I have bipolar and take 900mg of lithium (extended release version) a day. I've noticed that in my transition to paleo eating, my lithium side effects are much stronger: feeling spacey, twitching, mild tremors, diarrhea, and the usual fun. I've tried increasing my water intake and salting my food but I'm not sure what else to do.
Anyone else out there paleo and on lithium and have tips for the adjustments?
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on November 24, 2011
at 02:36 PM
your bipolar may in fact be of dietary origin - neurological or mood disorder is more often a symptom rather than a disease. gluten intolerance, blood sugar dysregulation, omega-3 deficiency, B-vitamin deficiency, any number of toxins, alcohol or drug use (including cannabis), or any combination of these and who knows what else. the increase in side effects could be an indication of your decreased need for the drug. I encourage speaking with your provider about reducing your dose. eventually you may be able to wean completely off.
I've struggled with bipolar intermittently since I was a teenager. it got to the point that I was unable to work and rapidly cycling from intense anxiety and mania to almost suicidal. I tried the drugs, but hated the side effects and am too fond of my liver. it wasn't until I cut out all the sugar and grains, and quit smoking pot, while significantly increasing my dietary fat that the mood swings stopped. now the only time I have mood issues is when I consume alcohol, gluten, or MSG.
I recently read a book I believe will be helpful. the author pushes a plant-based diet and cites things like the China Study, but I just tolerated those parts. the rest of the info is great. it's the UltraMind Solution by Mark Hyman, MD. you should be able to find it at your library.
on November 24, 2011
at 10:40 AM
Investigate lithium oratate sold in health food stores.It absorbs so much better then the RX kind.Much fewer side effects ,if any . The difference between CAFO beef and grass fed. good luck. Report back. I love to talk Lithium. Its such a taboo subject.Western medicine has done its usual hachet job on a simple mineral deficiency in the soil/water supply. Google: El Paso and its high lithium water.