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I was at the gym the other day, and one lady was talking to me about Keto eating and said I should add a bit of salt to my water (not all the time, perhaps just one bottle each day). I was a bit surprised to hear that, did any of you ever hear about this and what are the benefits or reasons behind this? And is there any cons?
Plan: Atkins & IF / TRE
of course, my n=1
when i started atkins i would get cramps in the back of my lower leg between my knee and ankle. adding salt fixed that and stopped the cramps (first msg bullion cubes (didn't know), then salt under the tongue, then found some msg-free bullion).
ff to today, months later, i don't supplement with salt anymore and don't get the cramps either. when riding my bike though, i make it a point to add salt, and ^ that advice should do the trick i'd say.
Plan: Protein Power, IF
It's also important to keep it in balance with other electrolytes. I tried upping my salt significantly and I just felt like I'd eaten too much salty food and was retaining water. But upping my magnesium and potassium (in pill supplements and drops for my water), really made my muscles feel more relaxed, stopped cramps in my feet and calves and really boosted my energy. I don't shy away from salting my food, and I think that's sufficient for me.
I've gotten addicted to hot broth as a beverage... especially when I've got that "hungry" feeling that isn't really hunger. A little Simple Girl (only sugar-free instant bouillion I've found) + "Lo-salt" in my mug, some boiling water, and that fake-hunger feeling goes away. (If I'm *actually* hungry, that's a different matter.)
Side-note: It helped me kick my diet-soda addiction. (A lot of folks will crave soda as much for the huge quantity of SALT it contains as for any other factor.)