If you are on a low-carb diet, you will no longer retain salt and fluid as you did in the past. We have friends who were taking blood pressure medicine before starting the diet and within weeks they were able, under doctor’s supervision, to eliminate the medications. this is great if you have high blood pressure but Suz has low normal blood pressure. it is also great in cool climates but in Lower Alabama in the summer outdoor activity = sweat. All of this means that you might experience headache, weakness and a variety of symptoms called “Atkins Flu”. Researchers studying low-carb dieters recommend bullion cubes that are loaded with salt. The Paleo crowd is into bone broth for mineral replacement and other nutritive benefits.The general public is drinking Gatorade and a long list of other sugar and salt drinks with artificial flavor and color.
We were buying cases of sugar free sports drinks but I did not like the artificial flavor and other chemistry set ingredients. I also got tired of the cost and carrying cases of the stuff home. The recipe below provides the same ratio of potassium and sodium as the commercial drinks and the same concentration of these elements per fluid ounce. The lime flavor works with the sweet, salty taste to produce a flavor reminiscent of a Margarita mix.
Makes a half gallon
In a 64 oz. jug, combine the following:
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp Stevia
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp Morton’s lite salt
Shake, chill and drink before exercise and during exercise. Weigh in before and after exercise. A weight loss of one pound during exercise is a sign that you lost a pint of fluid. See if you can adjust you fluid intake to weigh the same before and after exercise.