Hi- I’m completely perplexed and am looking for some help with swelling hands and sometimes lower legs during exercise.
Background: I’ve been low carb for the past 3 years. I’m a 48 yr old female, 135 pounds, 5’4". Insulin sensitive, no issues with weight or health and no medication in the past or the present.
Due to COVID, I’ve been working from home since mid-March, and have logged a lot of miles walking in the evening–usually between 2-5 miles/day. When the temps started getting warmer in May, I noticed that my hands and sometimes lower legs would swell during my walks.
Not sure what is going on as my eating has been clean and I don’t even eat that much (usually drink coffee in the morning and have my first meal by noon and then an early dinner.) I have tried to decrease my coffee consumption in the morning from 24 oz to 16 oz, I add plenty of salt to my food, and I drink either water or sparkling water with some electrolytes.
Am I taking in too much salt, or maybe I’m not drinking enough water? I have no idea. But I feel like I drink a lot of liquids throughout the day and am constantly peeing. Am I low in potassium? No clue.
Does anyone else experience swelling during outdoor exercise while eating clean low carb?
Appreciate this forum and any help. Thanks.