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Amber Lee posted a topic in Troubleshooting your Whole30TL:DR Day 4 saw me getting IV fluids to rehydrate and add back electrolytes after quitting soda (sodium) and switching to water. Magnesium and Potassium levels also dropped giving me heart palpitations. I knew going into this (Whole30) that I have a serious sugar addiction and most of my sugar comes from soda. I drank at least two 12oz cans a day but most days it was 4-6 cans and I never drank diet. As I'm not a dietician or even a healthy eater I never even thought about sodium levels and not getting enough. I figured it was the opposite and I should avoid sodium if anything. So there I was, 3 days after quitting soda cold turkey. I couldn't stand up without having blackness close in on me and nearly passing out, tachycardia, severe headache where I could feel my heart beating in my skull, peeing every five minutes and heart palpitations. I was drinking plenty of water plus the Whole30 book specifically said I would feel like I had a horrible hangover. Feeling like my heart was going to beat out of my chest when I was just laying in bed freaked me out enough to call my doctor. The drastic depletion of large amounts of sodium (Cokes) plus all the water I was drinking eliminated some essential, life sustaining minerals. Sodium, potassium, and magnesium I believe are the ones my doctor told me were dangerously low and helped me replace. As a side note, I normally take Epsom salt baths for Magnesium but the ES baths also dehydrate which was a big part of my problem in addition to the missing minerals. The doc told me all of those are important for muscle function, including the heart, so if I hadn't gone in I could have done serious damage to my heart. Throw in the fact that I was dehydrated, which made my blood thicker, I was asking my heart to work harder without the things it needs to do its job. I'm not sure I quite understand how it all works even now. I've been googling Whole30 with my symptoms and only found a few partial matches so I wanted to share my story in case someone else goes down the same path. If anyone has more insight for me on the mechanics of how and why this happened I would appreciate it. It was scary to be told I was hurting myself when I thought they were just the normal detox symptoms. It's 12:30 am so I'm officially on day 7 and I feel so much better. The last two days I haven't even craved my morning Dr. Pepper. That kinda makes me sad because I love soda so much but I have two small kids who I plan to be around for for a very long time.
I am approaching the end of my first Whole 30. On day 22 now. I have really enjoyed this. In regards to the reintroduction I am not sure if I should skip the wine on Day 1 since I rarely ever drink alcohol and move to Day 3. Or if I could replace the wine with soda and test soda on that day. Would it be okay to test a soda that soon or is to early in the process. I don't care if it is diet or regular. I just want to see how mu gut does with one in general. No where in the reintroduction does it mention when to test any type of beverages. Any advice? I don't drink coffee or tea, and if I never drank alcohol the rest of my life again I would be okay with that. Soda was my thing. I am really curious to see now how my gut reacts to it but I am not sure where in the process to test it.
I'm guessing this has been asked before, but I don't seem to be able to find it on the forums. Is Club Soda Whole30 compliant? From what I read it is basically water with sodium or potassium salts added. No calories, no carbs. Nothing else on the ingredients label other than the sodium and potassium. I wouldn't want to drink much of it due to the sodium, but thought it might be a nice change once in a while with a slice of lemon, lime, orange or other fruits. I live in a small, rural area and lots of the compliant beverage options are simply not available here. I can get Perrier, but it's not cheap and I'm not even 100% sure that's okay. Thanks folks! I'm on Day 9 of my first Whole30 and doing great.... just a little beverage boredom.