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In Ketosis - Very bad dizzy spells. Any salt fixes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Hi- I just went into ketosis yesterday and have been experiencing some very bad dizzy spells, so I know I need more salt. Any ideas on snacks, or ways to improve my salt intake? The added sodium I'm getting are salted seaweed snacks, and I don't think it's enough. Any help would be very appreciated.

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on February 15, 2012
at 11:25 PM

I see. I agree that the severe dizzy spells sound bad. And if the OP is diabetic (could be, even if s/he doesn't know it), then yes, you're absolutely right. Thanks for clarifying.

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on February 15, 2012
at 09:54 PM

It sounds serious to me Rose. What would you do? I'd be headed for the ER. Urine ketone test was just an idea, related to diabetes. I'm looking for something simple that sheds some light on the problem.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on February 15, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Are you suggesting that spilled ketones in the urine will lead to a coma?

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on February 15, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Magnesium is what I needed.

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on February 14, 2012
at 09:14 PM

Spoonful of almond butter sprinkled with sea salt.

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on February 15, 2012
at 08:40 PM

What about soup? It is like a black hole for salt.

I just put a pinch of Celtic Sea salt on my tongue, and then slowly sip water if I'm having postural hypotension issues.

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on February 15, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Salt may help, but ketosis or not, this almost certainly sounds like you are suffering from the negative effects of a hypoglycemic condition.

I suggest you up both plant foods and animal protein sources. You can maintain producing ketones on a low carb diet -- it doesn't have to be zero carb. Also, avoid alcohol, which can accelerate the onset of hypoglycemia.

Find a balance, and please don't harm harm yourself. As always, see a doctor if this continues.

Disclaimer: I drank a glass of wine on an otherwise VLC diet day, and nearly passed out from dizziness and nausea. It was a frightening experience.

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on February 15, 2012
at 08:19 PM

See a doctor. Check your urine ketones. You don't want to find out what happens if you go into a coma.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on February 15, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Are you suggesting that spilled ketones in the urine will lead to a coma?

Medium avatar

(10601)

on February 15, 2012
at 09:54 PM

It sounds serious to me Rose. What would you do? I'd be headed for the ER. Urine ketone test was just an idea, related to diabetes. I'm looking for something simple that sheds some light on the problem.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on February 15, 2012
at 11:25 PM

I see. I agree that the severe dizzy spells sound bad. And if the OP is diabetic (could be, even if s/he doesn't know it), then yes, you're absolutely right. Thanks for clarifying.

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on February 15, 2012
at 07:23 PM

All I do is stir a half teaspoon of a salt substitute that contains a lot of potassium, into a ittle water and drink it down. I rarely need it in winter but a couple of weeks ago I kept feeling a little dizzy when getting up from a kneeling position (I'm a construction worker so I have to do a lot of work on the floor). The salt substitute fixed me up.
I use it in the summer to help save me from the effects of dehydration.

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on February 14, 2012
at 09:15 PM

ketosis never had that effect on me. but if that is the cause add salt to your meals.

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on June 08, 2012
at 04:38 AM

My lyme doctor put me on all meat diet for ketosis. He told me specifically just shake twice, some salt in hand, lick and drinkwater. Boy did it help. 2 weeks earlier I couldn't make it 1 day because of fatigue. The salt fixes it!

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on February 15, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Lick one of those salt-licks they make for deer or chinchillas.

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on February 14, 2012
at 11:52 PM

It's more likely to be potassium levels that your body hasn't adapted to yet.

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:16 PM

You could take some iodine if you think you might be deficient.

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