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    So, I’ve been eating for heat (more or less) for the last six months approx. and I’ve gotten constipated, then normal again, then thirsty and then less thirsty.
    My hands and feet are cold and, most surprisingly, my pee has never been nicely yellow (only when I wake up).

    What I want to talk / ask about is a weird thing that happened to me the last week.
    I felt the “double gravity effect” that Matt talks about on p.22 of Eat for Heat.
    Also I felt ?fatigue, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, [almost] fainting, chest discomfort, palpitations, or shortness of breath., which might seem weird, since these are supposed to be symptoms of OVERhydration (EFH p.16.)

    Of course, I didn’t understand at that time that I needed more fluids. My boyfriend did, so he bought me a Gatorade and I felt awesome within the next hour or so. I’ve been drinking even plain water like a maniac now and have been peeing a lot, but feeling really good in general.
    I thought I should share here that even though I might have been technically dehydrated, or “oversalted”, my pee was clear, and my hands and feet were cold and I wasn’t really thirsty”.

    I think this is interesting to note because, if you’re like me, you might end up saying “I pee clear, thus, I must drink less”, but it’s not always the case.

    I’m re-reading Eat for heat to see what can I do to have my fluids in balance, but any suggestions might help because I tend to drink only tea or water, since I lack creativity and the sugar in soft drinks scares me. Thanks.


    Hey Fab, why does the sugar in soft drinks scare you? Matt says not to be afraid of sugar. Are you afraid it’s gmo? I know most of them are, but I read Pepsi throwback has pure sugar cane in it. I’m still trying to figure out the right balance of drinking myself. Every time I think I drink too much my pee seems more pale. I try to remember to add sugar or pinch salt to it but I can’t get the right balance. I haven’t experienced what you did, just thirsty.


    Thanks for the reply, @Linda. Now that you make me think about it, I’m afraid of sugar in soft drinks because here in Mexico everyone blames it for the extremely high rates of diabetes. Also, because here, soft drinks contain a lot of HFCS, and I’m sure a lot of that can’t be good.

    Anyway, I still drink soft drinks, like two glasses a week, or something like that, but I’m trying to find something that I can drink frequently. I’ll keep experimenting.


    Hi Fab, I don’t know if you are still active on these forums but I have been experiencing the same thing, I start to get a headache when I’m not drinking enough, however my urine is only very light coloured or cleared, in fact when my pee is a good solid yellow colour I seem to feel really dehydrated, very interesting. Have you been seeing improvements? I plan on return to drink fair amounts while trying to balance everything out


    I would think you might be UNDERsalted… you body wants higher ionic concentration in the internal bodily fluids, and if you’re not consuming enough salts, it will need to shed water to build the concentrations up.

    Gatorade has all sorts of salts in it – so that would make sense for why it helped you feel better.

    I’m not saying this IS the answer… but something to consider, and maybe experiment around.

    You might also want to check your blood pressure when you have episodes like this, to make sure it’s not too high or too low, also.

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