Amber Lee

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  1. Since the colon cleanse typically breaks up old stool to flush it out it also releases toxins. These are the same toxins found in the foods I am now avoiding on the Whole30. Would it be a bad idea then to do one while in the middle of the 30 days?
  2. Drinking Salt Water?

    No salt measurements we're given in the above quote but regardless of how much you use, wouldn't the same principle apply?
  3. A fresh start on July 31st

    I noticed a lot of you talking about exercising... is this supposed to be part of the Whole30 because I don't exercise. So if any of you are feeling down or that everyone else is doing better than you just remember, there are people like me on here who never exercise.
  4. Everyone knows if your ship goes down and you're stranded in a raft in the middle of the ocean you're likely to die from dehydration, even though you're surrounded by water. This is because our human kidneys can only make urine that is less salty than salt water. Therefore, to get rid of all the excess salt taken in by drinking seawater, you have to urinate more water than you drank. Eventually, you die of dehydration even as you become thirstier. So how come everyone keeps posting on here about drinking salt water to get their electrolytes up? This just doesn't make sense to me and goes against everything I've ever been told about drinking salt water.
  5. A fresh start on July 31st

    Ooh that reminds me of Pho. That would be perfect for a sick day and packed full of vitamins. Plus if you go to an authentic Vietnamese place you know they made their stock the good, old-fashioned way. My husband loves to cook and he loves Vietnamese food. The place he frequents even let him go to the back to learn how to make his favorite dish.
  6. A fresh start on July 31st

    I've actually, inadvertently, given up caffeine as well so I think I'll just go with it. Unintended side-effect.
  7. Thank you @ShannonM816. I'm not sure why or if it's normal for Whole30 but I am really thirsty all the time. I get cotton mouth just sitting at my desk working. Today is day 8 and I still haven't had a soda, just water and tea, so I'm not sure what's making me so thirsty.
  8. @MeadowLily Yes, I knew exactly what you meant. I think everyone is on the same page as far as drinking Dr. Pepper and how it affects my health. Don't because it's not healthy. It's one of those truths I've always known but have found a way to justify or ignore it. Lately though everyone is posting those videos and memes showing exactly how much sugar is in different types of drinks, including "healthy" drinks like Powerade and Vitamin Water.
  9. 60 oz isn't a lot. I'm so thirsty I could drink that before lunch. However, I have heard it's possible to drink too much water. What am I supposed to do? @ShannonM816
  10. It's so scary to think I've been keeping myself alive artificially, basically, by drinking soda.
  11. The articles were great, thank you! I don't completely understand the whole situation so it's possible I misquoted my doctor or got some words mixed up. I'm pretty sure the main reason for my symptoms was low sodium/potassium from cutting out soda and junk food. It never occurred to me I had to monitor my salt intake.
  12. Bahaha! :-) I see what you did there.
  13. Doctor said soda will kill me and this is the best decision I could have made. I just need to make sure I'm getting sodium from the healthy foods. If I'm being honest I was hoping the doctor would tell me to quit Whole30 but no such luck. Besides giving up soda she said this will probably help me with most of my health issues as well.
  14. A fresh start on July 31st

    @pseudoscientist does the la Croix have caffeine? My biggest reason for sodas is the caffeine. I don't drink coffee so my caffeine comes from soda. So far I've been taking Excedrin with caffeine to get me through.
  15. TL: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.