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For the last few weeks I've been having muscle spasms and "pins and needles" feelings throughout my body, but especially legs/feet and arms.

I know these symptoms from the past and took corrective action- increase Vitamin D (since I'm normally deficient in that and COVID hasn't helped), increasing magnesium and potassium.

Those helped a tiny but bit what really made a huge difference this weekend is having a ton of salt. And by ton, I mean several teaspoons worth of salt.

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Sodium is probably the mineral that I ignore most, usually just adding a small bit but it's ultimately needed as a transport for muscles and nerve function. When on keto, I my body doesn't hold onto sodium a lot, so I need to supplement a great deal. I even filled a little shot glass with about a teaspoon of large grain pink salt that I'd grab a few grains every so often and ate that over the weekend.

Far fewer symptoms now.

A good reminder that keto, for me, requires diligence.

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@emacsen

may I ask you why are you on a keto diet ?

Isn't it a bit too extreme ?

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@AbbieNormal

Too extreme for what?

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@emacsen

I mean as far as I know, the keto diet is used by people who want to achieve some result very fast

The price is the strain on the organism

That's why usually people do relatively short periods of keto

I was wondering what result are you pursuing

I tend to worry about the strain, that's all

In fact...

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@AbbieNormal

I need to lose >100lbs of weight... (about 50kg).

I lost about 40lbs last year (~18k) and then after COVID I ate it all back :(

Now I'm slowly, slowly losing again.

But I've found my overall health is better on keto. My energy levels are better, my mood is better regulated, etc.

As for "strain on the organism", I'd be happy to look over any studies you can show me.

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@emacsen

the strain is on the kidneys

They can't work properly if the carbo proportion is too low

That's what I have been warned about 🤷‍♂️

I have no materials at hand right now

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@AbbieNormal

One more last bit... kidneys don't need carbohydrates to function.

The much of the body can run on glycogen or ketones. The body parts that can't run on ketones and must use glycogen benefit from gluconeogenesis, a process by which fat (ideally the fat we have stored in our body) is then turned into glucose, which is then delivered into the body.

Basically, in a healthy person (a person whose kidney is not in a failure) will get enough glucose and be healthy.

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