been more noticeable this year since I have been on a lot of antibiotics.

sometimes dizziness can be from electrolyte problems or low hemoglobin/iron levels. have you had those checked?

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