SALT – I usually tell people when they first switch over to increase their intake of salt. This can help with muscle cramps. If you’re drinking tons of water though and incredibly thirsty, reducing salt might be a good idea.
As of August 27th, 2018, I’ve dropped salt!
Why on earth would I do such a thing? I love salt! Especially this salt: Real Salt
Welllll I read The Fat of the Land (which I loved. Will write a post on it eventually). Anyway, I found out the Inuit people didn’t salt their food or eat any salt (I assumed there was some sort of salted fish in their diet initially). So I dropped it out of curiosity.
I had assumed my muscle cramps from May were caused by low levels of salt (as increasing my salt intake had apparently resolved them). Now I’m not so sure.
I wanted to see if:
A) my muscle cramps would come back from lack of salt
B) if we actually even need salt in the diet to thrive
I was eating almost a tablespoon of pink Himalayan salt per day, and drinking almost 4L of water. I was really thirsty. My digestion also wasn’t ideal still (still occasional diarrhea).
For the first week after dropping salt, I had absolutely no appetite. Like, negative appetite. Everything tasted like nothing. Everything as in beef…. I went down from eating 2 pounds to eating about a pound of meat a day. There were a couple of days I had even less than that from zero appetite.
The salt cravings were really bad too. Week two still wasn’t good but by the end of it, I at least started to get hungry again. Week three meat started to taste okay. Not good. But manageable. I almost gave up week four because of the cravings but I’m always careful about cravings. I don’t think they’re a good sign. So I decided to give it the ol’ “six week try” just to see. I am currently finished six weeks and honestly haven’t seen a lot of difference. But I have seen some.
I’m drinking about 1.5L of water a day instead of almost 4L. That’s huge. I’m not nearly as thirsty. So I was definitely drinking a lot because of the amount of salt I was eating, and I think that was messing up my digestion, as my digestion is quite a bit more stable.
I’ll reintroduce it soon probably but my cravings are also almost gone so…. We’ll see. I don’t have an autoimmune response to salt obviously, but it’s interesting what you need and don’t need. ALSO – zero muscle cramps. I thought I would get them but nope! Which makes me think maybe I was drinking too much water in May and upsetting my electrolytes that way – which is why increasing my salt intake helped. But maybe reducing my water intake would have done the same thing?
I still miss salt though and will probably start eating it again. I’ll update this to see if anything changes.
Update December 2018: I’m still not eating salt. Cravings went away after about 6 weeks and it upsets my digestion if I eat it. I don’t really miss it.
Magnesium for muscle cramping.
You may not have had enough potassium. Potassium has to be in the right ratio with sodium (salt). Reducing sodium may have improved that balance as muscle cramps are a symptom of potassium/sodium imbalance. This doctor also reduced his water need by improving his potassium/sodium ratio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2vPQYP0dpI
Maybe a little salt to season the beef would be a good compomise? We all lose salt whenewe sweat and meat alone may not have enough.
I too have auto immune problems and eat to avoid inflammation. I am nearly a beef carnivore but take avocados for breakfast – they are hypoallergenic I reckon after two years testing. I also eat leaky-gut and automine healer – coriander – I eat a lot of it. Wonderful stuff for “us”. I tried rice but like you found it inflammatory if I eat it every day. Sweet potatoes are ok I think. Okinawa diet evidence.
Salt? Yes too much is no good. Sea water is poisonous kinda proves that. Also sodium chloride pushes out potassium chloride. So I mix in a little Morton’s no-salt which is potassium chloride with my normal salt. We need loads of potassium and beef hasn’t got enough imo.
I’ve messed my electro lytes up a bit by drinking distilled water for the last year. Now I am collecting packets of minerals and concocoting something to add to my distilled water. I don’t want to take spring or tap water with estrogen etc – have you noticed men’s voices breaking upwards lately?? 30 years ago that never happened. And since distilled water it doesn’t happen with me now. But I must add back electrolytes- wish I knew the best mixture of inorganic compounds to add.
Agree with almost everything you write and I am following similar path.
One thing I found was that I lost weight when I ate ONLY potatoes – I ate loads and loads and still got slim. Same as beef. Seems starch alone does not make you fat. But it did give me a heap of digestion problems that addition of a lot of beef and few sweet potato solved very very quickly and well.
Thx for your continued updates. Want to know if autoimmune comes back!
I really want that book. The fat of the land, so damn expensive though
search internet: The Fat of the Land pdf, it’s online
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