-1

votes

Would one large bout of diarrhea deplete electrolyte levels?

Answered on March 12, 2013
Created March 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM

I'd like to try water fasting, and I've read all of the dangers of electrolyte disbalance that go along with it.

Today was supposed to be day 1, but I had a large series of liquid stools upon waking, and now I'm thinking that I've depleted my reserves before I even got started.

I'm not trying to lose weight, I'm not even overweight so I'm concerned that maybe my reserves arent very high to begin with.

How much would ne day of diarrhea effect electrolyte levels (potassium, sodium, etc)

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on March 12, 2013
at 02:01 AM

look, you can do whatever you like. i don't see the point in fasting for two weeks, period, nor starting after a bout with diarrhea. good luck.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 11, 2013
at 10:22 PM

id like to go 2 weeks fasted, followed by a week refeeding, then another fast of indiscriminate length

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 11, 2013
at 10:18 PM

thing is, i want t g 2 weeks fasting

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on March 11, 2013
at 09:13 PM

you mean death, or loss of electorlytes? you're not going to die, i guess i was being dramatic. loss of electrolytes is a real concern though.

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

(1655)

on March 11, 2013
at 06:39 PM

@greg Which digestive action? If you're not drinking distilled water, you're drinking water with some amount of different minerals dissolved in it. Just increase that amount. There's not going to be any "digestive action" because there is nothing there to disgest.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 11, 2013
at 05:44 PM

right, but doesnt that apply more to people with chronic issues, like prolonged atery stools over days?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 11, 2013
at 05:35 PM

I don't like having anything but water- once you add salt you lose the greatest benefits derived from decreased digestive action. And wouldn't taking salt alone make it worse?

  • 77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

    asked by

    (78467)
  • Views
    1.2K
  • Last Activity
    1804D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

4 Answers

0
701e1c8fc3d22f2e43e8ed723f56cb9c

on March 12, 2013
at 04:37 AM

Yes it can but it depends on a number of other factors namely, how stocked your electrolyte bank was to begin with. What kind of water were you drinking? Was it bottled filtered water lacking other electrolytes?

If you tend to restrict salt, over hydrate without adequate electrlyte replacement (water fast), and exercise frequently, then certainly. You also have to take into consideration your kidney function.... you'd pretty much know something was wrong if you were metabolically acidotic i.e. rapid breathing, decreased hr, anxiety.... otherwise, it's nothing your body can't compensate through respiratory changes, buffer system, and kidney function tweaks.

If this continues to happen, you might want to seek medical advice and get some baseline bloodwork. Also re-assess what the water fast will ultimately achieve for you in the end. Good luck!

0
089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on March 11, 2013
at 10:28 PM

diarrhea can make you dehydrated pretty quickly if you are having it often and the frequency is high. i'd say my diarrhea has improved but for over a year, i was having diarrhea at least 7x a day. i'd go to the ER for fluids and blood transfusions which helped. i also have to eat a lot of salt in my diet.

0
Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on March 11, 2013
at 05:33 PM

it totally depends. but yes, diarrhea can deplete electrolytes quite severely.

people used to die of diarrhea quite frequently.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 11, 2013
at 10:18 PM

thing is, i want t g 2 weeks fasting

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 11, 2013
at 05:44 PM

right, but doesnt that apply more to people with chronic issues, like prolonged atery stools over days?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 11, 2013
at 10:22 PM

id like to go 2 weeks fasted, followed by a week refeeding, then another fast of indiscriminate length

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on March 11, 2013
at 09:13 PM

you mean death, or loss of electorlytes? you're not going to die, i guess i was being dramatic. loss of electrolytes is a real concern though.

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on March 12, 2013
at 02:01 AM

look, you can do whatever you like. i don't see the point in fasting for two weeks, period, nor starting after a bout with diarrhea. good luck.

0
800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

on March 11, 2013
at 05:32 PM

"How much" is a question impossible to answer. Your body lost some liquid and with that liquid it certainly lost some electrolytes.

Why don't you want to supplement electrolytes for water fasting, anyway? A bit of sea salt into your drinking water would solve the most pressing issues and it will take you awhile to start worrying about the Na/K balance...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 11, 2013
at 05:35 PM

I don't like having anything but water- once you add salt you lose the greatest benefits derived from decreased digestive action. And wouldn't taking salt alone make it worse?

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

(1655)

on March 11, 2013
at 06:39 PM

@greg Which digestive action? If you're not drinking distilled water, you're drinking water with some amount of different minerals dissolved in it. Just increase that amount. There's not going to be any "digestive action" because there is nothing there to disgest.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!