I really need to focus. I am having so much trouble getting things together. I have that sense in my body that I am not well. I have done little to help with that, at least as far as eating habits go. I am still struggling with the electrolyte problem. I feel better when I supplement them in some way, but I cannot seem to get them balanced on an ongoing basis.
You may think, why don't you go to the doctor? Actually, I have. I went to an urgent care center in August or September. They did an EKG, among other things. My heart was normal. I had a pretty hefty bladder infection, for one thing. But my electrolytes were "normal" (I had been supplementing, so at least I knew the problem was not high potassium). Then a couple of weeks ago, I was having another episode of heart palpitations (which I have pretty often) that wasn't letting up, so I decided to go to the ER to make sure everything was all right. They did all kinds of testing and everything was normal -- except my blood pressure was very high (203/113). I asked if HPB caused the heart palpitations and they said it was more that they were both symptoms of the same thing. But they didn't tell me of what. They just gave me blood pressure medication. I am taking that medication (because I know it is important to get my blood pressure under control), but I have a problem with just treating symptoms and not treating what is causing the problem. I have done some reading and studying since then, and the decision I have come to is I am probably now Type 2 Diabetic. They did blood tests at both doctor visits and both times my blood sugar was high (not super high, but in the diabetic range). They were not focusing on that, but from my reading, it is very much related. I have learned that your potassium can be low even if it shows normal on a blood test (because most of the potassium in your body is in your cells, not your blood, so even though it is normal in the blood, it can be low in your cells). ALL of my symptoms point to low potassium. That's why it was confusing me that it tested normal. And because it did not show low, I was afraid to increase supplementation too much because high potassium can be very bad, too. And then I found out you cannot always go by the blood test. It can still be low even though it tests in the normal range. (I remember that after one of my long fasts, my potassium tested borderline high and that was after not eating for around 30 days. I believe that is because it had pulled the potassium out of my cells into my blood. It certainly was not because I had taken too much potassium. That concerned me a little, but now that I have done a lot more reading, I think that was a normal process. Testing on another day would probably have shown it to be normal.)
I also found out low potassium and high blood sugar are related. And low potassium and high blood pressure are very much related. So, although I will continue to supplement potassium (for the most part, with food), I think the most important thing I can do is get back to a keto diet and get my blood sugar settled down. It has been difficult because I don't feel great right now, and that invariably makes me eat things I should not. But I have to keep it in my mind that those things I want to eat are what are causing the problems. So one of the things I plan to do this weekend is make sure I have some options. I'm going to make a couple of keto desserts, so when I want something sweet, I have a keto option for that. (Low potassium also makes you crave sweets. Plus, it's the holidays, so that is making it tough.)
So, the key to it all is to get back to doing what I know works. Eating keto (or at least LC/HF). You have to supplement electrolytes on a ketogenic diet, but for potassium, I am going to focus mainly on eating high potassium foods. I also supplement with an energy drink called Zip Fizz. It has certain B vitamins and it has some potassium. I will drink one of those a day and focus on getting my greens, etc. for potassium. Sugar and simple carbs do nothing to provide potassium. Hopefully once I get on a better track, my electrolytes will balance out. I'm tired of feeling like this.