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I started carnivore 75 days ago. Been using Redman's salt, but I think salt causes me to have inflammation. When I stop salt, I feel more fatigued and enjoy the meat less. Anyone else find salt inflammatory? Any suggestions? Also, I'm only having bowel movements 1-2x weekly. Yet not feeling constipated or backed up at all. Is this normal?

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23 minutes ago, Guest Robert said:

I think salt causes me to have inflammation. When I stop salt, I feel more fatigued and enjoy the meat less. Anyone else find salt inflammatory?

Inflammation in what manner? Where at on or in your body? Generally speaking, if you're eating a strict carnivore diet devoid of ultra-processed foods with high sodium content, you can salt to taste without repercussions. But some people say salt causes them to retain water and experience some edema, so they keep their salt to a minimum or don't have any at all. I think Steak & Butter Girl doesn't use salt, if I recall. 

If you're not super strict, you could try to swap out the salt with some spices or seasonings. And I believe the No Salt brand salt substitute is made with potassium, which many carnivores struggle to get enough of as well. 

30 minutes ago, Guest Robert said:

Also, I'm only having bowel movements 1-2x weekly. Yet not feeling constipated or backed up at all. Is this normal?

Yes, in the beginning I went once a week. Now I average 2, sometimes 3 a week at most. This is perfectly normal.

There is very little waste from eating meat, so there is less to excrete. Personally, I find this to be a blessing 🙂

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Define your inflammation.

Carnivore eliminated my inflammation and allowed me to move again. Not to sure how salt could create inflammation.


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If you eat too much salt your kidneys will filter it out. That is one of their most important jobs after all. Salt will never cause inflammation, if it did we wouldn't have survived as a species. 

Salt to your heart's content, my friend. Not eating fibre will cause you to have less waste ergo less number 2's. 

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Thank you so much for these responses. I am grateful! The inflammation is in my right hand and fingers. It's better on carnivore, but not gone. I assumed it was the salt only because of articles that say for some people salt is inflammatory. Maybe it's eggs, butter, raw cheese or goat cheese? The reason I'm doing carnivore is because I have food sensitivities, and never know what will trigger it. I get a feeling/sensation of fulness in my inner ears which is hard to describe, and have lived with this for 14 years. It's a major nuisance. I know people deal with far more serious issues. I've wondered if it's leaky gut/intestinal impermeability? Any wisdom is greatly appreciated!

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Guest, for food sensitivities and finding out what they are it is recommended that you remove everything from your diet except ruminant meat and water. Give that enough time to cleanse your system 60-90 days. Then you can introduce on thing at a time and see if it affects you. Do eat that one thing and then give it three days to see how your body reacts.
No reaction? Cool, that food is back in.
Reaction? Outta your life forever.


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Thank you Geezy. I'm planning to do just that starting June 1st. So I'm clear, only ruminant meat and water? Should I avoid salt for those 60-90 days?

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22 hours ago, Guest Robert said:

Should I avoid salt for those 60-90 days?

Normally salt is benign and we encourage it. Salt is an electrolyte, and many people, when they go strict carnivore or lion diet, struggle with electrolyte deficiencies. 

You should be able to salt your food to taste without issues. If your kidneys are in good shape, they will excrete excess salt if needed. They will also strive to retain salt as necessary. 

 

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On 5/14/2024 at 3:37 PM, Guest Robert said:

Thank you so much for these responses. I am grateful! The inflammation is in my right hand and fingers. It's better on carnivore, but not gone. I assumed it was the salt only because of articles that say for some people salt is inflammatory. Maybe it's eggs, butter, raw cheese or goat cheese? The reason I'm doing carnivore is because I have food sensitivities, and never know what will trigger it. I get a feeling/sensation of fulness in my inner ears which is hard to describe, and have lived with this for 14 years. It's a major nuisance. I know people deal with far more serious issues. I've wondered if it's leaky gut/intestinal impermeability? Any wisdom is greatly appreciated!

As others have stated, the inflammation is most likely not the salt, especially if you have good kidney function (may be worth checking). Also if the salt is causing some edema it will usually show up in the feet and ankles, more so than the hands. And moreover, it's generally not so much the salt behind the edema, as much as it is the hyperinsulinemia (elevated glucose) that's the main culprit. And that's a great sign if your hand and fingers are doing better on carnivore. I would definitely give it some more time and keep going.

What was your diet like before carnivore?

When I was younger in my 20s I experienced a few months where I had Tinnitus in my ears. I never knew where it came from or what it was all about, but it was a bit scary when it happened. It eventually went away and I forgot about it. It wasn't until I came across Keto/Carnivore that I realized the Tinnitus was caused by the excessive carbs (noodles) I was eating at the time. It makes perfect sense now. Perhaps your ear thing is something similar.

It does seem with Carnivore you're giving your body the best shot at cleansing itself and finding a stable place to reset and build from. As others have mentioned, if you need to tighten it up and do all ruminant meat, water and salt, that will give you the best shot.

Good luck!

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Thank you Geezy. I'm planning to do just that starting June 1st. So I'm clear, only ruminant meat and water? Should I avoid salt for those 60-90 days?

I did not avoid salt. In fact I increased my salt intake but you have to be your own experiment or N=1.
Use it as you would normally would to salt your meat and see how you do. I personally have no issues with using salt and I think a do better with a higher amount of salt in my diet. In fact, my last blood test showed I was low in sodium so I’m trying to increase my intake.
But you must do what works for you and you find that out with trying something for awhile and see how it affects you and then adjust as needed.
Cautionary note though. Choose your salt carefully. Avoid table salt if at all possible because it contains sugar. Read the labels of everything you intend to eat.


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