I’ve started getting headaches the last three days. At first, I could not figure out why. On the first day, I thought it was strange, but I assumed it had something to do with having my period. But by day three I was getting a bit freaked out. I never get headaches, and if I do it’s a one time isolated event.
My first reaction was that I was having caffeine withdrawal, but that didn’t make sense. I’m still easing off the coke, but I haven’t made a big step down. I had only cut out one soda for the week. Yet when I gave in and allowed myself to drink a soda the headache stopped. On the surface, it seemed like it was caffeine related, but that really wasn’t adding up.
See, I sat at 10 cokes a week for a couple of weeks, and I had felt fine. I didn’t think I should be having a major reaction by cutting down to nine cokes in the period of one week.
Then, as I was pondering if I should take some advil I got a cramp in my calf. That’s when I thought – aha! Postassium deficiency.
I’ve had a potassium deficiency once before – a long time ago. I thought I had a handle on it. For those of you outside the Bikram yoga world, all the sweating we do in class can create potassium and magnesium deficiencies. I take a magnesium supplement almost daily.
Mark rasied the question about how much potassium is in soda. Turns out that Coke Zero (what I normally drink) is high in potassium for a soda. So, the theory is that I was getting some of my potassium through my obscene soda intake. When I cut back on the soda, I cut back on the potassium, but I did not replace that potassium through another source. And now I have a slight potassium deficiency. Yesterday I remedied that by taking a potassium supplement, eating a bananna, and drinking an extra coke. Hey – I was on my way out for the afternoon when all this clicked, and I needed to find a way to fix it quick. I’ll figure out today how to get more potassium in my system that doesn’t require an extra soda. It’s not that hard.