In a blog post entitled Tips & tricks for starting (or restarting) low-carb Pt II, Eades discusses cramps and hydration.
Now, he does give the good advice about bone broth or bullion, but all of that is obscured to this reader by the frequent mentions of alcohol - complete with the picture atop the article and its caption.
OK ... So my takeaway message from his post was that sodium, potassium and magnesium can help with cramps, some claim calcium helps, others quinine. Ultimately, however he believes it's dehydration that causes the cramps. Drink your water. Apparently he feels that a good way to get your water is to dilute it half and half with fruity wine!
Here in Spain I have discovered a wonderful way to drink wine and stay hydrated. They have a drink called Tinto de Verano (see photo at top), which is half fruity Spanish wine and half sparkling water poured over ice with a slice of orange and slice of lemon thrown in. It’s kind of sangria lite. Each time you drink a glass of it, you get half wine and half water, so you rehydrate the water lost from the little alcohol in the half glass of wine. It’s tremendously refreshing, and I’ve drunk my weight of it since arriving.
Last time I had sangria, it was pretty "fruity" and sweet. I'm thinking that telling low carbers that this is a good way to keep hydrated is beyond irresponsible! Especially in a post also focusing on getting into ketosis nirvana as quickly as possible.
It seems to me that perhaps Eades wrote this while drinking some Tinto and perhaps wasn't thinking quite so clearly at the time. But c'mon. I'd dare say that artificially sweetened Gatorade might well be a better way for low carbers to get their hydration on, dontcha think?
It almost sounds like the arguments over chocolate milk and kids. The reasoning goes that if we don't offer them chocolate milk, kids won't drink milk. So now dehydrated adults won't drink their sparkly water in sufficient quantities unless mixed with wine?
All of this has me thinking on this whole cramping issue some more in the context of the healthfulness of long term low carbing. I'll do a separate post on that soon.